“Poking Florian” made an impact at the 2013 Ars Electronica Festival as part of the TOTAL RECALL – The Evolution of Memory theme exhibition by cleverly bridging the gap between artistry and practical usage in everyday life. Now, Alexander Köhn of Fraunhofer MEVIS explains why this installation is also of significance for the future of medicine.


Aakash Odedra, a british dancer, has teamed up with the Ars Electronica Futurelab to create a dancing performance including all sorts of technological adds such as tracking, visualizations, projections and more. During his visit in April, when he came to Linz together with his choreographer Lewis Major, there was some time to talk about the project which is centered on dyslexia.


When you sit face-to-face with Tosca—that is, the duo of Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister—you’re enveloped by a certain sense of composure. Both musicians have accomplishments to their credit; they’re consummate artists. But at the same time, there are these facial expressions—when they discuss their new album, upcoming concerts, expressive possibilities now available to them on stage. Suddenly, there’s a radiant glow, enthusiasm that can’t be simulated. It shows that Tosca isn’t anywhere even close to resting on their laurels and is still burning with artistic energy. Including the prospect of joint projects with the Ars Electronica Futurelab.


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.


Beijing is the fastest-growing megacity in the world, almost 20 million people walk the streets of this giant, which is growing constantly. The challenges a city of this size has to face, the amount of data that has to be processed and interpreted, can be overwhelming. GeoCity Smart City is exactly the right tool to help and there’s probably no better place than Beijing to show what this installation has to offer.