New Work Factory

Free spaces in which creativity can flourish and there’s latitude for personal development—that’s the aim of the New Work Factory. Its core values are independence, freedom and being part of a community. But how can we approach this utopia?

Discussion: The future of the Tabakfabrik Linz


17:00 Führung durch die Ausstellung „NANK – Neue Arbeit Neue Kultur – Community Production“

17:45 Start der Diskussion

„Von der Ware Arbeit zur wahren Arbeit – Die Linzer Tabakfabrik als Zukunftsprojekt“ – Unter diesem Motto lädt die Initiative NANK (Neue Arbeit Neue Kultur) im Rahmen des Festivals Ars Electronica am Dienstag, 7. September, zu einer hochkarätig besetzten Podiumsdiskussion mit Vertretern aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur in die Tabakfabrik Linz ein.

Wie wird das Gelände der ehemaligen Tabakfabrik in Zukunft genutzt werden können, welche wirtschaftlichen, kulturellen, sozialen und politischen Möglichkeiten und Notwendigkeiten sind bereits vorhanden oder müssen noch entwickelt werden? Die Tabakwerke als mögliches Kulturhaus, als Heimat der Kreativwirtschaft und der „Neuen Arbeit“ – Linz als Impulsgeber für neue Arbeitskonzepte und Green Technologies sind nur einige Fragen, die besprochen werden.

Über die Zukunft einer ganzen Stadt werden Stadtrat Johann Mayr (SPÖ), Vizebürgermeister Erich Watzl (ÖVP), Robert Bauer (ATW Nachnutzungs-Studie), Gerhard Haderer (Künstler), Gerfried Stocker (Künstlerischer Geschäftsführer Ars Electronica) und der Philosoph und Vordenker der „Neuen Arbeit“ Frithjof Bergmann mit dem Publikum diskutieren.

Moderation: Regina Patsch (ORF)


Neue Arbeit Neue Kultur (new work new culture) is a hybrid format—part trade fair, part performance. How can people use a broad spectrum of technologies to manufacture  products themselves? This experiment’s aim is to completely rethink work and, with a liberated attitude, to experience it anew. To do this job, NANK utilizes two elements:  Community Production demonstrates technologies having to do with energy, production, housing, mobility, work, food and health; in Presence, an open deliberation space, participants will elaborate on new work, presence and belonging.

Download the full program here as PDF.

A detailed and comprehensive rundown of each day’s program will be available on site.

Richard Sennett – The Craftsman

VHS Linz und AK OÖ präsentieren
The Craftsman – Abgespaltenheit und Entfremdungsprozesse in der modernen Arbeitswelt
Richard Sennett (US)
2. 9. 18:00 – 20:00

The Linz Lectures series sponsored by the city’s Volkshochschule adult continuing education facility and the province’s Chamber of Labor is designed as a forum for the critical discussion of important current issues. This year, American sociologist Richard Sennett has been invited to Linz to discuss work (the reality of work; work as a commodity) amidst capitalism’s time of crisis. Sennett’s bestsellers—for example, “The Corrosion of Character” and “The Culture of the New Capitalism”—elaborate on the effects of flexwork on labor and life in general. Sennett’s latest book, “The Craftsman,” investigates a basic human  impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake.

Admission is free, but please RSVP to reserve a seat by calling +43.732.6906.2413 or sending an e-mail to

Wissensturm – Lernort der Zukunft


Linz’s Wissensturm—the “tower of knowledge” that houses an adult continuing education facility (VHS), public library, media workshop (MWL)
and a self-learning center (LeWis)—has made a name for itself worldwide as a promising approach to providing knowledge-based services. During the
Ars Electronica Festival, Wissensturm will set up shop on the Tabakfabrik grounds.

Offerings include:

  • Use of LeWis workstations
  • Reading nook stocked by the library with eBook readers, info about the digital library, and Book Crossing books
  • Speaker’s Corner hosted by the MWL
  • Info about the Linz Public Space Server and on-site registration
  • Speeches and workshops having to do with economic activity for the common good

Plus, visitors have the opportunity to register for VHS courses and sign up for a library card.

Die Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie, das Wirtschaftsmodell der Zukunft

Christian Felber (AT)
3.9. 18:00

Christian Felber (AT) is an author, freelance journalist and speaker on social and economic issues. He deals with how we organize our economy and which
economic goals we pursue thereby. Should everything be oriented on the best interests of small groups or should the economy enable all people to live and thrive? This speech will be followed by an open World Cafe Workshop on the same subject conducted by Knut Berndorfer and Johannes Heiml.

A cooperation of VHS Linz and Südwind OÖ.

