Humans have made far-reaching changes to the natural living environment for their own purposes. Apart from the concrete wastelands and the refuse we produce, there are many other examples that testify to this. But it hasn’t always been that way.
The current age, the holocene, has lasted about 11,700 years. Only with the onset of the industrial revolution in the 18th century did the influence of humans on our environment increase significantly. The drastic changes that occurred during this relatively short time span led to the coining of the epochal term “anthropocene”: the age in which human actions became the most significant factor for biological, geological, and atmospheric changes.
What role does our technological progress play here? Today, it not only extends throughout the earth—it also reaches into space with satellite and space-travel technologies. Often, we are not even conscious of how much technology determines our modern everyday life. How many of us think each time we look at our smartphone about what data we are disclosing or how many technical components actually lie behind the screen? The effects of various technological achievements on our society often become controversial and are passionately discussed in the public realm. That makes it even more important for everyone to form their own, well-informed opinion. From the new digital infrastructure to satellite observation of the earth to the data that are collected on us every day, Global Shift shows an excerpt from the current conditions of our life.
Fragility and Beauty
ESA / DLR / Ars Electronica Solutions (AT)
The stunning images take us on a journey to beautiful and remote places to show us our fragile world.
Ars Electronica Solutions (AT), DLR (DE)
This interactive installation makes it possible to experience the phenomenon of glacier disappearance, placing it in a local and global context.
The 50 Largest Ports in the World
European Space Imaging
In this interactive application you can explore the 50 largest ports in the world.
On Time Every Time
Jan Willem Tulp (NL)
On Time Every Time simulates one of the most high-traffic days on the Dutch railways in 2018.
Remains is an ongoing project that focuses on nature and the tradition of landscape painting.
Roads to Rome
moovel lab (DE)
Roads to Rome deals with one of the greatest mysteries of mobility: do all roads really lead to Rome?
Interactive Science Posters
Science Communication Lab (DE)
Witness current measurements and research, and gain a deep insight into the core of our planet.
SONIC WILDNESS is an installation about precise hearing, but also about introspective recording of an artificial sound landscape.
SHI Weili (CN)
Terra Mars presents artistic representations of the planet Mars in relation to our Earth.
Exploring Our Region
Ars Electronica Solutions (AT)
Explore the region around Upper Austria interactively.
Daniel Fischer (AT)
In a world full of digital data, which is constantly shown to us on various displays, this project shows a different kind of presentation in a haptic and more immediate way