They usually perform their tasks in huge factories or on construction sites, executing identical routines thousands or millions of times, over and over again. Or they vacuum our apartments, fully automatically. But things are different at the Ars Electronica Center. The Creative Robotics exhibition that opens on May 9, 2018 will show how robots are now being used in creative fields.
“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.
Our festival Saturday made an exciting start into the weekend: With the Helper’s Conference, the final hours of the Hackathon, an organic farmer’s market, the Expanded Animations Symposium, the Prix and STARTS Forums, and of course countless exhibitions full of state-of-the-art media art, the festival was once again filled to the brim with wonderful events. Let’s have a look!
The Ars Electronica Festival annually transforms the mini-metropolis Linz into the global hotspot of media art that attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Karl Schmidinger, technical director of the Ars Electronica Festival, tells us in this interview how he and his crew make it possible for this big show to go on!
The idea seems so simple—Rock Print, a STARTS Prize honoree, demonstrates how to build a large structure out of only gravel and wire. But behind the seeming simplicity is the difficulty of implementing the concept in real life. In this interview, Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio of ETH–Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich tell why the joint project with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT was such a surprise to both the construction industry and the STARTS Prize jury.
The Bruckner Orchester’s new chief conductor, Markus Poschner, is not only making some significant changes at Linz’s Brucknerhaus concert venue; he’s also giving a creative makeover to the Big Concert Night at the Ars Electronica Festival. The first such event on which he’s made his mark is set for Sunday evening, September 10, 2017. He tells us more in this interview.
Man meets artificial intelligence in a performance entitled “Corpus Nil.” Depending on the tension and posture of artist Marco Donnarumma’s body, an artificially intelligent algorithm modifies the light and sound on stage. Festivalgoers will be able to experience this spectacle live at the Big Concert Night on Sunday, September 10, 2017. In this interview, Marco Donnarumma goes into the background of his impressive performance.
A monk who’s also an expert in artificial intelligence is one of the speakers at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival’s Opening Symposium as well as the artificial intelligence Theme Conference. Zenbo Hidaka will discuss the latest technologies, artificially intelligent machines, and spirituality on September 7th and 8th. Here, he provides some initial insights into his field of expertise.
An Austrian premiere concludes the Festival on Monday, September 11, 2017. Maki Namekawa will perform all 20 of Philip Glass’ piano etudes accompanied by artist Cori Olan’s real-time visualizations. The duo will also present a daily demonstration of their virtuosity in Deep Space 8K. Maki Namekawa tells us more in this interview.
Networking, meeting new people and exchanging ideas with experts—that’s what’s up at ZusammenKommenLab [ComingTogetherLab] at Ars Electronica 2017. On all five days of the festival, ZusammenHelfen in Oberösterreich [HelpingTogether in Upper Austria], your go-to source for ways to help refugees, will be showcasing projects by, with and for immigrants and refugees.
Mark Coeckelbergh, a philosopher of technology, will deliver a speech on intelligent machines and art on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the symposium limning the Ars Electronica Festival theme, “Artificial Intelligence – The Other I.” In this interview, he goes into how culture shapes technology and what characterizes our dealings with artificial intelligence today.
There’s a lot happening at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival! But with so many exhibitions, concerts, performances, events, workshops, film screenings and awards ceremonies, it’s easy to get lost. That’s why we developed WE GUIDE YOU, a comprehensive lineup of guided tours that make things clear—especially for festivalgoers who speak neither German nor English.
The WKOÖ [Economic Chamber of the State of Upper Austria] represents the interests of the regional business community. The UBIT, its group for business consultants, accountants and IT specialists, is sponsoring the guided tours at this year’s festival. We talked to Chairman Markus Roth to learn more.
Theater & Digital Media is debuting as a focal-point topic at Ars Electronica this year. September 7-11, 2017, this conclave is hosting encounters of, among others, traditional institutions such as Linz’s Landestheater and performative experiments like “Breaking the Wall” by Chris and Didi Bruckmayr. In this interview, we found out how digital media are changing both classical theater and experimental performances.
