Day 1: The PostCity flourishs

The first day of the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival already marks the wide range of exhibitions and events – and gives a foretaste of the following four festival days in Linz.

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Credit: Martin Hieslmair

10 AM. Day one of the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. The first visitors arrive. You can smell freshly baked bread in PostCity, the former postal and parcel distribution center at the main station. A bakery with blue slides – surrounded by plants?

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

A few meters further colorful t-shirts decorate Gate 22. At the place where one year ago letters and parcels were shipped into the trucks.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

It is still 10 clock – and not far away, in the Conference Square of PostCity the first talks begin.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Derrick de Kerckhove is one of the first speakers of the Connecting Cities Conference in the PostCity.

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Photo: Florian Voggeneder

In the meantime, the opening parcours starts with Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director, at the Ars Electronica Center.

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Photo: Magdalena Leitner

Specifically, in the Main Gallery, the big exhibition hall of the Ars Electronica Center. Here, the artist Nick Ervinck introduces his works personally.

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Photo: Tom Mesic

Next stop is the Deep Space 8K and the presentation of the project “Post Refugee City” with Hannes Seebacher, Kilian Kleinschmidt, Lukas Maximilian Hüller and Robert Pöcksteiner.

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Photo: Magdalena Leitner

In the meantime, more and more visitors are coming to the PostCity.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

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Photo: Florian Voggeneder

At the Ars Electronica Center the opening parcours arrives in the new exhibition “Elements of Art and Science”.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

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One floor down Gerfried Stocker opens another new exhibition – in cooperation with ESA “Spaceship Earth” shows the earth from above.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

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A crowd puller of the PostCity – the self-driving Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

At 1 PM another exhibition opens during the Opening parcours. At the Linz Art University works of Université Paris 8 can be tried out.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

At the PostCity there is also a way upstairs.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Highway signs mark the way to the most important places in the PostCity.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD, the festival within the festival for the next generation.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Another highlight in at u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD is the Big Robot.

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Photo: Florian Voggeneder

At the main square of Linz the opening parcours stops at the Mobile Ö1 Atelier.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Post-Post is the tile of another exhibition at the PostCity – the students of “Interface Cultures” at the Linz Art University Linz present their skills.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Habitat 21 turns to hot topics that are relevant for the habitats of the 21st century.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Future Mobility is another topic of the Post City Kit Exhibition.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Benches invite you for a rest.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Many journalists are also among the first guests on Thursday.

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Photo: Magdalena Leitner

Now it’s afternoon – time for a break.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

And the exploring between the slides continues.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

You can also slide at one slide.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

In OK im OÖ Kulturquartier the Opening Parcours continues with the next event.

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Photo: Tom Mesic

The CyberArts Exhibition shows awared media art projects of the 2015 Prix Ars Electronica.

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Photo: Tom Mesic

Christine Schöpf, Ars Electronica, and Genoveva Rückert, OK im OÖ Kulturquartier, opened the exhibition.

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Photo: Tom Mesic

Emergency exit and pictures of refugees.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

Different approaches on how we are able to get around in the future.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

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At 7:30 PM numerous visitors attend the Opening in the PostCity.

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The opening starts outside of the PostCity…

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

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From the roof of the PostCity: Bertl Müller with trombone sounds.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

And piano works, played by Rupert Hubert and Maki Namekawa.

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

The highlight of the opening event, the Diaspora Maschine by Peter Androsch and Anatol Bogendorfer.

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Photo: Tom Mesic

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Photo: Martin Hieslmair

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