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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Visualisierte Linzer Klangwolke FLUT


Sat 5.9.

3:00 PM Hauptplatz – Die Prophezeiung

9:00 PM Donaupark Linz – Die Arche

Fabulous creatures traverse the city and transform it into a biotope full of wonders—all of them betokening impending catastrophe and rescue.
Linz is being flooded in 2009. The Klangwolke (Cloud of Sound) follows the river all the way back to humankind’s most ancient narratives. Watery deluges, floods of information, waves of human beings. During the hours leading up to the climax, the sights and sounds of warning are unmistakable. Would it behoove Linz, the city astride the Danube, to cleanse itself? Serious and absurd prophesies collide head on. Over the course of the day, wondrous creatures stream through the cityscape; animals and mythical beings pull the public in their wake. At nightfall, the scenery in front of the Brucknerhaus will be the site of a drama at the nexus of demise and salvation.

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Prix Ars Electroncia Gala

Fri 4.9.
6:30 PM

Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal

An evening totally dedicated to the artists themselves. The 2008 Ars Electronica gala featuring the presentation of the Golden Nicas to the Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners is one of the Festival’s highlights.

By invitation only

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Große Konzertnacht

Sun 6.9.
7:30 PM

Lentos Kunstmuseum, Brucknerhaus, Donaupark

“Pursuit of the Unheard”

Supported by the Max Brand Archive

The Ars Electronica Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009. Looking back on the festival’s musical history, we’re immediately struck by its extraordinary diversity: early electronic rock, play-along concerts featuring home-brew instruments, the Steel Symphony and the Steel Opera … Music is at the heart of this festival. The urge to discover new musics, to pioneer the exploration of fresh musical realms, to undertake daring tonal experiments is still undiminished. The pursuit of yet unheard music is ongoing.

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datamatics [ver.2.0] meets unitxt Ryoji Ikeda & alva noto in Concert

Mon 7.9.
8:00 PM

Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal

Ryoji Ikeda: “datamatics [ver.2.0]

“datamatics showed Ikeda at the height of his artistic powers, building on his own unmistakable artistic language.” – The Wire on Ryoji Ikeda, 2006
“datamatics” is the latest audiovisual concert in Ikeda’s “datamatics” series‚ an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.

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u19 – Ceremony

Foto: rubra

Foto: rubra

presentation of prizes

Fri 4.9. 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Ars Electronica Center, Hauptstraße 2-4, 4040 Linz
Sky Loft (Level 3)

Awards ceremony and presentation of the winning projects as well as the recipients of the Awards of Distinction and Honorary Mentions in the „u19 – freestyle computing“ category.

We’re very thankful for our excellent working relationship with our partner KulturKontakt Austria and with ORF Upper Austria.

Electronic Theatre


Sat 5.9.
8:00 PM and 10:30 PM

OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich (Sommerkino)

A big-screen showing of the prizewinning works in the 2009 Prix Ars Electronica’s Computer Animation/ Film / VFX.

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OK Night


Sat 5.9.
10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich (Mediendeck) / / /

dieb13 (Dieter Kovačič) (AT)
Producer, programmer and musician, does tonal research and plumbs the spectrum of sounds using his own self-developed electronic aids.

Skylla (Billy Roisz, Silvia Fässler) (AT)
Computer-generated sounds, mixed with E-Bass and turntable

Boris / Dubsquare Records (Boris Kopeinig) (AT)
A DJ set that dynamically straddles Techno and Dubstep. The Dubsquare Records label from Vienna stands for a “deep” and “dark” rhythm-focused sound strongly influenced by Detroit Techno.

Lenka Klimešová (CZ)
Prix Ars Electronica 2009, Interactive Art, Honorary Mention
The artist presents her work “Future Kiss.”


Foto: Sabine Starmayr

Foto: Sabine Starmayr

Mon  07.09.
10:00 AM – 10.00 PM

Tue 08.09.2009
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Bill Fontana (US)

Speeds of Time versions 1 and 2

Golden Nica Digital Musics
Music for a special landscape—for the riverside park between the Danube and the Brucknerhaus—is the Klangpark’s leitmotif. Imagine you’re standing on London’s “Times Square” by the Thames and listening to the famous chiming of Big Ben.

Project Management: Bianca Petscher

Deep Space

Foto: rubra

Foto: rubra

Changing program every half hour

Thu 3.9. 10:00 – 20:00
Fri 4.9. 15:30 – 20:00
Sat 5.9. 13:00 – 20:00
Sun 6.9. 13:30 – 20:00
Mon 7.9. 10:00 – 20:00
Tue 8.9. 10:00 – 17:30

Level 0

Deep Space Nightline
Thu – Mon 21:00 – 23:00

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Die Nightline der großen Gefühle

Nightline Stadtwerkstatt

Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9. 2009
Stadtwerkstatt Linz, Cafe Strom

Strong Emotions as part of human nature – this is the motto for the Ars Electronica Nightline 2009 at the Stadtwerkstatt.

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Don't stop 'till you get enough?


Foto: Agnes Miesenberger

Wed 2.9. – Tue 8.9. 2009
Grand Cafe zum Rothen Krebsen & Institut für erweiterte Kunst (IFEK) &

Once again this year, the IFEK invites artists, musicians, DJs and Ars Electronica festivalgoers in general to the Rother Krebs to jointly investigate the extent to which human beings are transformed by music.

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Fr 4.9. – Mo 7.9.

Ars Electronica Center, façade

The 5,100-square-meter glass skin of the Ars Electronica Center will become a special nighttime program highlight during the Ars Electronica Festival.

Individual artists, artist collectives and universities have been invited to use the façade’s 40,000 LEDs for artistic experiments. Five universities (Art University of Linz, University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg, TU Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna and University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten) as well as a series of individual artists responded to the invitation and developed projects that will be presented on the façade of the Ars Electronica Center in the evening during the week-long Ars Electronica Festival.

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