European Southern Observatory, Artistic Journalism and a Picnic in Tokyo

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(Linz, 9.11.2021) Breathtaking astrophotos, terrestrial observatories at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters above sea level and a telescope mirror that, when completed, will have a diameter of an impressive 39 meters. Thursday evening, November 11, 2021, astronomer Dr. Peter Habison will present various observatories and projects of the European Southern Observatory, ESO. On Friday, November 12, 2021, Hideaki Ogawa, Director of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, will present visions and ideas of the Ars Electronica Futurelab and talk about how artistic approaches can help journalists deal with complex subject matter. The session begins at 8:30 a.m.
This week, Ars Electronica Home Delivery once again offers a number of new programs and delivers plenty of other fascinating clips to watch right in your living room, kitchen, office, kids’ room or classroom.

Tokyo Midtown, School of the Future (Future Picnic)
WED 10.11.2021 / 6 p.m.

Question: How do you reconnect people in a big city with each other after a year of distancing, but also with nature? Answer: With a picnic in the green. With Future Picnic, the School of the Future OPEN STUDIO invites visitors to the huge building complex Tokyo Midtown in the center of the Japanese capital. In a spacious garden area the future will be discussed together. The Tokyo Midtown festival, which took place this year from October 15 to November 3, was co-curated by the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Deep Space LIVE: On the Olympus of Modern Astronomy – the Observatories of the European Southern Observatory ESO
THU 11.11.2021 / 7 p.m.

The European Southern Observatory, ESO for short, operates several observatories in the Chilean Atacama Desert. For example, several medium-sized optical telescopes are located on La Silla, while the 2600-meter Cerro Paranal is home to the Very Large Telescope (VLT), which is not without reason referred to as the Olympus of modern astronomy. The third site is on the 5000 meter high Llano de Chajnantor with 66 radio telescopes of the ALMA collaboration. In addition, ESO is working on the construction of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the largest single telescope in the world, which will have a mirror diameter of 39 meters. Starting at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Peter Habison, astronomer, physicist, science historian and head of ESO Science Communication for Austria, will present ESO’s observatories and projects in breathtaking images. Deep Space LIVE is supported by LINZ AG.

Artistic Journalism 2/3: Alchemists of the Future
FR 12.11.2021 / 08:30 a.m.

In his second lecture, Hideaki Ogawa will give viewers an insight into the artistic research conducted by the Ars Electronica Futurelab on the basis of the exhibition “Alchemists of the Future. This exhibition presents the Futurelab’s various visions and ideas about the future, as well as current trends and various future technologies, and shows what’s behind them. Also featured in this episode is Horst Hörtner, Senior Director and founder of the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

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“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 programs for schools, universities and companies. “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” aims to make the artistic-scientific examination of the future accessible to as broad an audience as possible.

European Extremely Large Telescope / Foto: ESO / Printversion

Cerro Paranal / Foto: ESO / Printversion