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Signs+Signals Full Length Concert

Signs and Signals Appendix

THX to the very charming and synergetic art-gang”freyluft” (monika freyer und philipp luftensteiner) we can proudly present: “Signs and Signals” the directors cut! It’s a recording of the whole performance, taken from the vis-á-vis Danube bank.

The project:

1. The Building:
The Ars Electronica Center (AEC) is a center for the electronic arts, run by Ars Electronica and situated in Linz, Austria. It’s located at the northern side of the Danube, on the right side of the Nibelungenbrücke (witch has a pretty interesszing history itself). The building is also known as the “Museum of the Future“. The museum has six floors filled with creative work from hi-tech laboratories all over the world.

2. The “new” Building:
The new building includes a multi-level structure adjacent to the existing facility and then wrapping the entire ensemble in a glass shell, the AEC’s spectacular 5,100-m2 LED façade. The result is a holistic entity, which can be used like a gigantic kind of screen.

3. The Event:
Matthias Schoenauer
and Sebastian Schlachter from Austrian radio station fm4 produced “Signs and Signals. Together with the artgroup “freyluft” they developed the concept of a audio/ visual performance including the technical possibilities of this special environment.
It was extraordinary !!! But see for yourself and enjoy!
Other artists included are: Vocalist Mani Obeya, skin-conductor-violinist Ulla Rauter, Patrick Pulsinger and Richard Eigner.
For more information about the backstage situation and interviews look at my post: Façade-Play and Body-Sound.

Façade-Play and Body-Sound

“Signs and Signals” @ Ars Electronica Festival 09Last weekend, at the FM4 co-hosted multimedia performance “Signs and Signals”, artist duo freyluft visualized sounds on the surface of the Ars Electronica Center (AEC).

“Any heavy-handed block can be transformed to a magical zone with an illuminated façade”, wrote Gerlinde Lang on the FM4 Website. Now, for sure, the new Ars Electronica Center (AEC) at its location on the banks of the Danube in Linz, does not qualify as a “heavy-handed block”, a magical zone it became nonetheless. This happened courtesy of artist duo freyluft, who, last weekend in cooperation with FM4, made 40.000 LEDs dance on the façade of the AEC, in their performance “Signs and Signals”.

The sounds involved were provided by DJs and live-musicians, but, notably, also by media artist Ulla Rauter, who utilized her own body as an instrument. With an electric violin bow she stroked her right forearm, while her hand was fitted with electric contacts. “The skin serves as a conductor. When the violin bow touches the skin, the circuit is closed”, says Rauter: “It is a sort of biofeedback.”
Text: Patrick Dax, ORF Futurezone Translation: Oliver Stummer

Coded Cultures – Exploring Creative Emergences

 Wenn die Maus schreit

Es gibt viele Möglichkeiten, eine Computermaus zu zerstören. Zehn davon hat das japanische Künstlerduo exonemo in der aus Videos und einem Computerprogramm bestehenden Installation “DanmatsuMouse” gesammelt. Einmal saust ein Vorschlaghammer auf das Plastikgadget, ein anderes Mal fräst sich die Klinge eines Küchenmessers durch das Zeigegerät.

Ein Computerprogramm sorgt dafür, dass die reale Maus auf dem Desktop die “Todeserfahrung” ihres gefilmten Pendants nachvollziehen kann und gleichsam final zuckt. Zu sehen ist “DanmatsuMouse” bei der Ausstellung des Coded-Cultures-Festivals, das derzeit im Wiener MuseumsQuartier stattfindet und japanische und österreichische Positionen in der Medienkunst einander gegenüberstellt.

Zum Auftakt der “Futurezone Galerie” hat Matthias Tarasiewicz vom Coded-Cultures-Kuratorenteam Ella Esque vom Wiener Medienkunstblog durch die Ausstellung geführt. Die beiden unterhalten sich unter anderem über Martin Pichlmairs Arbeit “Bagatelle Concrete”, die einen Flipper zur Soundmaschine ummodelt, und über Yuko Mohris Installation “The Execution of Mary”, die elektronische Geräte zweckentfremdet.

Coded Cultures endet am Sonntag. Die Festivalausstellung ist noch bis zum 7. Juni im freiraum des Wiener MuseumsQuartiers zu sehen.

Coded Cultures
– Wien 27. – 31. Mai 2009, Yokohama und Tokio 14. – 18. Oktober 2009

Creative Cities: Diedrich Diederichsen

Interview mit Diedrich Diederichsen, Kulturwissenschafter, Berlin / Wien at the Ö1 Creative Cities Symposium on the 31st of april in the Radiokulturhaus Vienna.

A walk through the exhibition with Stephen Kovats, Artistic Director of transmediale.09, Part 3

A walk through the exhibition with Stephen Kovats, Artistic Director of transmediale.09, Part 2


De:Bug is a German magazine for electronic music, with computers and there abilities… lets call this mag an electronic-live-style-survival-package (pff…out of breath) Couldn’t fit better, they just published the audio records of all “Club Transmediale” panels. And now you can find everything here.


opening ars electronica center 2009

fullframe festival

the full frame festival is a small but powerful festival in vienna. the motivation of the founders was to bring art films (who are normally screened in exhibitions on video monitors) cinemas screens. astonishingly also that size was too little for the organisers so the last full frame festival took place in the vienna planetarium. in a cupola projection. wow! how titanic!
after the presentation we had the pleasure to stroll with felix kubin thou the prater. under a umbrella…how kubi(n)stic!

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