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Ars electronica 2011 – origin

As a summary, just to get a short overview, I elected together with an eight-year-old boy his ten favourites, also to focus on  what´s most interesting for the younger generation and how they interact with media art.


“Otamatone”- Novmichi Tosa, Maylsa Denki: musical-note-shaped electric instrument

“Gear Box”- Ulrich Brandstätter & Oliver Buchtala: kind of musical loop-sequencer

“Paro”- Aist : Therapeutic Robot with 5 kinds of sensors: tactile, light, audition, temperature and posture sensors. It can learn to behave in a way that the user prefers and simulates interaction between patients and caregivers.

“TalkTorque-2″- Hideaki Kuzuoka, Hiroshi Kasai, Ikkaku Kawaguchi, Toshimasa Yamanaka: guide robot that utilizes human skills

“Is there a horizon in the deep water?” -HEHE: Helen Evans, Heiko Hansen: Installation, Performance which works through the ecological tragedy, the explosion of the oil platform Deep Horizon in 2010, by reconstructing the event minutely.

“Six-Fourty by Fourty-Eghty”- Jamie Ziegelbaum, Marcelo Coelo: Installation, handy magnetic pixels as an interpretation of the touchscreen principle, by touching they change the color or copy it onto another

“Shadows”- Jyun-ya Kataoka: Installation, device, consisting of a turntable, found at a garage dump, and  strobes from  instant cameras attached to a circle, by rotating the turntable you manipulate the shadows

“Paricles”- Daito Manabe, Motoi Ishibashi: On a construction that resembles a rollercoaster, lightballs can be orchestrated via control-screen to whiz about in all directions and grouped into moving patterns.

“Running through the fog” at the roof of the O.K.-house: just a part of the “Hoehenrausch”

“CCD-me-not-Umbrella”- Mark Shepard: of sentient city survival kit: An umbrella studded with infrared Leds visible only to CCD surveillance cameras, designed to frustrate object-detection-algorithms used in computer vision surveillance systems


Black reflections. Nanoart by Frederik De Wilde @ ars electronica 2010

Frederik de Wilde likes black art. At Ars Electronica 2010 he showed a patch of the blackest black ever, a nano-structured material that absorbs 99.97% of the incident light, winning him the “[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant”. He envisions a bright future for the material, with applications ranging from superblack magneto-levitated cubes to increasingly large patches that might finally allow the observer to get immersed in infinite darkness.

For now, De Wilde leaves us in the dark in other ways: In an interview with derstandard.at, he impishly refuses to explain the details of how the trick works, pointing out that Rembrandt and Picasso didn’t publish their color recipes either. The scientists of Prof. Lin’s group at Rice University who developed the material did publish their findings, albeit in a closed-access journal. Probably they also filed a patent. German newspaper Die Zeit has a story on how British scientists discovered the material in the wings of a butterfly. Later, this feat of nature was mimicked using nanofabrication techniques in a Houston cleanroom.

In the exhibition space, the material is covered by plexiglass since dust particles would quickly degrade its properties. The glass surface however creates quite strong reflections, indeed reminding us of a Rembrandt painting hidden behind security glass in a carelessly illuminated museum. A prototype problem only, says De Wilde, to be solved by further research.

In our interview, quantum physicist Tobias Nöbauer finds out more about the physical principle and artistic concepts behind De Wilde’s work: How are the incident photons being treated? What’s the artist’s approach to taking a nano-material from the cleanroom into the exhibition space? Art as alchemy, uncontrolled reflections, whispering black magic? There’s a new shade of nano on the artistic reasearcher’s color palette: What do we get shown?

