Ars Electronica Home Delivery turns 1

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“Thanks for those amazing videos and the truly great inspirations you can get by watching those videos.” (Esin on Youtube, December 2020)

“Bravoooooo!!!!!. Philip Glass’ hands become Maki Namekawa’s hands.” (Francisco63 on Youtube, March 2021)

“Many thanks from Manchester, Michigan!” (Barry on Facebook, June 2020)

“Amazing! Watching from Santiago de Chile.” (Valentina on Facebook, June 2020)

“Such a great solution to tour guiding in the context of the current social and travel restrictions. I really enjoyed watching the video and learnt a lot about the architectural heritage of the Giza Pyramid.” (Andreea on Facebook, June 2020)

“Fascinating. Thank you for this live stream.” (Shell on Facebook, July 2020)

“Virtual Nativity – what a successful and majestic project: hats off to Ars Electronica and Diocese of Linz.” (Judith on Twitter, December 2020)

(Linz,30.4.2021) Exactly one year ago, on May 1, 2020, Gerfried Stocker welcomed you to the very first edition of “Ars Electronica Home Delivery.” After briefly explaining what the new “home delivery” at the intersection of art, technology and society is all about, he introduced Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies as the main protagonists of that live stream. What followed was an impressive piano concert with the two first-rate pianists performing Maurice Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye,” accompanied by the imagery of artist Cori O’lan…

Beginnings are always hard …

It’s been a year since then. A year in which the Museum of the Future was off-limits to visitors or only open to very limited numbers. Nevertheless, things were hardly quiet in the rooms and corridors of the Ars Electronica Center. Completely new teams of info trainers, cultural educators and technicians bustled around the exhibitions and labs every day, all equipped with cameras, tripods, softboxes, microphones, cables, cables and even more cables. Sets were set up and taken down again, LIVE sessions were conceived, moderated, filmed, streamed, commented on, discussed, critiqued and developed. It was all unexplored territory and the constant “We are LIVE in 3, 2, 1, …” was a completely unfamiliar stress factor. All of this was made even more difficult by Covid requirements, which were meticulously adhered to – so far, there has not been a single case of Covid19 in the large “Home Delivery” team.

… but perseverance pays off …
Live stream after live stream, the “Home Delivery” team grew together and became a well-coordinated group. Learning by doing was the motto. Day by day. Improvisation gave way to structured processes, stage fright subsided, lighting and sound were in place, storytelling got better and better – in short, the learning curve went steeply upward, and “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” began to work. Whether it was excursions into the world of astronomy or art history, talks with artists and scientists, exhibition tours, lab workshops or concerts of classical, pop, or experimental music, the “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” team was now delivering great programming week after week. And the audience was enjoying the programs more and more.

… and the fan base is getting bigger and bigger
Home Delivery counted 433,645 views between May 1, 2020 and April 25, 2021. For 18,962 hours, people all over the world watched the programming streamed from Linz. 74 percent of visitors came from Europe, 17 percent from the U.S. and 7 percent from Asia. Among the most popular videos were “Deep Space Special: In the Heart of the Great Pyramid,” “Welcome to the Ars Electronica Festival,” “Deep Space LIVE: Brain for Beginners” and “Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies in Concert: Philip Glass.”

Ars Electronica Home Delivery SERVICES
As Home Delivery became more professional and increased its reach, we arrived at the next logical step in March 2021: Ars Electronica expanded its virtual portfolio to include fee-based SERVICES for the Education, Events, Innovation and Art divisions. Talks, workshops, lectures and tours will be offered, all of which are virtual and interactive.

Live Concert with Maki Namekawa, Dennis Russell Davies and Cori O’lan.
On Sunday, May 2, 2021, “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” once again invites you to a concert. Almost exactly one year after the very first Home Delivery, Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies will again perform Maurice Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye.” Before that, there are three organ preludes by J. S. Bach dedicated to the victims of the Covid pandemic. Cori O’lan will contribute the real-time visualizations.

Ars Electronica Home Delivery: here to stay
“‘Ars Electronica Home Delivery’ is a success story,” says Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica. “We’ve managed to reach people despite lockdowns and museum closures and keep the conversation around our future going. We’ve also managed to offer artists a platform where they can present their work and put it up for discussion. Last but not least, thanks to ‘Home Delivery’ we have managed to initiate a consistent and sustainable hybridization of Ars Electronica.”
“‘Home Delivery’ stands for the innovative spirit and consistency that have always characterized Ars Electronica,” said Doris Lang-Mayerhofer, City Councilor for Culture and Chair of the Ars Electronica Advisory Board. “The virtual offerings they’ve developed here in Linz – whether for school classes, apprentices, students, corporate and public-sector leaders, or curators – will be available worldwide in the future. Ars Electronica couldn’t have made better use of this time of crisis.”

Update: Environment and Resources / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

Maki Namekawa & Dennis Russell Davies in Concert / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

The Great Pyramid / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

Virtual Crib / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

Virtual Tour – AI & You / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

Behind the Scenes of Ars Electronica Home Delivery / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion