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Join the Ghost Dive session to experience the networking party in first-person view! Ghost Dive gives you the experience of a visitor on site via a person in Linz, wearing a camera helmet with screen and microphone. You can participate in the party by asking the wearer to walk around and talk to others in your place.

Ghost Dive is a new setting to provide a live experience for the online participants of this year’s  Ars Electronica Festival. Using a special device that has a camera, a microphone and a 7 inch screen integrated in it, a person who wears the device will appear as a guide for the festival guided tours, or as a participant onsite at the festival event. Online participants can see the view from this person as if they would be at the festival venues physically.

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Futurelab Day – Night Performances

Thursday, 9. September 2021
21:15 – 21:30
Ars Electronica Center / Online


Visualized Percussion Performance
by Elliot Gaston-Ross (UK/IE) and Florian Berger (AT)

“Temazcal” is a contemporary piece of percussion music composed in 1984 by the renowned Mexican composer Javier Alvarez. It was the first piece ever written which requires the performer to play traditional Venezuelan maracas as a soloist in a contemporary western music setting.  

Award winning Percussionist Elliott Gaston-Ross teamed up with Ars Electronica Futurelab key researcher Florian Berger to create a unique representation of “Temazcal”. The result was an immersive acoustic, digital and visual experience in the Deep Space 8K of the Ars Electronica Center. 

Alvarez created a score for the maraca part which requires the player to largely improvise to a set backing track created using an electroacoustic soundscape, ensuring no two performances of the piece would be the same. With this in mind, the idea of making a video recording in the Deep Space which would be accompanied by visual effects designed specifically for this unique interpretation of the piece was born.  

Since the title of the work comes from a Nahuatl (ancient Aztec) word meaning “water that burns”, Elliott felt it fitting to include scenes of nature, moved by the elements. Thus, the opening scene depicts thunder clouds and lightning over the mountain tops while the finale shows ocean waves and psychedelic colours. 

The Deep Space 8K provided an ideal setup for filming the performance. Its vast dimension made it possible to create immersive shots placing the performer directly in the scene. The software runs on a Futurelab in-house-developed engine (FLEngine) written mainly in C++ (OpenGL). Raymarched distance fields enable rendering complex global illumination lighting scenes of a thunderstorm, while a very flexible particle system provides a basic main theme which is easily directed to follow certain pathways, form shapes or move freely. It also provides many possibilities to react to changes or tension in the music, as well as shaping completely different scenes all at once such as a giant ocean wave.

Futurelab Day – Night Performances

Thursday, 9. September 2021
21:30 – 21:45
Ars Electronica Center


Accordion Noise and Visual Performance
by Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth-Fohringer (AT), Johannes Pöll (AT) and Johannes Lugstein (AT)

11°22’4“142°35’5“ locates the Challenger Deep at 10,994 meters as the deepest point of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. Coded as two series of numbers consisting of degrees, minutes and seconds in the coordinate system, these correspond to a fringe location of our world.   

The noise performance project of the same name by the artists Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth-Fohringer and Johannes Poell attempts to explore such fringe locations audio-visually. The duo creates a bridge between analog acoustic and digitally discrete frequency ranges.   

Mutated accordion tone sequences wander through filter cascades, moving away from their origin to form alienated noise levels. Deconstruction and construction of tones, as well as the addition of modular synthesis creates a physically experienceable world.  

Johannes Poell creates generative frequency worlds. Modular building blocks are his acoustic and visual tools in exploring these liminal places. In his accordion-noise performance, Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth-Fohringer draws on many years of experience and scientific results from his artistic research with the honey bee (Apis mellifera Carnica). 

Futurelab Day – Night Performances

Thursday, 9. September 2021
22:15 – 22:45
Ars Electronica Center


Realtime audio-visual performance
by Sective – Arno Deutschbauer (AT) and Micha Elias Pichlkastner (AT/CA)

The performance by artists Arno Deutschbauer and Micha Elias Pichlkastner revolves around the detachment of communication and interaction from the human body to the virtual and digital room – and the consequences for us as physical and spiritual beings. It follows an abstract narrative about the return from detachment to a more natural state, embedded in a technical, symbolic and metaphysical universe.

Futurelab Day – Night Performances

Thursday, 9. September 2021
21:45 – 22:15
Ars Electronica Center


by Anna Oelsch (DE) and the participants of the Oribotic Instruments Workshop: Aurelia Wicher (AT), Carla Zamora (AT), Wolfgang Dorninger (AT), Ivan Petkov (BG/AT)

Matthew Gardiner (AU) invented the concept of oribotic instruments to study sensing through artistic expression in form, function and performability. Here, we present paper-based prototypes of oribotic instruments designed and created by participants of a lab workshop led by Anna Oelsch (AT) using software by Arno Deutschbauer (AT).

Funded through the FWF Austrian Science Fund, PEEK Program

Futurelab Day – Night Performances

Thursday, 9. September 2021
20:15 – 20:30
Ars Electronica Center


Realtime visualized concert
by Maki Namekawa (JP/AT), Rubin Kodheli (AL/US) and Cori O’Lan (AT)

Pianist Maki Namekawa as well as composer and cellist Rubin Kodheli have created new programs for this year´s Ars Electronica Festival. They are accompanied in real time by digital visual artist Cori O´Lan who uses the Deep Space´s high-end graphics to provide an immersive interpretation of the works.

Maki Namekawa –  Musica Ricercata by Ligeti Nr. 1,3,4
Rubin Kodheli – Sangue
Maki Namekawa – Children Songs by Chick Corea Nr. 4, 6, 11, 14, 16, 18, 20
Rubin Kodheli – Indian Summer
Maki Namekawa – Hania Rani: Hawaii Oslo & Glass

Futurelab Day – Night Performances

Thursday, 9. September 2021
20:30 – 21:15
Ars Electronica Center