Source: Emiko Ogawa

Source: Emiko Ogawa

The Opening Event of the 2009 Ars Electronica Festival


beginning at 10 AM on Hauptplatz

beginning at 7 PM on the Maindeck of the Ars Electronica Center

Since June 17, 2009, Linz’s Main Square has served as the Base Camp of “80+1 A JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD,” a project sponsored jointly by Ars Electronica, voestalpine and Linz09. Ars Electronica 2009—“Human Nature”—and 80+1 will encounter one another for the first time on September 3, 2009 at the opening of this year’s 30th anniversary festival in what promises to be a very fortuitous convergence!

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Center Program & Exhibitions

Opening hours during the festival

Thu 3.9. – Mon 7.9. 10:00 – 20:30
Tue 8.9. 10:00 – 18:00

The Ars Electronica Center’s exhibition that debuted on January 2, 2009 is focusing on fields in which the most massive and controversial innovative thrust is now in the process of emerging: the life sciences. Hand in hand with rapid-fire technological advances that are producing computers offering steadily increasing performance and higher-resolution imaging, these research disciplines also explore some compelling relationships – resulting in findings that challenge our conventional view of humanity and man’s place in the world. The Ars Electronica Center is spotlighting these “New Images of Humankind.” Simultaneously atelier and lab, the new facility attests to the affinity between art and science, and to our timeless fascination with our own kind. The commitment to creativity and productivity is stronger than ever. The core is the 1,000-m2 Main Gallery, a space in which artists and scientists, school kids and college students, parents and children can experiment, work and play. This spectacular exhibition doesn’t put the accent strictly on leading-edge technological developments; instead, it concentrates on the concrete question: What’s the impact on me and my life?

(Ars Electronica Center Exhibits:

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we guide you 2009

Festivalblog der FH St.Poelten

All the target-group-specific offerings that make up this year’s program designed to mediate visitors encounters with festival content having to do with the “Human Nature” theme focus on a concept invented by Paul Crutzen: the Anthropocene Age, a time in which we human beings exert ever-greater influence on our planet, assume what is tantamount to control over it, and thus have more and more influence on society and our natural environment. Achievements in genetic engineering and biotechnology emerge from the depths of the laboratory and are changing our everyday life as well as the entire spectrum of forms of artistic expression. Many questions remain open and some problems still haven’t been cleared up, but cloning and experimentation goes on, boldly and unabated. Plus, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Ars Electronica Festival, we’ll also be taking a few retrospective looks at comparable projects, ideas, exhibitions and personalities of the past. And doing so while we continue to peer far into the future. The key issue: What will this new human-engendered nature look like and what undreamt-of possibilities and niches exist for us human beings within it?

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PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA u19 – freestyle computing

Do 3.9. – Di 8.9.

Ars Electronica Center

Thu 3.9. – Mon 7.9.
10:00 – 20:30

Tue 8.9.
10:00 – 18:00

At this year’s Ars Electronica Center exhibition, the spotlight will be on u19 –freestyle computing. The inherently broad spectrum of u19 and the multifaceted entries submitted to it make it the Prix Ars Electronica’s most highly diversified category year after year. Now, for the first time, the prizewinners will be showcased in the new Ars Electronica Center. The honored projects spanned a wide arc once again this year, ranging from perennial favorites like animated films and videos, to Web 2.0 applications and virtual worlds, all the way to extremely elaborate robotics experiments and complex interactive software.

Idea / Concept / Project Management: Susi Windischbauer

See all projects of u19 – freestyle computing

Pixelspaces 2009 – Do-it-Together!

Foto: rubra

Foto: rubra

Fri 4.9. – Mon 7.9.

Ars Electronica Center

This year’s Pixelspaces, the annual symposium held under the auspices of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, is dedicated to art by new and not-yet-institutionalized bridge-builders, focusing on the novel poetic forms of expression that result. It focuses on the “Do-it-Together!” of art and science before the backdrop of converging technologies. The new Ars Electronica Center provides a setting for a new conference format: a nomadic symposium staged along the topography of the facility’s exhibits and their component installations.

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Fri 4.9.
09:00 AM – 11:00 AM Ars Electronica Center, Seminarraum
11:30 AM – 05:00 PM Kunstuniversität, Kollegiumgasse 2

Sat 5.9.
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Uhr Kunstuniversität, Kollegiumgasse 2

At the Crossroads of Media Arts&Science and Technology
Education in the 21st Century-What is to be Done?

Update on the Leonardo Education Forum’s mission and activities. Arts, science, design, technology, computer science and communication studies are key disciplines brought together in contemporary media arts, however relevant technologies develop rapidly and often separately from educational institutions. Consequently, a gap exists between the technological developments and their application in formal education worldwide at academic institutions as well as at middle school level and in hybrid educational scenarios.

Presentation of “Media Design” the new Teacher Training Programme for secondary schools of the University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz (

Target group / Participants: educators, artists, scientists, policy makers in the field, general public
Invited speakers: Christa Sommerer (AT) & Laurent Mignonneau (FR), Nicoletta Blacher (AT), Mindaugas Gapševičius (D), Patricia Olynyk (US) tbc, Erika Katalina Pasztor (HU), Angelika Plank (AT)
Organisers: Nina Czegledy (HU), Daniela Reimann (D/AT), Lynn Hughes (CA)
Hosts: Ars Electronica Center and Kunstuniversität Linz (Department of Art Education, Department of Interface Cultures)

International Symposium on Wearable Computers

Fri 4.9.
2:30 PM – 6.30 PM

Sat, Sun
09:00 AM – 6:30 PM

09:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ars Electronica Center, Seminarraum (Level -1)

ISWC’09, the thirteenth annual IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, is the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC’09 brings together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing.

Registration desk opening hours
Fri 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Sat, Sun, Mon 08:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration Fee
Regular € 875,- / IEEE/OCG members € 695,- / Students € 535

Young Animations

curated by Sirikit Amann (AT)

Witty, off-beat, subtle, tragic and serious animated work produced by young filmmakers will be screened during the festival in the Ars Electronica Center and the OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich.

Every year, gifted young directors and filmmakers submit their shorts to u19 – freestyle computing, the Prix Ars Electronica’s category for kids and young adults. The greatest hits will be featured in young animations. And once again this year, the lineup will include great work by creative youngsters from other countries: Switzerland (bugnplay – The Youth Competition of migros/kulturprozent) und Germany (MB21).