Press Releases: Ars Electronica Center
Museum of the Future, School of the Future: Blending art, science and technology is the Ars Electronica Center’s approach to its role as a Museum of the Future and School of the Future. Here, biotechnology and genetic engineering, the neurosciences, robotics, prosthetics and media art constitute interactive experimental arrays that convey an impression of how our world and our everyday life could be in the near future. All of our exhibitions and presentations are oriented on this question, open up manifold perspectives on our nature and how we see ourselves, and show their potential future manifestations in tangible forms to effectively convey them to the general public. As a School of the Future, we also blaze new trails in science education and offer an extensive curriculum of pedagogical programs for all types of schools and grade levels. This museum premiered in 1996 and was expanded and enhanced in conjunction with Linz’s stint as European Capital of Culture in 2009. 170,000 to 185,000 visitors tour the Ars Electronica Center each year.Ars Electronica Center
Ars Electronica’s Year in Review
(Linz, December 27, 2012) Ars Electronica Linz GmbH produced more projects—and more large-scale productions—in 2012 than ever before in its history. So it’s no surprise that this was a record-breaking year—in terms of public response, media impact and revenue as well.
Christmas Season at the Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, December 19, 2012) The Christmas spirit will pervade Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center on December 22 & 23. The young and the young at heart are cordially invited to turn out season’s greeting cards on a laser cutter or use a special machine that helps you decorate Christmas tree ornaments. The Ars Electronica Center’s lineup of fun activities during Christmas vacation is a great way to keep the blues at bay while school’s out.
Deep Space LIVE: X-Events - The Collapse of Everything
(Linz, December 14, 2012) On December 20th and thus the very eve of the end of the world predicted by many of the esoterically inclined, Deep Space LIVE will treat the question of what would happen when some human blunder actually did cause it all to fall apart. At 8 PM, John Casti (US), scientist, author and director of the X-Center research institute, will discuss so-called X-events, extreme situations that could cause our fragile political, social and economic systems to crash.
Deep Space LIVE: Commemorative Plaques & Metal Sculpture. Monuments in Linz II
(Linz, December 7, 2012) Visitors to the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, December 13th will be taking a virtual stroll through Linz. Cathrin Hermann of the Municipal Archive will screen jumbo-scale, high-definition projections showing prominent (as well as some little-known) monuments and places of commemoration in Linz.
New Exhibition: Zeit ist Held – Time is What It’s All About
(Linz, December 6, 2012) Who’s in control of his/her time? Why is it that we always have too little of it, and why does it seem that the older we get, the faster time goes by? In conjunction with work on their master’s theses, students in the MultiMediaArt program at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences confronted these issues and put what they came up with into the form of an exhibition that is running at the Ars Electronica Center Linz from December 7, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
Deep Space – Focal Point of the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, December 3, 2012) At the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, December 6th, astrophotographer Dietmar Hager will elaborate on how and why human beings since time immemorial have sought their orientation in the stars, and also discuss the impediments humankind has had to surmount on our way from the archaic concepts of the past to our modern worldviews. Deep Space will also be the hub of Science Days this coming weekend, December 8-9, with presentations changing every half hour.
The International Space Time Concerto
(Linz, November 27, 2012) Visitors to the Ars Electronica Center can attend an extraordinary concert this Friday, November 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM. The International Space Time Concerto features musicians at five locations collaboratively playing nine pieces. The participating institutions are the Newcastle Conservatorium (Australia), the Ars Electronica Center, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Deep Space LIVE: From Country Town to City of Steel
(Linz, November 26, 2012) High-definition photographs detailing the emergence of heavy industry in Linz occupy the focal point at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, November 11, 2012.
Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, November 20, 2012) The accent is on discovering, learning and having fun together as a family group this weekend at the Ars Electronica Center. Family Days on November 24-25, 2012 will feature high-energy tours of the AEC’s exhibits. In Deep Space LIVE Family, astrophotographer Dietmar Hager hosts a 3D journey through the universe and presents the latest images from NASA and the ESO.
Data Security Online and a Journey Back into the Stone Age
(Linz, November 19, 2012) A very interesting and highly varied program is on tap at the Ars Electronica Center this coming Thursday evening, November 22, 2012. Getting the ball rolling at 6:30 PM is Robert Matzinger in his address entitled “Survival in the Jungle of the Data-Headhunters”. Then at 8 PM, Linz adventurers Elisabeth & Peter Pflügl present an account of their arduous journey into a little-known part of Indonesia.
Diversified Thursday Lineup at the Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, November 12, 2012) A fascinatingly diversified lineup is in store for visitors to the Ars Electronica Center at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 15, 2012. In the final installment in the “Brains for All” series, Manuela Macedonia, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, will go into how the brain processes linguistic information and why reading and learning can give rise to difficulties. Then at 8 PM, Fritz Mayrhofer and Anneliese Schweiger of the Linz Municipal Archive will present historical and contemporary images that illustrate the architectural metamorphosis the city has undergone from the late 19th century to the present.
Science Days: Peeks inside the Brain
(Linz, November 7, 2012) Give some thought to the human brain during Science Days at the Ars Electronica Center on the weekend of November 10-11. Besides finding out all sorts of interesting things about how the brain works, visitors will witness how imaging techniques make mental activity visible and see other tools developed to better understand cerebral functions. There will also be opportunities to perform an eye operation with a virtual scalpel and to use eye tracking to draw conclusions about one’s own brain activity.
Deep Space LIVE: Together We Are Strong - Interactive Galaxies
(Linz, November 5, 2012) Colliding galaxies form the epicenter of the next Deep Space LIVE this Thursday, November 11 at 8 PM. Astrophotographer Dietmar Hager will show how galaxies exert mutual attraction via gravitation and just what happens when they finally meet! Deep Space at the Ars Electronica Center is also the go-to place to behold the world’s largest group portrait, a 16x9-meter mosaic made up of countless snapshots taken by shutterbugs who attended the voestalpine Klangwolke last September.
