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25 Years of Ars Electronica - An Overview as Memory Theater
Dirmoser Gerhard
Electronic Media in the Arts and Sciences
Art in the Context of Software and Complex Machines
Modular Synthesizer
Paradiso Joseph
A gigantic audio-synthesizer developed between 1974 and 1988—a homage to analog sound effects and the early days of electronic music, but also an outstanding example of a highly complex interface that demands extensive expertise in order for sounds and music to be teased out of it. To stage a recital of its tonal capabilities, a whole series of patches, switches and regulators have to be operated properly. In several sessions each day, Joe Paradiso will be configuring new patches and demonstrating to interested visitors how analog electronic sound synthesis works.
Moving Thoughts
Institute of Human-Computer Interfaces, Graz University of Technology , Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and dramatic Arts, Graz
In stark contrast to the historical sound synthesizer, what’s offered here is a glimpse into the future of the human-computer interface: the brain-computer interface—brain waves that directly control a computer. The desired result must be imagined mentally and be connected with certain thought patterns. Even after a brief training session, initial successes are possible.
Timeline ± 25
Naimark Michael, Eibelwimmer Stefan, Wenhart Nina, Schmidl Gunther, Schmiederer Jutta, Schilcher Stefan, Kolar Günther, Sutton Gloria Hwang
In keeping with the 2004 Ars Electronica theme of „TIMESHIFT—the World in 25 Years,“ a unique two-part timeline is produced for the Bruckerhaus lobby. The first is the „t–25“ timeline, depicting the history of Ars Electronica from its beginnings in 1979 to the present time. It includes the evolving variety of exhibitions, performances, and symposia as well as the Prix categories and winners. Images and videos have been selected from the Ars Electronica Archive. A general timeline of relevant events, intended to be representative more than comprehensive, has been compiled as well.

Paley W. Bradford, Han Jefferson Y., Kennard Peter K.
A thousand visitors to Ars Electronica are going to be part of a very special network visualization. A pin worn on an individual’s clothing records the number of contacts the individual has had with others outfitted with such a pin, as well as the time the contact took place and its duration. The recorded data are then depicted as visualizations: each pin is represented as a node from which countless lines indicate contacts and linkages.
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