u19 – freestyle computing exhibition

“u19 – freestyle computing” is Austria’s largest computer competition for young people. Held annually in conjunction with the Prix Ars Electronica, u19 has established itself since its founding in 1998 as the link between the spirit of youthful creativity and our world’s high-tech future. Over the years, thousands of Austrians youngsters age 19 and under have taken part. 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.


Goldene Nica / Golden Nica
Automatisierter Drehfußballtisch
Stefan Polic, Michael Moitzi HTL BULME

Auszeichnung / Distinction
eEx Network Applications
Emanuel Jöbstl

Auszeichnung / Distinction
Johannes Masanz

Sachpreis u10 / Merchandise Prize u10
Der weiße Hai
Matthias Riedler

Sachpreis u14 / Merchandise Prize u14
Vom Himmel gefallen
Michael Schmidl

Anerkennungen / Honorary Mention

  • Brain Computer Interface
    Alexander Berth, Armin Schnürer HTL Leonding, g.tec – guger Technologies
  • Over the top: Episode 1
    Tarek Khalifa
  • is this Healthy? – vom Barcode zu gesundheitsrelevanten Daten am Handy
    Johannes Schrefl
  • Terraforming
    Nikolaus Sulzenauer
  • ASYL
    Thomas Gatt, Manuel Tilgner
    BG/BRG Sillgasse
  • Move It
    Julia Molnar, Bianca Biedrawa, Yuliya Potapova Landstraßer Gymnasium
  • more than just a box & trashed
    Florian Grünberger
  • MediaDropBox
    Romana Dorfer
  • HomeMadiLex . workshop-sounds
    Matthias Bergsmann HBLA für künstlerische Gestaltung Linz
  • 3d-dancing-diving-devils
    Tolga Cosar, Elena Kihr, Philip Mader, Matthias Zeni, Johannes Christler Dr. Aloys Weissenbach HS

Idea / Concept / Project Management: Susi Windischbauer

Facade Festival

2. 9. – 11. 9.

Ars Electronica is collaborating with the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010 to present a fascinating array of art projects on the façade of the Ars Electronica Center and on the Tabakfabrik grounds during this year’s festival. The accent is on fostering a process of exchange among a diversified group of cities and countries and initiating an intercultural dialog about the medium of urban screens and media façades as well as the utilization of new communications technologies. Connected Cities infrastructure enables participating artists to propagate their projects in public spaces and to present them to large European audiences in Joint Broadcasting Events. The media facades will be transformed into local stages and open a global window for cultural and societal processes to create a dialogue and connect the local public virtually with the other places throughout Europe.

Ars Electronica Center, Facade

  • Fassaden Terminal
    Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT), daily 20:00-22:00
  • Monster
    h.o (JP), daily 23:00-24:00
  • The Colors of the Times: Linz Bunt Blitz
    Shervin Afshar (IR), daily 22:00-22:10
  • City Sleep Light
    Antoine Schmitt (FR), daily 00:00-01:00
  • Cerebra Electronica
    Onur Sönmez (TR), 4.9. 22:10, 7.9. 22:10
  • iRiS – the immediate remote interaction system. Interact directly and in real time with the facade of the Ars Electronica Center.
    Magdalena Blöckner, Sebastian Boring, Sven Gehring, Johannes Schöning, Alexander Wiethoff (DE), 5.9. 22:10, 6.9. 22:10

Tabakfabrik, Facades of the inner courtyard

Though they’re separated by thousands of kilometers, they can collaboratively create with light and shadow, color and contrast as if they shared an atelier. They—four of Europe’s most interesting visual arts projects—will be working together with the Ars Electronica Futurelab in conjunction with the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010 to immerse the Tabakfabrik’s inner courtyard in a new light.

