The WE GUIDE YOU program is a comprehensive program of various tours that bring visitors closer to the exhibitions and works at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019.
The 2019 Ars Electronica Festival is a meeting place and source of inspiration for business people in Upper Austria who have already acquired expertise in digitization or are interested in new developments in this field. The staff and members of the WKOÖ—Economic Chamber of Upper Austria’s specialist group in management consulting, book keeping and IT are supporting the Festival and looking forward to the benefits its dynamic atmosphere and innovative ideas bring to the regional economy.
Join us on daily ”Spotlight Tours” through POSTCITY during the Ars Electronica Festival in German and English, discover the impressive “Human Limitations — Limited Humanity Tour,” let your children explore the Festival in the “Kids’ Tours,” or join experts who will accompany you through the Ars Electronica Festival on a variety of “Expert Tours” themes. With the “Community Parcours,” Ars Electronica also offers guided tours free of charge through POSTCITY for people with special needs and native speakers from different cultural backgrounds. Additionally, there are guided tours through the CyberArts Exhibition at the OK in the Upper Austrian Cultural Quarter and at the Ars Electronica Center.
Information and Registration
POSTCITY, Welcome Area, WE GUIDE YOU Desk
|THU Sep. 5 — SUN Sep. 8, 2019||10:00 AM — 7:30 PM|
|MON Sep. 9||10:00 AM — 6:00 PM|
Overview of tours
POSTCITY SPOTLIGHT TOUR
Join us on daily spotlight tours through POSTCITY during the Ars Electronica Festival in German and English. Together, we will discuss current issues from the fields of art, technology and society.
WE GUIDE YOU POSTCITY – Thematic Exhibition
The tour “Human Limitations - Limited Humanity” focuses on the thematic exhibition of the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. The artworks and projects on display in the POSTCITY bunker address complex ethical questions relating to simulation and mutation processes, as well as the further development of human beings and the limitations on that development.
The Kids’ Tour takes children between the ages of 8 and 14 through the POSTCITY. Together we discover u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD, the future festival of the next generation, and many other exciting places.
Artist Walk – Marta de Menezes & Luis Graca
Marta de Menezes (PT), Luis Graca (PT)
Artist Marta de Menezes and scientist Luis Graca will take a critical look at the intersection of art and science with an emphasis on bioart.
Expert Tour: Prix Ars Electronica: Life’s intelligence, beyond human cognition
Jens Hauser (DE/FR/DK)
Prix Ars Electronica’s new category “Artificial Intelligence & Life Art” sparks discussions about the links between the largely ambiguous notions of “intelligence” and “aliveness.” Jury member, curator, and media theoretician Jens Hauser will reveal the criteria of the jury process and present selected positions out of the 15 award-winning art works.
Community Parcours: Czech
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Czech language.
Community Parcours: Greek
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Greek language.
Expert Tour: The wedding between virtue and knowledge
Kustos des Stifts St. Florian, Harald R. Ehrl (AT)
The library of the monastery St. Florian with its approx. 160,000 books, an "old" and rich treasure trove of knowledge collected and printed over centuries, is even called a "holy house" by the title of the entrance door. Those who enter are astonished at the enormous volume of books, and we are astonished at the unmanageable amount of knowledge available to us today.
Community Parcours: Spanish
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Spanish language.
Expert Tour: Guided tour to and into the Bruckner Organ - intelligence in design and technology, aesthetics and play
Stiftsorganist und – Kantor MMag. Klaus Sonnleitner CanReg (AT)
Hearing the great organ of the basilica has always been a highlight for many visitors to the monastery. Anton Bruckner also received a lot of inspiration for his work here. Take part in the unique guided tour with organist and cantor Klaus Sonnleitner.
Community Parcours: Inclusive
This inclusive tour for different needs will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge.
Community Parcours: Austrian Sign Language
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Austrian Sign Language.
Expert Tour: The power places of our monastery
Generalabt des Stifts St. Florian, Johann Holzinger (AT)
The tour gives a glimpse behind the walls of the monastery and its hidden “power places.” Each of the many rooms of the monastery has its own special significance in the life of the order - Abbot General Johann Holzinger shows the oratory and the crypt.
Expert Tour: ARS and Mariendom
Tilman Hatje (DE)
The expert tour with the project manager Tilman Hatje shows you the works of art in the Mariendom Linz as well as in the Salzamt. Berlin gallery YAIR is exhibiting five video installations by internationally renowned artists in the Mariendom, who enter into dialogue with the sacred environment. The gallery arebyte from London presents the virtual reality performance 'Seeing I' by Mark Farid at the Salzamt.
Expert Tour: Shared Habitats – Bauhaus-Universität Weimar@aecampus
Ursula Damm (DE), Mindaugas Gapševičius (LT/DE)
The guided curators tour offers the unique opportunity to learn more about the background of the Shared Habitats exhibition, as well as artworks and artistic practices emerging from the Bauhaus-University’s Faculty of Art and Design. The artists will also be present to discuss with the public and share insights about their artistic research.