For Seniors: Come Closer! When Technology Approaches Our Body
(Linz, November 29, 2012) Every first and third Friday of the month, the Ars Electronica Center offers themed tours designed with seniors in mind. On November 2 & 16, visitors will learn some amazing things about imaging and diagnostic procedures involving microscopes, magnetic resonance technology and DNA analysis.
Family Days and Concert for Experimental Computer Music
(Linz, October 24, 2012) It’s time for Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center once again this weekend. October 27 & 28 from from 10 AM to 6 PM, Ars Electronica will be hosting tours designed with families in mind and in Deep Space, storyteller Claudia Edermayer will relate tales of Linz in days of yore. Then historian Cathrin Hermann of the Linz City Archive will shed some light on the respective historical context.
Deep Space LIVE: Räubersleut und Ritterstreit – Sagen aus dem alten Linz
(Linz, October 22, 2012) Tales of Linz in days of yore will be the center of rapt attention at the next Deep Space LIVE on October 25. Storyteller Claudia Edermayer will relate ripping yarns including the Sagas of the Iron Hand, the Losensteiner Tournament and Bandit Chieftain Michl Landl. Then historian Cathrin Hermann of the Linz City Archive will shed some light on the respective historical context.
A Colorfully Varied Lineup at the AEC on Thursday Evening
(Linz, October 15, 2012) A diversified program of fascinating events awaits visitors to the Ars Electronica Center this Thursday evening, October 18, 2012. Kicking things off is neuroscientist Manuela Mazedonia’s latest presentation in the Brains for Everybody series. She’ll discuss the extent to which learning a musical instrument at an early age fosters a child’s linguistic skills and how music is processed by the brain. Taking over are Erwin Kraus and Christian Greifeneder from the Province of Upper Austria’s Bureau of Geoinformation and Real Estate. They used lasers to create three-dimensional models of the regional topography that can help identify centuries-old defensive emplacements and roads. Then, false color aerial imagery near the infrared range of the spectrum then delivers information about the vitality of the area’s vegetation.
Science Days: Out of Control
(Linz, October 10, 2012) At the next Science Days on October 13-14, 2012, specialists on the staff of the Department of Secure Information Systems at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus will explain what information about internet users is being stored in conjunction with telecommunications data retention, how you can protect your smartphone from undesirable incursions, and how restoring lost computer data works. Finally, tours through the “Out of Control” exhibition show what steps people can take to better protect their privacy online.
Deep Space LIVE: Transmutations
(Linz, October 8, 2012) An experimental audiovisual performance will be the centerpiece of the next Deep Space LIVE. Through the manipulation of a feedback loop consisting of image converters hooked up to cathode ray tube TV sets, Gregor Göttfert and Florian Voggeneder experiment with the reciprocal interplay of signal and interference, image and sound, and analog & digital visual aesthetics.
Long Night of the Museums at the Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, October 4, 2012) This year’s ORF-Long Night of the Museums runs on October 6. Over 670 museums and galleries throughout Austria are participating by staging evening events for night owls who are culture vultures too. The lineup at the Ars Electronica Center Linz includes live remote hookups to renowned centers of art & science throughout the world. Visitors will be able to use their own smartphone to pilot drones through the AEC’s lobby, create blinking brooches and glowing hair bands, and enjoy breathtaking visuals at a Best of Deep Space program.
Deep Space LIVE: Vertriders
(Linz, October 1, 2012) Breathtaking mountain panoramas and downhill runs on death-defying trials are on tap at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, October 4. Filmmaker Hannes Mair accompanied a group of vertriders—mountain bike freeriders in rugged alpine terrain—on a tour in the mountains of Tyrol, and brought back some impressive footage of picturesque peaks and steep paths with hard rock on one side and nothing but air on the other. Vertrider Axel Kreuter will do the moderating.
Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, September 26, 2012) At Family Days in the Ars Electronica Center on Saturday and Saturday, September 29-30, the accent is on exploring, discovering and playing together as a group. In addition, an amazing Deep Space LIVE experience about mountain gorillas featuring breathtaking images by Elisabeth & Peter Pflügl.
Deep Space LIVE: HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
(Linz, September 24, 2012) An astonishing visual experience awaits visitors at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, September 27. HOME, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, invites viewers to take a trip around the world with an itinerary that includes 50 countries and 120 shooting locations.
Lots Doing at the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, September 18, 2012) A great evening lineup awaits visitors this Thursday, September 20 at the Ars Electronica Center. The next installment of the Brains for Everybody series is set for 6:30 PM. Neuroscientist Manuela Macedonia will explain how and where in our brain decision-making processes take place and which factors can influence them. At 8 PM Deep Space LIVE serves up a double shot of adrenaline courtesy of the folks at Red Bull Media House—a breathtaking documentary film about Norwegian extreme athlete and BASE jumper Karina Hollekim.
Science Days: Machines with Sense and Sensors
(Linz, September 13, 2012) Robots have long been an integral part of lifestyle products—they react to people and to their environment, and people react to them. At Science Days in the Ars Electronica Center, visitors learn to program and design small LEGO robots, tune in to the sounds of all sorts of machines, get acquainted with the Telenoid as the communications device of the future, and experience how findings in the field of robotics can make a positive contribution to human health.
Deep Space LIVE: From the Deep Blue Seas to the Fire of the Stars
(Linz, September 11, 2012) A veritable deluge of high-intensity images awaits visitors to Deep Space LIVE this Thursday, September 13. Getting things started at 8 PM are the colorful underwater worlds captured by Linz nature film maker Erich Pröll. Then it’s time for celestial fireworks as astrophotographer Dietmar Hager takes you on a journey to galaxies far, far away.