  • HELLO EUROPE: Live Coding Performance
    Gábor Papp, Ágoston Nagy (Kitchen Budapest, HU), David Stolarsky (US) (Ars Electronica Futurelab), Stefan Tiedje (Public Art Lab Berlin – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, DE), Slub (FACT, Liverpool, GB), presented by Orange. 3.9. 21:00-22:00.
  • HELLO EUROPE: VJ Joint Broadcasting Event,
    agf (DE) und Sebastian Neitsch, Woeishi Lean (AT) (Visuals), 3.9. 22:00-23:00, presented by Orange
  • LummoBlocks
    Carles Gutiérrez, Javier Lloret, Mar Canet und Jordi Puig (ES), 4.9. 23:00-24:00
  • Action Flocking
    OiOi (FI), 5.9. 21:00-22:00
  • Air Hunger
    Hanna Haaslathi (FI), 6.9. 23:00


Also see: Media Facades Symposium

Desire for future, change, and how to admit failure

If it’s “too late to be a pessimist” (Yann Arthus-Bertrand), then how can we remain optimistic and sustain the urge to bring forth a future worth living? We’re currently experiencing numerous major miscarriages—environmental catastrophes, financial crises, seeming endless border disputes. At this symposium, experts in a wide array of fields will elaborate on and illustrate how to acknowledge errors and to use them as a source of motivation to implement change. The ambitious goal here is to mobilize oneself and others in order to courageously assume responsibility for a better future.

Updates can be found at: http://www.artcircolo.de/zeitraeume_/linz2010


4.9. 18:00-21:00
Location: Sky Loft, 3rd floor, Ars Electronica Center, Ars-Electronica-Straße-1, A-4040 Linz

  • 18:00  Symposium/Workshop Opening
  • Welcome
    • Prof. Arnold Picot (Münchner Kreis)
    • Dr. Christian Schoen and Dr. Serafine Lindemann (overtures-ZeitRäume)
    • Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica)
  • Lectures
    • Evolutionary Heritage: Decision processes, self repair of systems in uncertain environments, aspects of brain research
      Prof. Ernst Pöppel, psychologist and neuroscientist, LMU Munich
    • The Ignorance Society
      Prof. Daniel Innerarity, Professor of political and social philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian
  • 21:00  Conversation Dinner
    Each table will receive a subject concerning sustainability, admitting failure and change in our society and is asked to propose an implementation scenario. The results will be summarized and discussed next day.

5.9. 10:00-13:00
Location: Bau 2 EG

  • 10:00  Opening
    • Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica)
    • Introduction of overtures-ZeitRäume and the art projects
      Dr. Christian Schoen and Dr. Serafine Lindemann
    • How to Finance our Future
      Opening Prof. Arnold Picot
  • 10:15 Central Banks as Pushers of the Financial Crisis.
    Prof. Dr. Gunnar Heinsohn, sociologist and economist, University of Bremen
  • 11:00 Towards a Language for the economics of Economy.
    Dr. Viktor Winschel, Universität Mannheim, VWL Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
  • 11:30 Evolutionary Heritage: Decision processes, self repair of systems in uncertain environments, aspects of brain research
    Prof. Ernst Pöppel, psychologist and neuroscientist, LMU Munich
  • 12:00 Software Engineering: How to deal with failure.
    Prof. Dr. Bernd Brügge, computer scientist, TUM
  • 12:30 Guided acoustic Tour
    by sound artist Kalle Laar
    Engagement to our Future
    Dr. Christian Schoen and Dr. Serafine Lindemann, curators, Germany.
    Combine transdisciplinary experiences and art processes to gain knowledge. – Courage for active change and future through artists

5.9. 14:30-17:30
Location: Bau 1 OG 3

  • 14:30 Meeting point at „Never Ever“, project by Benjamin Bergmann
  • 15:00 Metro Crowd Financing for SMEs in underdeveloped metropolitan areas
    Stefan Doeblin, Network Economy AG
  • 15.20 Applications: How to Admit Failure!
    Prof. Dr. Han Brezet, Technical University Delft, Sustainable Design Program
  • 15:50 Manufactured Demand: What it means to grow a multi-billion Dollar industry around bottled water.
    Dr. Martin Richartz, computer scientist, Vodafone R&D Germany, Dr. Serafine Lindemann, curator, artcircolo
  • 16.10 Panel: Desire for Future, Change and how to admit Failure
    Benjamin Bergmann, Kalle Laar, Prof. Dr. Arnold Picot, Dr. Christian Schoen, Gerfried Stocker,Dr. Bernd Wiemann
    Video Including presentation of the results of the conversation dinner
  • 16:50 Science without error bars
    Dr. Wolf von Reden, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft HHI

The tuition for attending the entire symposium is 100€ (50€ for students, artists and seniors). This fee to cover production costs entitles you to admission to the workshop on Saturday (including dinner) as well as admission and participation on Sunday. Free admission for Festival Pass holders applies only to the panels on Sunday.

