In the search for extraterrestrial life, Mars is considered one of the most promising candidates. The OeWF–Austrian Space Forum has already simulated several elements of manned missions to Mars together with researchers on the staff of international partners. The sites of these extraordinary field tests have ranged from the Northern Sahara to Austrian glaciers at 3,000 meters above sea level. The OeWF’s next Mars simulation is set for February 2018 in the Dhofar region of Oman.
What impact do encounters with foreign cultures and religions have on our understanding of fundamental rights? What opportunities and risks are connected with new technologies? And which values are actually important to our young people today? We posed these and other questions to visitors to the Ars Electronica Center on Fundamental Rights Day 2017.
Sad but true—the fifth and final day of the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival has come to a close. Amazing how time flies when you’re having fun at so many absorbing events! We sincerely hope you checked off everything on your to-do list. Here’s a brief retrospective look at Day 5.
The 2017 Ars Electronica Festival is already four days old. And Sunday as well lived up to high expectations with a great lineup of conferences, workshops, media art, performances and much more. The most noteworthy event was undoubtedly Markus Poschner’s premiere as chief conductor of Linz’s Bruckner Orchester. But let’s take this one step at a time! So here we go on a lavishly illustrated summary of Day 4.
The big day has finally arrived—this year’s Ars Electronica Festival is underway! The preparations had been going full speed ahead for months now to once again make this huge celebration of media art something absolutely extraordinary. And that’s exactly what has come to pass! Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few impressions of the first day of the festival.
Who make up the next generation of young scientists at JKU? Who are the up-and-coming Upper Austrian researchers who are making an international name for themselves in computer science, chemistry, physics and other technical and scientific fields? And what exactly are they working on? They’re virtually unknown in their homeland, Austria. Now, it’s high time to change that!
Next Generation JKU is a series of talks designed to give outstanding young scientists on the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences of Johannes Kepler University Linz the opportunity to utilize the extraordinary technologies available in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center for an ultra-high-definition presentation of their research.
Part 2 of the “Creative Robotics” exhibition series premiered in February. This time, the focus is on robots that have normally been deployed in conjunction with industrial assembly processes but are now increasingly being used as catalysts for innovation in such fields as the graphic arts, design and architecture.
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?
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?
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.
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.
In only a few more hours, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival goes down in history. In the meantime, let’s take a retrospective look at the highlights of Day 4—the Mini Maker Faire Linz, another interesting lineup of speeches and workshops, and, to wrap things up, the musical crescendo of the entire festival, the Big Concert Night.
“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.
The second day of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival was dominated by the annual symposia. But the Friday of each Ars Electronica Festival is also traditionally the day of the awards ceremonies of the Prix Ars Electronica. While the kids of the category u19 – Create Your World received their prizes already at noon, the adults became their Golden Nicas in the evening at a festive gala. What else has been going on on Day 2 of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival, you can read in this blog post.
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.
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.
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.
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.