Conference Politics and Participation Festival 2016

The emergence of Facebook, Twitter & Co. in recent years has opened up new options for the exchange of political views. How these digital platforms are changing the political discourse, what new forms of sociopolitical participation are resulting from them, and which challenges they confront us with will be discussed at “Participation & Political Socialization in the Age of New Media,” a conference being held in conjunction with the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival.

Can you hear me?

“Can you hear me?” was a temporary network that artists Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud set up above the rooftops of the German government district in Berlin to downright force intelligence agencies to listen in on what they and thousands of other people were saying. Besides getting the agents’ attention, the artists are also the recipients of a Golden Nica in the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica’s Interactive Art + category.

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Marginalized communities like deaf-blind people are excluded from several forms of communication. The Design Research Lab in Berlin, has been developing the Mobile Lorm Glove, a mobile communication and translation device for the deaf-blind. The prototype translates the hand-touch alphabet “Lorm”, a common form of communication used by people with both hearing and vision impairment, into text and vice versa.

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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….

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PUCK is a project by Jen Stein and means “Place-based, Ubiquitous, Connected and Kinetic Experiences for Interactive Architecture” and by merging digital technologies, information and architecture she creates a new way of interacting and experiencing buildings and places.

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by Salvatore Iaconesi/Art is Open Source World Making incorporated is a fictional (yet existing) company with millions of associates, together with an ubiquitous technological system. Its objective is to create digital city infrastructures in which multiple layers of information become integral part of architecture, creating novel forms of citizenship and defining recombinant, re-programmable public spaces. […]