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

The Golden Nicas and Prizes go to:

Iriz Pääbo (CA) / National Film Board of Canada
Golden Nica Computer Animation / Film / VFX

Bill Fontana (US)
Speeds of Time versions 1 and 2
Golden Nica Digital Musics

Eduardo Kac (US)
with his scientific partners Neil Olszewski, Department of Plant Biology and Neil Anderson, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Natural History of the Enigma
Golden Nica Hybrid Art

Lawrence Malstaf (BE)
Courtesy Galerie Fortlaan 17 – Gent (BE)
Nemo Observatorium
Golden Nica Interactive Art

Golden Nica Digital Communities

Matej Petrek (AT)
In den Tiefen
Golden Nica u19 – freestyle computing

Simon Shaw-Miller (UK)
Eye hEar: Music, Art, Film & the Culture of Synaesthesia
Winner Media.Art.Research Award

Open_Sailing_Crew (UK)
Open Sailing
Winner [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant

Project Management: Bianca Petscher

Screendesign: checksum5 (joreg, rainer kohlberger)

From 9 PM performance on the façade of the Ars Electronica Center

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.

This concert evening will be the seventh such expedition in quest of innovation. The separate concert staged in prior years to showcase current trends in digital music with performances by Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners is being integrated into the 2009 big evening concert; the result is a lineup dedicated to both the past and the present. During the first half of the evening, new technologies will share center stage with traditional genres and instruments: an “opera” performed by a tiny wireless-controlled plastic bunny, and a violin ensemble combined with 1-bit music. Audiences will then be treated to orchestral pieces by Arvo Pärt, Alan Hovhaness and Norbert Zehm visualized in ways that bring out never-before-discovered ways of seeing these sounds. The Klangpark will be filled with Bill Fontana’s sound sculptures that translate the chiming of Big Ben from the Thames to the Danube in ways that are as surreal as they are impressive. No less striking is the sound of the Max Brand synthesizer, which would actually qualify as an object in a historical exhibit but Elisabeth Schimana is still able to coax new sounds out of the old machine. The innovative acoustic combinations of Christian Fennesz paired with Lillevan’s fascinating visualizations wrap up the pursuit of the unheard for the time being …


7:30 PM, Lentos
Antoine Schmitt, Jean-Jaques Birgé: NABAZ’MOB
Prix Ars Electronica 2009, Digital Musics, Award of Distinction

8:00 PM, Lentos
Tristan Perich: „Active Field“ for ten violins and ten-channel 1-bit music
Prix Ars Electronica 2009, Digital Musics, Award of Distinction

Performed by Bruckner Orchester Linz / Dennis Russell Davies (US/AT)
Space in Lentos is limited.

8:40 PM, Brucknerhaus, Foyer
Arvo Pärt: Arbos für 8 Blechbläser und Schlagzeug (1977/1986)

Performed by Bruckner Orchester Linz / Dennis Russell Davies

8:45 PM, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
Arvo Pärt: Concerto piccolo über B-A-C-H, für Trompete, Streichorchester, Cembalo und Klavier (1964/1994)

Performed by Bruckner Orchester Linz / Dennis Russell Davies

Cembalo: Maki Namekawa (JP/AT)
Trompete: Gerhard Fluch (AT)
Visuals by: Nanook feat. System Jaquelinde

8:55 PM, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
Alan Hovhaness: Lousadzak (Coming of Light), für Klavier und Streichorchester op. 48

Performed by Bruckner Orchester Linz / Dennis Russell Davies; Klavier: Maki Namekawa; Visuals by Kenneth Huff (UK)

9:20 PM, Klangpark, Donaupark
Bill Fontana: Speeds of Time
Prix Ars Electronica 2009, Digital Musics, Golden Nica

9:55 PM, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
Norbert Zehm: Symphonie „GAMES“ op. 45
Performed by Bruckner Orchester Linz / Dennis Russell Davies
Synthesizer/Electronics: Norbert Zehm
Visuals by Roland Schrettl

10:40 PM, Brucknerhaus, Foyer
Max Neuhaus: Radio Net (Ausschnitte)

10:50 PM, Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal
Elisabeth Schimana: Höllenmaschine (Komposition für den Max Brand Synthesizer)
OperatorInnen: Manon Liu Winter, Gregor Ladenhauf

11:30 PM, Brucknerhaus, Foyer
Max Neuhaus: Radio Net (Ausschnitte)

11:40 PM, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
Christian Fennesz: fennesz with lillevan visuals
Visuals by Lillevan

Pursuit of the Unheard ist ein weiterer Schritt in der erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit des Brucknerorchester Linz unter Dennis Russel Davies, dem Brucknerhaus Linz und Ars Electronica mit dem Ziel, neue Konzepte der Verbindung von Musik und neuen visuellen Ausdrucksformen zu erproben.

Curators: Dennis Russell Davies, Wolfgang Winkler, Heribert Schröder, Gerfried Stocker, Bianca Petscher

Project Management: Bianca Petscher

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.

Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work.

The technical dynamics of the piece, such as its extremely fast frame rates and variable bit depths, continue to challenge and explore the thresholds of our perceptions.

Ryoji Ikeda – datamatics [ver.2.0]

Directed by Ryoji Ikeda
Concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda

Computer graphics, programming:
Shohei Matsukawa
Daisuke Tsunoda
Tomonaga Tokuyama
Norimichi Hirakawa

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Co–commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006
Co–produced by les Spectacles Vivants, Centre Pompidou, and YCAM
Supported by Recombinant Media Labs

alva noto: „Unitxt Derivative Version“, 2009

The title “Unitxt” could be read as “unit extended” referring to a unit of a rhythmic grid or universal text referring to a universal language, e.g. mathematics: units, constants, measurements, prefix-, SI-system of units and is represented in spoken word and by codes in sound itself.

In collaboration with derivative’s touch designer software the original visuals, which are based on real-time manipulation/modulation of software-generated test patterns, has been expanded to a multi-screen set-up with a highly elaborated visual outfit to form an installation of an almost immersive quality.

This special set-up has been developed for more large scale venues and festivals of high demand. So far it has had presentations at Transmediale Berlin, followed by shows at Mutek Montréal and Sonár Barcelona.

visuals support: markus heckmann (derivative, http://www.touch077.com/)

Filming and photographing during the screening is prohibited.

Project Management: Bianca Petscher



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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

Friedrich Kittler (DE) Doctorate in 1976 with Conrad Ferdinand Meyer. 1976-1986 research assistant in the German Department, University of Freiburg. 1984 post-doctoral qualification in Modern German Literature, Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg/Breisgau. 1987 Chair of Department of Modern German Literature I, Ruhr University Bochum. 1993 Chair of Department of Aesthetics and Media History, Humboldt University Berlin.

Derrick de Kerckhove (CA). Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto; Ordinary Professor at the University of Naples Federico II; holder of the Papamarkou Chair at the Library of Congress in Washington. Among his major publications: The Skin of Culture (Somerville Press, 1995); Connected Intelligence (Somerville, 1997); Brainframes: Technology, Mind and Business (Bosch & Keuning, 1991); La civilizzazione video-cristiana (Feltrinelli, 1997); The Architecture of Intelligence (Testo & Immagine, 2001).

Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP). Dr. Eng. Visiting Group Leader of Dept. of Communication Robots, Professor of Osaka University, Dept. of Adaptive Machine Systems.


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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.

Josef Penninger (AT). Director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Eduardo Kac (BR) is internationally recognized for his telepresence and bio art. Kac’s work is exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art of Valencia, Spain, the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, among others, and has received many awards.

Jens Hauser (FR / DE) is a Paris-based art curator, writer, cultural journalist and video maker focusing on the interactions between art and technology, and on transgenre and contextual aesthetics. Hauser has organized “L’Art Biotech” (2003), a show on biotechnological art, and “Still, Living” (2007) at the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, and “Sk-Interfaces” (2008) at FACT. He’s also co-curating the Article Biennale in Stavanger (European Cultural Capital 2008 with Liverpool), and stages sk-interfaces at Casino, the Contemporary Arts Center Luxembourg, in 2009. He is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Media Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and has been a guest lecturer internationally.


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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

Michael Schmidt-Salomon (DE), Dr. phil., freelance philosopher and writer, musician and social scientist, co-founder and spokesman of the board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation, which counts many renowned scientists, philosophers and artists among its members. His numerous publications include the novel “Stollbergs Inferno” (“a philosophical dime novel on hell, revolts and the absurd,” 2003), a manifesto of philosophical principles “Manifest des evolutionären Humanismus. Plädoyer für eine zeitgemäße Leitkultur” (2006), the satirical lexicon “Die Kirche im Kopf – Von Ach Herrje! bis Zum Teufel” (2007) and the children’s book “Wo bitte geht’s zu Gott? fragte das kleine Ferkel” (2007).

