Archiquarium 2005

In a multi-year study entitled “25 Years of Ars Electronica – An Overview as Memory Theater,” Gerhard Dirmoser has created a thematic cartography of all aspects that seem relevant to Ars Electronica. The approximately 8,000 entries include all contributions, artists, texts and projects represented at Ars Electronica.

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Ars Electronica Center. Installations. Credit: rubra
Ars Electronica Center. Installations. Credit: rubra

 

This study was the basis of a large-format wall diagram that simultaneously served as a portal Ars Electronica’s digital project archive. Visitors could query the virtual information linked to this Datawall by using a modified personal digital assistant (PDA) that opened up access to additional, related information in the form of texts, images and videos. The technological basis of this interface consisted of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that were built into the diagram and could be read with the PDA. Plus, the Timeslider—likewise based on Dirmoser’s findings—allowed visitors to utilize two buttons to navigate through the Ars Electronica’s “timedisks.”

The Datapool and the Navigator provided additional access to interesting archive material. The Datapool provided a link to an extensive video archive featuring documentation of the individual festivals and the best works of computer animation from the history of the Prix Ars Electronica.

 

Navigating through the installment via PDA. Credit: rubra
Navigating through the installment via PDA. Credit: rubra

 

The Navigator let the user chart a specific course through the 25-year history of Ars Electronica. This was the way to find information about all artists and projects that were ever involved with the Festival, awarded a prize at the Prix Ars Electronica, put on display at the Museum of the Future or developed at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. The Navigator also provided access to all texts published in the Festival and Prix catalogs.


Datadesk / Datenpult:

Philipp Seifried, Günther Kolar, Helmut Höllerl, Nina Wenhart, Dietmar Offenhuber, Stefan Feldler, Scott Ritter / Jakob Edelbacher, Stefan Hackl, Gerold Hofstadler

Data Wall / Datenwand:

Gerhard Dirmoser, Stefan Feldler, Philipp Seifried, Helmut Höllerl, Nina Wenhart, Günther Kolar, Dietmar Offenhuber, Scott Ritter / Jakob Edelbacher, Stefan Hackl, Gerold Hofstadler

Timeslider / Zeitschiene:

Dietmar Offenhuber, based on “ars topics” by Gerhard Dirmoser

Datapool / Datenpool:

Birgit Benetseder, Gunther Schmidl, Nina Wenhart, Peter Senoner, Milena Rieser, Helmut Höllerl, Reinhold Bidner

Navigator:

Günther Kolar, Gunther Schmidl, Nicolas Naveau

Author study “25 Years of Ars Electronica“:

Gerhard Dirmoser

Exhibition Architecture:

Scott Ritter / Jakob Edelbacher

Graphic Design, Software:

Birgit Benetseder

Animation:

Reinhold Bidner

Hardware Development:

Stefan Feldler

Concept:

Helmut Höllerl

Concept, Software:

Dietmar Offenhuber

Content development:

Milena Rieser

Graphic design, software:

Philipp Seifried

Content development:

Peter Senoner

Content research:

Nina Wenhart

Database, Web development:

Günther Kolar

Graphic design:

Nicolas Naveau

Database development:

Gunther Schmidl

Production:

Ellen Fethke

Technical Consulting:

Stefan Hackl, Gerold Hofstadler

Hardware Development:

Stefan Feldler

Graphic Design, software:

Philipp Seifried, Birgit Beireder

Content Research:

Nina Wenhart

Concept:

Helmut Höllerl

Concept, software:

Dietmar Offenhuber

Diagram for the Memory Theater:

Gerhard Dirmoser