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Crossing the Bridge with Black Swans: University of Art and Design Linz Presents New Media Art at Ars Electronica
The Campus Will Be Bustling With Artists and Scientists From 24 Other Universities

In wild nature, black swans a rare thing to be found. In economy, a black swan is an unpredictable event with far-reaching consequences. Recent years have produced numerous such events, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine among them.

This year, the Ars Electronica programme prepared by the University of Art and Design Linz, “Von schwarzen Schwänen…”, deals with the seemingly impossible. It envisions the unthinkable – and reverses the negative signs: Here, black swans have a positive meaning. They are unthinkable images and metaphors serving as a source of inspiration for the audience.

Seven departments of three different institutes of the University of Art and Design Linz exhibit their newest works from 6 to 11 September 2022: Interface Cultures, the department which initiated the university’s collaboration with the Ars Electronica Festival back in 2004, will present 22 contributions by international students and host a Leonardo Laser Talk. Visitors can experience this special programme titled ‘Crossing the Bridge‘ at Kepler’s Gardens (Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz) – with one exception (exhibited at the university). The Department of Interface Cultures, founded by media art pioneers Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, has become a creative source for the Ars Electronica Festival.

Voice In Sight / Jia-Yu Ku (TW) / photo: Hsi Yao Kao / Printversion / photo album

Craving Future Realities and more / Andreas Ingerl (DE) and Moritz Schell (DE) / photo: Jessica Dierich, Daniela Vogel / Printversion / photo album

Ville Radieuse / Amir Meir (IL) / photo: Shira Marek / Printversion / photo album

Kleine Ängste / Jaime Ibanez (NL) / photo: Jaime Ibanez/ Printversion / photo album

The Checkpoint / Katherine Romero Martinez (CO) / photo: Katherine Romero Martinez / Printversion / photo album