Frau im Mond

Daito Manabe (JP), Washer (DE)

Live Soundtracks to some legendary early works of the film genre.

20:30 – 22:00
Ars Electronica Maindeck

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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Thu 3.9. – Mon 7.9.
10:00 – 20:00

Tue 8.9.
10:00 – 17:00

A digital death ritual for the information age


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Sun 6.9. 20:00 – 20:30

“MISSION ETERNITY” (M∞) trespasses the norms of a civilization obsessed with data storage and transportation of cargo. Existing architecture and rituals are inadequate when facing death today.

Independent of religious beliefs and scientific speculations, etoy explores life after death. The art group exploits computer technology and global transportation networks to process, distribute and revive human remains.

The key to this long-term project is TIME. etoy decided to invest 32 years into M∞. At the heart of M∞ stands the creation and long-term conservation of ARCANUM CAPSULES. They are hosted in the shared memory of thousands of networked computers and mobile devices of M∞ ANGELS, people who contribute a part of their digital storage capacity to the mission. The ARCANUM CAPSULE is a digital portrait of a M∞ PILOT – a data swarm that travels space and time forever. It contains digital fragments of a person’s life: ASCII text, statistics, voice samples, electrocardiograms, photos and other records from government and family archives or online sources. The launch of an ARCANUM CAPSULE requires the active presence of a living PILOT. An ARCANUM CAPSULE is defined by a unique 16 digit alphanumerical ID (e.g. F718 34AA 6A9A 6586) assigned to each PILOT.

etoy.AGENTS could encapsulate 7 billion individuals per second for more than 83 years.

At the M∞ GATE (, PILOTS hand over their data and the control over them to eternity. From this point forward, the data cannot be changed or revoked.

After uploading the digital heritage, the integration of the mortal remains (the hardware) of a PILOT complements the death ritual.

The TERMINUS, a cube-shaped plug, molds the ashes of a PILOT with cement. During a ceremony the TERMINUS is installed in the SARCOPHAGUS: a 20-foot cargo container outfitted with 17,000 LEDs that displays ARCANUM CAPSULE content of up to 1,000 human beings who passed away. As part of the worldwide container traffic, the SARCOPHAGUS travels through the geographical space just as the ARCANUM CAPSULES travel as data packages through the internet.

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In cooperation with Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture – Extra Europa Schweiz.

Migrating Art Academies 2008–2010

Students from Vilnius Academy of Arts scaning sounds
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Fri 4.9. – Mon 7.9.
from 10:00

Quarter, Campingplatz

students from: École européene supérieure de l’image (Angoulême/Poitiers; F), Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (D), Vilniaus dailės akademija (LT)

This art project is headquartered in a camper. It considers movement, media and European identity via other teaching and tenets of an artistic and social nature. Following Berlin and Vilnius, Ars Electronica in Linz is the third stop on the itinerary of the project’s “Sequence” stage.

This project is subsidized by the EU (Culture 2007).

Open Lab

daily from 10:00
Open Lab with students’ presentations, performances, happenings, workshop gatherings etc.

daily from 18:00

Friday, 9/4/2009
18.00 Nicolas Rivet: One thousand Leaves
19:00 Gabriel Vanegas: El Newton
19:30 Daniele Spiga, Manuela Serra: Connect/Collect
20:00 Jokubas Cizikas, Monika Lipsic: Live Music Performance
21:00 Students of Academy of Media Arts Cologne: Sequences
21:30 Documentation of projects developed at Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Saturday, 9/5/2009
18:00 Lasse Scherffig: GPS and Satellite Watching
19:00 Fabien Zocco: Playable Database
19.30 Olivier Gain: Live Performance

Sunday, 9/6/2009
18:00 Jonas Hansen (* Hielscher): Lanscape
19:00 Ji Hyun Park: Grundlos
20:00 Jokubas Cizikas, Domas Rukas: Analogue Noise
21:00 Students of Vilnius Art Academy: Identity. Video Compilation

Monday, 9/7/2009
18:00 Martin Rumori: Binaural Soundscape Browsing
19:00 Daniele Spiga, Manuela Serra: Connect/Collect
19:30 Gabriel Vanegas: El Newton
20:00 Auriel: City Noise
20:30 Raphael Dupont, Marine Antony: Video Performance. Special Guest: Auriel
21:00 Students of Vilnius Art Academy: Movement. Video Compilation

Exhibited works:
Gabriel Vanegas: The Impossible Trip
Daniele Spiga, Manuela Serra: Connect/Collect
Marine Antony: Scanning
Ieva Bernotaité: In
Dainius Meskauskas: Radio Silence
Raphael Dupont: Walking Wall
Fabien Zocco: Playable Database

Credits: Hubertus v. Amelunxen, Mindaugas Gapsevicius, Jonas Hansen (* Hielscher), Zilvinas Lilas, Alvydas Lukys, Sylvie Marchand, Vaclovas Nevcesauskas, Martin Rumori
Students: Marine Antony, Ieva Bernotaite, Jokubas Cizikas, Raphael Dupont, Olivier Gain, Karine Guiho, Monika Lipsic, Dainius Meskauskas, Ji Hyun Park, Auriel Reich, Domas Rukas, Manuela Serra, Daniele Spiga, Gabriel Vanegas, Fabien Zocco

The Context is the Message

An der Arbeit für #4

An der Arbeit für #4

Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9.

