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.

May the Horse Live in Me – Art Orienté Objet (FR)

Golden Nica – Hybrid Art

May the Horse Live in Me, Art Orienté Objet, click for Flickr-Gallery

This performance spans a bridge between animal and human being as well as between the discipline of bioart and extreme body art. May the Horse Live in Me performs the ritual of blood brotherhood between horse and performer. Immunologically prepared horse blood is injected into a human’s body and initiates a potentially therapeutic process.

Newstweek – Julian Oliver (NZ/DE), Danja Vasiliev (RU/DE)

Golden Nica – Interactive Art

Newstweek, click for CyberArts-Flickr-Gallerie

Newstweek is a high-tech device—small and unobtrusive, but nevertheless well suited for an attack on the nervous system of democracy. As something that appears to be a normal part of the technical infrastructure of an internet hotspot, Newstweek makes it possible to manipulate what’s received by those accessing the internet via W-LAN without them knowing about it. This is done by secretly modifying the news they read on their laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Bee – Apostolos Loufopoulos (GR)

Bee, Apostolos Loufopoulos, click for CyberArts-Flickr-Gallery

A work of sound art, bee conveys listeners into the acoustic cosmos of insects. Intensive movement and occasionally rapid rhythms with fast transitions are characteristic of this work. Moments of tranquility, of quiet and minimal motion alternate with sudden spurts of activity, and thus shed light on the antithetical motion patterns of flies, bees and other insects.


A Critique of Political Economy Donation, Transfers of Capital to the Federal Ministry of Finance, 2009 – ca. 2052

Since May 31, 2009, Lahr has transferred 1 cent daily to the German Federal Ministry of Finance, thus helping to counter the growing mountain of debt. In the field »reason for payment«, she always writes 108 characters from “Capital: A Critique of Political Economy” by Karl Marx. In this way the entire book will be transferred into the state’s central account via online banking in the next 43 years. The value increase of the capital investment is not included, nor are the required labor and lifetime or the added value through cultural and symbolic capital calculated into this.

During the festival, the artist will temporarily install her work station in the OK, exposing bureaucratic structures and delivering an illustrative insight into the “cultivation” of

*The German title MACHT GESCHENKE is a play on words implying “CREATE GIFTS”, or “GIFTS OF POWER” as well as “POWERFUL GIFTS”


01.09.2011: 12:00 – 20:00 Uhr
02.09.2011: 12:00 – 16:00 Uhr
03.09.2011: 12:00 – 14:00 Uhr
04.09.2011: 12:00 – 17:00 Uhr
05.09.2011: 12:00 – 17:00 Uhr
06.09.2011: 12:00 – 17:00 Uhr

*The German title “MACHT GESCHENKE” implies “MAKE A GIFT”, “GIFTS OF POWER” as well as “POWERFUL GIFTS”

Pigeon d’Or – Tuur van Balen (BE)

Pigeon d’Or, click for CyberArts-Flickr-Gallerie

This proposed solution to the pigeon problem consists of two elegantly designed birdhouses—one for the home; one for a parked car. In it, you can catch pigeons, feed them with a special bacteria culture that converts the birds’ highly infectious excrement into a disinfectant cleanser that works on such things as window panes and car windshields.

Face to Facebook – Hacking Monopoly Trilogy – Paolo Cirio (IT), Alessandro Ludovico (IT)

Face To Facebook – Hacking Monopoly Trilogy, click for CyberArts-Flickr-Gallerie

In the wake of their critical-subversive confrontations with Google and Amazon, Cirio and Ludovico set their sights on internet behemoth Facebook. They deployed some home-brew software to circumvent the social network’s well-oiled gears. It computes its way through the inconceivably vast number of faces depicted on that site and groups them into various categories that correspond to the ordering patterns people use in everyday life in dealing with others.

A Balloon for … – Davide Tidoni (IT)

is an itinerant project that brings to life the sound responses of specific spaces. By bursting balloons, the project discovers unique acoustic sites and invites people to explore space through listening.
In conjunction with the CyberArts exhibition, Davide Tidoni is offering nightly popping-balloon-walks in the city centre. By popping balloons, participants will be encouraged to test selected acoustic locations and become aware of how space speaks.

