Inside Festival! A Journey from Kepler’s Garden to Deep Space 8K

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(Linz, August 25, 2020) The Ars Electronica Festival will take place from September 9 to 13. Not in spite of, but because of Corona, this year’s Ars Electronica is taking place for the first time at 120 locations around the world-and in Linz, of course. Martin Honzik (Director of the Ars Electronica Festival) and Christl Baur (Co-Producer of the Ars Electronica Festival/Prix/Exhibitions) will present on August 26 at 3:00 p.m. what awaits visitors* to the festival in Linz this year. In addition to information on the program in JKU’s Kepler’s Garden, “Inside Festival!” will also tell viewers what the Linz Art University has planned and what fascinating visualizations can be expected in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center.

The Kepler’s Garden of the JKU
Visitors to Kepler’s Garden can expect a varied program in the extensive parks and large, new buildings of JKU. In thematically oriented areas, visitors* can sit down at a safe distance from each other and let the festival program be served up here, so to speak. The program will be presented on a total of three stages and will include lectures and presentations, performances and concerts. Conferences will be held and exhibitions shown in the university buildings around the park.

University of Art Linz
Young, unconventional, provocative: THE WILD STATE is the motto of the campus activities with which the Linz University of Art is participating in this year’s Ars Electronica Festival. In addition to the already traditional Interface Cultures Exhibition and exhibitions in the fields of Visual Communication, Fashion & Technology and Design: Engineering, Textiles, the program includes a major show featuring various international partner universities. There will also be a large façade projection on the Hauptplatz, a symposium, an Internet flea market and a keynote address by U.S. artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, who was honored with an Honorary Mention at the 2020 Prix Ars Electronica.

Deep Space 8K
Lots of breathtaking visualizations and a classic concert waiting in Deep Space 8K for the visitors. For example, the 16×9 meter projection screen shows high-resolution images by the famous Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, revealing the smallest details that would remain hidden from the eye under normal viewing conditions. The program also includes high-resolution photographs of works by the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael, 3D walks through Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and a classical concert with the pianist Maki Namekawa.

Ars Electronica 2020
9 – 13 September

A global journey mapping the ‘new‘ world
In Kepler’s Gardens
at JKU Campus, Linz
and 120 other locations worldwide
Ars Electronica 2020 is a journey to survey the “new” world and a journey through “Kepler’s Gardens”, which are located in Linz at the JKU Campus and at 120 other locations worldwide. In the course of this journey, we will discuss the important questions of our time, questions raised by the global corona crisis, and consider what we can and must do now. All the issues touched upon are marked by a general UNCERTAINTY and the question of how the crisis will shape and change us as individuals and as a society, us as HUMANITY. Two tensions in particular are in focus: AUTONOMY and DEMOCRACY as well as TECHNOLOGY and ECOLOGY.

Immersify – The translucent St. Stephens Cathedral / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion / Photo album Center@Ars Electronica Festival