Interaktiv-kreativ-Tage im August
(Linz, August 5, 2012) Interactive-Creative Days at the Ars Electronica Center are a great cure for the summertime blues while school’s out. There’s lots of interesting stuff on tap: create illuminated letters and sound sequences for the voestalpine Klangwolke, design your own fairy-tale creatures, and reconfigure, expand and program LEGO-NXT robots.
Volunteers for voestalpine Klangwolke Production Team
(Linz, August 3, 2012) The preparations for the voestalpine Klangwolke on September 1st are moving full speed ahead. Now, we’re recruiting volunteers to join the Klangwolke production staff: assembling LED suits and electronic components, performing maintenance routines on airborne robots, or manning signal flags as part of the Klangwolke choreography. The respective workshops are held every Tuesday in August at 10 AM, 2 PM and 6 PM in the Ars Electronica Center. As a token of our thanks for their public-spiritedness, volunteers will receive free passes to the Ars Electronica Center and Ars Electronica Festival T-shirts.
For Seniors: Inventing the New, Conserving the Old
(Linz, August 2, 2012) Every first and third Friday of the month, the Ars Electronica Center offers themed tours designed with seniors in mind. On August 3 & 17, visitors will learn how historical buildings and sites from Antiquity are being registered by laser and rendered with graphics programs as part of an effort to conserve them for the future. In the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space, tour participants will have the opportunity to explore the ancient cities of Thebes and Pompeii in 3D.
The Ars Electronica Center Spotlights the Best Illuminated Letters
(Linz, August 1, 2012) People throughout Linz and Upper Austria have been busy constructing countless elaborately decorated illuminated letters in preparation for the voestalpine Klangwolke on September 1st . And the beat goes on! The best of the illuminated letters that will star in this year’s Klangwolke extravaganza are now on display for Ars Electronica Center visitors to admire in the new ABC Showcase.
Klangwolke Weekend Special
(Linz, July 25, 2012) The preparations for the voestalpine Klangwolke are moving forward in high gear. Over recent days and weeks, lots of illuminated letters have been constructed and soundcloudminiatures composed. Now, it’s time to take these activities to the next level of intensity: Klangwolke Weekend Specials on July 28-28 and August 18-19, as well as two workshops focusing of recording and remixing sounds.
Summer Camps at the Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, July 16, 2012) The Ars Electronica Center has a special program of activities lined up for youngsters aged 5-14 in July and August. At the Summer Camp on three consecutive mornings, kids can learn to compose their own tracks in a pro-quality sound studio, breathe life into machines they construct themselves, and perform fascinating experiments with electronic circuits.
Science Days: The Blueprint of Life
(Linz, July 19, 2012) DNA, life’s most sophisticated blueprint, will be the star of Science Days on the weekend of July 21-22 in the Ars Electronica Center. Visitors will learn how a human being’s unique genetic makeup in constructed and how scientists go about analyzing it.
Interactive-Creative Days in July
(Linz, July 13, 2012) Interactive-Creative Days at the Ars Electronica Center are a great cure for the summertime blues while school’s out. There’s lots of interesting stuff on tap: create illuminated letters and sound sequences for the voestalpine Klangwolke, design your own fairy-tale creatures, and reconfigure, expand and program LEGO-NXT robots.
Family Night at the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, July 11, 2012) On Family Night, the Ars Electronica Center cordially invites young and old to stop by for family-style fun. Between 6 PM and 12 Midnight, families can create illuminated letters and soundcloudminiatures for the voestalpine Klangwolke and marvel at spectacular, high-definition imagery in Deep Space. And anyone who’d like to use the façade of the Ars Electronica Center as a lighting console and generate colorful visuals to accompany their favorite songs should definitely bring along their smartphone or MP3 player.
Smartphone Security for Everyone
(Linz, July 9, 2012) Smartphones are flooding the market and so are application programs that run on them. But these so-called apps aren’t just a great source of help for such tasks as getting a local weather forecast, navigating strange neighborhoods or translating an exotic menu. They’re also an excellent way to spy on the smartphone’s user. On July 12, Prof. Robert Kolmhofer of the Department of Secure Information Systems at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus will demonstrate how apps deal with users’ personal data and how to protect them from unauthorized access.
For Seniors: Come Closer! When Technology Approaches Our Body
(Linz, July 4, 2012) Every first and third Friday of the month, the Ars Electronica Center offers themed tours designed with seniors in mind. On July 6 & 20, visitor will learn some amazing things about imaging and diagnostic procedures involving microscopes, magnetic resonance technology and DNA analysis.
Deep Space LIVE: Dancing under the Stars
(Linz, July 3, 2012) You can behold the wonders of astronomy and hear the Music of the Spheres this Thursday, July 5, 2012 in Deep Space LIVE. Visitors are in for a real treat from 8 to 9 PM, when astrophotographer Dietmar Hager presents brand-new images from the European Southern Observatory and takes his audience on a 3D journey to the center of the Milky Way and areas where the stars of the future are being born. The musical accompaniment will be a live performance by musician Thomas Nordwest.
Wilhering and Linz’s joint candidacy to host the Province Garden Show in 2019
(Linz, July 2, 2012) Wilhering and Linz seek to jointly host the Province Garden Show in 2019. “Wilhering and Linz are broaching the issue of their relationship and reconfiguring how they interact as neighbors. In doing so, the accent is on the role of the Danube as the region’s main artery. With the Province Garden Show, we’re linking tradition to innovation, and imparting fresh momentum that opens up long-term opportunities,” explained Wilhering Mayor Mario Mühlböck.
Ars Electronica 2012 Interim Results
(Linz, July 1, 2012) At the conclusion of the first half of 2012, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH is pleased to report excellent year-to-date results. Two particularly notable bright spots are the project revenues generated by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and AE Solutions. “For the current year, we’re projecting 70% higher revenues from these two divisions. In other words, we’re now estimating gross revenues from projects at €5.9 million,” said a delighted Diethard Schwarzmair. With a total of 74,500 visitors thus far in 2012, the Ars Electronica Center is maintaining last year’s record pace. And work is underway on the next big attractions: the voestalpine Klangwolke at the end of August and the Ars Electronica Festival in early September. Preparations have already been wrapped up for the “Impetus and Movement” exhibition opening on July 11 at Automobil Forum Unter den Linden in Berlin.
