Spaxels 2013 2013

Star Trek Earth Hour Promotion


As the UK prepares to go ‘into darkness’ for WWF’s Earth Hour, Paramount Pictures is pleased to announce its support with a special ‘Star Trek’ themed light display which will dim as Earth Hour approaches.


At the occasion of the movie premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness, the Ars Electronica Quadcopter Swarm animated the legendary Starfleet logo in the London night sky. An audience from all around the world was fascinated by the Spaxels’ unique performance. The Ars Electronica Quadcopter Swarm was hired by Paramount for this event and created quite a stir in the international media.

The Ars Electronica Blog provides a comprehensive overview of how this event was realized.


LondonMurmuration – Bergen


Murmuration was the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s first collaborative project with phase7, the Berlin-based artists’ network. For the opening of the Bergen (Norway) International Festival, they jointly staged an outdoor performance featuring 30 quadcopters, seven musicians, eight dancers, and a chorus of 150 youngsters. The Ars Electronica Futurelab’s spaxel extended Phase 7’s stage show into the heavens above Bergen and visualized the show’s grand finale with enchanting light formations. The upshot was a multimedia light sculpture composed of high-tech and performance that reached high up into the night sky—a resounding, constantly shifting architecture that illuminated the modern individual’s contradictory and instinctive swarm behavior on the artistic and metaphysical level. Following the tremendous success in Bergen, additional performances of Murmuration at other international venues are currently being planned. The shows in Bergen, Norway were staged in May 2013.


For the opening of Festspillene i Bergen, Norway phase7 staged the an 40min trans electro performance using drohnes as protagonists.

Spaxels visualisieren Tchaikovsky | Ljubljana


Spaxels fly over Jubiljana. Credit: Ars Electronica Futurelab
Spaxels fly over Jubiljana. Credit: Ars Electronica Futurelab


Ars Electronica’s Spaxels visualized the opening concert of the Ljubljana Festival on June 27, 2013, with a spectacular flight out of the Ljubljana Castle.

The Ars Electronica Quadcopter Swarm danced to the rhythm of Tchaikovsky’s ouverture “1812″ up into the city sky and expanded the stage show at the Ljubljana’s Congress Square to the sky.

Further information about this event can be found here.