A project of Münchner Kreis, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München and the Technischen Universität München in cooperation with the Ars Electronica in line with the overtures-ZeitRäume series, a artcircolo pilotraum 01 project.

The world in 100 years

15.06. – 19.09

Ars Electronica Center Linz, Level +1

The new exhibition in the Ars Electronica Center Linz pays tribute to the creativity, courage and inventiveness of those men and women who have totally committed their energies, abilities and knowledge to a vision of the future. This exhibition surveys a 200-year time span: looking back at what people about a century ago anticipated for this day and age, and showcasing what contemporary thinkers foresee 100 years from now.

As proxies standing for all the visionaries and trailblazers who have worked on their respective „futures“ over the course of humankind‘s history, French writer, illustrator and caricaturist Albert Robida (1848–1926) and Belgian visionary Paul Otlet (1868–1944) occupy this exhibition‘s spotlight.

Works in the exhibition:

  • Bruce Herr, Katy Borner (US), Wikipedia Visualization
  • Marjolin Dijkman (BE, NL), *Wandering through the Future*

The third part of the exhibition features the Prix Ars Electronica’s prizewinning Next Ideas. For several years now, Ars Electronica and voestalpine have awarded [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant as a means of actively nurturing innovative developments and enabling very creative people to implement their visionary concepts.Regardless of whether these innovations are of an artistic, social, technological or scientific nature, all of the projects that make up this exhibition fascinate us with their extraordinary, original ideas for our future.

[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant:

  • Frederik De Wilde (BE), *Hostage*
  • Bruce Baikie (USA), *Intelligent Solar Powered 3G-WiFi Broadband Access*
  • Hans Frei (CH), Marc Böhlen (USA), *Micro Public Places*
  • Teresa Maria Buscemi (US), *electroStatic Architecture*
  • Catherine Kramer (UK), *Community Meat Lab*
  • Ken Banks (UK), *Frontline SMS*
  • Open Sailing Crew with Cesar Harada (UK), *Open Sailing*
  • Tatsuya Narita (JP), *Toaster to understand today’s weather*
  • Doug Fritz (US), Sajid Sadi (USA), *Engaze*
  • Brigitte Hadlich (DE), *c.50p – 50. Breitengrad*
  • Jonas Burki (CH), *Sun_D*
  • Takayuki Nakamura (JP), *Wonderful World*
  • Josh Schiller, James Tunick, Carrie Elston (US), *City of the Future*
  • Martin John Callanan (UK), *Location of I*
  • Himanshu Khatri (IN), *Aquaplay*
  • shiftspace.org (USA), *ShiftSpace*
  • Martin Mairinger (AT), *USED Clothing*
  • Akio Kamisato, Satoshi Shibata, Takehisa Mashimo (JP), *Moony*

Cooperation partner: voestalpine

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Sense the invisible

h.o Solo Exhibition 2010

29.07. – 12.09. at the Ars Electronica Center

The “Sense the Invisible” exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center features interactive works by h.o, a 15-person artists’ collective whose leading light is Hideaki Ogawa (JP). Since 1999, this crew— with a constantly evolving lineup of personnel—has been staging encounters with various phenomena manifested by our modern Information Society. Read the rest of this entry »

Raise your voice

Ars Electronica Center, Level +2
30.7. – 26.9.

“Raise Your Voice” is an often-exclaimed call to speak out loud and clear and to take action against global inequities and social evils. You’ll be getting an earful from artists whose works endeavor to build bridges between abstract facts & figures and the actual facts & circumstances of everyday life. Efforts that take the form of critical documentation, creative use of previously resources, or exhortations to get actively involved – to speak out in no uncertain terms and make your protest resound for all to hear. This won’t be a swan song dedicated to the good old days; the name of this tune is “You Better Move On”!

