EIKON Magazine

Mon 7.9. 14:00 – 15:00

Brucknerhaus History Stage

With Elisabeth Gottfried

we guide you 2009

Festivalblog der FH St.Poelten

All the target-group-specific offerings that make up this year’s program designed to mediate visitors encounters with festival content having to do with the “Human Nature” theme focus on a concept invented by Paul Crutzen: the Anthropocene Age, a time in which we human beings exert ever-greater influence on our planet, assume what is tantamount to control over it, and thus have more and more influence on society and our natural environment. Achievements in genetic engineering and biotechnology emerge from the depths of the laboratory and are changing our everyday life as well as the entire spectrum of forms of artistic expression. Many questions remain open and some problems still haven’t been cleared up, but cloning and experimentation goes on, boldly and unabated. Plus, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Ars Electronica Festival, we’ll also be taking a few retrospective looks at comparable projects, ideas, exhibitions and personalities of the past. And doing so while we continue to peer far into the future. The key issue: What will this new human-engendered nature look like and what undreamt-of possibilities and niches exist for us human beings within it?

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Prix Ars Electronica Digital Communities

Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9.
10:00 – 19:00

Brucknerhaus, History Lounge

The presentation of the awarded projects in the Prix Ars Electronica’s “Digital Communities” category.

Golden Nica
HiperBarrio http://hiperbarrio.org
Award of Distinction
WikiLeaks http://wikileaks.org
Piratbyrån http://www.piratbyran.org/
Honorary Mention
HackMeeting www.hackmeeting.org
PAD.MA http://pad.ma
Maneno http://www.maneno.org/
female:pressure http://www.femalepressure.net/
Mute http://www.metamute.org
UbuWeb http://ubu.com
Canchas – spontaneous soccer fields http://www.canchas.org
feral trade http://feraltrade.org
FLOSS Manuals http://www.flossmanuals.net
Wikiartpedia – The Free Encyclopaedia of Art and Network Cultures http://www.wikiartpedia.org
Ashoka’s Changemakers http://changemakers.net
Voces Bolivianas (Bolivian Voices) http://www.vocesbolivianas.org

Special Mention
Grass Mud Horse

Prix Ars Electroncia Gala

Fri 4.9.
6:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal

An evening totally dedicated to the artists themselves. The 2008 Ars Electronica gala featuring the presentation of the Golden Nicas to the Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners is one of the Festival’s highlights.

By invitation only

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Große Konzertnacht

Sun 6.9.
7:30 PM

Lentos Kunstmuseum, Brucknerhaus, Donaupark

“Pursuit of the Unheard”

Supported by the Max Brand Archive

The Ars Electronica Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009. Looking back on the festival’s musical history, we’re immediately struck by its extraordinary diversity: early electronic rock, play-along concerts featuring home-brew instruments, the Steel Symphony and the Steel Opera … Music is at the heart of this festival. The urge to discover new musics, to pioneer the exploration of fresh musical realms, to undertake daring tonal experiments is still undiminished. The pursuit of yet unheard music is ongoing.

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datamatics [ver.2.0] meets unitxt Ryoji Ikeda & alva noto in Concert

Mon 7.9.
8:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal

Ryoji Ikeda: “datamatics [ver.2.0]

“datamatics showed Ikeda at the height of his artistic powers, building on his own unmistakable artistic language.” – The Wire on Ryoji Ikeda, 2006
“datamatics” is the latest audiovisual concert in Ikeda’s “datamatics” series‚ an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.

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Fri 4.9.
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

10:30 – 10:45 AM
Welcome by Gerfried Stocker

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Friedrich Kittler

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Hiroshi Ishiguro

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Talk: Friedrich Kittler, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Derrick de Kerckhove

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Fri 4.9.
1:30 PM– 3:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Eduardo Kac

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Josef Penninger

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Round Table: Eduardo Kac, Josef Penninger, Jens Hauser

This Human Nature Lecture is part of the Prix Ars Electronica Forum Hybrid Art.

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Sun 6.9.
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Michael Schmidt-Salomon

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Maja Petrovic-Steger

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Derrick de Kerckhove

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Round Table: Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Maja Petrovic-Steger, Derrick de Kerckhove

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Sun 6.9.
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

Moderation: Andy Cameron (UK)

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Bernhard Fink

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Shinsuke Shimojo

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Lawrence Malstaf

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Round Table: Bernhard Fink, Shinsuke Shimojo, Lawrence Malstaf

This Human Nature Lecture is part of the Prix Ars Electronica Forum Interactive Art.

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Cloud Intelligence Symposium

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Sat, 5.9.2009
10:30 AM – 5:50 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

Curatorial Statement by the Guest Curators Isaac Mao (CN) & David Sasaki (US)

For 80 days the world will come to Linz. Inspired by Jules Verne’s epic 19th century journey “Around the World in 80 Days”, we too shall take advantage of the latest technologies of our day in order to explore and experience some of the most remote and fascinating locations on our planet; from the ship-wrecking yards of Gadani, Pakistan to the skyscrapers of Dubai to the bustling markets of Bangladesh, and far beyond.  For 80 days, from June 17th until September 4th, digital artists based around the world will take us on a tour of what our world has become. On September 5th, the 81st day of our voyage, we will chart new maps of where our world is heading.

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Human Nature Exhibition

Do 3.9. – Di 8.9.
10:00 – 19:00


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30 Jahre Ars Electronica Ausstellung History Lounge

History Lounge

Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9. 2009
10:00 – 19:00

The “History Lounge” takes you on a trip through time – not by expounding
in encyclopedic form on the history of media art, but rather by sharing with
you personal recollections and individual highlights. Experience in project
presentations and talks those protagonists who, with their passion, their
competence and their artistic talents, have been shaping the success of Ars
Electronica for over 30 years.

Project Management: Petra Fohringer, Cornelia Mayrhofer

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Prix Forum: Hybrid Art

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Fri 4.9.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

The Award of Distinction winners in the “Hybrid Art” category

Steve Lambert (US) member of Because We Want It – The New York Times Special Edition
David Haines (UK), Joyce Hinterding (AU) – EarthStar

Participants of the Forum

Jens Hauser (DE/FR) – Member of the Jury
Steve Lambert (US)
David Haines (UK), Joyce Hinterding (AU)

Prix Forum: Interactive Art

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Sun 6.9.
3:30PM – 4:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

The Award of Distinction winners in the “Interactive Art” category

Osman Khan, Kim Beck (US) – when laughter trips at the threshold of the divine
Jens Wunderling (DE) – default to public

Participants of the Forum

Andy Cameron (UK) – Member of the Jury
Osman Khan, Kim Beck (US)
Jens Wunderling (DE)

Prix Forum: Digital Musics

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Mon 7.9.
10:00 AM – 11.30 AM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

The prize winners in the “Digital Musics” category

Bill Fontana (US) – Speeds of Time versions 1 and 2 – Golden Nica
Tristan Perich (US) – “Active Field” for ten violins and ten-channel 1-bit music
Antoine Schmitt, Jean-Jacques Birgé (FR) – NABAZ’MOB

Participants of the Forum

Sabine Breitsameter (DE) – Member of the Jury
Bill Fontana (US)
Tristan Perich (US)
Antoine Schmitt, Jean-Jacques Birgé (FR)

Prix Forum: Computer Animation / Film / VFX

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Mon 7.9.
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

The prize winners in the “Computer Animation / Film / VFX” category

Iriz Pääbo (CA) / National Film Board of Canada – HA’Aki – Golden Nica

Jeremy Clapin, Jean-François Sarazin (FR) / DARK PRINCE – SKHIZEIN
Glenn Marshall (UK) – The Nest That Sailed The Sky

Participants of the Forum

Jürgen Hagler (AT) – Member of the Jury
Iriz Pääbo (CA)
Jeremy Clapin, Jean-François Sarazin (FR)
Glenn Marshall (UK)

Prix Forum: Digital Communities

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Mon 7.9.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal

The prize winners in the “Digital Communities” category

HiperBarrio – http://hiperbarrio.org – Golden Nica

WikiLeaks – http://wikileaks.org

Piratbyrån – http://www.piratbyran.org/

Participants of the Forum

David Sasaki (US) – Member of the Jury
Gabriel Jaime Vanegas, Álvaro Ramírez Ospina (CO)
Daniel Berg (DE), Julian Assagne (AU)
Rasmus Fleischer (SE)

Prix Forum: u19 – freestyle computing

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Foto: rubra

Fri 4.9.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ars Electronica Center, SkyLoft (Ebene 3)

The prize winners in the “u19 – freestyle computing” category

Robot Control with Mobile Phone Motion – Honorary Mention
Leo Höckner

CityFlow – Urban Climate Simulation – Honorary Mention
Oliver Spies, Andreas Mursch-Radlgruber, Michael Kappel, Stefan Pozar

Buddytown.AT – Honorary Mention
Daniel Stocker

Sound Machines – Distinction
HLW des Schulvereins der Kreuzschwestern

Sat 5.9.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

80+1 Basecamp, Hauptplatz

Lego Chemie – Merchandise Prize u14
Hauptschule Dr.-Aloys-Weissenbach Telfs

Firesnake – Winner Bugnplay – Schweiz
Sandro Bertozzi
Sven Fässler

marry your pet – Winner MB21 – Deutschland
Caroline von Eichhorn

History Talks

History Talks are get-togethers of Ars Electronica protagonists and will get into individual points of view, experiences and reminiscences having to do with content and events. For example, guests will be elaborating on their favorite projects and justifying their selections on the basis of material culled from the Festival Archive. Guests are invited to go though the whole catalog of superlatives: their biggest disappointments, most moving experience and most inspiring moment.

Moderation: Christine Schöpf

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V2 Test_Lab: Summer Session


Fri 4.9. 2:00 PM – 5:00 Uhr

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

“V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media“ is an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). “V2_Lab” is a place for artistic research and development (aRt&D) where generic technical solutions are developed that are relevant to the fields of art and culture and made available under open-source licenses whenever possible.

Selected for the 2009 summer residencies were artists Tarik Barri, Melissa Coleman and David de Buyser, who developed projects in the fields of, respectively, augmented reality, wearable technology, and interactive organic environments. “Test_Lab: Summer Sessions” presents the outcomes of the residencies.

The presentation as well as the public testing of the artworks will lead up to a discussion of the role of media labs today in the presence of experts and representatives from other international labs.

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ISEA Foundation and 2010 RUHR Forum


Sat 5.9. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

ISEA2010 will bring the ‘International Symposium on Electronic Art’, then in its 16th edition, to Germany for the first time. August 2010 will see a variety of exhibitions, performances, concerts, talks and public art projects in the cities of the German Ruhr region (Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg). The festival curators present the main themes and elements of the programme and are available for questions regarding the ‘Call for Submissions’ (deadline 15 September 2009). ISEA Foundation is the governing body for the ISEA Symposia. Recently ISEA Foundation has established a Headquarters in partnership with University of Brighton (UK) and also launched an online archive of previous Symposia proceedings. The forum will feature an update on recent activities.

With: Andreas Broeckmann (artistic director), Stefan Riekeles (programme manager) and Julianne Pierce, Chair ISEA Foundation.


Book presentation Interactive Art Research

Sat 5.9. 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau, Gerfried Stocker (Eds.) Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau – Interactive Art Research, 2009. Springer Verlag Vienna/New York. English, with DVD. Authors include: Gerfried Stocker, Peter Weibel, Christiane Paul, Mathias Michalka, Itsuo Sakane, Erkki Huhtamo, Christine Schöpf, Hannes Leopoldseder, Ingeborg Reichle, John L. Casti, Machiko Kusahara, Tomoe Moriyama, Florence de Merèdieu, Oliver Grau and Roy Asott

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Vida 12.0. Art and Artificial Life International Awards

Sun 6.9. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

With: Mónica Bello

VIDA 12.0 rewards works of art developed with artificial life technologies and related disciplines: robotics, artificial intelligence, etc. It is looking for works of art with emerging behaviours, which evolve over time, react with their environment and seem to have a life of their own. VIDA 12.0 is searching projects that relate technology with biology and that research synthetic characteristics of modern life.

