Waltraut Cooper (AT)

Ars Electronica Center

Klangmikado, which was created for Ars Electronica in 1987, allows visitors to play with oversized mikado sticks and create individual sound worlds. The composition is by Gerhard E. Winkler.

The work can be seen in the foyer of the Ars Electronica Center!

On the occasion of the exhibition “Waltraud Cooper Light and Sound,” which took place in 2017 at the Landesgalerie Linz, Cooper’s interactive work Klangmikado was reconstructed in cooperation with the Ars Electronica Center and made accessible to the public again. This experimental sound sculpture comes from the “Digital Poetry” series, in which computers transform visual, linguistic and musical forms of expression into one another. The series was developed for Cooper’s contribution to the 1986 Venice Biennale, which was entitled “Art and Science,” and has since been shown in a variety of formulations. Since the 1980s, the Klangmikado has been presented at festivals and museums in Montréal, Boston and New York, among other places.


Project Credits:

  • In collaboration with the Landesgalerie Linz


Waltraut Cooper – mathematician and artist – is one of the pioneers of digital art. The Linz-born artist has attracted international attention for several decades and was represented at the Venice Biennale several times.