TeleZone 2011

“TeleZone” was a robotic installation with Internet components that enabled the Web community to build a city, view it, and fill it with social life.


Foto: Ars Electronica Futurelab
Credit: Ars Electronica Futurelab


The “TeleZone” installation was a unique blend of virtual and real space at the interface of architecture, appropriate social behavior in the Internet, art and technology. A robot set up in the Ars Electronica Center and conceived as an extension of the data sphere makes it possible for an open community of users to collaboratively plan and build a city. “TeleZone” is the crystallization point for the emergence of the first virtual community whose discourses and activities are reflected and manifested not only digitally; rather, they also assume an immediate, physical form in the development of the installation.


Foto: Ars Electronica Futurelab
Credit: Ars Electronica Futurelab


The “TeleZone” as a real object was a 2 x 2-meter surface positioned beneath a robot arm. The area was subdivided into 256 tiny 10 x 10-centimeter parcels. Four such parcels made up the respective building sites; four-centimeter-wide margins run between them. The building sites were arrayed about the quasi-public “Times Square” in the center, where an LCD display provided news and commentary. Building materials were tiny plastic blocks (2 x 1 x 1 cm) that were depicted at the “TeleZone” website as three-dimensional elements (Voxels). The plastic elements were precisely positioned and stuck into place up to a maximum height of 60 cm. by the robot arm. The planning of the buildings as well as the activation of the robot arm was possible only through the website.


TeleZone is supported by:

Wittmann Kunststoffgeräte, Telekom Austria

Produced in cooperation with:

Department of Media Technology and Design at the Hagenberg Institute of Technology: DI Dr. Wilhelm Burger;

Department of Software Engineering at the Hagenberg Institute of Technology: Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Jacak Witold;

Department of Design and Efficiency Research at the Technical University of Vienna: Univ. Ass. DI Dr. Peter Purgathofer;

Department of Journalism and Communications Studies at the University of Vienna, Working Group for Electronic Media and New Media: Univ. Ass. Mag. Gerhild Götzenbrucker;

Center for Gerontology and Social Policy Research at the Academy of the Province of Lower Austria, St. Pölten, Department of Social Welfare and Health: Mag. Bernd Löger


Wolfgang Beer, Oliver Frommel, Rene Pachernegg, Jörg Piringer, Nestor Pridun, Christian Retscher, Martin Wiesmair


Erich Berger


Volker Christian


Ken Goldberg, Peter Purgathofer,

Senior Executive Developer:

Horst Hörtner


Werner Pötzelberger

Web Programming:

Gunther Schmidl

Sound Design

Markus Seidl