Repair the environment

Green technologies, eMobility and sustainability are our key concepts if we’re to avert disaster on this planet—if it’s not already too late, the distinct impression you get from works by people like Chris Jordan and Cornelia Hesse-Honegger.

Making a Difference

3. 9. 10:30 – 12:30

repair: it‘s all about attitude, about taking up the responsibility and starting to change the things.

  • 10:30 Welcome
    Gerfried Stocker (AT), Derrick de Kerckhove (CA)
  • 10:45 Repair Manifesto
    Arne Hendriks (NL), Platform21
  • 11:10 Can China repair the world?
    David Nieh (CN), Architect, General Manager for Shui On Land.
    Board Member for the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) and Cogswell College in Silicon Valley. He advises the One-North Development in Singapore, the US-China Clean Energy Forum, the China Greentech Initiative and the Cleantech Group.
  • 11:35 Vertical farming, towards a high tech ecology
    Dickson Despommier (US), microbiologist, ecologist and Professorof Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. He conducts research on intracellular parasitism and teachescourses on Parasitic Diseases, Medical Ecology and Ecology.
  • 12:00 Q&A

Moderation: Derrick de Kerckhove (CA)

Was Menschen bewegt

3.9.  15:00 – 18:30

Mobility is the essence of a globalized society—its basic requirement, the key to competitiveness, and a cause of environmental pollution. This symposium will shed light on numerous aspects of mobility including sociopolitical issues and the challenges posed by design and technology.Produced jointly by Ars Electronica and the ÖBB–Austrian Federal Railways

  • 15:00 Welcome
    Christian Kern, Vorstandsprecher der ÖBB-Holding
  • 15:15 Do you remember the future?
    Ein multimedialer Streifzug durch Utopien zu Mobilität und Verkehr der letzten hundert Jahre von Sini Zein und Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica)
  • 15:30 How do design for a sustainable mobility?
    Konzepte und Projekte von Stadtplanern, Industriedesignern und Künstlern für Fahrzeuge und Verkehrssysteme von morgen. Alejandro Gutierrez (Arup), Alexander Neumeister (N+P Industrial Design), Daniel Huber (Spirit Design), Lutz Pankow (HFBK Hamburg)
  • 17:00 Break
  • 17:10 Regarding the Future
    Welche Innovationen und Ideen zu Mobilität und Bewegungsfreiheit haben Zukunft? Christian Kern (AT, ÖBB), Saskia Sassen (US, Columbia University), Oliviero Toscani (IT, Fotograf), moderiert von Derrick de Kerckhove (CA, Marshall McLuhan Institute)
  • 18:00 Break
  • 18:10 Mobility goes abstract
    Performance von Mia Zabelka (AT), Alex Micheuz (AT) and Paul Plut (AT).

Moderation: Derrick de Kerckhove (CA)

Doing the right thing

6.9.  10:30 – 12:30

The important thing is getting the ball rolling—recognizing problems, defining them, and seeking solutions and alternatives which, after all, one can find almost anywhere.

  • 10:30 Frithjof Bergmann (US)
    Professor Emeritus of philosophy at the University of Michigan. Founder of the New-Work-Movement.
  • 11:30 Strom-Boje
    Fritz Mondl (AT), Associate of the Aqua Libre Energieentwicklungs GmbH. The Strom-Boje is a small swimming hydroelectric power plant which only uses kinetic energy of free floating streams or the sea current.
  • 11:50
    David Boardman (IT), Designer & Researcher at the MIT Design Laboratory. is a mapping project by David Boardman (IT) and Paolo Gerbaudo (IT), charting the sinking and dumping of toxic and radioactive waste in the Mediterranean Sea. A documentation can be seen in Bau 2 OG 4.
  • 12:10 Haiti-House
    Peter Wehr (AT), representative of the CONSIDO AG Austria.
  • 12:30 Q&A

Moderation: Derrick de Kerckhove (CA)

The Windowfarms Project

Britta Riley (US)

The Windowfarms Project is a fast-growing web platform that helps city dwellers grow food in their apartments year-round and channels their innovations into an open research framework for the future of urban agriculture.

Over 14,000 participants are building these compact vertical hydroponic gardens in windows around the world, proposing and testing design modifications, and experimenting with different vegetables and nutrients.

Supported by the municipal gardens of Linz.


Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (CH)

Since 1968, scientist-artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger has been painting pictures of flies and other bugs that have mutated as a result of environmental contamination and atomic radiation. Since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, she has collected more than 16,000 insects in the fallout zones of Chernobyl and nuclear facilities in Europe and the US. Her studies show that these plants severely harm the environment. The highest rate of contamination is 22% in the area of La Hague, France; the expected value should be approximately 1%.