Big Turnout at the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, June 29, 2012) Shortly before schools close for summer break here, crowds have been storming the Ars Electronica Center. This past Tuesday alone, attendance at the Museum of the Future was 1,221. Reservations for upcoming dates have been pouring in as well. During summer vacation, the AEC is offering a wide-ranging program for young and old alike.
What Traces Do We Leave Behind in the Internet?
(Linz, June 26, 2012) On Thursday, June 28, 2012, Markus Zeilinger of the Department of Secure Information Systems at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus will show what traces we leave behind after a bit of surfing on the internet and how they can be analyzed by companies and government agencies.
Deep Space LIVE: The Postwar Years and Reconstruction in Linz
(Linz, June 25, 2011) Postwar Linz, a city divided into two occupation zones, is the subject of the next Deep Space LIVE this coming Thursday, June 28. Maria Jenner, a historian on the staff of the Municipal Archive, will screen large-formal historical images from 1945-55, a time when hunger was rampant in Linz and the housing shortage here was acute.
Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, June 22, 2012) A program of fascination and fun for the whole family is being offered at the Ars Electronica Center once again this weekend. Young and old are invited to create illuminated letters and short pieces of music for the voestalpine Klangwolke, and watch Linz’s pro mountain biker Dominik Raab perform amazing live stunts and tricks in Deep Space. Special family-style tours through the Ars Electronica Center are on the lineup too.
voestalpine Klangwolke – The Cloud in the Web
(Linz, Austria / June 21, 2012) Brucknerhaus and Ars Electronica are staging this year’s voestalpine Klangwolke. Breathtaking technical effects, spectacular interplay of human protagonists and industrial robots, thousands of brilliantly glowing letters, singing lightning bolts and cool sound sculptures are the main elements being condensed into this Cloud in the Web, a Klangwolke the likes of which has never been seen before. And best of all: anyone who wants to get actively involved in making it happen is cordially invited to do so!
Deep Space LIVE: Way back home
(Linz, June 18, 2012) Spectacular tricks and breathtaking stunts are guaranteed to blow the audience away at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, June 21, 2012. A Red Bull Media House film crew accompanied Danny MacAskill, the hot young star of the street trial bike scene, on a trip from Edinburgh to his hometown, Dunvegan, Scotland. Expert commentary will be provided by Linz trial biker Dominik Raab.
Science Days: Out of Control
(Linz, June 15, 2012) At Science Days on June 16-17, 2012, specialists from the Department of Secure Information Systems at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus will show what information about users is being gathered in conjunction with telecommunications data retention, how users can protect their Smartphone from incursions by undesirables, and how to restore purportedly lost computer information. Tours through the “Out of Control – What the Internet Knows about You” exhibition will demonstrate the steps that Web users can take to protect their private sphere.
Brains for Everybody: Attention and Consciousness
(Linz, June 12, 2012) Neuroscientist Manuela Macedonia of the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig will deliver her next address at the Ars Electronica Center this Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM. Audience members will learn how the human brain focuses and shifts attention, and which mechanisms are involved in forming various states of consciousness such as being awake and asleep, being in a coma, and having an out-of-body experience. Please preregister by calling 0732/7272.51 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deep Space LIVE: Jupiter - Size Matters
(Linz, June 11, 2012) Jupiter, our solar system’s largest planet, is the star of the next Deep Space LIVE this coming Thursday. In addition to displaying high-definition images taken by the ESO and NASA, astrophotographer Dietmar Hager will go into fascinating detail about Jupiter’s magnetic field, atmosphere and moons.
Long Night of the Stages at the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, June 1, 2012) Raise the curtain on theater, dance and fairy tales! Once again this year, the Ars Electronica Center is hosting the Long Night of the Stages. Awaiting theatergoers both young and old are exciting narratives and musical artistry, impressive dance performances and spectacular visuals in Deep Space. Whoever would like to be a part of this year’s voestalpine Klangwolke can attend a workshop to produce letters of the alphabet that light up by remote control, or visit the new SoundLab and get an introduction to the world of audio production.
Construct Light-Up Letters for the Klangwolke
(Linz, May 31, 2012) The Klangwolke Werkstatt at the Ars Electronica Center opens its doors on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 6 PM. This is place to go to create illuminated letters of the alphabet for the voestalpine Klangwolke on September 1. The Klangwolke Werkstatt is open whenever the AEC is. Admission is free of charge, and so are the construction materials.
For Seniors: Everything Out of Control?
(Linz, May 30, 2012) Every first and third Friday of the month, the Ars Electronica Center offers a themed tour designed with seniors in mind. On June 1 & 15, the focus is on the traces we leave behind as we make our accustomed rounds through the internet, and what steps we can take to better protect our personal data online.
Deep Space LIVE: Linz 1933 - 1945
(Linz, May 28, 2012) Previously unreleased images of Linz between 1933 and 1945 will be on display at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, May 31. Walter Schuster, director of the Archive of the City of Linz, will speak about the time from the beginning of the Civil War until the end of World War II and illustrate his talk with large-format historical photographs. Among the motifs: stew being dispensed to the needy on Hauptplatz, construction of the new Nibelungen Bridge, and a model of the Opera Square and Boulevard the Nazis were planning to build.
Family Days at Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, May 24, 2012) It’s time for Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center once again this weekend. May 26-27 from 10 AM to 6 PM, we’re hosting a full lineup of events including tours designed with families in mind. Youngsters—and their chaperones too—can take part in a Puzzle Rallye that gets across lots of cool stuff about the Ars Electronica Center. In Deep Space, scuba diver and underwater photographer Peter Pflügl will present astounding images of the undersea world at 4 PM both days.
