Music and visualizations are mainstays of the Festival program. An opening extravaganza on Thursday kicks off the five-day media art festival. On Friday, the site of the Big Concert Night when orchestral music and digital sounds intermingle with live electronics and visualizations. Linz’s spacious riverside Donaupark will once again be serving as an open-air stage—on Saturday, centerpiece of the Visualized Klangwolke (Cloud of Sound). A special highlight will be the AIxMusic Festival on Saturday at the abbey of St. Florian. Music Monday is a great opportunity for aficionados of digital music and sound art to enjoy up-close-and-personal encounters with the festival’s lineup of artists and musicians.
Before the festival officially begins, locals are invited to an inaugural tour, a pre-opening, on Wednesday evening.
Voices from AI in Experimental Improvisation
Tomomi Adachi (JP), Andreas Dzialocha (DE), Marcello Lussana (IT)
Voices from AI in Experimental Improvisation is a project by Tomomi Adachi, Andreas Dzialocha and Marcello Lussana. They built an AI called “tomomibot” which learned Adachi’s voice and improvisation techniques using neural network algorithms. The performance raises questions about the logic and politics of computers in relation to human culture.
Klaus Spiess (AT), Lucie Strecker (DE)
Klaus Spiess (AT) runs the Arts and Science program and is LASER chair at the Medical University Vienna, where he is an associate professor. He has developed performances/installations on the subject of biopolitics for many international venues. Awarded with a Prix Ars Electronica. He has published on the subject of his work in "Leonardo", "The Journal of Performance Research" and "The Lancet".
OPENING: Ars Electronica Special / Unboxing the festival
As every year, we will open the first evening of the festival with an exciting performance program. The focus will be on the various artistic possibilities offered by the voice, improvisation, and neural networks in humans and machines.
The Big Concert Night 2019
Since 2003, the collaboration with the Bruckner Orchestra has been an integral and unique part of the Ars Electronica Festival. It is a collaboration that makes it possible not only to perform interesting works each year, but also to develop unique artistic projects that bring together a wide variety of orchestral music, electronic music, robots, dancers and digital images.
While the music of the Bruckner Orchester in the Gleishalle fades and some listeners still hear the final sounds of the instruments as they fall silent, we are getting the console ready for the transition to danceable sound experiments.
The OK Night, much appreciated by music enthusiasts and night-owls, is the place to be on the Festival Saturday for everyone who wants to crank it up after the Electronic Theatre or the Klangwolke.
170 Jahre Sparkasse OÖ Jubiläumsklangwolke präsentiert von der LINZ AG
The Visualized Klangwolke – which celebrates its 40th birthday – will be staged this year by David Pountney. The internationally renowned opera director and artistic director is a master of spectacular scenic effects, which he turns into a virtuoso means of expression.
Episode am Fluss
Ars Electronica, the Bruckner Orchestra under Markus Poschner, and the Brucknerhaus cooperate to trace the history of the Klangwolke. After the large visualized cloud of sound on Saturday, a tribute will be paid to the beginnings of this special project on Sunday evening.
Philip Glass: Piano Sonata
Maki Namekawa (JP), Cori O'lan (AT)
With an Austrian premiere, the Ars Electronica Festival bid farewell to POSTCITY on the last day: pianist Maki Namekawa plays Philip Glass' first piano sonata, which he dedicated to her. The piece was commissioned jointly by the Piano-Festival Ruhr, the Philharmonie de Paris and Ars Electronica.
Pianographique – Piano Music meets Digital Images
Maki Namekawa (JP), Dennis Russell Davies (AT/US), Cori Oʼlan (AT)
The festival will conclude this year with another collaboration of the two pianists Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies with the digital visual artist Cori O'lan. It is part of a multi-year Ars Electronica project dedicated to the visual interpretation of musical expression and perception as well as the direct encounter between analog sound and digital visuals.
The first "AI x Music Festival", organized by Ars Electronica and the European Commission as part of the STARTS initiative, is dedicated to the encounter between human creativity and technical perfection. From September 6 to 8, 2019, Ars Electronica will be gathering musicians, composers, cultural historians, technologists, scientists and AI developers from all over the world in Linz to discuss the interaction between people and machines through concerts and performances, conferences, workshops and exhibitions.