Community Parcours: Farsi
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Farsi language.
Community Parcours: Russian
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Russian language.
Community Parcours: Turkish
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Turkish language.
Expert Tour: Human Limitations – Limited Humanity
Christl Baur (DE)
This tour will focus on the theme exhibition of the festival and explore the artworks located in the basement of POSTCITY while discussing questions that deal with the powerful technologies at hand today – from bioengineering to artificial intelligence – and the way that we want to use them collectively.
Expert Tour: Space Art at Ars Electronica
Laura Welzenbach (AT)
We will explore the space-related contributions at this year’s exhibition. The starting point is the youth exhibition Step Into Space, which is part of the spaceEU project, an exciting public relations and education initiative designed to stimulate young people’s interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
Expert Tour: The shape of Technology to come – Campus Exhibition
Violeta Gil-Martinez (ES)
An Expert tour through a collection of selected works from the Universities participating in Campus, guided by the coordinator of the Campus Exhibition, Violeta Gil Martínez.
Artist Walk – Andy Gracie
Andy Gracie (UK)
Join the Artist Walk with Andy Gracie to learn about his ongoing artistic research and experiments, his explorations into hermetic systems, hybrid bio-technological ecosystems, and the ways in which we observe and experiment in space and its perceived role in the future of humanity.
Expert Tour: Ars Electronica Gallery Spaces Tour 2019
Christl Baur (DE)
This year, the Art Market Initiative Tours once again offer the opportunity to become immersed in the world of the New Media Art Market. The first tour, with an artistic orientation, tries to capture the abstract and poetic side of the Gallery Spaces.
Expert Tour: Creating the Future - A Brief History of Ars Electronica 1979-2019
Andreas J. Hirsch (AT)
The POSTCITY Expert Tour with Andreas J. Hirsch takes you through 40 years of Ars Electronica and will illustrate aspects from his new book "Creating the Future".
Expert Tour: Biomedia Art: Microbioms, Plantamorphisations and Trans-species relationships
Jens Hauser (DE/FR/DK)
This expert tour guided by curator, media theoretician, and Ars Electronica Jury member Jens Hauser will provide insights into the underlying philosophical and techno-scientific aspects of selected biology-based artworks in the POSTCITY exhibition.
CyberArts 2019 Tour
Join the tour through the Cyberarts exhibition in the Ursulinenhof in OÖ Kulturquartier that showcases works singled out for recognition by the Prix Ars Electronica.
Highlight Tour at Ars Electronica Center
Discover the current projects and themes of the new exhibitions during a Highlight Tour. The focus is on artificial intelligence. It is about social and ethical debates, about new possibilities, and above all, about the effects on us as individuals.
Expert Tour: Interface Cultures
Students of the Department of Interface Cultures
Students from Interface Cultures at University of Art and Design Linz will take you through their exhibition. They present their projects, explain how they came into being and talk about the background of the works. They will focus on the role of technology and art in their works. Everybody is invited to join and raise questions about their art!
Expert Tour: Art Market Initiative Tour 2019
Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt (DE/US)
This year, the Art Market Initiative Tours once again offer the opportunity to become immersed in the world of the New Media Art Market. The second tour looks at the Gallery Spaces exhibition from the art market point of view.
On September 7 and 8, the Festival invites you to free guided tours in Bulgarian, Greek, Austrian Sign Language, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Czech, Turkish, Plain Language as well as inclusive courses.
Expert Tour: Living inside Schrödinger’s Box
Matthias Hörtenhuber (AT)
The scientist Matthias Hörtenhuber focuses on AI and life science in his tour. He discusses the applications of machine learning and the associated algorithms.
Expert Tour: HybridNature
Dr. Friedrich Schwarz (AT)
The Expert Tour HybridNature explores this exciting question: Where are the limits of our knowledge? Are lichens plants or fungi? The focus is on the plants, the actual “rulers” of this world.
Expert Tour: Music Monday
Werner Jauk (AT), Tilman Hatje (DE)
The Sound Art Course “Music Monday” is a longstanding Ars Electronica tradition. The tour is a listening journey through the plurality of relationships between music / sound art and the media arts.
Artist Walk - QUIMERA ROSA
QUIMERA ROSA (AR/ES/FR)
Join the Artist Walk with Quimera Rosa, who will introduce their work Trans*Plan – a transdisciplinary project that utilizes living systems and is based on self-experimentation: it is a process that involves a “human > plant” transition in various formats.
Community Parcours: Bulgarian
This tour will take you through the POSTCITY free of charge in Bulgarian language.
Radio Walk – Anton Lapov
Anton Lapov (UA)
Join Anton Lapov’s radio walk to hear a deep dive into the socio-cultural landscape in which Ars Electronica has existed for the past 40 years. You can listen to soundscape narration about historical changes in technological art representation forms – from the heyday of the digital revolution to the post-digital crisis – through the lens of critical observation of the Linz cityscape.