Interview: Tobias Nöbauer
Camera: Franziska Mayr-Keber
Editing: Sophie-Carolin Wagner

Chris Haring im Gespräch mit Didi Bruckmayr @ ARS Electronica 2010

Didi hängt wieder! An Metallhaken, angebracht an seinem Rücken, schwebt der Aktionskünstler über der staunenden Menge, während seine Kollegen ein rauschendes Fest zelebrieren, das Publikum umschlichten und ihre Gesichter mit Strick- oder Stecknadeln zieren. Schockierend oder faszinierend waren und sind seine Performances immer wieder…

Chris Haring, Österreichischer Choreograph (liquid loft) spricht mit Didi Bruckmayr:

Interview: Chris Haring
Kamera (performance): Andreas Haider
Kamera (interview): Franziska Mayr-Keber
Editing: Nora Skrabania

Merrick, Mutated IKEA LAMP @ars electronica

A brilliant project at this years Ars Electronica was Merrick by Daan van den Berg. It shows a mutated IKEA lamp, together with images of the so called “Elephant Man” John Merrick. Van den Berg looks into a near future of customised design and on demand culture. Where everybody can easily print out his/her furniture on 3D printers – without getting it physically from the store. In this case something went wrong on the way: The artist infected the IKEA design files with a virus, letting it mutate, disfiguring the lamp like a case of Elephantiasis. The project is worth mentioning not only because of discussing topics of design in our digital age, but also because a digital virus is here infecting an everyday object, questioning a forthcoming hybrid space between the virtual and the real.

/param>Interview: Peter Moosgaard
Kamera: Franziska Mayr-Keber
Schnitt: Christof Vonbank

Review The TOASTER PROJECT, @ars electronica

“Left to his own devices he couldn’t build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that was it.” Mit diesem Zitat von Douglas Adams stellt der Künstler Thomas Thwaites seine Arbeit The Toaster Project vor. Wahrscheinlich eine der besten Arbeiten, die auf der diesjährigen Ars Electronica zu sehen war, unternahm Thwaites den Versuch im Alleingang einen Toaster herzustellen. Mehr Informationen zum Toaster Project hier.

Präsentation: Peter Moosgaard
Kamera: Franziska Mayr-Keber
Schnitt: Christof Vonbank

Flächen @ ARS 2010

Die diesjährige ARS Electronica findet erstmals sehr kompakt in der stillgelegten Tabakfabrik statt, die mit ihren grossen, leeren Produktionshallen die perfekte Atmosphäre für das Thema “repair” bietet. sind wir noch zu retten. ohne Frage. ohne Antwort. wer ist wir. vor wem. uns selbst. Für Julius Stahl aus Berlin stellt sich diese Frage erst gar nicht. muss es auch nicht. Er schafft mit seiner Arbeit “Flächen” eine ästhetisch ansprechende Rauminstallation, die den Grenzbereich zwischen akustischer und visueller Wahrnehmung erforscht und erfahrbar macht.

ARS electronica 2010 … Pressekonferenz and more…

ARS electronica 2010 “repair – ready to pull the lifeline” starting the 2nd September 2010 will be presented at the former tabacco factory in Linz, a location that tells its own story about the moment of change that we are facing.

tagr.tv will be part of the ARS festival scenario as we have been invited by Aram Bartoll to join the Digital Communities Area (Bau 1, OG3). and of corse we will use this opportunity to tagr as much interessting projects, artists, etc. as we can!

PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA 2010 _ digital communities
one of the award winners in this category is the ubiquitous – #unibrennt cloud which was the origin for a European wide student movement criticizing our educational systems…. congratulations!!
CCC-Chaos Computer Club also won a price in this category.

to  get an idea of what you can expect we are featuring the recording of the press conference in Vienna, thx to the team of http://unibrennt.tv for the video!!

chapter I – the discovery

we proudly present one of our favourite artworks nominated for the transmediale award 2010 : chapter I – the discovery from the spanish artist Félix Luque Sánchez which is exhibited in the cervantes institute near alexanderplatz. we had the pleasure to get him for an interview. so listen to him personally :

and here´s the docuvideo by himself including the first room :

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.

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