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?

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Cyberarts 2009

September 3rd – October 4th 2009

The OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich presents a selection of the best projects in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Interactive Art and Hybrid Art category.

September 3rd 2009, 5.00 PM

Press conference:
September 3rd 2009, 11.30 AM

Opening hours:
During the Festival Ars Electronica 10.00 AM – 10.00 PM
September 10th – October 4th, 11.00 AM – 22.00 PM

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Human Nature Exhibition

Do 3.9. – Di 8.9.
10:00 – 19:00


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30 Jahre Ars Electronica Ausstellung History Lounge

History Lounge

Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9. 2009
10:00 – 19:00

The “History Lounge” takes you on a trip through time – not by expounding
in encyclopedic form on the history of media art, but rather by sharing with
you personal recollections and individual highlights. Experience in project
presentations and talks those protagonists who, with their passion, their
competence and their artistic talents, have been shaping the success of Ars
Electronica for over 30 years.

Project Management: Petra Fohringer, Cornelia Mayrhofer

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SEE THIS SOUND – Ausstellung im Lentos Kunstmuseum

See this Sound_David Rokeby_Very Nervous System

David Rokeby: Very Nervous System, 1983-94, Version 1991

Opening hours:
August 28th 2009 – January 10th 2010
daily 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM, Thu 10.00 AM – 9.00 PM

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz

Promises in Sound and Vision

There are sounds and noises all over the museum, as artists today take an engagement with the sound of this world for granted. The former predominance of the visual has meanwhile been replaced by a multifaceted interplay of image and sound. See this Sound documents this development from the perspective of visual art and refers to the respective contemporary discussions and promises.

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Das Innere der Discokugel

Foto: Agnes Miesenberger

Foto: Agnes Miesenberger

We 2.9. –  Tue 8.9. 2009
6.00 – 10.00 PM

Grand Hotel Cafe zum Rothen Krebsen, Obere Donaulände 11, 4020 Linz

fabriqueee / Institut für erweiterte Kunst

Loudly and with high-impact visuals, the arrival of a new age is proclaimed and future worlds spoken of with a certainty as if the good old art of fortune-telling had been revived and declared to be a genuine science. Nostradamus and the whole host of sibyls seem to have risen again, just to make sure nothing is left up to free interpretation. Outfitted with diplomas, the latest technology and plenty of cash, they paint a picture of the past, present and future of mankind. Our successes, our setbacks, our bodies, our environment – all depending on the prevailing taste and the client. Fascinated and strangely fatalistic, we stand by and watch our destiny unfolding before us.

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IMPETUS: Works from the MIT Media Lab

At the Ars Electronica Festival 2009

Thu 3. 9. 15:00

Thu 3. 9. – Tue 8. 9. 10:00 – 19:00

Campus, Kunstuniversität Hauptplatz

Curated by Hiroshi Ishii (US) & Amanda Parkes (US)
A cooperation of Ars Electronica, University of Art and Industrial Design Linz and MIT Media Lab/US.

Certainly we cannot hope to solve the problems facing us without a greater understanding of the modern world, based on the integration of knowledge. Humanists must be educated with a deep appreciation of modern science. Scientists and engineers must be steeped in humanistic learning. And all learning must be linked with a broad concern for the complex effects of technology on our evolving culture.

Jerome B. Wiesner (Co-founder, MIT Media Laboratory, 1915–1994)

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The Royal Interface Culture Masquerade Ball

Hauptplatz, Brückenkopfgebäude Ost

Thu 3.9.2009 3.30 PM

Opening hours:
Thu 3.9. -Tue 8.9. 10.00 AM – 7.00 PM

DIY Style Interaction Projects by Interface Cultures Student Projects at Ars Electronica 2009
Curated by Christa Sommerer (AT) & Laurent Mignonneau (AT)

Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau, Dietmar Offenhuber, Michaela Ortner, Varvara Guljajeva

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Japan Media Arts Festival

Do 3.9. – Di 8.9.
Täglich 10:00 – 21:00

Sa 5.9.
10:00 – 00:00


The Japan Media Arts Festival has been an annual event in Tokyo since 1997 and awards prizes for creative works in the fields of art, entertainment, animation and manga.

“JAPAN GAME” focuses on the entertainment aspect of Japanese media arts by showcasing selected game-related works honored by the 2009 Japan Media Arts Festival. All the games in the areas of sports, music, adventure, etc. are playable. Every evening, game tournaments will be held on a large-format screen. We hope audiences will enjoy these forms of artistic expression and, at the same time, recognize the games’ similarities to media art.

The Japan Media Arts Festival has two aims. One is to designate new cultural frameworks and values in accordance with the changes occurring nowadays that make it imperative to avoid persistently clinging to existing cultural hierarchies. Accordingly, we appreciate not only media art but also animation, manga and entertaining works such as games.

Secondly, we are helping new forms of expression and culture to take root and grown along with the progress of digital communications techniques and technology. Some observers might maintain that new culture is disconnected from traditional culture, but the Japan Media Arts Festival has tried to bridge the gap. We think that this activity helps to nurture originality in a new field of culture.

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Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber RIGHT, TO THE CITY

Thu 3. 9. 09:00 – 21:00
Tue 8. 9., Fri 4. 9. 09:00 – 18:00
Sat 5. 9., Sun 6. 9. 10:00 – 17:00
Mon 7. 9. closed

Landesgalerie Linz

With the retrospective exhibition, RIGHT, TO THE CITY, the Landesgalerie Linz presents the most extensive collection of works by Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber to be shown so far in Austria. Since the late 1980s, their joint work has combined a perfectly natural approach to the widest range of media and pictorial technologies with an absolutely contemporary form of conceptual art.

Deep Inside – Anne Lorenz

Opening: Fri 4. 9. 20:00
exhibition 5. 9. – 10. 10. 2009

Opening hours
Mon – Fri 09:00 – 18:00,
Sat 09:00 – 12:00

Landesbibliothek Linz, 4021 Linz, Schillerplatz 2;

“Deep Inside” is a 3-channel video installation with sound. It was created by the artist Anne Lorenz together with the Upper Austrian State Library for the library users and an interested public. Deep Inside allows a glimpse into the inner life of the library, showing its subliminal psychology.

“Deep Inside” is a project from the series “The Ill Rabbit// crazy about Linz,” initiated by Susanne Blaimschein and Beate Rathmayr // KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd, realized in cooperation with Linz 09 European Capital of Culture.