You can get further information at the Ars Electronica Center webpage.


  • Complaints Choir (2005-2010)
    Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen
  • Plastic Planet (2009)
    Werner Boote
  • Plastic Bag (2009)
    Ramin Bahrani
  • Midway – Message From The Gyre (2009)
    Chris Jordan
  • Plastiki (Seit/Since 2006)
    David de Rothshild
  • Sam10 (2009)
    Sam Todo
  • The Urban Prospector (2009)
    Jon Cohrs, Matt Ortega, Dan Winikur
  • Urgent Evoke (2010)
    Jane Mcgonigal a.o.
  • Trash Track(2009)
    Senseable City Lab
  • Erlebbarmachen Abstrakter Informationen (2010)
    Stefan Kuzaj, Jochen Winker

Gudrun Kemsa – Urban Stage

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Sounds like Universe

Konzert der Musikschule Linz im Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space

6.9., 19:00

Linz Music School and the Ars Electronica Center cordially invite you to attend a very special concert. Students and instructors participating in the school’s Sound Workshop will perform compositions by Arvo Pärt, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Marin Marais et al. while stardust and satellites, moons, planets, suns and galaxies whirl about concertgoers in Deep Space. Admission is free. Reserved seat tickets will be available at the Ars Electronica Center’s Infodesk beginning September 2, 2010.

Students: Maximilian Walch, Josef Haider (Elektronik), Katharina Dürrschmid (Hackbrett, Blockflöte), Katrin Angerbauer (Klaver, Blockflöte), Sabrina Bayer (Blockflöte und Elektronik), Raffaela Niederleitner (Blockflöte), Christa Mayerhofer (Violine)
Teachers: Petra Wurz, Marco Palewicz (Elektronik), Franziska Fleischanderl (Hackbrett)

Tatsuya Saito – Flesh for Fantasy

Stand before the screen and flap your arms like a bird, and the silhouette projected on the screen flies up into the air. In this installation, what the participant feels is transferred to the small silhouette on the screen, resulting in a strange feeling of floating.

To fly on our own has been an eternal dream for humans. An action impossible in reality becomes a possibility within this limited space delineated by the tall and narrow screen in the installation. This work is sustained by self-awareness, that fundamental consciousness possessed by humans. The piece works based on the sensation that the small you in the image has turned into you. It is almost as though you have become the silhouette on the screen. In fact, we experience this kind of sensation of shamanistic possession in everyday life – for example, when you control a character in a computer game and feel like you have turned into that character, or when you feel like the curser on the screen has turned into our your fingertip.

Contemporary art has long become a world of hollow concepts and symbols that is separated from expression of consciousness itself. This work brings fundamental questions into relief, like what it means to be you, what can become yourself, and what new self human beings will obtain in the future. The artists want to return to the physical sensations of our own bodies, and from there embark on a thrilling challenge to find a new way of being for ourselves.

Tatsuya Saito, Tokyo University of the Arts

Meet ASIMO in Deep Space

2. 9. – 8. 9. Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space
2. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
3. 9. 10:00, 10:40
4. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
5. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
6. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 13:00, 13:40, 14:20
7. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
8. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00

He’s 130 centimeters tall and weighs 54 kilos. He responds to his name, can greet you with a handshake, walk up and down a flight of stairs, and jog at a speed of 6 kilometers/hour. So what’s so special about that, you ask? Not much if this were a little kid. But we’re talking about ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. From September 2nd to 8th, he’ll be the featured guest at the Ars Electronica Center. And you can meet him in person. Face to face. Honda’s state-of-the-art humanoid robot ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is making his Austrian debut at this year‘s Ars Electronica Festival.

For holders of a valid ticket to the Museum or the Festival, admission is free of charge.

PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited. Reserved seat tickets will be available beginning September 2nd at the Ars Electronica Center (Infodesk, Box Office). Dates & times, seating capacity and reservations from August 19th: ars.electronica.art/asimo or via e-mail to asimo@aec.at

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