Highlights of Digital Media Art! Opening of the CyberArts exhibition in the OÖ Kulturquartier. Since 1998 the OK in the OÖ Kulturquartier has presented the prizewinning art works of the Prix Ars Electronica, the most renowned competition for digital art in the world.
Dmitry Morozov / ::vtol:: (RU)
last breath is a ritual instrument of dying that can be played with when the artist no longer has the strength to use any other instrument. Until the last breath.
Uwe Rieger (DE/NZ), Yinan Liu (NZ), arc/sec Lab (NZ)
The interactive installation LightWing II creates a mysterious sensation of tactile data. It allows the visitor to navigate through holographic spaces and to explore responsive narratives.
Carla Bolgeri (CL/IT), Francisco Marín (CL)
Vocals is a work that explores the sonic power of language in an acoustic and corporal praxis that seeks in the voice a vehicle to experience a sonorous state in the body and in matter. We seek to transform our communication processes into other possible configurations of meaning, in a moving territory and a changing landscape, the layers of language are superimposed on the meanings, sounds, vowels, noises, in various phonic forms that move in the foundations of our communication.
Ei Wada (JP) + Linz Orchest-Lab
ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS! is a project where retired consumer electronics are resuscitated as instruments, new ways to play music are invented, and all kinds of people are invited to be orchestrated with the artist and musician Ei Wada.
CREATE YOUR WORLD Award Ceremony
u19-create your world
The Award Ceremony brings together all winners of this year's Prix Ars Electronica u19–create your world. The young winners are the heart of this event, because not only are their projects presented, but they also get the opportunity to pass on their own enthusiasm directly to us in a short interview. Immediately afterwards they will be awarded the respective prize.
Jaskaran Anand (IN/AT)
MachinedHuman! is a performance-oriented interactive installation that questions the existing. We are presented with an enthroned instance, apparently half human and half machine. The heart of this entity can be controlled by the functions of the mouse. It reacts to the movement of the mouse and the mouse click leads to a search for the essence.
NAMAHAGE in Tokyo
Etsuko Ichihara (JP), ISID OPEN INNOVATION LAB. (JP)
In Japanese folklore, there exists a beast-like deity called the Namahage. NAMAHAGE in Tokyo seeks to reconstruct and implement the NAMAHAGE system in a modern city. It translates and reinterprets for the urban context the ritual's functions, including maintenance of rural community through mutual surveillance, initiation into adulthood, and reinforcement of family bonds.
Dear Glenn, – Yamaha AI Project
Pianist: Francesco Tristano (LU), Flutist: Norbert Trawöger (AT), Violinist: Maria Elisabeth Köstler (AT/DE), Researcher: Akira Maezawa (JP; Yamaha Corporation)
Yamaha Corporation, together with the support of the Glenn Gould Foundation and pianists, is pursuing the development of the world’s first AI piano solution capable of analyzing and playing in the style of a human pianist while interacting with human musicians in a music ensemble. Yamaha will demonstrate the AI through a concert performance at the St. Florian monastery on September 7.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites for unaccompanied cello
Yishu Jiang (AT)
The Bach cello suites played in the performance are structured in six movements each: prelude, allemande, courante, sarabande, two minuets or two bourrées, and a final gigue. The Bach cello suites are considered to be among the most profound of all classical music works.
Cumulus – Stratus
Volkmar Klien (AT)
Volkmar Klien lets St. Florian’s bells swing and produce aural shapes in the sky around the abbey with the assistance of AI-based pattern-recognition and interpolation. The shapes emerge and morph to melt back into homogenous sound fields covering everything within earshot. They then subside, to give way to distinct sonic formations from above.
Joep Beving, Arvo Pärt, Bach-Kurtag at St.Florian
Maki Namekawa (JP), Dennis Russell Davies (AT/US)
At this year’s festival the renowned pianist Maki Namekawa will perform several pieces by different composers solo as well as together with her husband Dennis Russell Davies.
OrganRecital with Hermann Nitsch
Hermann Nitsch (AT)
An organ improvisation in four movements by Hermann Nitsch.
Bach Hauer Scelsi Cage
Weiping Lin (AT/TW)
Weiping Lin (violin) presents four different compositional approaches by composers who, in their individual ways, reflected on questions of musical order and its relation to the wider contexts of human existence.
