THU September 4, 2014, 9 AM-5:30 PM, 7 PM-11 PM
FRI September 5, 2014, 9 AM-5 PM, 7 PM-11 PM
SAT September 6, 2014, 9 AM-4 PM, 7 PM-11 PM
SUN September 7, 2014, 1 PM-3:30 PM
MON September 8, 2014, 11:30 AM-5:30 PM
For two years now, the Mariendom is the scene of acoustic installations and performances that will be presented during the festival: It was Sam Auinger in 2012 and Rupert Huber in 2013 who brought the dome to sound. This year the Diocese of Linz and the Ars Electronica go one step further and transform the Mariendom to an unique exhibition scene throughout the festival. A number of artistic installations can be experienced in the nave, the crypt and Rudiger hall.
In a scene reminiscent of a drawing class, a human is sketched by 5 robots named Paul. Their bodies are old school desks on which the drawing paper is pinned. Their left arms, bolted on the desks, holding black biros, are only able to draw. The robots, stylised minimal obsessive artists, look alike except for their eyes, either obsolete digital cameras, or webcams. The sounds produced by the robot’s motors create an improvised soundtrack.
This is the third time that Japanese musician and artist Ei Wada is exhibiting one of his fascinating mobile installations at Ars Electronica. Once again, it’s a work at the interface of music and the visual arts and, once again, Ei Wada has recourse to the technology that is his passion: the classical recording & playback device of the analog era.
The Japanese group h.o launched their Momentrium series to collect moments with the help of illuminated arrows.
In comparison to Archifon III, the major installation he produced with his artistic partner Tomáš Dvořák, Dan Gregor’s second spatial-optical encounter with the Mariendom comes across like a whimsical art historical footnote.
Saccade is a technical term used by opticians and ophthalmologists to describe a certain type of eye movement: so-called visual target movements that include both spontaneous and deliberate eye movements. They’re among the fastest motions the human body makes, and are the basis of a display developed by Junji Watanabe (whereby the term display is somewhat misleading here, since this array doesn’t contain a monitor in a conventional sense).
In “tour en l’air,” Berlin-based artist Ursula Neugebauer evokes an unforgettable childhood experience: the thrill she felt when she got her first long skirt and the wonderful new feeling of twirling while wearing it. This was her introduction to a new form of stability amidst rotation.
Video installation. With despair, ennui and the absence of prospects, urban youth abandon themselves to silent, murky nights.
Aboriginal artist I-Ming’s three spherical wooden sculptures symbolize the three states of the contemporary world: paradise, fascism and chaos.
Video installation of Michael Nymans Symphony No.3: Of Sexual Songs (2014)
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