Deep Space LIVE: Behind the Wall
(Linz, May 21, 2012) The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will occupy the focal point at the next Deep Space LIVE this Thursday, May 24. Stefan Schwarzmair, a member of the Ars Electronica Center staff, will talk about his experiences and impressions gained during two stints as a volunteer for Palestinian aid organizations on the West Bank. He’ll tell about living and working with Palestinians amidst walls, barbed wire and checkpoints.
VISUAL SOUND TOUR – The Linz Sinfonietta
(Linz, May 17, 2012) “VISUAL SOUND TOUR – The Linz Sinfonietta” will be the Linz Music School’s third guest appearance at the Ars Electronica Center. On Monday, May 21 at 7 PM, student musicians under the direction of Petra Wurz and Marco Palewicz will perform amidst spectacular high-definition graphics in Deep Space. The focus, both musically and visually, will be on the City of Linz itself. All the works were written by Linz musicians; the projected images are provided by the Municipal Archive and nature filmmaker Erich Pröll. There’ll also be an exhibit of stencil graffiti photographed around town. Admission is free.
New SoundLab in the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, May 16. 2012) The Ars Electronica Center’s brand new SoundLab makes its debut on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7 PM. It’s a setting for five sound installations, and also features a fully functional sound studio including six workstations equipped with audio software for recording, remixing and producing. On the opening night lineup are a live jam and workshops designed to give an impression of the amazing possibilities available to visitors. Over the coming weeks, the SoundLab will be dedicated to preparations for the upcoming voestalpine Klangwolke and production of Klangwolke Miniatures.
Science Days: Images of the Brain
(Linz, May 11, 2012) The next Science Days at the Ars Electronica Center will showcase “Images of the Brain.” Throughout the weekend (May 12-13), the BrainLab will focus on images and our perception of them. Visitors can look forward to learning lots of interesting stuff about optical illusions, and they’ll have the opportunity to watch Linz artists Katharina Klaczak, Ursula Hübner, Peter Sommerauer, Ingrid Tragler, Alexander Jöchl and Veronika Merl paint pictures using only the power of their thoughts. Visitors can also get hooked up to a brain-computer interface and try out “brain painting” for themselves.
TECHNO LOG 12: Interface Human – Challenge Machine
(Linz, May 10, 2012) TECHNO LOG 12 is set for Monday, May 21 at the Ars Electronica Center. “Interface Human – Challenge Machine” is the theme of this one-day in-depth conference. Kicking things off will be keynote speeches by two internationally renowned experts: Dr. Ulrich Eberl, director of innovation communication at Siemens AG, Munich, and Prof. Peter Purkathofer, director of the UID Lab at the Department of Information Science at Vienna University of Technology. TECHNO LOG 12 is being staged jointly by the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Center for Advances in Digital Entertainment Technologies (CADET) and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.
Fascinating Thursday Evening Lineup at the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, May 9, 2012) An interesting evening program awaits visitors to the Ars Electronica Center on Thursday, May 10. At 6:30 PM, Manuela Macedonia, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, gives a rundown on what goes into being successful. Then at 8 PM, Deep Space LIVE showcases the fascinating sport of skydiving. Members of Linz’s Union Parachuting Club will screen breathtaking footage of their jumps.
For Seniors: A Journey in Pictures from Microscopic to Galactic
(Linz, May 2, 2012) Every first and third Friday of the month, the Ars Electronica Center offers a themed tour custom-tailored to seniors. The guides make a concerted effort to dispense with English-language high-tech jargon, and to allow plenty of time for tour group members to pose questions and to discuss their experiences and impressions. On tap on May 4 & 18 are a journey in pictures—impressive images taken with a microscope and a telescope.
Deep Space LIVE: Fascinating Oceans
(Linz, April 27, 2012) Scuba diver and underwater photographer Peter Pflügl invites you to take a journey through a spectacularly beautiful submarine world on Thursday, May 3. Visitors will encounter extraordinary sea creatures and learn some interesting things about how they live and behave. In addition to presenting fascinating underwater photography, Pflügl will give some insights into how he works, his photographic techniques and the equipment necessary.
voestalpine Klangwolke - The Cloud in the Net
(Linz, April 25, 2012) Breathtaking technical effects, spectacular interplay of human and robotic protagonists, thousands of brilliantly glowing letters and artistic illumination of the cityscape of the Austrian city of Linz itself, singing lightning bolts and wonderful worlds of sound compose this Klangwolke, an account of the interconnectedness of our world. The Brucknerhaus and Ars Electronica are precipitating the voestalpine Klangwolke, the cloud of sound that forms above the city of Linz in September. And anyone can become a part of this “cloud in the Net”; everyone can contribute their own musical fragments or homemade letters of light to this extravaganza.
Lange Nacht der Forschung im Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, 24.4.2012) Bei der Langen Nacht der Forschung am 27. April bewegen BesucherInnen sechsbeinige Roboter oder den Spieleklassiker Pac Man Roboter Kraft der eigenen Gedanken, blicken hinter die Kulissen des Ars Electronica Futurelab und erfahren mehr über ein Projekt mit der Blutbank Linz, das mit Hilfe von Rasterelektronenmikroskopen den Alterungsprozess von roten Blutzellen erforscht.
Deep Space LIVE: Verschwundenes Linz
(Linz, 23.4.2012) Im Rahmen von Deep Space LIVE beleuchtet Markus Altrichter vom Archiv der Stadt Linz diesen Donnerstag die bauliche Entwicklung der Stadt während der letzten Jahrhunderte und präsentiert faszinierende Aufnahmen von längst abgerissenen Gebäuden, die über lange Jahre das Linzer Stadtbild prägten. Mittels großformatiger Projektionen erwachen eindrucksvolle Bauten wie die Wollzeugfabrik, Hatschekvilla oder das Hotel Weinzinger für kurze Zeit wieder zu neuem Leben.