In previous editions, prizes have been awarded to artistic projects created with robots, avatars, recursive chaotic algorithms, knowbots, cellular automata, computer viruses, virtual ecologies that evolve with user interaction, interactive architectures, augmented reality pieces and works that explore the social aspects of A-life.


Introducing The FutureEverything Award and FutureEverything Festival


Sun 6.9.
14:00 – 15:00

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

With: Drew Hemment (Director and CEO of FutureEverything and Futuresonic)

Launching a new international art award, The FutureEverything Award, recognising outstanding achievement for innovation in the arts, society and technology, and announcing the dates of the inaugural FutureEverything festival: 12-15 May 2010.

After 15 years, Futuresonic is changing its name to FutureEverything, introduced here by the Director and founder of the festival, Drew Hemment. FutureEverything and its acclaimed conference, the Social Technologies Summit, is a destination for a world-wide community of creative visionaries in digital media and contemporary art.

The FutureEverything Award celebrates creative projects which bring the future into the present. The prizes are awarded by an international jury following a rigorous and transparent assessment process.

An opportunity to learn about the new award, the motivation for the name change of Futuresonic to FutureEverything, and the evolving curatorial focus of the festival, followed by discussion on the changing international festival landscape.


banquet_nodes and networks

Sun 6.9. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

Net Culture in Spain

Presented by Karin Ohlenschläger

The publication »banquete_nodes and networks« guides us from neural micro worlds to the global dynamics of digital networking. It shows current positions in Spanish media art that deal with biological, social and techno-cultural networked systems. 27 essays analyse network structures and their functions in art, biology, communication, economy, ecology, neuroscience, sociology and urban planning. In the course of the publikation, new links are established that lead from Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s neuronal net theory in the late nineteenth century to Manuel Castell’s rise of the network society at the end of the twentieth.

Edited by Karin Ohlenschläger and Luis Rico
Published by State Corporation for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad, SEACEX
and TURNER, 2009, 367pages, approx 190 illustrations, Eng.
ISBN 978-84-96933-32-3 (SEACEX)
ISBN 978-84-7506-845-9 (TURNER)

Gateway to Archives of Media Art (GAMA) Screening of Selected Works

Foto: with the courtesy of Jean Gabriel Périot

Foto: with the courtesy of Jean Gabriel Périot

Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9.
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, History Lounge

Organizer: Gabriele Blome (LBI Media. Art. Research.) on behalf of the GAMA consortium


Eight European media art archives and collections are networked within GAMA portal. With it they provide a common online research platform and an improved access to media art. The content in the portal ranges from early net.art in Hungary to documentations of the Ars Electronica Festival, from French and Dutch media art and installations to video art from Slovenia and experimental film from Sweden. In the History Lounge the archives are screening highlights from their collections.

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Siggraph2009 – Computer Animation Festival

Mo 7.9.

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Screening “The benchmark for digital artists and scientists alike”

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM S. Carlye Archibeque: Anatomy of a Film Festival: How to get Nominated for an Academy Award
Drawing on 15-years of experience in the motion picture and visual effects industry as a producer and asset manager, this talk will focus on the practical aspects of the festival and short film award process including the submission process, formatting of your film and being your own producer, manager and marketing team.

Carlye Archibeque began her industry career at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences where she worked for 7-years coordinating the awards committees for the craft branches of the Academy and co-producing the Student Academy Awards and the Scientific and Technical Awards. in 2002 she moved to Sony Pictures Imageworks to function as the visual effects coordinator for Spider-Man 2 and after that served for 4-years as the asset manager for the marketing department at Imageworks. She has spent the last three years working on the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival as Assistant Producer in 2007, Producer in 2008 and this year as the Chair and Executive Producer. Additionally, in 2009 she served as a jury member on the Stuttgart Animation Festival in the feature length animated film category.

5:30 PM – 6:35 PM Franz Fischnaller, Projection/Screening and Talk: Is a point part of a line?
Convergence | Strategic technologies | Interactive Techniques | Computer Graphics Virtualization | Innovation | market | tendencies…

Talk/Intro: 5 minutes
Projection screening: 50 minutes