Heavy Requiem – Buddhist Chant: Shomyo + Electronics
Keiichiro Shibuya (JP), Eizen Fujiwara (JP), Justine Emard (FR)
This will be a unique collaborative performance of integrated electronic and traditional Buddhist music.
Saxophone and Live Electronics Improvisation Concert
Jérôme Nika (FR), Rémi Fox (FR)
C’est pour ça develops an electronic aesthetic while seeking to preserve the organic character of the summoned “memories” (traditional choirs, spoken voice, saxophone playing modes...).
The tenor duets of Claudio Monteverdi
Ensemble Vivante (AT)
Ensemble Vivante presents the dramatically charged vocal music of a contemporary of Kepler, offering works whose texts reflect their time’s turbulence, innovation and discovery through their depictions of nature and humanity.
Roberto Paci Dalò (IT)
A solo concert for clarinet (and bass clarinet) that works with the very special acoustics and reverbs of Sankt Florian’s Marmorsaal and evokes different musical styles from Gregorian to Monteverdi and Gesualdo da Venosa. Sometimes it makes a timbral memory appear, borrowed from practices and memories of electronic musical culture. Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is a religious service of Western Christianity.
Bruckner Percussion plays Xénakis
Leonhard Schmidinger (AT), Fabian Homar (AT), Vladimir Petrov (BG)
Iannis Xénakis (1922-2001) composed Okho for three djembe players. The premiere took place on October 20, 1989 on the occasion of the Paris Autumn Festival. Our interpretation deviates from the original instrumentation and makes use of an extended percussion setup of the kind Xénakis himself uses in his solo piece Rebond B for percussion.
Organ Music in the Field of Tension Between Inspiration, Compostition and Improvisation
Klaus Sonnleitner (AT)
Klaus Sonnleitner’s organ concert takes the audience from Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to French sound worlds and improvisations in the spirit of Anton Bruckner.
Orogenesis: Spacial Piano Improvisation Inspired by the Formation of Mountains
Rupert Huber (AT)
When two continental plates collide, one becomes subducted beneath the other. Rupert Huber´s piano improvisation represents this process by putting sound to the formation of an imaginary mountain.
SHOJIKI “Play Back” Curing Tapes
Muku Kobayashi (JP), Mitsuru Tokisato (JP)
Rewinding curing tapes with a motor. The performers use a switch to control the rotation direction of the motor and its ON/OFF. Each time the tape is rewound on to the motor axis, it makes peeling sounds and continuant sounds.
Mark Farid (UK)
For 24 hours a day, for 28 days, artist Mark Farid will wear a virtual reality headset, seeing and hearing what one person sees and hears for 28 days.
^lgorithmZoo Pt. 5. : KTV Session
Rico Graupner (DE)
^lgorithm Zoo pt. 5 "KtV Sessions Vol II. is a concert series that deals with the sonic fusion of different biological habitats. In this case, a beetle-controlled synthesizer interacts with the sound installation ZoomBx. The movement events of the insects are tracked by a specially developed software (IcCE) that makes it possible to map the acquired data to musical parameters as well as different positions in space.
Jörg Brinkmann (DE)
The sound of a voice from a YouTube clip is analyzed with custom software and translated into servomotor movements. The mouth moves in synch with the video’s voice, which is realized with a bulldog clip that is attached to the lower lip. In the original video clip, a controversial and much-discussed shaman known as Little Grandmother delivers a monologue about religion, ego, and love reminiscent of a mantra.
Régis Costa de Oliveira (BR)
The Inter Faces performance uses augmented reality to replace the performer's body – including self-portraits – with digital images framed on a screen. The performers will act in a space that fuses the real with the digital. Their actions will likewise occur by crossing in between these two worlds, exploring simulacra and making it evident it from digital contents that seemingly appeal to us, even as it also makes clear how such temptations can exert a narcoticizing, hallucinogenic effect on us.
Raumteiler Linz Kulturverein – Amanda Augustin (AT), Lorena Höllrigl (AT)
With contemporary dance performances, electronic music, interactive light installations and room-filling projections, the Urfahr parish church will be enchanted for two days and appear in a completely different light. The interplay of theory and practice will redefine sacred space and put it on an equal footing with urban space with a symposium of a special kind.