Stefan M. Seydel,, Tina Piazzi (CH/IT), Stefan M. Seydel (CH/IT), Irene Hilpertshauser (CH), Philipp Meier (CH) (Coverage from the Festival)

Exactly ten years ago, social worker Stefan M. Seydel came to the Ars Electronica in Linz for the first time. He set up a special hard-coded website for the occasion – “kein spURLoses tagebuch” – and reported back daily with astonishment on his discoveries. For the 30th anniversary of Ars Electronica, “ AG” will for the third time pull up to the festival in a 13-ton, 12-meter-long, 4-meter-wide luxury broadcasting van. Using an 800-gram camera and a 3-kilo notebook, Seydel will put online via WLAN unedited video clips, reports as “field correspondent” for, notes, links, and observations from his card file and the 10 o’clock morning news: “Welcome to the German-speaking Part of Europe!”



Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9.
13:00 – 14:00
17:00 – 18:00

Thu 3.9.

Sat 5.9.
20:00 – 20:30

Pfarrkirche Urfahr

Andres Bosshard (CH)

Based on the fundamental concepts of Baroque “trompe-l’oeil” painting in general and particularly its cunningly stylish way of producing starkly multi-layered depth of field effects that are still capable of eliciting expressions of astonishment from modern viewers, the sound architecture designed by Anders Bosshard aims to conjure up a “sound heaven” within the local parish church in Linz’s Urfahr neighborhood.

The main elements situated within the church’s reverberating vault are eight resonating ceramic bodies created by David Fuchs that display extraordinary acoustic radiation qualities. The sounds emanating from the loudspeaker system are first filtered through these ceramic balls and then radiated ball-shaped into the interior space. Moreover, the spatial constellation of the eight balls forms an intentionally implemented network configuration that makes it possible to produce clear and astoundingly multi-layered tonal imagery in the church’s long and quite diffused resonating space. Of particular importance are apparent tonal space movements that glide through the church’s nave. Andres Bosshard spent several nights in the church before composing a tonal space choreography consisting of musical modules played live on an eight-channel stereophonic sound instrument. The sound coming directly from the balls, the reflections off the vault, interior walls and floor, and the almost inaudible sounds of the city that penetrate the church nave’s walls from outside blend together with virtual sound space projections into a very fine choreophony.

With support by Stadtpfarre Urfahr

Speeds of Time

Foto: Bill Fontana

Foto: Bill Fontana

Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9.
14:00 – 15:00
18:00 – 19:00

Thu 3.9.

Fri 4.9.
20:00 – 21:00

Pfarrkirche Urfahr

Bill Fontana (US)
Golden Nica Digital Musics

Speeds of Time 1
Scott George, Sound Engineer from Autograph Sound Recording Limited
Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster
Meyer Sound Labs
Charlie Richmond, Richmond Sound Design

Speeds of Time 2
Scott George, Sound Engineer from Autograph Sound Recording Limited
BBC Radio 4
The Arts Council of England
Meyer Sound Labs
Tate Britain
Chelsea College of Art
Haunch of Venison Gallery

“Speeds of Time” is a musical deconstruction of the most famous acoustic icon and symbol of time, Big Ben. Live sensors and microphones are mounted on the clockwork mechanism and near the bells of Big Ben to generate a spatial-acoustic composition, which is placed in an historic colonnade of the New Palace Yard, directly below and within earshot of the bells. The presence of the sound sculpture in this setting interacts with the natural sound of the bells, creating a multi-dimensional acoustic zone. While this work was installed in Westminster, a 12-hour multi-track recording of the sound sculpture was made that makes it possible to fully recreate the real time sense of this artwork, which can be realized as an eight-channel sound installation. This recording is fully accurate to real time and, if started at precisely five seconds before 10 o’clock, it will faithfully keep time.

With support by Stadtpfarre Urfahr




Thu 3.9. – Tue 8.9.

Ars Electronica Center, Maindeck

Walking-Chair Design Studio (Karl Emilio Pircher & Fidel Peugeot) (AT)  in cooperation with LYNfabrikken (DK)

YOU MAY takes the public space

YOU MAY is a new furniture for the urban public space. YOU MAY does many things: it is a bar and a bench, conference table and quiet corner at the same time, it functions as a lounge as well as a stage or workspace. YOU MAY works with innovative materials, different seat heights, it plays with niches and corners. It provides communication and privacy for up to 15 persons in the same spot. The furniture itself becomes a vivid meeting point, it invites to work, discuss, eat and relax. YOU MAY enables the modern, mobile person to much more than just passive relaxing and therefore significantly differs from all current standard furnitures for parks and public spaces. The Vienna based design duo Karl Emilio Pircher & Fidel Peugeot provides mayors, urban planners and residents with a versatile instrument for enhancing the quality of the public space and filling it with a new lively spirit. YOU MAY is a cooperation between Walking-Chair Design Studio and the danish platform LYNfabrikken. The first edition was finished during May 2009 for the Aarhus Festuge (Århus Festival Week) in Denmark and will also be used for the Vienna Knowledge Space at Karlsplatz, Vienna from June 2009 on. Further exhibitions and shows are already being planned.

Special thanks to our YOU MAY cooperation partner in Denmark: & The Aarhus Festival. YOU MAY is powered by departure, wirtschaft kunst und kultur gmbh

You can also find You May Furniture in the History Lounge (Brucknerhaus).

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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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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