Aoife van Linden Tol (IE)

Aoife Van Linden Tol

Aoife van Linden Tol (IE) will be the first artist-inresidence hosted jointly by Ars Electronica and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Irish media artist will have the extraordinary opportunity to work together with ESA scientists and experience the landing of the Rosetta Space Probe or the ExoMars Mission live on site at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Following her thrilling sojourn at the ESA, she’ll spend a month in Linz, where the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s staff will provide support as she realizes the project inspired by her visit to the ESA.

Aoife van Linden Tol was born in 1978. She develops installations, stages performances, paints, photographs and shoots films. She’s fascinated by explosions—by their tremendous power and devastating effect. In her application for a residency at the ESA and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Aoife van Linden Tol submitted the idea of a “Star Storm” showcasing the lifecycle and physical characteristics of stars. During her stay at the ESA, she intends to learn more about stars from the organization’s scientists and then channel that knowledge into an “explosive performance.” The “Star Storm” she aims to trigger is to be characterized by the incessant interplay of chaos and order, of meditative calm alternating with energy-charged tension. Her mission is to be informative and simultaneously to awaken strong emotions.

Jury Statement

“Aoife van Linden Tol is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with explosive media and inspired by different scientific disciplines like chemistry, physics and cosmology. By using explosions as a creative way to explore not only concepts of time, density and matter but also deep human emotions, she is able to create beautiful and poetic as well as strong and devastating moments and experiences in art. With her project ‘Star Storm’, which tackles the life-cycle of stars and the physical processes of stellar formation and evolution across the Universe, she was able to convince the jury that she is the right artist for this first opportunity of a residency at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre. What impressed the jury the most was her individual approach in asking and exploring fundamental questions about our Universe.”

First statement by Aoife Van Linden Tol

“I am not sure what I am going to find at ESTEC, but stepping in to the unknown is something I love. Those working as ESTEC deal with the borders of human knowledge and I am fascinated by how we, as humans, are able to create precision instruments, in order to collect data, from simple but insanely accurate experiments, about the universe. How if we read the resulting data in the right way, natures patterns will revel themselves to us. It is incredibly exciting for me to think about researching and interacting with ESTEC community and am hoping to discover some beautiful insights to work with.  Futurelab will be time to knuckle down and do some experiments of my own with explosives and trigger systems and I am very much looking forward to doing with the support and expertise of the Ars Electronica team.”

Read more in an interview with Aoife Van Linden Tol on our Ars Electronica Blog!