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.
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.
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.
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?” 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.
Artist Robert Adrian X already began dealing with the phenomenon of computer users linking up in networks over 30 years ago in “The World in 24 Hours.”
Like the Mobile Lorm Glove, the Keyglove is another smart glove based solution to enhance ways of communication, but in a slightly different context.
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.
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….
How is it possible to mix intelligent computer technology and architecture, in a way that our lives do not become even more difficult? With his Voyeur project Chia Chi Yeah developed an interesting approach….
Screens and displays can be found almost everywhere, on our mobiles, in our car or in our livingroom. With his project L.S.D, the artist Benjamin Gaulon tries to create a new viewpoint on this everyday devices.
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.
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. […]