Inside Festival Episodes 10 & 11

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(Linz, 24.8.2021) Fascinating exhibitions, inspiring talks and conferences, theme-specific guided tours, workshops and great concerts with digital and/or classical music — and all that in Linz and countless other locations around the globe: from September 8 to 12, the Ars Electronica Festival will once again take place as a hybrid event. The thematic point of departure for this journey around the world is the call for a “New Digital Deal.” Two more editions of “Inside Festival” are on the Ars Electronica Home Delivery schedule this week. Tuesday, 8/24/2021, in Episode 10 of “Inside Festival,” Veronika Liebl (Managing Director of Ars Electronica) and Andrew Newman (Producer, European Platform for Digital Humanism, Ars Electronica) present a series of projects dealing with the theme of “Data / Storage of our data” — including a data center that can store and retrieve data in the DNA of plants. In Episode 11, Christl Baur (Head of the Ars Electronica Festival) and Hortense Boulais-Ifrène (Garden Manager, Ars Electronica) look at various community projects: From workshops to biomaterials to a “weekly package” that has been gladdening hearts in Cuba for many years.

Inside Festival (Episode 10): 15 days or 360 hours or 21,600 minutes until the festival starts / TUE 24.8.2021 / 16:00 CET

Veronika Liebl (Managing Director, Ars Electronica) and Andrew Newman (Producer, European Platform for Digital Humanism, Ars Electronica) are dedicating the tenth edition of “Inside Festival” to the theme of “Data / Storage of our data” and presenting a series of projects that approach the subject from different perspectives. Like the Data Garden, an organism-based data center capable of storing and retrieving data from the DNA of plants. “The Blue Humanites Archive” by the Ars Electronica Garden Gdansk, an interactive VR project, also shows that data can be stored better in DNA than through silicon on computer hard drives. The “Sourdough DNA” workshop at the Ars Electronica Garden Vilnius sheds light on the consumption of foodstuffs and their origins and poses the question of how humans and microorganisms work together.

Inside Festival (Episode 11): 11 days or 264 hours or 15,840 minutes until the festival starts / THU 26.8.2021 / 16:00 CET
Christl Baur (Head of the Ars Electronica Festival) and Hortense Boulais-Ifrène (Garden Manager, Ars Electronica) are devoting the eleventh edition of “Inside Festival” to the theme of Community. For example, the “Remix Food Waste Biomaterial Makers Workshop” focuses on sustainability, recyclability, biodegradability and zero waste. The Garden New York presents “Conscious Community” and shows how new technologies can help to enter into a dialogue across cultural boundaries. The Garden in Cuba presents “Paquete Semanal” — the “weekly package,” a kind of offline internet that offers the many Cubans who have no access to the internet everything their hearts desire, from series to documentaries, the latest hit songs and comics to magazines in PDF format and language courses. The collection, which has been published weekly since 2008, is about one terabyte in size. It is very popular in Cuba and is passed around there by hand.

Ars Electronica Festival
On September 18, 1979, the first Ars Electronica Festival saw the light of day in Linz. It was a pilot project that took the emerging digital revolution as an occasion to inquire into possible futures and to locate this inquiry at the interface of art, technology and society. With this philosophy, which is still valid today, the cyberneticist and physicist Herbert W. Franke (AT), the electronic musician Hubert Bognermayr (AT), the music producer Ulli A. Rützel (AT) and Hannes Leopoldseder (AT), then director of the ORF regional studio in Upper Austria, laid the foundation for the success story of Ars Electronica. Today, more than 40 years later, Ars Electronica is one of the world’s largest hybrid platforms for media art, a festival for digital music, a showcase for creativity and innovation, and a playground for the next generation.

Ars Electronica Home Delivery
“Ars Electronica Home Delivery” is a weekly program that includes guided tours of Ars Electronica exhibitions, excursions to Ars Electronica Labs, visits to the Machine Learning Studio, concerts with real-time visualizations, Deep Space LIVE sessions, workshops with engineers and talks with artists and scientists from around the world, as well as offerings for schools, universities and companies. “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” aims to make the artistic and scientific exploration of the future accessible to the widest possible audience.

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