02.09.2011 Fr/Fr 01:00 (Thursday Night!)
03.09.2011 Sa/Sat 05:00
05.09.2011 Mo/Mon 01:00 (Sunday Night!)

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter – Larsen Caleb (US)

This is a two-part work of art: it’s a small piece of sculpture with a controller and active internet connection; it’s also a script by means of which the sculpture is offered for sale on eBay. With each sale, the script launches a new auction on the popular online sales site.

algorithmic search for love – Julian Palacz (AT)

Songs as well as videos you’ve downloaded or shot yourself—nowadays, there’s hardly a home PC hard drive on which the quantities of data haven’t gotten completely out of hand. Julian Palacz (AT) has developed a cleaver search tool. It finds spoken or sung words and word combinations and then indicates precisely where they occur in a particular song or video sequence.

Be Your Own Souvenir – blablabLAB (ES)

Having your portrait sketched by a quickie downtown sidewalk artist was yesterday. The latest rage is an instant bust generated by a 3D printer! Be Your Own Souvenir invites you to pose and then take your likeness home with you in the form of a three-dimensional statuette.

Cinema for Primates – Rachel Mayeri (US)

It has long been known that our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, the chimpanzees, follow with interest what happens on a TV monitor. But until now, nobody has taken the trouble to develop programming that appeals to primates. And then along came Rachel Mayeri (US). Cinema for Primates is a series of videos produced especially for chimps living in the Edinburgh Zoo.

Continuization Loop – Wim Janssen (BE)

A 35mm film that consists solely of black and transparent surfaces runs over 150 guide rollers and thus produces a “wall of film” completely without projection. Wim Janssen’s (BE) work thus evokes elements from three generations of visual media: the materiality of film, the emptiness of the video signal and the binary logic of the digital.

empathetic heartbeat – Hideyuki Ando (JP), Junji Watanabe (JP), Masahiko Sato (JP)

In this installation, the visitor’s own heartbeat becomes a medium of empathy. Subjects use a stethoscope and headphones to listen to the beating of their heart. At the same time, they watch film clips and acoustically bond so intensively with the on-screen protagonists that the sound of their heart dissolves in total empathy with acoustic existence.

Inside the Tropospheric Laboratory – Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE)

As a gigantic and rather confusing data & image generator, Tropospheric Laboratory enables us to see such things as aerosols that, as floating gas particles, make up the core of the clouds in the atmosphere. Meyer-Brandis’ (DE) installation thereby artfully veils the boundary between the visible and the invisible. The cloud cores are simultaneously omnipresent and, due to their nano-size, invisible.

Is there a horizon in the deepwater? – HeHe (FR): Helen Evans (UK), Heiko Hansen (DE)

In 2010, the Deep Horizon oil platform exploded, unleashing the worst-ever marine oil catastrophe. With her performance Is there a horizon in the deepwater? HeHe works through the ecological tragedy by minutely reconstructing the event.

Safe Cuddling – Helge Fischer (DE)

Originally conceived as an ironic statement about Western societies’ deepseated fears that are being assiduously stirred up by the media, this Safe Cuddling suit designed for children became the center of a dead-serious discussion about dealing with parental fear of child abuse. Helge Fischer’s (DE) construction offers protection by sounding an alarm when a child is cuddled too long or in an inappropriate place.

Sentient City Survival Kit – Mark Shepard (US)

The Sentient City Survival Kit is a bitingly ironic comment on the rapidly materializing vision of ubiquitous computing that’s being accompanied by the total surveillance of our behavior as consumers, our habits and our
movements. It consists of, among other things, an umbrella that generates crazy light effects to disrupt any video surveillance system, a not-your-everyday navigation app for cell phones, communication-enabled coffee cups and underwear that can easily outfox the RFID chip sensors at the mall. Mark Shepard‘s Ser endipitor is an alternative navigation app for the iPhone that helps you find something by looking for something else . Participate in a 45 minute serendipitous cit y walk! Bring an iPhone 3G (iOS 3.2 or newer ), comfortable walking shoes, and ample curiosity. Download Serendipitor for free from the App Store. Follow the link for more info on the tour.

Six-Forty by Fourty-Eighty – Jamie Zigelbaum, Marcelo Coelho (US)

This interpretation of the touchscreen principle consists of handy magnetic pixels that can be arrayed however the user wishes. One touch is all it takes to change a pixel’s color or to copy onto another.

TUNNEL – Rejane Cantoni (BR), Leonardo Crescenti (BR)

Tunnel is a finely designed, moveable passageway, living architecture that several persons can walk through simultaneously. Depending of the pedestrians’ weight, size and movement, it changes its design and dimension to fit the circumstances.

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