He is familiar to the wider public among other things through his publicity actions, including the project he initiated for the Catholic “World Youth Day” in Cologne (2005), called “Religionsfreie Zone: Heidenspaß statt Höllenqual!” (“Religious-Free Zone: Pagan Fun, not Hellish Agony!”) as well as through the campaign he spearheaded for the Council of Ex-Muslims (2007): “Wir haben abgeschworen!” (“We have renounced religion!”). Schmidt-Salomon has received many honors (including the Topitsch Award of the Kellmann Foundation for Humanism and Enlightenment). As a naturalistically thinking philosopher, he is often featured in the press, radio and television.

Maja Petrovic-Steger (UK). Dr Maja Petrović-Šteger is a Research Fellow at Peterhouse. She teaches for the Department of Social Anthropology, and directs studies in Archaeology and Anthropology for Peterhouse students at the University of Cambridge (UK). Her research explores various contexts where bodies – whether living; dead, or in the form of medically usable remains – become the sites of economic, legal, political, scientific and artistic attention. In 2007 she started working with etoy. Ever since she acts as an etoy ethnographer and etoy agent.

Derrick de Kerckhove (CA). Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto; Ordinary Professor at the University of Naples Federico II; holder of the Papamarkou Chair at the Library of Congress in Washington.


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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.

Bernhard Fink (DE). Anthropologist, director of a group of young scientists supported by the German Research Foundation researching the “Evolutionary Psychology of Human Physical Appearance & Body Movement.” His research focuses on understanding human behavior from an evolutionary perspective, in particular the significance of human appearance and its influence on partner selection. After obtaining his doctorate and doing research at the University of Vienna, Fink went on to the University of Göttingen, where he is currently investigating the signals sent by body movement and the appearance of the skin.

Shinsuke Shimojo (JP). Director of the Shimojo Psychophysics Laboratory, the only laboratory of the California Institute of Technology which exclusively concentrates on study of perception, cognition, and action in humans.

Lawrence Malstaf (BE). He designed scenographies for choreographers and directors such as Benoît Lachambre, Meg Stuart and Kirsten Delholm. Soon he developed more into installation and performance art with a strong focus on movement, coincidence, order and chaos. Later he created larger mobile environments dealing with space and orientation, often using the visitor as a co-actor. His projects often involve advanced technology as a point of departure or inspiration but also to activate the installations.

Andy Cameron (UK). Executive Director of Fabrica.

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.

Jules Verne published his novel at the dawn of industrialised globalisation, when the steam engine and the colonial conquests of Europe made it possible for the first time to circumnavigate the planet in relative comfort, and in less than three months. In the 125 years since, the pace of globalisation has accelerated exponentially. Our cars, clothes, computers, and cupboards all depend on vast international networks of manufacturing, finance, and trade.  This flood of globalisation has carried the economic and environmental crises to almost every corner of the world. Are these crises an inevitable part of human nature? Or is it possible to shape a new connected consciousness to tackle global problems collectively and equitably?

Welcome to the cloud. Welcome to new the social ecology of the 21st century. Welcome to mobile banking from a New York taxi cab direct to rural Kenya. Welcome to the wild wondrous web of blogs, podcasts, mailing lists and streaming video from camera phones the size of credit cards. All instant and all the time. The world has changed. We have changed.

Local solutions must be global in scope. How will we avoid the violent wars and genocide that defined the 20th century? How will we stay objective when our local newspapers go bankrupt? Who owns the limitless depth of online information and knowledge and who is granted access to it? The answers to these questions and thousands like them are being discussed this instant, in real time, on social networks, mailing lists, mobile phones and the ever-expanding blogosphere. The bits and bytes that will dictate our future live in the cloud.

As more and more information and individuals filter into our lives, how will we find the time and the capacity to care? Will new connections lead to unthinkable solutions, or is the avalanche of information, conversations and connections leaving us less satisfied? Will subculture and language become more influential than geographic distance in how we shape society? How will we decide our priorities in the 21st century?

We need new a new type of intelligence; new art to imagine possibilities, new science to evaluate solutions, and new technologies to implement them. Commercial globalisation has led to a marketplace of goods and services, while new technologies such as social networking enable people to share ideas and feelings. The next stage of globalisation, cloud intelligence, will empower us to instantly share new solutions and act on them.

We see the explosive growth of digital communities and digital nomads, social networks and social clusters. Hierarchies are flattening. Any idea can be shared quickly and spread through networks of reputation. Communities that were once marginalised and ignored can now take advantage of new tools to make themselves heard. Traditional media have realised that they must adapt to fit in to the new world order.

