Spaxels Research Initiative
SPAXELS (space elements)
The name “Spaxels” evokes its origins—its derivation from the term “pixels”—but, above all, it brings out a fundamental difference from them. Each medium manifests itself in terms of a “language,” a special form of expression unique to that medium.
“The media is the message” is thus both the Spaxels Research Initiative’s programmatic agenda and a challenge that it is facing in diverse ways. For one thing, the task at hand is to discover the Spaxels’ “language” and to expand that vocabulary; for another, we aim to advance the swarm medium’s infrastructure. Seeing the swarm as a conceptual and behavioral pattern that will soon pervade society as a whole opens up new potential on which the Spaxels Research Initiative will intensively focus.
The Spaxels Research Initiative’s members are industrial enterprises, innovation labs and start-ups that collaborate—each on issues specific to its respective pursuits—with the Ars Electronica Futurelab and the Ars Electronica Spaxels GmbH.
The field of spatio-temporal visual design under strong logistical constraints – an area in which the Futurelab, with its successful Spaxels project, can draw on ample experience.
 The name Spaxels is derived from the term PIXELS (picture elements), and describes the spatially constitutive function of these airborne space elements. www.spaxels.aec.at
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