Repairing the global imbalance: Eight goales for one world

An exhibition about the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations
3. 9. – 5. 9.

In September 2000, 189 heads of state and government convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York and adopted the so-called Millennium Declaration. In it, the signatories affirmed their commitment to assuming shared responsibility for the world’s poorest inhabitants and to fostering the development of the global community. The declaration states that the supreme goals of the international community of nations in the new century should be liberty, equality, solidarity, respect for nature, and shared responsibility.

A cooperation of VHS Linz and Südwind OÖ.

„Clean IT“-Workshop

4. 9. 14:00

This workshop takes you on a trip back to your PC’s place of origin. Via film, speech and discussion, you’ll learn just how far all these components have traveled and see that a bit more commitment on your part is called for to bring about better working conditions for the people who assembled it and to assure proper disposal when its useful life is over.
Please preregister by September 2, 2010 by calling Südwind OÖ at +43.732.795664 or VHS Linz at 43.732.7070.0, or via e-mail to

A cooperation of VHS Linz and Südwind OÖ.

Zum Aus-der-Krise-Fahren

2. 9. – 7. 9.

OTELO, the open technology laboratory in Gmunden and Vöcklabruck, BFI production workshops in Wels and Steyr, and Specialbikes, the professional tinkerer’s shop for bicycle electrification run by Hermann Kranawetter in Gmunden, have banded together for this cycling workshop. They show how to use intact components from old bikes to build new ones. They can install electric drive equipment, or they’ll pimp your ride by setting you up with POV (persistence of vision) blinking LED spokes that turn your wheels into displays. Frivolous plaything? Perhaps, but above all it’s a high-visibility signal for a new culture of repair. OTELO will also be showcasing another gadget for climate repair: the Solar Cooker developed in cooperation with EG Solar in Altötting, Germany.

A ccoperation by: BFI Produktionsschule Wels and Steyr, OTELO-Verein „Offenes Technologie Labor“,, IEW-Initiative Eine Welt and EG-SOLAR e.V.

Scrap Design – Repair as art form

Margit Lüftenegger (AT), FAB
2. 9. – 7. 9.

Recycling, handicraft art and integration are the key components of Scrap Design, a very promising socioeconomic model developed by goldsmith Margit Lüftenegger. In her Scrap Design workshop, she shows participants how to dismantle obsolete devices and handcraft creative jewelry design ideas. Thus, the goldsmith’s traditional skills and artistic creativity dovetail to transform electronic junk into new job market prospects for disadvantaged individuals.


Leo Peschta

The Chronograph (2010)
Leo Peschta (AT)

“The Chronograph” engraves the “acoustic moment” onto the object on which it’s mounted. The way it functions resembles the workings of a clock. Every minute, the “hand” advances a couple of degrees, whereby a bur attached to the hand cuts a groove into the object. The depth of the groove depends on the current noise level in the installation space. On busy days, the object’s surface is completely milled away; when things are quiet, it retains its original form

Windrecorder SR-1 (2009)
Leo Peschta (AT)

Leo Peschta’s “SR-1” is a wind recording & playback device. It registers the wind blowing about its wearer’s head for a few minutes. Later, at any given location, it can play back the “wind atmospheres” that it has committed to memory. SR-1 consists of an aluminum body on which 16 fans, electronic control components and a battery are mounted.

WERP_BOT (2006)
Gordan Savicic (AT/NL), Leo Peschta (AT)

If WERB_BOT hears the word “Tschik” (an Austrian slang expression for cigarette), the robot shoots a cigarette directly into the smoker’s mouth with its specially designed “catapult-like-apparatus”. No matter what happens, the overwhelming excitement of the moment leaves the smoker relieved and satisfied, his/her coolness factor visibly augmented.

Der Zermesser (2007–2010)
Leo Peschta (AT)

By changing the length of its sides, this object breaks his own perfect symmetry and can feel the surrounding room. Each of his sides is equipped with a microcontroller, power supply and motors and is capable of determining its own length autonomously. The knowledge of the position and the extension of the individual modules and of the interrelationship among their respective positions enables the entire object to move freely within the space by shifting its center of gravity.

B.R.E.T.T (2008)
Leo Peschta (AT)

During the opening hours of the exhibition, the artist Leo Peschta walks through the city with a GPS- device, that constantly sends the position of the artist to the robot, which maps this data to the walls of the room. It follows this route by alternately seizing one of its parts against the walls with one of its parts and folding the other one over. Thereby the architecture of the exhibition space gets is thus altered according to the way how the artist uses the city, forcing the visitors to react on to each move the artist makes.

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