OUT OF CONTROL - What the Internet Knows about You
(Linz, April 18, 2012) A clash over the possession and dissemination of personal data is now raging worldwide. Politicians and bureaucrats, corporate executives and civil rights activists—it seems they’re all squabbling about who may, should or must know what about us and retain it how long! And regardless of who finally prevails in this skirmish, the victory comes with a short expiration date. Why? Because the internet and the services that make it up are changing so rapidly that we users and our elected officials can hardly keep pace. “Out of Control – What the Internet Knows about You,” the Ars Electronica Center’s new exhibition produced jointly with the Department of Secure Information Systems at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus, scrutinizes the constantly shifting border between the public and private spheres, and the opportunities and risks this entails for us users. “Out of Control – What the Internet Knows about You” will be running from April 19th to the end of 2012.
Science Days: Menschen mit Sinn und Sensoren
(Linz, 17.4.2012) Roboter haben heute längst Einzug in Lifstyle-Produkte und Prothetik gehalten. Sie reagieren auf den Menschen und seine Umwelt und der Mensch reagiert auf sie. Bei den Science Days programmieren BesucherInnen Minicomputer, die Geräusche, Licht oder Bewegungen wahrnehmen, lernen den Telenoid als Kommunikationsmaschine der Zukunft kennen oder erfahren von Materialien, die auf ihre Umwelt reagieren.
Deep Space LIVE: Higgs, wo bist du?
(Linz, 16.4.2012) Donnerstag, 19.April, stehen das Forschungszentrum CERN und die Suche nach dem Higgs-Teilchen im Mittelpunkt von Deep Space LIVE. Michael Doser (AT/CH), Senior Research Physicist am Physics Department des CERN, gibt ab 20:00 Uhr Einblicke in die aktuelle Forschung am CERN und versucht zu ergründen, ob das Higgs Boson wirklich existiert oder nicht.
Family Days im Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, 12.4.2012) Diesen Samstag und Sonntag, 14. & 15.4.2012, finden im Ars Electronica Center wieder Family Days statt. Zwischen 10:00 und 18:00 erwarten BesucherInnen speziell auf Familien abgestimmte Führungen, können Groß und Klein bei einer Rätselrallye jede Menge Interessantes über das Ars Electronica Center erfahren oder den Deep Space besuchen, wo Astrofotograf Dietmar Hager zu einer 3-D-Reise durch das Weltall lädt und dabei Sagen und Mythen über Planeten und Sternbildern erzählt.
Deep Space LIVE: Eye in the Sky
(Linz, 10.4.2012) Im Rahmen von Deep Space LIVE zeigt Othmar Coser vom Österreichischen Weltraumforum atemberaubende Satellitenaufnahmen von der Erde. Ein bildreicher Abend, der den BesucherInnen die Schönheit des blauen Planeten eindrucksvoll vor Augen führt. Im Format 16 x 9 Meter.
Für SeniorInnen: Vom Pinselstrich zum Pixel
(Linz, 4.4.2012) Jeden ersten und dritten Freitag im Monat lädt das Ars Electronica Center zu eigens für SeniorInnen konzipierten Schwerpunktführungen. Sämtliche Erklärungen kommen dabei mit so wenigen (englischen) Fachausdrücken wie möglich aus und es ist stets ausreichend Zeit Fragen zu stellen und sich über Erlebnisse und Eindrücke auszutauschen. Am 6. und 20. April erfahren BesucherInnen bei einem Rundgang durch die Ausstellung „Neue Bilder vom Menschen“ allerlei Wissenswertes über alte und neue Techniken der Bildgebung.
Exhibition Opening: Pingo ergo sum
(Linz, April 3, 2012) “Pingo ergo sum” (I paint; therefore, I am) is the new exhibition running at the Ars Electronica Center from April 6 to May 27. It features the art of brain painting whereby people can render pictures without using their hands, a keyboard or a mouse. A brain-computer interface (BCI) registers the painter’s brainwaves and transmits them to a computer. By using only the power of his/her own thoughts, the painter can select from among a wide array of brushes, forms and colors and use them to paint pictures. At the exhibition opening on Thursday, April 5 in Deep Space at the Ars Electronica Center, Adi Hoesle (DE) will create just such a brain painting. There will also be a live remote hookup to Kunsthalle Rostock, where brain painting has been the center of attention for a week already. Audience members assembled in Deep Space at the AEC will be able to observe a live demonstration of brain painting in Rostock by a woman suffering from locked-in syndrome.
Interaktiv-kreativ-Tage in den Osterferien
(Linz, 2.4.2012) Die Interaktiv-kreativ-Tage im Ars Electronica Center versprechen in den Osterferien abwechslungsreiche Unterhaltung. Dienstag, 3. April, werden auf einem Zeichencomputer fantastische Kreaturen entworfen, die mit Hilfe eines Lasercutters in richtige Papierwesen verwandelt werden können, während bei PicoCricket ein kleiner Computer zum hupenden Fahrzeug oder zu einer leuchtenden Blume umprogrammiert und verändert werden kann. Donnerstag, 5. April, entstehen aus Schrott wunderbare Traummaschinen und werden Ostereier von einem Roboter mit selbst gestalteten Mustern bemalt. Das Programm im Überblick:
Deep Space LIVE: Der Antikythera Mechanismus
(Linz, 27.3.2012) Faszinierendes rund um den Antikythera Mechanismus, eine über 2000 Jahre alte Rechenmaschine aus dem antiken Griechenland, präsentiert Gerfried Stocker, Künstlerischer Leiter der Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, diesen Donnerstag im Rahmen von Deep Space LIVE.
