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Discussions about CO2 emissions and calculations about their potential environmental impact have become an everyday feature of our lives. But how to relate this abstract considerations to our daily experiences, at best in association with the local architecture? The Berlin based artist group realities:united comes up with a solution that is as simple as amazing….


The approach of Christmas means it’s that wonderful time of the year again—time to send in your submissions to u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD. We cordially invite all you gals & guys under 19 years of age to get involved. We’re looking forward to receiving lots of interesting ideas and projects! The first crop of […]

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Light-field photography has the potential to radically revolutionize everything that we associate with digital imaging today. Oliver Bimber, head of the Institute of Computer Graphics at Johannes Kepler University Linz, provides an insightful glimpse into a future beyond the realm of 3D television and megapixel digital cameras. Light fields make it possible to generate pictures […]


At the press conference held in conjunction with the opening of “Robots – Human and Machine?” we asked Bodo-Michael Baumunk (curator), Christopher Lindinger (head of R&D at the Ars Electronica Futurelab), Gabriele Zuna-Kratky (director of Vienna’s Museum of Technology) and Helene Wagner (project supervisor) to tell us how the exhibition came about and give us their personal take on robots.


Robots, robots, robots—those that do nasty, dangerous jobs without complaint, those that can bear the heaviest loads and are fluent in all the world’s languages. We’ve seen them in books and movies, but rarely in everyday life. Though we’re already well into the 21st century, most of our homes aren’t yet staffed by a domestic robot that can not only cook like a French chef but also make the beds every day and help the kids with their homework. Nevertheless, these mechanical-digital assistants have indeed taken over key functions in everyday life. From assembly lines in factories to fully automated meal delivery systems in hospitals, from therapeutic applications to acting assignments on the dramatic stage, the ways in which modern robots can be deployed are many and varied.


One day, 24 hours. You could break down these units even further into seconds, milliseconds and so forth. One might consider a day in terms of the Earth’s rotation, the time our planet takes to spin once on its axis, the Sun rising and setting, but then of course there’s also the night, and it isn’t until you combine day and night that you get a temporal reference.


(Deutsch) Das Team hinter Zeit ist Held erzählt im Interview, wie die Idee zur Ausstellung entstanden ist, was sie persönlich aus der Recherche mitgenommen haben und worüber sie sich besonders freuen würden. Die Ausstellungseröffnung ist am 6.12. um 18:30 Uhr, nehmen Sie sich die Zeit!

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Terrorist attacks, nuclear explosions in border nuclear power plants, poisoned drinking water in big cities, a collapse of the world’s communications. Extreme events such as these are his passion. Are extreme events able to bring the systems in our highly complex world  to collapse from one day to another? An interview with the PhD mathematician […]


You have your clocks, we have the time. But time is relative. There’s no substitute for taking time, even when it’s running like sand through your fingers. Is my time more valuable than yours? Lifetime, cooking time, Christmastime, prime time. Full-time? Time is something that determines everyday life, characterizes it, divides it up into quantifiable, measurable units, establishes a beat to which we’re all supposed to march to. We have atomic clocks that tell us with the utmost precision how long a second lasts. We have schedules for trains, streetcars and busses. And we have working hours. We know exactly when the screening of a feature film is set to begin, and when the sun will rise tomorrow. You could conclude that we have time under control, but we’re still incapable of influencing it. Though it seems to conform to objective parameters, time is different for each individual. The new exhibition opening on December 6th at the Ars Electronica Center is an in-depth encounter with time—what we do with our time, how we perceive it, how it influences our lives. Time Is Hero—time is what it’s all about! It’s a resource that’s infinite and nevertheless always in short supply.


What do MB21 in Germany, in Switzerland and Hungary’s C3<19 have in common? First off, all three are competitions for young people; secondly, they’re partners of u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD. In this spirit, their prizewinners are annually invited to the Ars Electronica Festival and u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD, and, by way of […]


Newcastle, Australia. Beijing. Singapore. Linz. Four cities, seemingly selected at random, will coalesce into a single integrated concert hall on November 30, 2012. The International Space Time Concerto brings together musicians all across the face of the Earth. Together with a chorus, they’ll perform nine pieces using instruments as well as iPhones and iPads.


The Ars Electronica Futurelab’s quadrocopter formation that debuted at the 2012 voestalpine Klangwolke has created a sensation, one that commenced on site during the extravaganza itself and has continued online ever since. Internet für recht ordentliche Wellen gesorgt. But since, as we all know, laurels aren’t for resting on, Futurelab staffers are already hard at work taking their Spaxel concept to the next level of development.

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The Deep Space Live – Series “LINZ_EINST/JETZT” which compares historical pictures of Linz with their current views is having it’s next installment on November 15th at the Ars Electronica Center. MMag. Maria Jenner, who’s taking care of coordinating and programming the series and works at the Archiv der Stadt Linz talks about how the cooperation with the Center got started and how a look into the past can influence the development of a city.


(Deutsch) Der Collide@CERN Residency Award geht in die zweite Runde, wieder haben sich Dutzende Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus der ganzen Welt um die Möglichkeit beworben, am CERN in Genf und im Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz ihre Projekte in einer potentiell komplett neuen Umgebung umzusetzen, mit den hellsten Köpfen aus der Welt der Wissenschaft und der Kunst zusammen zu arbeiten und Inspiration für die eigenen Werke zu schöpfen.

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The project GiraDora shows what social design can do! Come up with easy solutions to current problems and invite local people to participate. The outcome: a human-powered washer and spin dryer that increases the efficiency and improves the experience of hand-washing clothes for women living without access to running water.