The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s highest endowed prize for digital arts. It’s awarded in seven categories. The CyberArts 2011 exhibition showcases prizewinning works in Hybrid Art, Interactive Art and Digital Musics & Sound Art. The opening takes place at September 1st 5:30 pm. You can join a guided tour every day at 1:30 pm.

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The University of Tsukuba, Japan is the star of the 2011 Campus Exhibition. This institution of higher education has long been associated with the festival, and numerous works developed there or created by its alumni have been showcased at Ars Electronica.

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Symmetries is—in addition to ORIGIN – Doing Research on the Big Bang,a presentation of the work being done at CERN—the second exhibition having to do with this year’s festival theme. A heterogeneous array of experimental assemblies, images and exhibits invites visitors to confront highly diverse manifestations of the human spirit of inquiry and the joy of discovery.

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The film program put together for ORIGIN Cinema includes works using a wide array of styles, formats and narrative techniques. What they have in common are plots that move in the direction of the origins of developments and stories.

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What we can see, perceive and measure is, indeed, quite a bit. Nevertheless, what we have been able to register (thus far) amounts to a mere 4.6% of the universe. The rest is darkness: dark energy and dark matter.

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[the next idea]

[the next idea] is an art & technology grant awarded annually by voestalpine and Ars Electronica. It honors inspiring, new and unusual ideas with great future promise and supports their further development. The judges seek innovations of an artistic and social as well as a technological, scientific nature.

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Some exhibitions from CREATE YOUR WORLD are taking place in the Ars Electronica Quarter. You’ll find more details soon at this place, or you can check out the official website.

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Interface Cultures – Unuselessness – The Useful useless

Since 2004, Linz Art University has offered an “Interface Cultures” master’s degree program in which students learn scientific and, above all, artistic ways of working with all possible—and impossible—forms of communication with machines and devices. From the very outset, this program founded by Christa Sommer and Laurent Mignonneau has offered students the opportunity to showcase their work in conjunction with Ars Electronica and thereby to reach very large audiences.

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Linz R2

Linz R2 is a real-time resonance work, a sound installation in a public space—the long, open courtyard area adjacent to the Lentos Art Museum’s entrance. Auinger and Odland’s work is an acoustic transformation experience: two resonance pipes perform a real-time transformation of the surrounding urban soundscape


This walk-through installation by Manabe (JP) and Ishibashi (JP) is an exquisitely beautiful work of light art. On a construction that resembles a rollercoaster, light balls can be orchestrated via control screen to whiz about in all directions and grouped into brilliant moving patterns.

Prix Ars Electronica 2011, Award of Distinction, Interactive Art


In the beginning of life on Earth, there was a long interplay of chaos and (brief instances of) order, of stability and disintegration. Fascinated by the origination and break-down of forms and order, Alex Posada (ES) developed The Particle, his massive sculpture positively brimming with energy. Its central elements are rings studded with multicolored LED lights. They rapidly rotate and produce sounds as they do. In and as a result of this movement, there emerge forms that are as beautiful as they are transient.

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Human beings have been developing machines for thousands of years. But what drives us on to do so? Is it the urge to understand and recreate nature and its processes? Is it perhaps our audacious pretensions to be capable of improving on the world as it is? Or are we just curious? What Machines Dream Of is an exhibition that nicely complements the festival theme. It brings together artistic machines that, in contrast to their counterparts in industry and commerce, have absolutely nothing to do with rationality and perfection. These machines of breathtaking beauty are simply enchanting.

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Das Mobile Ö1 Atelier

The Mobile Ö1 Atelier will be set up on Linz’s Main Square (Hauptplatz) to mediate the encounter with science and the men and women behind the discoveries. Experts explain why basic research is so important and what sort of creative scope and developmental possibilities result from it. As a special treat for young people attending u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD, the Mobile Ö1 Atelier will host a simulcast of lectures from KinderUniSteyr on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1.

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Ondz is an interactive machine capable of producing human hand clapping artificially. The physical clapping sound is generated by patting on a pair of artificial palms. Visitors can control Ondz at


Iron Mask – White Torture focuses on the subject of female migration before the background of Europe’s postcolonial history. The chief protagonist of this installation is a figure with a big following throughout Latin America—the slave girl named Anastácia. Legend has it that her owner sentenced her to lifelong silence constrained in an iron gag. She is venerated as a rebel, as a fighter in the abolition movement, as a woman who resisted the sexual violence of her colonial master, and as an innocent martyred servant of God.

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Ralo Mayer – Obviously a major malfunction

During the Ars Electronica Festival, Ralo Meyer is going to present a history from 1986 to 2003, from the crash of the Challenger to the crash of the Columbia, raising questions on how we perceive our world. This installation will be in the Lentos’ 1st Underground Level.

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Sensing Place / Placing Sense – Exhibition

The Sensing Place/Placing Sense exhibition accompanies and supplements the symposium of the same name being held by afo architekturforum oberösterreich (AT), AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT) and Ars Electronica (AT)

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