The 2018 NEXTCOMIC Festival is about open in Steel City. One of the venues is the Ars Electronica Center, where, on Saturday, March 17th, comics illustrator Titus Ackermann will present a book entitled “COMIC CULTURE CLASH” in which 20 artistic duos deploy the comic medium to deal with 20 political conflicts. In this interview, he talks about his project’s origins and what we can expect on Saturday.
The netidee internet subsidy initiative provided generous financial support to Austrian researchers in 2017—for instance, those working on bachelor’s degree projects, master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations. Recipients include Harald Koberg, who’s investigating the social significance of digital gaming, and Simon Mulser’s work on “selfish mining” of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
The 8th edition of TIME OUT, a showcase of outstanding work by undergrads in Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media program, is about to open at the Ars Electronica Center – on March 16, 2018. In this interview, we get a preview from program director Gerhard Funk.
100 years ago, artist Egon Schiele died in Vienna. He left behind a remarkable oeuvre of expressionist works, one of them a portrait of a young woman named Trude Engel. Who was she? And why was the image stabbed with a knife? At the next Deep Space LIVE, “Egon Schiele – A Closer Look at Trude Engel” on March 15, 2018, Andreas Strohhammer, a restorer at the LENTOS Art Museum, tells us more.
The Prix Ars Electronica’s search for the world’s best works of media art runs until March 12, 2018. In this update, we proudly present the jurors in the Computer Animation and u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD categories. A Golden Nica grand prize is up for grabs in both!
“And then, fortunately, the birds didn’t fall out of the sky,” said Michael Treml in a terse summary of the outcome of work over many months by an Ars Electronica Futurelab team at Rock in Rio 2017, the first public SPAXELS® drone show using Swarm3D software developed in-house in Linz. We were interested in finding out what this program can actually do and why this Futurelab custom creation is now also available as a plug-in for 3ds Max?
“K-9_topology,” a series of works by Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar, won last year’s Golden Nica in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Hybrid Arts category. In this interview, Maja Smrekar explains what’s behind these four projects, how dogs and wolves characterize her work, and which ethical questions she investigates.
Contestants still have until March 12st to submit their work for Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration. Four international juries will convene in April to select this year’s Golden Nica recipients. Here were proudly present the jurors in the Digital Communities and Interactive Art + categories.
What are some real ways to achieve climate & energy goals? What measures have to be implemented and where do you get started? The Ars Electronica Futurelab was invited by the department of Spatial Planning (TU Vienna) and the City of Linz (Planning, Technology, Environment) to join a consortium working on E_PROFIL, a toolkit that can be used to take the first step.
At the next Deep Space LIVE on February 22, 2018, Maria Altrichter of the Municipal Archive will take us back to a time way before Linz became Steel City. What was it like when Johannes Kepler lived here? What impact did historical events in the 17th century have on Upper Austria’s capital? Maria Altrichter gave us a preview in this interview.
Museum Total is back by popular demand! This event, which is being held for the fifth time this year, is set for February 22-25, 2018. One ticket admits the holder to nine Linz museums—the AEC among them—over the course of four days. What’s lined up? Nicole Grüneis, director of Ars Electronica’s Education and Cultural Outreach department, tells us in this interview.
School of the Future creates the setting for discussions about technology, society and art right in the middle of Tokyo. The format consists of a regular series of temporary exhibitions and round-table discussions that the Ars Electronica Futurelab stages in the Tokyo Midtown complex in the heart of Japan’s megalopolis. Sound interesting? Read on!
How do we as pedestrians want to communicate with the autonomous autos that will soon be driving around our cities? Now is the best time to give some thought to this question, according to the staff of Humanising Autonomy, a project that was honored with a 2017 STARTS Prize and is now collaborating with, among other partners, Daimler Mercedes Benz.
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.
E-voting and blockchain, social media and data protection—netidee, Austria’s leading initiative to nurture innovations that advance the use of the internet, is funding Bürgerchain and Combinary, two projects that will be implemented in the coming months.
Japanese ad agency Hakuhodo and Ars Electronica invite you to engage in collective brainstorming amidst Japan’s megacity! The Future Innovators Summit Tokyo seeks those tantalized by the idea of being part of a lively interdisciplinary crew confronting the key issues of humankind’s future. The application deadline is February 28, 2018.
