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Clothing made of desert plants or organic plastics, rediscovered technologies and state-of-the-art high-tech top the list of attractions at DE/MATERIALIZE, a showcase of exciting work being done by students in Linz Art University’s Fashion & Technology program, on November 23, 2017 in Ars Electronica’s Deep Space. Fashion designer Ute Ploier, the program’s director, gave us a preview in this discussion of fashion, technology, sustainability and the future of the fashion industry.

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The next Long Night of the Stages is set for November 11, 2017 when, in addition to theaters and other stage-based performance venues, the Ars Electronica Center will host a diverse lineup of productions. The dramatis personae include Björn Lengers and Marcel Karnapke, who’ll be contributing two projects at the interface of performance and virtual reality: “Memories of Borderline” and “Pitoti Prometheus”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Earth, the basis of humankind’s very existence, will take the spotlight at the Ars Electronica Center beginning April 18th. Terrific new exhibits feature data, information, human beings and interrelationships. Geopulse, a gigantic interactive information graphic, and Deep Space are the high-definition settings in which to behold our Earth in a new light.

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Our previous destination was London. The next stop on our itinerary is Mistelbach, which isn’t a hotbed of paranoia so at least there are no security checkpoints to pass through. The reason for our trip to Lower Austria is to visit the Hermann Nitsch Museum, where a retrospective entitled SINNE UND SEIN (Sense and Being) will open on April 7. The Ars Electronica Futurelab has contributed to it, which is what this account is all about.

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Es wird nicht mehr besonders lange dauern, dann wir der Röhrenfernseher genauso eine obskure Technologie sein, wie das Grammophon, Telegraphen (beide mit ph!) oder Palms. Unsere Kinder werden diese riesigen Kisten anschauen und uns fragen, ob wir denn mit dem Platz in unseren Wohnungen und Häusern nichts Besseres anzufangen wussten, als ihn mit Darstellgerätschaften zu füllen, die noch dazu unglaubliche Stromfresser waren. Dass man sich diesen Wundern der Technologie, denn das waren sie zu ihrer Hochzeit definitiv, und es gibt ja auch weiterhin Leuten, die behaupten, ihre Bildqualität wäre unerreicht, auch künstlerisch nähern kann, das gibts am Donnerstag im Deep Space zu sehen.