New York artist Joseph Herscher uses everyday objects to build Rube Goldberg machines that are as inefficient as can be. At the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival, he’ll be involved in three projects that illustrate his playful approach to creativity. In this interview, we found out what exactly awaits us.
This is the second year that the Ars Electronica Festival is hosting a “Perspectives on Political Education” symposium. This series of events under the aegis of Pädagogische Hochschule OÖ [state teachers college] is set for September 7-8, 2017. This year’s theme: “The world is my world. How much globalization can humankind stand?” Stefan Giegler told us what’s in store.
Artificial intelligence is the theme of this year’s Ars Electronica. The 2017 media art festival’s encapsulating motif is provided by the “Beyond Humans” research project. The respective roles played by the android and the chimp depicted in this image were elaborated on by the project’s scholarly director, Ramiro Joly-Mascheroni.
Night owls and music fans are in for a real treat at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival. The Opening extravaganza on Thursday, September 7th and the Nightline on Friday, September 8th offer highly danceable riffs conducive to high-energy nights. We sat down with the Salon 2000 curatorial team to find out more.
A project entitled “Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia” by artists Dimitri della Faille and Cedrik Fermont is one of the very few works about noise & sound art in Southeast Asia. In this interview, the 2017 Golden Nica winners talk about how they got involved in such a huge endeavor and their experiences during this journey of discovery.
This event is the first of its kind at the Ars Electronica Festival—the BR41N.IO Hackathon demands high performance from hackers and designers, who’ll have 24 hours beginning at 11 AM on Friday, September 8th to conjure up projects based on brain-computer interfaces. To find out how this Hackathon will happen, what sort of stuff will come out of it, and who can register, read on.
An annual feature at the Ars Electronica Festival, CREATE YOUR WORLD, the future festival of the next generation, shows young people the ideas and technologies they’ll be using to change our world. Hans Christian Merten, director of CREATE YOUR WORLD, told about all the great stuff youngsters will be seeing, trying out and exploring September 7-11.
POINT ZERO, the exhibition elaborating on the Ars Electronica Festival’s theme, “Artificial Intelligence – The Other I,” (September 7-11, 2017) takes on big questions. What is the essence of a human being? Of a machine? Or, for that matter, of data? We sat down for a chat with Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker to get a few initial clues.
The Campus Exhibition at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival showcases Linz Art University’s Interface Cultures program. “Made in Linz” includes recent works of media art by undergraduates. The program’s founder and director, Christa Sommerer, offers some pre-show insights.
Once again this year, the young honorees in the Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 category will decide for themselves how their prizewinning projects will be displayed at the Ars Electronica Festival, September 7-11 2017. They’re coming up with some initial ideas at an exhibition design workshop. The plans emerging now will become a reality by September.
September 7-11, 2017, POSTCITY Linz will once again morph into a sprawling playground of media artists from all over the world. The theme of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival is Artificial Intelligence – The Other I. We recently sat down with Festival Director Martin Honzik to get a sneak preview.
The Linz-based artists’ collective Time’s Up builds walk-through worlds, physical narratives, in which every object tells a story. At Ars Electronica Festival September 7-11, 2017, festivalgoers will be able to experience one of them: “Turnton Docklands.” We talked to Time’s Up about this mix of environmental dystopia, social utopia and disturbing future scenario.
The Ars Electronica Festival is dedicating an entire day to sampling organic delicacies of the highest quality in POSTCITY Linz. Once again this year, BIO AUSTRIA is staging a farmer’s market amidst all the media art. Here, BIO AUSTRIA’s Marlene Wolfsteiner tells us about all the healthy goodies festivalgoers will be enjoying, and why organic farming is so essential.
For her proposal to send a robot with artistic skills into outer space, robotics engineer Sarah Petkus was the recipient of an Honorary Mention from the 2016 art&science@ESA. In this interview, she talks about her plans for her upcoming residency at the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, about humane robots, and the essential elements that actually constitute a robot.