Horst Hörtner

Co-founder of Ars Electronica Futurelab

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“The only thing you can create is the future, anything else is already created.”


Horst Hörtner is a media artist and researcher. He is an expert in design of Human-Computer Interaction and holds several patents in this field. He started to work in the field of media art in the 1980s and co-founded the media art group x-space in Graz/Austria in 1990. Hörtner is a founding member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, launched in 1996, and since then Managing Director of the laboratory.
Since 2020, he is also CTO of Ars Electronica and holds a position as conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle/Australia since 2013. He is working in the nexus of art & science and gives lectures and talks at numerous international conferences and universities.

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Selected Publications

Hörtner, H., Gardiner, M., Haring, R., Lindinger, C., Berger, F. (2012). Spaxels, Pixels in Space — A Novel Mode of Spatial Display. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications, SIGMAP 2012, SciTePress Digital Library.

Gardiner, M., Lindinger, C., Haring, R., Hörtner, H., Ogawa, H. and Ogawa, E. (2011). Social brainstorming via interactive fabrication. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology — ACE ’11, ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 76 , 2 pages.

Narzt, W., Wilflingseder, U., Pomberger, G., Kolb, D., Hörtner, H., Self-Organizing Congestion Evasion Strategies using Ant-Based Pheromones. IST World Congress Journal Special Issue in IET Intelligent Transport Systems, ISSN (Print) 1751-956X, Published by Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Vol. 4, No. 1, Pages: 93 – 102, 2010.

the future of the lab Hrsg. Baltan Laboratories. Achtergrond 2010; In collaboration with 2018 Brabant Cultural Capital of Europe | Candidate; ISBN 978-90-815830-1-5; p.105-112 / 2010

Haring, R., Ogawa. H., Lindinger, C., Hörtner, H., Afshar, S., and Stolarsky, D. (2010). The city at hand: media installations as urban information systems. In: Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries (NordiCHI ’10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 667-670.

Kuka, D., Elias, O., Martins, R., Lindinger, C., Pramböck, A., Jalsovec, A., Maresch, P., Hörtner, H., Brandl, P. (2009) DEEP SPACE: High Resolution VR Platform for Multi-user Interactive Narratives. In Proceedings of the 2nd Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling: Interactive Storytelling (ICIDS ’09)

Lindinger, C., Haring, R., Hörtner, H., Kuka, D. and Kato, K. (2006) Mixed Reality Installation ‘Gulliver’s World’: Interactive Content Creation in Nonlinear Exhibition Design. In: Göbel, S., Malkewitz, R., and Iurgel, I. (Eds.): TIDSE 2006, LNCS 4326, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 312 — 323

Hörtner, H., Ranzenbacher, H. (2005). Sensorische Umgebungen — immaterielle Interfaces, In Code The Language of our Time, Ars Electronica, 2005.