They’re quoted in some of the most highly respected scientific journals worldwide but in their homeland, Austria, they’re hardly known. So, who are these brilliant young Upper Austrian scientists, and what exactly are they performing research on at Johannes Kepler University in Linz?
Once again, the Ars Electronica Festival grounds were serving as a playground for young filmmakers. Equipped with camera and microphone, youngsters with physical handicaps were able to work together with mentors from an association named FAB to document what has happened at the festival and the various approaches artists and visitors were taking to the 2016 theme.
Robots are increasingly making their presence felt in everyday life. They vacuum our floors and mow our lawns. And hasn’t humankind long dreamed of mechanical helpers that could act autonomously, understand our needs, and perform arduous tasks we gladly dispense with?
The water comes in; the water goes out. Since time immemorial, human beings have been fascinated by the sea. Artist Mathieu Le Sourd alias maotik has captured its motions and translated them into a walk-through interactive visualization in Deep Space.
Born in Linz in 1894, Klemens Brosch went on to become one of 20th-century Austria’s most outstanding graphic artists, best known for his magical landscapes and melancholy imagery. Deep Space is now featuring jumbo-format projections of some of his small-scale drawings.
In early October, the European Space Agency (ESA) invited elementary school teachers from all of its member nations to attend a conference in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Support from the ESA enabled ESERO Austria to send two teachers from this country to the conclave.
The Linz Synagogue that was destroyed in 1938 has been reconstructed—at least, virtually—and it’s now possible to tour it in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. In this interview, Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish Museum of Vienna, talked to us about the general significance of a synagogue as well as her personal connection to the Jewish house of worship in Linz.
On Kristallnacht in November 1938, a mob acting on orders of the Nazi regime broke into the Linz Synagogue—like so many other Jewish houses of worship that night—ransacked it and set it ablaze. All that remained of the synagogue was a burnt-out ruin.
The largest lime kiln complex ever discovered in the Roman Empire’s Rhine-Danube provinces was found in 2008 in what was once the Roman town of Lauriacum and is now the city of Enns. Work began this year on excavating the best-preserved kiln in preparation for an exhibition at the 2018 Upper Austria State Fair.
An out-of-this-world experience awaits space travel enthusiasts of all ages on October 5th. A Community Day staged in conjunction with the 29th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers offers opportunities to meet folks like Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon.
“Scalar Fields” visualizes the pressure field around the soles of shoes. By using the fluid simulation software developed by the artist, the propagation of pressure in air is visualized in 8K video. During the Ars Electronica Festival 2016, the visualization can be seen as floor and wall projection at Deep Space 8K with a marvelous sound experience.
During the last three decades we have witnessed the growing complexity of technology and a flood that is filling our hospitals today—functional imaging, full gene sequencing, automated laboratory medicine and much more. But the role and responsibility sharing in healthcare has remained almost unchanged despite almost complete digitization. In this Deep Space talk Professor Horst Hahn presents possible future role models and the benefits and dangers of the digital revolution.
The artists collective Quadrature began Part 2 of their art & science residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab a few days ago. The three artists spent the first part at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile in late May. To find out what they experienced, why they found everything there absurd and what they think about habitable exoplanets, read this interview.
“Hack the Robot” offers pupils in grades 7 & up the opportunity to learn to program robots that are normally used in industrial manufacturing processes. What this actually entails is using electronic modules to construct new remote controls that let users hack into the robotic system.
Since today the Ars Electronica Center Linz is officially the Austrian “European Space Education Resource Office”, short ESERO. We have spoken with Clara Cruz Niggebrugge, ESERO Project Coordinator of the ESA Education Office.
The next edition of the TIME OUT exhibition series started on Wednesday, 8 June 2016. One of the works is called “Lightstorm” by Katharina Gruber, Laurin Döpfner and Gregor Woschitz.
Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media bachelor’s program offers students the opportunity to create interactive works especially for Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. Read more about it in this interview with the program director, Prof. Gerhard Funk.
TIME OUT .06 opens on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Ars Electronica Center. The sixth installment in the TIME OUT series features outstanding works by undergrads in Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media program.
What remains of a person once his identity had been digitized? Can machines convey empathy? Will we carry on conversations with digital avatars in the future? These are the questions that young media artist Gregor Woschitz addresses in “mirror_0.2,” his installation that’s part of the “TIME OUT .06” exhibition now running at the Ars Electronica Center.
Already the sixth edition of the exhibition series “TIME OUT” openes on June 6, 2016, at the Ars Electronica Center! This show staged in cooperation with Linz Art University showcases outstanding media art projects by undergrads in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program. One of the projects of TIME OUT .06 is the “In Vitro Typewriter” by Simon Krenn.
On Saturday the workshop “Tagtool” took place in the Ars Electronica Center as part of the Deep-Space-Weekend: UNESCO City of Media Arts. With a beamer, imagination and the app “Tagtool” participants transformed animations into projections and awakened digital paintings to life. In Deep Space 8K as workshop space this application takes on a whole new dimension.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does safeguarding our security really necessitate totally sacrificing our right to privacy and allowing government watchdogs to have access to all of our information? William Binney, former tech director at the US’s National Security Agency (NSA), sketches a possible alternative and issues a warning about the use of social media and clouds.
TIME OUT.05 opens Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Ars Electronica Center. One of the students whose works are being showcased in the 5th exhibition in this series is Benedikt Reiter.
The fifth edition of the TIME OUT exhibition opens at the Ars Electronica Center on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:30 PM. This show staged in cooperation with Linz Art University showcases outstanding media art projects by undergrads in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program. One of the four students participating in TIME OUT .05 is Thomas Schwarz.
The Uniview visualization software used in Deep Space at the Ars Electronica Center takes visitors on interactive 3-D flights through the entire known universe in breathtaking images. Never-before-seen dimensions of outer space make up the itinerary of this mind-blowing trip.