People are not only reshaping their social identities, but also strengthening the links of knowledge and their existence. In the cloud of connections, we each become social neurons, mimicking the biological human brain but on a giant scale. The collective knowledge is far beyond anything a single search engine could index and archive. Intelligence is spreading everywhere, every minute, and cloud computing can draw new links across new ideas. We think together but remain independent in our identity. If we could foster co-thinking to reach consensus about new solutions, we may be able to find a new direction for the future. Hope can emerge from new collaborative models based on a new paradigm; science and art will act gracefully to match human nature, and to shape the future of humanity.

We are experiencing a new way of travelling around the world, not in 80+1 days, but in 80+1 minutes. Speed matters. Because crises spread quickly, social intelligence must spread quickly as well. Today, every one of us can use different tools to create and share mountains of information. But how can we manage the rhythm of our lives? How can we keep our digital properties safe and long-lasting? How can we define new rules to maximise creativity in our rapid social evolution?

Such challenges remain unsolved, creating space for new ventures and new opportunities. We are just at the beginning.

Welcome to the new social ecology. Welcome to our shared intelligence, networked anxiety, and collective future. Welcome to the cloud.


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
David Sasaki – Introduction to cloud computing and brief mention of cloud intelligence

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cloud Intelligence “Those enable us and encourage us”

Stephen Downes – Cloud Intelligence (Encouraging collaboration)
Ethan Zuckerman – Cloud Cartography (Mapping the flow of information and interaction)
Anders Sandberg – Distributed superintelligence

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

2:00 PM – 5:50 PM
Cloud Activism “What should we do”

Isaac Mao – Introduction to cloud activism
Hamid Tehrani – Review of Iran protests
Xiao Qiang – Activism without organization
Evgeny Morozov (Remote) – Activism, not Slacktivism
Kristen Taylor – The social future of food
Teddy Ruge – Diaspora-based development
Pablo Flores – Enabling cloud education
Andrés Monroy-Hernández (Remote)– Cloud programming for children
Juliana Rotich – Cloud environmentalism in Africa

Round table: Q&A with speakers around “constructing alternatives”
Isaac Mao – Looking toward the future


Stephen Downes (CA) works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Research, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy. Downes is perhaps best known for his daily nesletter, OLDaily. He has published numerous articles both online and in print, including The Future of Online Learning (1998), Learning Objects (2000), Resource Profiles (2003), and E-Learning 2.0 (2005).

Pablo Flores (UR/IT). International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, working on a research with DESEM Foundation about projects in 1:1 modality (one computer per child) in Latin America and the Caribbean. Universidad de la República – Proyecto Flor de Ceibo.

Juliana Rotich (KE) is a blogger, digital activist and environment editor of Global Voices Online with particular focus on technology, the environment, renewable energy, and digital expression in Africa and the developing world. Juliana is also the Program Director of Ushahidi.com, an innovative non-profit web startup that is creating a tool and mashup for mapping crises. Prior to joining global voices online and Ushahidi, Juliana spent several years as an IT professional working in Kansas City as a Database Administrator then later as a Data Analyst at Hewitt Associates, Chicago. She is also a contributing author on Afrigadget.com where she highlights African ingenuity in everything from children’s toys to wind powered cell phone base stations. Juliana is particularly proud to be one of the TED Fellows and bloggers who covered the first ever African TEDGlobal conference in Arusha June 2007.she holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Information Technology from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Teddy Ruge (UG) is the co-founder of Project Diaspora – an organisation aimed at connecting the African Diaspora to socially-relevant development projects in Africa. Project Diaspora’s mission is to engage Africa’s 50 million-strong diaspora population and their $40 billion in annual remittances to move Africa from an aid-dependent continent to an investment destination. As a budding social entrepreneur, he’s currently assisting several indigenous farmer organisations in Uganda move from subsistence farming to large-scale commercial farming of aloe vera and moringa. Teddy is also a mobile technology enthusiast and blogs frequently about the African ICT sectors and its effects on development. He has also served on several panel discussions related to Africa, the role of the African diaspora and Africa’s emerging technology space. Teddy is a Ugandan record-holder in the decathlon and pole vault and, formerly, the high jump.

Xiao Qiang (US) is a well-known Chinese human rights activist. He is director of the China Internet Project at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. Xiao is currently teaching on China and human rights, and researching the convergence of information and communication technologies against the backdrop of China’s social and political sea change. He runs the China Digital Times news portal as part of the China Internet Project.