Deep Space LIVE: Denkmäler & Co“ in Linz
(Linz, 26.3.2012) Linzer Erinnerungsorte und Gedenkstätten stehen Donnerstag, 29. März, im Mittelpunkt von Deep Space LIVE. Cathrin Hermann vom Archiv der Stadt Linz erzählt von der Bedeutung und den historischen Hintergründen ausgewählter Denkmäler oder Orte und zeigt, welche „Schätze“ es im Linzer Stadtgebiet zu entdecken gibt.
Family Days im Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, 21.3.2012) Diesen Samstag und Sonntag, 24. & 25.3.2012, finden im Ars Electronica Center wieder Family Days statt. Zwischen 10:00 und 18:00 Uhr erwarten BesucherInnen speziell auf Familien abgestimmte Führungen, können Groß und Klein bei einer Rätselrallye jede Menge Interessantes über das Ars Electronica Center erfahren oder den Deep Space besuchen, wo Naturfilmer Erich Pröll beeindruckende Aufnahmen des Vulkans Mount St. Helens präsentiert.
Ereignisreicher Donnerstag im Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, 19.3.2012) Ein umfassendes Programm erwartet BesucherInnen des Ars Electronica Center diesen Donnerstag, 22. März. Um 18:30 erläutert die Neurowissenschafterin Manuela Macedonia, inwiefern neurophysiologische und bildgebende Methoden wichtige Fragen über den menschlichen Geist beantworten können. Ab 19:00 spricht Ars Electronica Leiter Gerfried Stocker im letzten Teil der Reihe „Medien – Technik – Gesellschaft“ über verschiedene Mitgestaltungsmöglichkeiten in der Mediengesellschaft und um 20:00 präsentieren Christine Schöpf und Jürgen Hagler, beide in der Jury des Prix Ars Electronica, ein Best of der beim Prix Ars Electronica 2011 eingereichten Arbeiten der Kategorie „Computer Animation / Film / VFX“.
NEXTCOMIC Festival 2012 at the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, March 14, 2012) The 2012 NEXTCOMIC Festival is the featured event at the Ars Electronica Center March 15-23. The lineup includes a gameplay performance with a pirate sea battle theme, drawing comics for the whole family, and a computer game corner sponsored by the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus. On Thursday, March 15, Deep Space LIVE will host the premiere of Mangarium Reloaded, a 3-D comic world designed by the Austrian Association of Illustrators that visualizes the Alpine Republic flooded in the wake of climate change.
Science Days: The Workshop of the Future
(Linz, March 7, 2012) Experience how a machine paints Easter eggs, design fantasy worlds with a drawing tablet and print them with an adhesive foil plotter, and create keychain ornaments—the Ars Electronica Center’s Fab(rication)Lab will be the hub of activities during Science Days this coming weekend, March 10-11.
Astrophotography Made Easy
(Linz, March 6, 2012) At astrophotographer Dietmar Hager’s workshop this Thursday, March 8 you can learn to use a webcam and free software to take beautiful shots of the Moon and the planets of our Solar System. All you need to bring with you is a laptop; the images for processing will be provided by Dietmar Hager.
Deep Space LIVE: Cartographic Treasures III – Surveying
(Linz, March 5, 2011) The next Deep Space LIVE this coming Thursday, March 8 will take a look at surveying the world. In Part 3 of the Cartographic Treasures series, Günter Kalliauer, director of the Wels Municipal Archive, will present fascinating maps from the 18th and 19th centuries.
For Seniors: Pictures, Pictures Everywhere
(Linz, March 1, 2012) Every first and third Friday of the month, the Ars Electronica Center offers a themed tour custom-tailored to seniors. The guides make a concerted effort to dispense with English-language high-tech jargon, and to allow plenty of time for tour group members to pose questions and to discuss their experiences and impressions. On tap on March 2 & 16 at 2 PM are encounters with images—including their various functions and possible associations.
Vortragsreihe Medien – Technik – Gesellschaft
(Linz, 28.2.2012) Eine interessante Vortragsreihe mit Gerfried Stocker, dem künstlerischen Leiter der Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, steht im März am Programm von Volkshochschule Linz und Ars Electronica Center. Unter dem Titel Medien – Technik – Gesellschaft gibt Stocker an drei Abenden einen kultur- und sozialgeschichtlichen Überblick über die technologischen Entwicklungen und damit einhergehenden Veränderungen während der vergangenen drei Jahrzehnte. Diesen Donnerstag, 1.3.2012, stehen die Wechselwirkungen zwischen technologischen und gesellschaftlichen Revolutionen im Mittelpunkt. Die Veranstaltung findet im Wissensturm statt und startet um 19:00 Uhr.
Deep Space LIVE: Astrophotography
(Linz, February 27, 2012) The focus is on astrophotography at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, March 1, 2012. A documentary by internationally renowned, prizewinning filmmaker Erich Pröll takes a behind-the-scenes look at astrophotographer Dietmar Hager’s observatory in Upper Austria’s Mühlviertel region. And all those who’d like to take their own pictures of the starry night sky can get some practical instruction that shows just how easy it is even with not very sophisticated equipment. And as a follow-up on March 8 at 6:30 PM, Hager will hold a workshop to show you how use various computer programs to process your stellar imagery.
Deep Space LIVE: Best of Linz in 3D
(Linz, February 22, 2012) The Archive of the City of Linz will present a nostalgic pictorial tour of Linz in 1900 at the next Deep Space LIVE event this coming Thursday, February 23, 2012. Never-before-exhibited stereographic 3D images make the Linz of yesteryear come alive. Motifs include buildings torn down long ago, popular outing destinations in bygone days, and impressions of how everyday life used to be in Linz. Serving as tour guide will be Walter Schuster, director of the Archive of the City of Linz. ATTENTION: Due to the many reservations we’ve already received, we’ll be presenting two showings in succession. Tickets are still available only for the presentation at 8:30 PM.
