Klangwolken-ABC 2012

The Klangwolken ABC was initiated as a social participation project, focusing on “character” in the age of networks, constituting one of the core programs at the voestalpine Klangwolke 2012. People create their own characters to interact with radio frequencies at the event – a huge galaxy of characters meeting at the Danube shoreline.

 

Foto: Martin Hieslmair
Credit: Martin Hieslmair

 

In Klangwolken ABC workshops, people construct their own alphabet characters and add a receiver and LED kit to link to the Klangwolken event itself. They select a character, assemble it, and personalize it in creative ways. Literally, every single person/character creates a unique character. The character created in the workshop is recorded in an image database and becomes part of the Klangwolke Font. In addition, the participants join CharakterBook, an online service that works like a micro-facebook, enabling people to browse for other characters created by other participants, to create messages ant to take social action. The individual characters created by the participants become words or messages through communicating and collaborating with each other. In the Klangwolken ABC, we collect messages as combinations of characters with characters – people with people.

 

Foto: Barbara Heinzl
Credit: Barbara Heinzl

 

Am Tag der Klangwolke fanden in Linz Klangwolken-ABC-Paraden statt. Außerdem versammelte sich eine große Gruppe von Buchstaben bei Sonnenuntergang an der Donau. LEDs werden als Reaktion auf bestimmte Klänge bzw. auf Radiosignale für einzelne Buchstaben oder Botschaften aufleuchten. Im Klangwolken-ABC kommt  nicht nur die Persönlichkeit der Buchstabenkonstrukteure zum Ausdruck, es führt auch zu konkreten Aktionen der Beteiligten, die gemeinsam ihr Hier und Jetzt gestalten.

 

Foto: Emiko Ogawa
Credit: Emiko Ogawa

 

(Adaptiertes Exzerpt aus “Klangwolken ABC” by Hideaki Ogawa and Emiko Ogawa, in: “The Big Picture. Weltbilder für die Zukunft. Ars Electronica 2012,” S. 242-253.)

Link: http://www.aec.at/klangwolke/en/participate/soundcloud-abc/


Concept:

Gerfried Stocker, Horst Hörtner, Hideaki Ogawa, Emiko Ogawa

Project Management, Futurelab

Pascal Maresch, Hideaki Ogawa, Patrick Müller, Roland Reiter

Controlling:

Yvonne Hauser

Receiver Technology:

Ray Gardiner, Josh Gardiner

Design:

Werner Pötzelberger

Web Programming:

Gunther Schmidl

Content Management:

Michael Kaczorowski, Roland Reiter

Website Design:

Stefan Eibelwimmer, My Trinh Gardiner, Emiko Ogawa, Hideaki Ogawa

Character Design:

My Trinh Gardiner, Matthew Gardiner, Emiko Ogawa, Hideaki Ogawa

Website:

Christoph Hofbauer, Fadil Kujundžić

Video:

Vanessa Schauer, Tamer Aslan, Michael Mayr

Technical Support, AEC:

Florian Wanninger, Wolfgang König, Thomas Kollmann, Martin Kneidinger, Daniel Murina, Thomas Hillinger, Daniel Kern, Sebastian Zach, Benjamin Perndl

Redaktion, AEC:

Martin Hieslmair, Sarah Breibauer