How does one blend innovation and tradition? Technology and handicraft? The zeitgeist with a time-honored history? In three projects commissioned in conjunction with the makeover of Café Sacher Eck, Ars Electronica Solutions had the opportunity to come up with answers. In this interview, Solutions project manager Harald Moser and Reiner Heilmann, director of Hotel Sacher in Vienna, provide insights into their collaboration.
2018 is European Year of Cultural Heritage, and the Ars Electronica Center is taking part by hosting several events devoted to our cultural heritage throughout the year. Kicking things off will be a themed weekend on January 27-28, 2018 in Deep Space, where one of the featured speakers will be Stefan Traxler, archeologist at Upper Austria’s Landesmuseum. In this interview, he discusses cultural heritage and his upcoming talks as well as how technology has changed archeology.
2018 is European Year of Cultural Heritage. To mark the occasion, the Ars Electronica Center is making cultural heritage a highlight of this year’s program of events. But you might ask why the Museum of the Future of all places is focusing on the artistic and cultural treasures of past epochs? Indeed, because the research on and presentation of them is currently undergoing a revolution. A revolution that was triggered by new technologies!
A new year, a new opportunity! The Prix Ars Electronica seeks outstanding works of media art. The entry deadline is March 12th. Prizewinners receive cash awards of up to €10,000 per category and a featured appearance at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival. In this interview, Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker talks about this time-honored media art competition and presents this year’s categories.
As part of the makeover of Café Sacher Eck in Vienna, Ars Electronica Solutions implemented three innovative projects on the premises of this traditional Viennese landmark. A core element of this collaborative effort is a diorama in which Sacher Moments are played out amidst a papercraft model of the Sacher complex featuring playful animated sequences. In this interview, we learn more from Daniela Leitner and Sandra Reichl, the two designers who executed this concept.
In their touching film about dementia that opens on January 13th at the Hollywood Megaplex in Pasching near Linz, the young crew of Krmpf Krmpf Studio is also showcasing a new cinematic technique—stereo narrativity. The moviegoers attending the premiere of “merk|würdig” will be assembled in a single theater, but they’ll see the narrative from two different perspectives.
What are the possibilities of swarm intelligence? How can drones be used to make transportation and communications easier? The Ars Electronica Futurelab is working together with Japanese telecommunications company NTT to find answers. In this interview, Hideaki Ogawa of Ars Electronica Futurelab and Shingo Kinshita of NTT tell us about their efforts.
How does the world look from way up top? Othmar Coser of the Austrian Space Forum will screen breathtaking satellite images of Earth at the next Deep Space LIVE on December 14, 2017. His talk entitled “Eye in the Sky” will also reveal which data terrestrial observation technology measures, and go into why this is being done? Find out more in this interview.
What leads to success? Why are some people successful and others aren’t? And is there a recipe for success? Journalist/moderator Claudia Reiterer’s new book “The Popcorn Effect: From Dream to Success” deals with these very questions. At the first meeting of the UGL Women’s Network, the author gave a reading in the Ars Electronica Center, where she also gave us an interview.
The “Waltraut Cooper. Light and Sound” exhibition co-produced by the Ars Electronica Center is running until January 21, 2018 at Landesgalerie Linz. We spoke with media artist Waltraut Cooper about media art in the 1980s, her fascination with light, and her works on display at Landesgalerie.
An interactive exhibition at the Saxon Museum of Industry entitled “Gestures – Yesterday, Today and the Day after Tomorrow”—the outgrowth of a joint research project by the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab—is a new encounter with the history of human-machine interaction.
Experimental musicians Karen Schlimp, Jaap Blonk and Klaus Hollinetz take us along on a sonorous journey through the human skin this Friday, December 1, 2017. In a concert entitled “UNDER YOUR SKIN/Bodyterms” in Deep Space 8K, they’ll play on medical terminology, through scores made of microscope images, and with the full range of their instruments’ possibilities.
Like every year, selected works featured at the Ars Electronica Festival then go on display for an additional run at the Ars Electronica Center. We find out which works those are, why they were singled out, and what surprises await visitors to the new VRLab in this interview with Kristina Maurer, exhibition producer at the Ars Electronica Center.
The European Space Agency (ESA) annually stages two international workshops for teachers from its member states. ESERO Austria made it possible for two Austrian teachers to take part in this year’s workshop in The Netherlands. Here’s an account of how it went.