The pioneers of artistic artificial swarms look to the future: the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s new swarms+art website.
Spaxels are autonomous drones that can be moved freely in space to form dynamic, three-dimensional figures in the night sky.
How to deal with networks of intelligent, autonomous robots raises many questions that the Spaxels Research Initiative aims to formulate and pose.
This years edition of the mega rock festival ROCK IN RIO will be the first to wow its audience with an illuminated swarm of drones. But before the Ars Electronica Spaxels® can enchant a one-million-plus of people between September 15th and 24th, a three-day marathon rehearsal was staged in Upper Austria over the last Week…
“DRONE 100 –Spaxels over Linz” is the title of a spectacular quadcopter swarm performance that Ars Electronica and Intel are staging on September 10th, 2016. Before the 100 drones make their European public debut above the Danube they’ll be subjected to a rigorous physical exam. The first two test flights already took place this week—the…
This is the ultimate extravaganza! With over 195 million viewers, the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be one of the world’s biggest televised events. Among the featured attractions—albeit with only half a minute of air time—are the Spaxels of the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz.
Accompany the Ars Electronica Futurelab crew on a business trip to Dubai. At a spectacular nighttime event staged to celebrate the United Arab Emirates’ 43rd National Day on December 1, 2014, the Spaxels, a swarm of LED-equipped quadcopters, got a very enthusiastic reception.
Ars Electronica Futurelab staffers have been doing R&D since 2012 on what they’ve dubbed Spaxels (space pixels). At the Spaxels Concept Demo members of the spaxels crew will go into detail about what makes the Spaxel-swarm work and illustrate what they’ve achieved to date.
The Spaxels, the 3d-Pixels that the Ars Electronica Futurelab has created based on quadcopter-technology, have proven their skills to paint logos and animations into the sky a number of times. Currently, the next step is being tested, and it looks amazing.
The Spaxels are flying again on April 18th in Linz, check out the video for footage from the last testflight.
The Spaxels, Ars Electronica Futurelab’s current flagship project have visited London, drawing a huge Star Trek – Logo into the nightsky of England’s capitol.
The last Spaxel-Test of the year took place at the Donauparkstadium, home of Blau-Weiß Linz. The test was about finding out how the quadrocopter and especially their batteries work at low temperatures, but new shapes and animations were tested as well.
The third chapter of the Fall Term is about machines from the past, present, and the future. The Fall Term is part of the FOUNDING LAB, which is a collaborative prototype of a new university.
Drones merging to a digital canvas or painting with light: An Ars Electronica Futurelab workshop showcased the art of swarm robotics.
August is also all about the upcoming Ars Electronica Festival, with numerous announcements to heighten anticipation for the upcoming event.
25 years Ars Electronica Futurelab: It’s a year full of memories — of stories and concepts, of successes and challenges. Of visions, ideas and utopias.
The Spaxels were just the beginning of a long journey into the future of the Ars Electronica Futurelab
For the new NAWAREUM hands-on museum, Ars Electronica Solutions is developing two game tables that make it possible to experience energy supply through renewable energies and resources in an interactive, strategic and playful way.
In a virtual world, we can simulate truths that would be unimaginable in real life, explore incredible activities, and collaborate with others in a way that goes beyond physical interaction.
Well, at the beginning of 2020, even Ars Electronica had other plans for the future. At that time, even we couldn’t have imagined the uncomfortable constraints we’d all be confronted with and how quickly we had to rethink things seemingly set in stone, often completely. But first things first…
Future Ink is the result of a mutual inspiration between art and science, with the aim of exploring the creative potential of “ink”. In a process of multiple steps consisting of the implementation of the innovative concepts for Space Ink, AI Ink, Bio Ink, Mind Ink and Body Ink, Space Ink research opens new accesses…
Every year during the Ars Electronica Festival, the Ars Electronica Futurelab opens its gates for the public and invites festival visitors to get to know its latest research findings and collaborative projects in a special, interactive format called Open Futurelab. In this blog post, we want to give you an overview of what you can…
Of course we realize that we do not understand integral calculus better if we put the textbooks under the pillow on which we sleep. But it doesn’t do any harm, does it?
With fascination we go on a time travel back to the 90s – to the “Cave”, a multimedia room in the recently opened Ars Electronica Center where you could float through walls… A lot has changed since then, both technically and contentwise.
It is a sonorous theme under which the World Expo in Dubai will start in October 2020. The idea behind it: Building partnerships and inspiring ideas that will shape the world of tomorrow. Because we all have the power to shape the future.
Groundbots, swarm intelligence and technological swarms as a visual medium: At the “SwarmOS Research Demo” at the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival (Sept. 5 – 9), the Ars Electronica Futurelab is presenting insights into the in-house developed software SwarmOS – as well as hands-on application examples.
At the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival (September 5 – 9), FUNGUAGE ROOM will show what happens when you design human-to-object interaction with FUN in mind. We talked to the two leading artists and researchers responsible for the new design concept that wants to bring more joy to communication with our inanimate surroundings.
One last time the Ars Electronica Festival takes place in the POSTCITY. One last time, the festival takes over new spaces and locations in this abandoned postal distribution center. Martin Honzik explains what’s new this year.