Prix Ars Electronica CyberArts Exhibition

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3. 9. – 6. 9. 10:00 – 21:00
7. 9. – 10.9. 16:00 – 22:00
11. 9. 10:00 – 18:00

Magazine EG and OG 2

Ear on Arm

Stelarc (AU)
Golden Nica Hybrid Art

The “Ear on Arm” project is the artist’s take on trends in the development of devices attached to the body or embedded in it. Stelarc is an Australian artist who has had an ear-shaped configuration of tissue and cartilage implanted onto his forearm as a potential means of communication. The additional ear is equipped with a microphone and a built-in transmitter and thereby represents the double function of the skin as reception & transmission mechanism. According to the artist, this additional ear is “a prosthesis [that] is not seen as a sign of lack but rather as a symptom of excess.”

Ear on Arm / Stelarc

Ear on Arm / Stelarc

credit: Nina Sellars

rheo: 5 horizons

Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP)
Golden Nica Digital Musics & Sound Art

Kurokawa conceives his audiovisual works as timebased sculptures. The work’s title, “rheo,” is derived from the Greek word meaning “river” or “to flow.” In this sense, the audio & video recordings of real landscapes undergo seamless transitions into graphic analyses or re-syntheses of them. The result is a sort of landscape “under observation.”

The EyeWriter

Zach Lieberman, James Powderly, Tony Quan, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue (US) and Theo Watson (UK)
Golden Nica Interactive Art

“The EyeWriter” enables people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) to engage in creative activities by just using their eyes, the only body part that’s not paralyzed by this degenerative nerve disorder. Tony Quan, an artist afflicted with ALS, can now draw tags from his hospital bed. These works can then be applied to the cityscape or rendered in India ink by various output devices. Developed by an international network of experts, this system attests to what a collaborative alliance can accomplish nowadays.

Champs de fouilles (Excavations)

Martin Bédard (CA)
Award of Distinction Digital Musics & Sound Art

“Champs de fouilles” (Excavations) was commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of the City of Quebec. The soundtrack consists of so-called field recordings from Quebec—above all, sounds of excavations. The electroacoustic structures and timbres, which are processed in this piece into a highly complex, multilayered creation, repeatedly allow the listener to “glimpse the original sound.” Bédard has created a composition of great density and beauty in which  authentic audio material and electronic processing enter into a successful synthesis.

Ocular Revision

Paul Vanouse (US)
Award of Distinction Hybrid Art

“Ocular Revision” is a performative biotechnological art installation in the form of a live scientific experiment in which DNA segments are processed into images and patterns by a device developed by the artist himself. This technically demanding work is a critical confrontation with a highly controversial subject—the so-called genetic fingerprint or genetic portrait, the purportedly unalterable proof of identity that Mother Nature is said to have inscribed into each human body.

Chapter I: The Discovery

Félix Luque Sánchez (ES)
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

“Chapter One: The Discovery” is an interactive sculpture embedded in a story. The premise—that an installation visitor gets involved in a narrative before getting to see the work of art—has surprising effects. The project is thus played out in the visitor’s own mind as well as in the installation space, as the visitor becomes a character in this story about future developments gone awry and extraterrestrial technologies. The elegance of “Chapter One: The Discovery” is the outcome of the combination of interactivity and narration, of the orchestration of the exhibition experience as a narrative.

Tischgeflüster – Whispering Table

TheGreenEyl 2009 (Willy Sengewald, Dominik Schumacher, Gunnar Green [DE], Frédéric Eyl [FR])
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

A cluster of empty porcelain cups of different shapes and sizes scattered around a table emit quiet sounds through a small hole in the middle. Picking up the plate and pressing it to one’s ear, one hears the plates and bowls explaining small story fragments from different cultures relating to eating, and the rituals around the dinner table. The plates are equipped with custom electronics that sense the arrangement of the plates, revealing different stories according to their constellation.

Framework f5x5x5

Honorary Mention Interactive Art

The Framework f5x5x5 sculpture is a kinetic and luminous sculpture. The installation’s raster of 375 fixed and kinetic aluminum frames provide the framework for this interactive and generative sculpture. Thematically, the work confronts architectural concepts of congestion, flow etc. with spatial sensing technologies through programmed “lumino-kinetic” devices.


Hee-Seon Kim (KR)
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

Home uses a telescope to watch real-life footagefrom a database of news articles, private lives and documentary material that was transmitted through mass media channels. Combining a minimal stage design with two projections and an observation balcony, Home presents a caricature of social voyeurism and ubiquitous curiosity, where the search for deeper connection between the fragments is only in the eye of the beholder.

capacity for (urban eden, human error)

Allison Kudla (US)
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

This system uses a custom-built computer-controlled four-axis positioning table to “print” bioarchitectural constructions out of moss and seeds. Suspended in a clear gel growth medium, the moss begins to grow and the seeds sprout. The algorithmically generated patterns drawn by the system are based on the Eden growth model and leverage mathematical representations of both urban growth and cellular growth, thereby connecting the concept of city with the concept of the organism.

Measuring Angst

Jonathan Schipper (US)
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

Birth and death are only a rewind button away. That videotape can be both rewound and fast forwarded, endlessly replaying the best events again and again. This ironic and fascinating beautiful sculpture captures the moment, in which a bottle shatters to pieces on the floor. The computer controlled robotic arms allow you to stop the scene, to wind back and forth and watch it in different positions.

The Toaster Project

Thomas Thwaites (UK)
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

The Toaster Project is the result of the attempt to make an electric toaster from scratch – literally from the ground up. Starting with digging up the raw materials from abandoned mines around the UK, processing them at home, and finally forming them into a product that can be bought for just £ 3.94. The toaster cost £ 1187.54, took nine months to finish and exposes the fallacy in a return to some romantic ideal of a pre-industrialized time.


Daan van den Berg (NL) / Studio Daan
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

The “elephantiasis virus” causes random deformities, like lumps, cracks and humps, which only show up when the customer prints his product at home with his 3D printer. Three-dimensional printing at home might sound like science fiction, but is expected to spark off a new revolution.

216 prepared dc-motors / filler wire 1.0mm, 2009

Zimoun (CH)
Honorary Mention Digital Musics & Sound Art

Zimoun’s sound sculptures and installations are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry. Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.


Julius Stahl (DE)
Honorary Mention Digital Musics & Sound Art

The installation consists of resonating wire walls hanging in the room. Spotlights project precise shadows of the wire walls onto the floor and the walls of the exhibition room. Emerging from the resonation of the wire, a dynamic framework of objects, sound, light and the space of the exhibition is created.

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