Ethan Zuckerman (US). Co-founder Global Voices

Anders Sandberg (SE) is a researcher, science debater, futurist, transhumanist, and author. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stockholm University in computational neuroscience, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.

Kristen Taylor (US) is a cook, photographer, videographer, and writer unfolding the connective tissue of local food.

Andres Monroy-Hernandez (US) is a PhD student and Bradesco Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. He is interested in understanding how the Web and mobile technologies can empower people and support collaboration, especially among youth and communities in the developing world. His work currently focuses on the design and analysis of social software. Previously, he worked in the software industry and at the Los Alamos National Lab. He finished a MS in Media Technology at MIT as Samsung Fellow, and a BS in Electronics Engineering at Tec de Monterrey. He likes very spicy food.

Human Nature Exhibition

Do 3.9. – Di 8.9.
10:00 – 19:00


See all projects of the Human Nature Exhibition

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

See all projects of History Lounge

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

Foto: rubra

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.

Tarik Barri (NL) is an audiovisual composer. Through revolutionary new audiovisual composition methods realized with self-made computer software, Tarik aims to discover new synergies and aesthetics in the combination of image and sound.

Melissa Coleman (NL) is a software-engineer at the AR+RFID Lab, teacher of DIY electronics and web-developer at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. Melissa’s work focuses on the relationship between the body and technology. Her key interests are in the performative body, electronic sense augmentation and e-fashion.

David de Buyser (BE) established many collaborations with other musicians and sound artists, but also with artists from fine arts and theatre. During this time his art slowly evolved from composition for live performances into performative installation art.

Boris Debackere (BE) is lab manager of V2_. As a media artist his most recent work and research are concentrated on translating and transforming the cinema concept into other forms like live cinema performances and audiovisual installations.

Michel van Dartel (NL) is a curator and project manager at V2. He is involved in a variety of artistic R&D (aRt&D) projects and coordinates V2_ public events, in particular Test_Lab; Michel has taught various cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence courses in the past, and currently lectures and publishes on aRt&D.

Jan Misker (NL) is responsible for managing projects for V2_ that have a strong technological and/or scientific aspect—for example, projects involving wearable technology and augmented reality. Jan holds an MSc in Cognitive Science and Engineering.

Piem Wirtz (NL) is a project manager at V2_Lab. Her main interest is in wearable technology projects, in which she is not only involved from a management perspective but also in the hands-on production of artworks. Piem holds a MSc in Industrial Design Engineering.

Thomas Munz (DE) is senior curator at V2_ and publications editor in the field of digital media and art. In his curatorial work he is focusing on the cultural and political implications of contemporary media on present-day society.

Simon de Bakker (NL) works as a software and hardware engineer at the V2_lab and is exploring the fields of embedded technologies, smart textiles and soft-sensor design. He holds a BSc in Interaction Design and an MA in Interactive Multi-Media from the School for the Arts Utrecht.

Jelle van de Ster (NL) studied Design for Virtual Theatre and Games (2003) and Media Technology (2005). He joined V2_ in 2006 and is mainly involved in developing software and tools for artists and artworks. He works on 3D graphics, augmented reality and machine vision software.

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

Download PDF of Invitation

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.

For instance works by Lars Arrhenius, Yael Bartana, Robert Cahen, Gerard Cairaschi, Mounir Fatmi, Toshio Iwai, Ema Kugler, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Cecilia Lundqvist, Vincent Meessen, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Sašo Podgoršek, Semiconductor, Shelly Silver, János Sugár and Gianni Toti will be presented.

PDF of GAMA-Screeninglist

The GAMA-Partners:

Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza, Cracow (PL), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna (AT)
Atos Origin s.a.e., Madrid (ES), ARGOS centre for art & media, Brussels (BE), C3 Center for Culture & Communication Foundation, Budapest (HU), CIANT International Centre for Art and New Technologies, Prague (CZ), Filmform Foundation, Stockholm (SE), Heure Exquise! International center for video arts , Mons-en-Baroeul (FR), Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich (CH), Hochschule für Künste Bremen (DE), Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (NL), IN2 Search Interfaces Development Ltd., Bremen (DE), Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, Marseille (FR), Ludwig Boltzmann Institut Medien.Kunst.Forschung., Linz (AT), Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst Montevideo/Time based Arts, Amsterdam (NL), SCCA-Ljubljana, Center for Contemporary Arts (SI), Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (DE), Technologie-Zentrum Informatik (TZI), Universität Bremen (DE), Universitat de Barcelona – Laboratori de Mitjans Interactius, Barcelona (ES).

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