A school project entitled kameleon.ws is the recipient of the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica’s special netidee prize. Ernst Langmantel, one of the directors of netidee, told us what he especially likes about this project and briefed us on Austria’s largest campaign to support innovation online.
At the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014, three participants in the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy Programme presented SquareTalk. The project recently won the ‘expression’ category at the prestigious 2016 IXDA awards.
MAXON, a Germany-based software developer, has been creating 3-D graphic tools since the mid-1980s. Cinema 4D is one of them. In association with Maxon, the Ars Electronica Animation Festival will showcase prizewinning works of computer animation in September 2016.
On Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24, 2016 everything was about cycling at the Ars Electronica Center – in its various forms: From trials biking, to a honeymoon with the bike, up to a bike trip on the Cape Verde Islands. Dominik Raab ranks among the big stars of the international trials biking scene and has played a major role in the organization of this Deep-Space-Weekend. We talked to him before the event.
Nanoparticles have become an essential part in the food chain as they provide better fluid properties, color and preservation. Science classifies them at least as critical. In contrast, nanomachines, or so-called nanobots are applied in the cure of cancer. In the course of the third SPARKS-residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Jakob and Lea Illera have developed the medical gain further in the guise of nanobots. They function as messengers to block the appetite for unhealthy food and should rid the world of problems from obesity.
Reading postings on the “refugee crisis” by friends on “social” media sites like Facebook reveals the propagation of base prejudices as well as numbing euphemisms, empathy and posturing alike. Simon Hadler, a journalist with the ORF–Austrian Broadcasting Company, talked to us about the public debates on refugees and asylum-seekers. He’ll go into this topic in depth at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 8 PM in the Ars Electronica Center Linz.
20 international experts convened in Linz April 7-10, 2016 to single out outstanding works of media art for recognition in four categories and to bestow Golden Nicas on the four best. We accompanied the four juries over the course of this long and very productive weekend.
The artist and second SPARKS-resident, Lucy McRae, is a representative of the genre Science Fiction. She came to Linz in order to shoot scenes for her film-project which is her approach to the topic of “Responsible Research and Innovation” – the research objective of the SPARKS-program. Compared to her predecessor, Anouk Wipprecht, who built a fashionable wearable, the Australian body architect Lucy McRae focuses on the possibility of adapting the human body to extraordinary situations.
Groups of visitors to the Ars Electronica Center can take a joint virtual tour of some of the world’s most important cultural heritage sites courtesy of the 3-D content provided by CyArk now being screened in Deep Space 8K. Elizabeth Lee, vice-president of the international non-profit organization, talked to us about the possibilities that this opens up, and went into detail about CyArk’s mission: digitizing humankind’s cultural heritage all over the world.
The idea of tycoons and governmental institutions being able to know more about us than ourselves by tracing our internet behavior, is a rather frightening one. But in reality, they know less than we think – that point has been proven by Mark Shepard, Julian Oliver and Moritz Stefaner with their project “False Positive” which took place during last year’s Ars Electronica Festival edition in the course of the by now completed EU project “Connecting Cities”.
With last year’s topic of the EU project „Connecting Cities“, the focus was on making the invisible visible. In the course of the 2015 edition of the Ars Electronica Festival, the subject-matter “In/Visible City“ was impressively staged via a media installation called “Flame” by the artists Tamer Aslan and Onur Sönmez. With this interview, you get an afterglow of an issue that is still burning.
As the birthplace of Ars Electronica, Linz has been one of the world’s trailblazers at the interface of emerging technology, art and society for decades now. On December 1, 2014, UNESCO recognized these pioneering achievements by bestowing a great honor on Upper Austria’s capital: induction into the Creative Cities Network. Since then, Linz has been a proud bearer of the title UNESCO City of Media Arts, and the city has been attracting increased international attention as a result.
Works by four undergrads in Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media program have been on display in the TIME OUT .05 exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center since March 16th. Two of the featured artists are Elisabeth Prast and Fabian Erblehner.