It’s forbidden to take pictures inside the exhibition.


Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture
Chris Jordan (US), 2009

Chris Jordan looks critically at the dark side of our global mass production and consumption society. It is hard to communicate the environmental impact our way of life has on the planet, because most phenomena are invisible and spread across the earth in millions of separate places. There is no Mount Everest of waste that we can make a pilgrimage to and behold the sobering aggregate of our discarded stuff, seeing and feeling it viscerally with our senses. His work “Gyre” depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world’s oceans every hour. All of the plastic in his image was collected from the Pacific Ocean.

Requiem aeternam dona eis – plastic forever


The plastic bag as cultural monument. The Municipal Archive of Passau, Germany has collected thousands of plastic bags that document the transition of the culture and the Zeitgeist since the 1950s. Now, in more than 20 countries, the use of plastic bags is subject to strict regulations and even fines. Three films impressively demonstrate why this is so. A wind tunnel in which a vast assortment of plastic bags elegantly and nimbly make their final rounds before the recycling process resurrects their lifecycle.

Plastic Bag

Ramin Bahrani (US), 2009
2.9. – 7.9.

In a not too distant future, a Plastic Bag goes on an epic journey in search of its lost maker, wondering if there is any point to life without her. The bag encounters strange creatures, brief love in the sky, a colony of prophetic torn bags on a fence and the unknown. In the end, the plastic bag wafts its way to the ocean, into the tides, and out into 500 nautical miles of spinning garbage known as the Pacific Ocean Trash Vortex – a promised nirvana where it will settle among its own kind and gradually let the memories of its maker slip away.

Music by Kjartan Sveinsson of the band Sigur Rós
Voice by film director Werner Herzog

Plastic Planet

Werner Boote (AT), 2009

2.9. – 7.9.

“Plastic Planet – Once you have seen this film, you will never again drink from a plastic bottle.”

Plastic is cheap and practical. We are children of the Plastic Age. Plastics in the soil or water take up to 500 years to break down. The exotic additives they contain damage our endocrine system. Were you aware of the fact that you have plastic in your blood? Director Werner Boote’s investigative documentary film shows that plastic has become a global threat. He raises issues that every one of us has to confront: Why don’t we change our behavior as consumers? Why doesn’t the private sector react to the dangers? Who is responsible for the mountains of garbage in the world’s deserts and seas? Who are the winners here? And who are the losers?

This film can be purchased from September 2010 on.

Drehkonzept: Werner Boote
Regie: Werner Boote
Kamera: Thomas Kirschner, Dominik Spritzendorfer
Schnitt: Ilana Goldschmidt, Cordula Werner, Tom Pohanka
Ton: Jens Ludwig, Erik Hoeman, Ekkehart Baumung
Musik: The Orb
Produzent: Thomas Bogner, Daniel Zuta
Produktionsleitung: Florian Brandt
Förderung: Filminstitut, Deutscher Filmförderfonds , Investitionsbank Hessen
Fernsehbeteiligung: ORF (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen)
Verleih: ThimFilm

Addicted to plastic

2.9. – 7.9.

Film, 85min Documentary

For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. For more than 15 years, award-winning filmmaker Ian Connacher has been documenting solutions to environmental issues. His latest documentary is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there’s so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up.


Produced and Directed by Ian Connacher (CA)

Pictures – Cryptic Moth Productions Inc.

Music – Oliver Johnson – The Hive

Edited By Martyn Iannece, Gad Reichman, Kevin Rollins

Braun Tube Jazz Band

2. 9. – 7. 9. Exhibition
3. 9. – 6. 9. 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 Performance

Japanese experimental artist Ei Wada breathes new life into old TV picture tubes. He utilizes their electromagnetic properties to transform light into sound and back again. When he touches the screens, this triggers a fascinating audio & video performance in which his hands and his whole body serve as pseudo-antennas. The old-fashioned picture tube TVs and a video recorder become percussion instruments, light synthesizer and VJ/DJ equipment all rolled into one. Thus, devices that have lost their original function can be used in a new way.

Dies irae – Rembering 108 EB

2.9. – 7.9.

Four internal combustion engines hang from the ceiling, awaiting their resuscitation. They’ll be fired up only once during the festival and join their voices in a droning, exhaust-belching song of lamentation. A reminiscence of “108 EB – Chamber Music for Four Motors and Service Personnel,” the legendary project with which Hubert Lepka and Lawine Torren created a sensation in 1989.

Lux aeterna – incandescent wires

2. 9. – 7. 9.

The meditative glowing of the incandescent wire, pulsating, weak and reddish, before it reaches its maximum output giving off blazing bright light, uncertain as to whether it means the beginning or the end.

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