Interactive-Creative Days during Semester Break
(Linz, February 16, 2012) Interactive-Creative Days at the Ars Electronica Center are a great way to keep from getting a case of the semester break blues. On Tuesday, February 21, you can learn how to design fantastic creatures on a drawing computer, and then use a laser cutter to turn them into real paper figures. At “Everybody into the Lab!” you’ll learn to clone plants and to isolate your own DNA from the skin inside your mouth. On Thursday, February 23, the Microcosmonauts workshop will provide startling insights into the wonderful world of the microcosm. Running simultaneously is NeXT Toprobot, a look at how robots perceive their environment and react to it.
Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, February 14, 2012) The next installment of Family Days is set for Saturday and Sunday, February 18 & 19, 2012 at the Ars Electronica Center. From 10 AM to 6 PM, there’ll be guided tours designed with families in mind. In a Puzzle Rallye, young and old can learn lots of interesting things about the Ars Electronica Center. And Deep Space will be the setting for a play geared to get young audience members mentally and physically active as two game pieces go on an adventure within a board game.
Deep Space LIVE: The Art of FLIGHT
(Linz, February 13, 2012) Full-tilt snowboard action is on tap at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The film “The Art of FLIGHT” features snowboard legend Travis Rice and other top international riders on slopes that no snowboarder has ever ridden before. State-of-the-art filmmaking equipment—some of it developed expressly for “The Art of FLIGHT”—provides incredible high-definition images. This Curt Morgan film was produced by Red Bull Media House in cooperation with Brain Farm Digital Cinema.
Science Days: Brain Research
(Linz, February 9, 2012) The 2nd Science Days event at the Ars Electronica Center this coming weekend will be all about research on the brain. The venue, appropriately enough, is the in-house BrainLab, where visitors can steer robots and write words solely with their thoughts, and find out why certain optical illusions just fool adults and not kids.
Brains for Everybody Lecture Series: How Wine Goes to Your Head
(Linz, February 8, 2012) On Thursday, February 9, 2012, Manuela Macedonia, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, will talk about wine and the human brain. A wine tasting will provide a pleasant setting for visitors to find out how imbibing alcohol effects our perceptive faculties and our emotions, what happens in the brain when we enjoy a sip of wine, and why the superb red you had on your last vacation tastes so lousy when you get it home.
Deep Space LIVE: Mount St. Helens – The Volcano is Active
(Linz, February 7, 2012) Spirit Lake, which was decimated by the powerful eruption of the Mount St. Helens volcano on May 18, 1980, is the featured attraction at the next Deep Space LIVE this Thursday, February 9. To shoot this documentary for Universum, the nature series on Austrian TV, Erich Pröll revisited this area 30 years after the catastrophe and became the first filmmaker to dive Spirit Lake and shoot underwater footage there. In Deep Space at the Ars Electronica Center, Pröll will provide interesting background about the volcano, show a clip from his Universum episode, and give a behind-the-scenes look at work on the set.
For Seniors: Of Humans and Machines
(Linz, February 1, 2012) Every first and third Friday of the month, the Ars Electronica Center offers a themed tour custom-tailored to seniors. The guides make a concerted effort to dispense with English-language high-tech jargon, and to allow plenty of time for tour group members to pose questions and to discuss their experiences and impressions. On tap on February 3 & 17 will be human-machine encounters in the AEC’s own RoboLab. Then, it’s on to the “What Machines Dream Of” exhibition that features devices of astonishing beauty in which rationality and perfection were nowhere near the top of the design agenda.
"KET – Kids Experience Technology"
(Linz, January 27, 2012) Following up on its successful debut in February 2011 that drew 1,270 youngsters to the Ars Electronica Center in only 28 days, the KET – Kids Experience Technology traveling exhibition is returning for an encore presentation running January 31 to March 4. The show gives 4-8-year-olds the opportunity to playfully explore scientific phenomena and technological applications.
Ars Electronica Center at this year’s Vacation Trade Show in Linz
(Linz, January 25, 2012) Linz’s 2012 Vacation Trade Show is running January 27-29 at the Design Center. The Ars Electronica Center is putting its best foot forward as a rewarding destination for family outings. Sim Linz, an urban & geographic information system, enables visitors to the AEC’s installation to enjoy interesting and unusual views of Upper Austria’s capital; Linz Sights presents historic images of the city; and Shadowgram gives guests an opportunity to express their dreams and ideas having to do with travel.
Deep Space LIVE: Linz_Then&Now II
(Linz, January 23, 2011) The history of the City of Linz will once again be the theme of a Deep Space LIVE series staged by the Ars Electronica Center in cooperation with the Archive of the City of Linz. The historical images not only offer visitors fascinating views of Linz in bygone days; high-definition visuals for which Deep Space is famous also reveal details that can’t be seen using conventional display techniques. At each presentation, a guest speaker will be on hand to provide expert commentary. On January 26, Linz_Then&Now II will spotlight architectural changes to the Linz cityscape in the 19th and 20th centuries. Moderators are Fritz Mayrhofer and Annelise Schweiger of the Archive of the City of Linz.
FamilyDays at Ars Electronica Center Linz
(Linz, January 18, 2012) It’s time for Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center once again this weekend. January 21-22 from 10 AM to 6 PM, we’re hosting a full lineup of events including tours designed with families in mind. Youngsters—and their chaperones too—can take part in a Puzzle Rallye that gets across lots of cool stuff about the Ars Electronica Center. In Deep Space, the Linz dance theater Helix presents “The King’s Last Move,” a detective story/dance piece for kids age 5 and up.
Deep Space LIVE: Best of Animation
(Linz, January 16, 2012) Breathtaking computer animation sequences are the featured attractions at the next Deep Space LIVE this Thursday. Prix Ars Electronica jurors Christine Schöpf and Jürgen Hagler will screen outstanding work submitted for prize consideration in the Computer Animation / Film / VFX category in 2011.