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.
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.
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
Günther Kolar, Gunther Schmidl, Nicolas Naveau
Author study “25 Years of Ars Electronica“:
Scott Ritter / Jakob Edelbacher
Graphic Design, Software:
Graphic design, software:
Database, Web development:
Stefan Hackl, Gerold Hofstadler
Graphic Design, software:
Philipp Seifried, Birgit Beireder
Diagram for the Memory Theater: