We are here - Opening Festival Ars Electronica 2013

Like the 2013 Ars Electronica Festival itself, a long gestation period has also preceded Wir sind hier (We Are Here), the live performance in Linz’s Tabakfabrik that will kick off this year’s conclave. Since mid-July, the website www.wir-sind-hier.org has been the hub of the cross-medial art project launched by artist, university instructor and software entrepreneur Salvatore Vanasco (IT/DE).

Opposition to Surveillance

Here, Vanasco and his numerous cohorts have been publishing the project’s themes, putting them up for discussion and providing updates about ongoing actions. The target audience of Wir sind hier is people who oppose the government’s data retention efforts, PRISM and the many other forms of digital surveillance and censorship, and people who refuse to yield to the sense of hopelessness and the indifference that come with this territory.
A Feeling of Uneasiness

The festival’s opening ceremony will also call to mind what surveillance and censorship can lead to. Attendees will quickly be overcome by a vague feeling of apprehension—and this is utterly intentional. Surveillance cameras keeping an eye on everyone present dot the perimeter. Other details also strongly suggest that these proceedings are under total surveillance. And in the middle of the courtyard: a statue made of data storage media. What’s up with this?

80 Years after the First Nazi Book Burnings

Suddenly, masked figures intrude into the assembled throng and begin dividing people up into groups. The music, familiar oldies at first, turns into earsplitting noise. A little girl, her face displayed on a jumbo-format screen, begins reading a text aloud. We are reminded of the book burning on May 10, 1933, when an estimated 20,000 volumes went up in flames in the middle of Berlin. And over the course of the performance—including a fly-by of the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s quadcopter swarm—we are made cognizant in no uncertain terms of dangerous tendencies in today’s control-oriented society.


Another way to get involved is by joining the Wir-sind-hier chorus. All are invited to read a short excerpt from Bertolt Brecht’s 1925 poem “Gegen Verführung” (Against Seduction) and upload their words in the form of a short video to the project website. Together, these many voices will form a chorus whose debut will also be part of the show at the Tabakfabrik.

The project producers are also endeavoring to capture the sounds of the destruction of a culture—from the impact of a wrecking ball to the crackling of burning paper and the electronic beep of an error message. Composer FM Einheit (DE) will use them as part of the soundtrack of the live show in Linz.

With Jovica Aleksis (DE), Gözen Atila (TR), Ulé Barcelos (PT), Dominik Berg (DE), Matti Casper Blunck (DE), Rica Blunck (DE), Yoko Gretel Blunck (DE), Claudius Brodmann (DE), Matthias David (DE), Elisa de Paolis (IT), Daniela Dibelius (DE), FM Einheit (DE), Stephanie Geiger (DE), Marcus Jäger (DE), Craig Johnson (NZ), Johannes Kirchner (DE), Francesca Kühlers (US), Traute Kühlers (DE), Jan Lachenmayer (DE), Sybille Luhmann (NL), Andy Müller-Maguhn (DE), Timo Maier (DE), Jürgen Mertens (DE), Steffen Neubauer (DE), Kien Nguyen (DE), Felix Ostrowski (DE), Bilgehan Öziş (TR), Laszlo Puskas (DE), Rafa Quinonero (ES), Ludwig Seyfarth (DE), Rolf Wolkenstein (DE), Cornelia Wunderlich (DE), Laura Zidda (IT).

Thu 5. 9. 20:30
Tabakfabrik Linz

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Prix Ars Electronica Gala

Koen van Mechelen (BE), Goldene Nica Hybrid Arts

Nicolas Bernier (CA), Goldene Nica Digital Musics & Sound Art

El Campo de Cebada (ES), Goldene Nica Digital Communities

Dominik Koller (AT), Goldene Nica u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD

An evening at which the Golden Nica statuettes are bestowed upon the Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners.

Please note that due to the limited seats you will need a separate invitation or a seat reservation of the Gala.

Fri 6. 9. 18:30
Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal

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voestalpine Soundcloud 2013 - Bruckner lives!

Sat 7.9. 20:00

With dramatized scenes, excerpts from his impressive musical oeuvre, and the voice of Harald Serafin, the voestalpine Klangwolke will bring Anton Bruckner to life in 2013.

Parov Stelar will musically update the great composer, and the Ars Electronica Futurelab is contributing a smartphone app to enable audience members to browse through Bruckner’s diary during the weeks leading up to the spectacle. Users can find out about the facts & circumstances of the composer’s life as he went about his creative work. The application cites the original diary entries conscientiously recorded by the great man, and places them in their proper historical context. The result is a detailed picture of Bruckner’s world and of the many highs and lows that characterized his life.

The World’s Largest Smartphone Orchestra

The second part of the app gets deployed during the Klangwolke itself. “Alle Menschen werden Bruckner” transforms spectators’ smartphones and tablets into musical instruments, and unites them into the world’s largest smartphone orchestra, which will play the opening notes of Bruckner’s 4th Symphony together with the Bruckner Orchester Linz. And all of it via live stream on the internet. Who knows—maybe Anton Bruckner will even be listening in?

Sat 7.9. 20:00
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Big Concert Night

Orchestral music and digital sounds, on one hand; live electronics and visualizations on the other—since 2002, these have limned the program of the Ars Electronica Festival’s Big Concert Night produced jointly with the Brucknerhaus and the Bruckner Orchester.
The overture is Acoustic Time Travel by Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN prizewinner Bill Fontana (US), followed by Radiologic by the duo of Carl Stone (US) and Gil Kuno (JP).
Next up is a short film, Welcome Transients by Ernie Kovacs (US). Then, the Bruckner Orchester Linz conducted by Dennis Russell Davies (US/AT) will perform the 10th Symphony by Philip Glass (US). The program continues with Requies by Luciano Berio (IT) and a performance by vibraphone soloist David Friedman (US) of By the Reflecting Pool by Leah Muir (US).

Intermezzo in the Exhibition

The TOTAL RECALL exhibition will then be the setting of performances by Yuri Suzuki (JP), Keith Lam (HK) and Michelle Ngai (TW). They will personally present their works on display there and musically accompany the installations The Sound of the Earth and Device Playing: Cassette Recorder (II).
A special part features the work of Roberto Paci Dalo (IT): the Austria premiere of his audiovisual production Ye Shanghai about the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai during and after World War II.
The electronic finale stars re-lay (Tobias Ehrhardt, AT) & 19 hertz (Emanuel Jauk, AT) with cut.repeat as well as Daito Manabe and Satoru Higa (JP).
The accompanying visualizations are by Arístides García (ES) and Andreas Koller (AT/UK).
Music performed during the breaks between acts is by MFRedman Collective.

Lentos, Freiraum

19:00 Bill Fontana (US) – Acoustic Time Travel
Created under the auspices of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Artist in Residence Program

Lentos, Auditorium

19:30 Carl Stone & Gil KunoRadiologic

Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal

20:00 Ernie Kovacs: Welcome Transients (Film)
20:10 Bruckner Orchester Linz (AT), Dennis Russell Davies (Dirigent US/AT): Philip Glass: 10. Sinfonie
20:50 Roberto Paci Dalo (IT): Ye Shanghai

Brucknerhaus, Foyer
21:20 TOTAL RECALL: Performance Intermezzo

Yuri Suzuki (JP): The Sound of the Earth

Keith Lam (HK) & Michelle Ngai (TW): Device Playing: Cassette Recorder (II)

Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
22:00 Bruckner Orchester Linz (AT), Dennis Russell Davies (Dirigent US/AT): Luciano Berio: Requies
22:30 Bruckner Orchester Linz (AT), Dennis Russell Davies (Dirigent US/AT), David Friedman (US) (am Vibraphon): Leah Muir: By the Reflecting Pool
23:10 re-lay (Tobias Ehrhardt) & 19 hertz (Emanuel Jauk) (AT) mit cut.repeat
23:30 Daito Manabe (JP) & Satoru Higa (JP)

The visualizations of the orchestral pieces are by:
Berlin – Arístides García (ES) and Alexander Koller (AT/UK)

Music animations during transitional phases by:
MFRedman Collective

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Freiraum, Auditorium
Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal, Foyer

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The Aural-Memory-Machine

Sa 7. 9. 12:00 – 17:00, 20:00-23:00, Live-Performance: 23:00 – 24:00

Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger’s Aural Memory Machine is an six-channel sound installation. Festivalgoers and other visitors to Linz’s St. Mary’s Cathedral—with or without a musical background or technical skills—are the ones who play it. All they have to do is enter any text they want using a Midi keyboard at one of eight terminals on site. In real time, the texts launch field recordings of the acoustic surroundings, which are grouped into various thematic clusters.

Text or Sound – or Both?

Up to eight sound designers can simultaneously explore the potential of the Aural Memory Machine. They must constantly decide whether they want to produce text or code, or participate in the design of a temporary acoustic environment in the Cathedral—or both.

Nightly Concert

The culminating highlight is a nightly concert by Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger, Petra Anlanger (AT), Richard Eigner (AT), Georg Edlinger (AT), Volker Kagerer (AT) and Wolfgang Kreuzhuber (AT) and associates, in which they use the same instruments as visitors but play a predetermined repertoire: selected texts from the Ars Electronica Catalog.

Sa 7. 9. 12:00 – 17:00, 20:00-23:00, Live-Performance: 23:00 – 24:00

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Ars Electronica Quarter Night

Fri 6. 9.
Ars Electronica Quarter

A heavily diversified and jam-packed program will make the Ars Electronica Center and the surrounding Ars Electronica Quarter the center of gravity of the festival on Friday.

Candlescape and Hyperform will be the first of several fascinating workshops in FabLab. In the afternoon, the airy art dome Sphæræ features performances by artists like Mariska de Groot (NL), Dieter Vandoren (NL) and Paul Prudence (UK).

The Ars Electronica Futurelab’s studio is hosting the world premiere of the crossmedia dance performance Resonate by Aakash Odedra (UK) and Lewis Major (AU). With the Futurelab’s support, they found a way to translate the verbal perceptions of people with legasthenia into audiovisual terms and movements.

Program for Young People

There’s lots happening at the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Future Festival of the Next Generation in the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD’s Danube-side festival village—for instance the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Prix Ars Electronica focus on Friday.

The Austrian Film Academy (AT) invites you to a round-table featuring prominent participants discussing young media designers’ approaches to the medium of film. Actor/director Karl Markovics (AT) will moderate. For refreshments right on site, head for the Espressomobil and the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD-Gastro.

Highlights at Deep Space Live

The manual acrobatics of Dennis Russell Davies (US/AT) and Maki Namekawa (JP/AT) performing Stravinsky’s version of The Rite of Spring for four hands on the piano will be the first of this year’s highlights in Deep Space.

Students at the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus (AT) will install two virtual, interactive worlds entitled Mind Games.

A cosmos in its own right, HR Giger’s World opens in Deep Space—after dark, appropriately enough. HR Giger (CH), featured artist at Ars Electronica 2013, will join curator Andreas Hirsch (AT) for an excursion through his artistic universe, depicted as never before in ultrahigh-definition, gigapixel images.

Linz – Istanbul – Linz

After sunset, the Connecting Cities façade projection coalition will simultaneously screen Connecting Monsters on the Ars Electronica Center’s media façade and a digital wall on Beşiktaş Square in Istanbul (TR). The Ars Electronica Nightline 2013 hosted by Camila Fuchs (UK) and Anna Leiser (AT) will run into the wee hours.

Fri 6. 9.
Ars Electronica Quarter

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Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space

The Ars Electronica Center screens pictures, films, animated features and 3D applications in mind-blowing size and sharpness in Deep Space. This facility is equipped with eight projectors that produce 16×9-meter, ultra-high-definition images on the space’s walls and floor.

HR Giger’s World

HR Giger (CH), Andreas Hirsch (AT)

Ars Electronica is honoring the legendary creator of bio-mechanics and the creature in Alien. A series of gigapixel images in the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space offer encounters in unprecedented detail with the world of HR Giger, a cosmos
populated by mutants and biomechanoids.


Thu 5.9. 10:30, 13:30, 20:00
Sat 7.9. 10:30
Sun 8.9. 10:30, 13:30, 20:00
Mon 9.9. 10:30

HR Giger & Andreas Hirsch – HR Giger’s World – Featured Artist Talk

Fri 6.9. 22:00 – 23:00
Reserve your free ticket 1 hour before the beginning at the Ars Electronica Center Infodesk.

Elysian Fields

Ina Conradi Chavez (U.S. / SG) Joshua Tan (SG), Davier Yoon (SG), Jeremy Goh (SG)

Half war movie, half animated painting, this work blends fantastic material and historical footage into a surreal reconfiguration of the present. Ina Conradi Chavez introduces painted narrative fragments into the logic and a dream’s narrative form of progression, and gradually morphs the concrete, explicit depiction into a fragile, complexly interwoven structure.

Thu 5.9.- Sun 8.9. 12:00
Thu 5.9. and Sat 7.9. 16:00

Mind Games

FH OÖ Campus Hagenberg (AT)

Installation visitors become animators in Clockworld, a virtual reality installation by Benedict Bleimschein (AT) and Martin Kienmeyer (AT). They co-design the mental world of a virtual android. In the game installation re:collection, visitors are called upon to collaboratively save old data storage media like vinyl records and audio cassettes from destruction. They have to neutralize hazards and defend energy sources. This is the work of Jeremiah Diephuis, Wolfgang Hochleitner and Michael Lankes from the
school’s Hagenberg Campus (AT) as well as Thomas Heller, Thomas Raffatzeder, Gernot Raudner and Manuel Wieser of Radiated Pixel (AT).

Thu 5.9. – Sun 8.9. 18:30
Mon 9.9. 14:00

Voices of Aliveness

Masaki Fujihata (JP)

Thu 5.9. 12:30, 16:30
Fri 6.9. 12:30
Sat 7.9. 12:30, 16:30

A work also featured in CyberArts 2013, Voices of Aliveness is a vocal sculpture, a so-called metamonument constructed from a collective memory. Participants ride a bike along a “shouting circuit,” a route along which they can feel free to scream their brains out.

Thu 5.9.- Sun 8.9. 12:30
Thu 5.9. and Sat 7.9. 16:30


Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften Leipzig (DE)

The interplay of billions of nerve cells in the brain is what makes us thinking beings. Neuroscientists display three-dimensional images of the brain to show how they’re using state-of-the-art technology like magnetic resonance imaging to learn more about these connections and interrelationships, and to understand thought processes.

Thu 5.9. 15:00
Fri 6.9. 15:00
Sat 7.9. 11:00, 15:00
Sun 8.9. 11:00, 15:00

Additional Presentations

Will Love Tear Us Apart by Gordon Calleja (MT) is a blind date with the dark sides of love. It’s based on the hit song by Joy Division, whose strophes are the point of departure of the various levels. Sat 7.9. 17:30, Sun 8.9. 17:30

Julia Gessl (ORF, AT) and curator Juha van Ingen (FI) present works created by 16 artists from eight countries for the medium of teletext and the 2013 International Teletext Art Festival. Fri 06.09. 13:00, Sat 07.09. 13:30, Sun 8.9. 13:00

Martin Mészáros (CH) and Alfred Vendl’s (AT) film Terra Mater: YouPlanet 3D reveals a habitat that remains largely unexplored by science: the human ecosystem. An average person’s two-square-meters of skin are home to about 100 trillion microscopic creatures, and thus far more than the human population of Earth. Thu 05.09. 11:00

Forms by Quayola (IT) and Memo Akten (TR) is a Golden Nica prize-winning study of human movements and their resonance in space and time. It was made with film footage of athletes at the Commonwealth Games. Thu 05.09. 17:30, Fri 06.09. 17:30

To mark the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s musical milestone, Dennis Russell Davies (US/AT) and Maki Namekawa (JP/AT) will perform The Memory of Le Sacre du Printemps, a version of the work for four hands on the piano. Their keyboard acrobatics will be accompanied by real-time visualizations.

With technical support from the Ars Electronica Center, Lois Lammerhuber (AT) shot breathtaking gigapixel images of Manhattan from a window on the 61st floor of Rockefeller Center. They’re now on display in From Austria to the World at Vienna International Airport. Thu 5.9. 13:00, 19:30, Fri 6.9. 14:00, 19:30, Sat 7.9. 19:30, Sun 8.9. 19:30

For his people_scans portrait series, photographer Kurt Hörbst (AT) came up with a decelerated picture-taking process. Despite the use of a digital camera, subjects have to remain stationary for minutes at a
time—just like back in the ol’ days.

Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space

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Huang Yi & KUKA

Huang Yi & KUKA represents the fulfillment of a lifelong interest in the partnership between humans and robots. Huang Yi, a dancer and choreographer, has created dance works that fuse technology and machinery with rich imagery, including a computerized violin he invented himself in Symphony Project I Violin (2010). His multiple talents in the fields of photography, videography and mechanics can be seen in his choreography that goes far beyond any standard performing art production. He is adept at incorporating multi-layered images and delicate body movement.

Dancing like a Machine

Huang Yi has won the Taipei Digital Art Performance Award twice and is known for his performance experiments, his speed and his precision in dance. His pure movement choreographies evoked the praise of the New York Times, which referred to him as “a spinning machine of a dance with near-continual motion.” Huang creates works as if data was flowing through his limbs and mind, and he is the programmer of the body. While the world was looking at robots as tools, Huang Yi looked at himself and realized that he was a tool for dance. He reflected on how to visualize humanity, drawing upon new concepts and new technologies. The Taiwan KUKA Company didn’t just ‘lend a hand’, it literally ‘lent an arm’ to help Huang Yi realize his creative vision, making it possible for Huang to embark on a dance journey with the robotic arm, KUKA.

“Dancing face to face with a KUKA robot is like looking at my face in a mirror. I make KUKA mimic my movements, and I learn from him, I make myself dance like a machine.”

Festival Opening
Thu 5.9. 23:00-23:30

Sat 7.9. 17:30-18:30

Sun 8.9. 18:00-19:00

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Digital Quarter Century_ShelTeR

Thu 5. 9. 12:00 – 24:00
Fri 6. – Mon 9. 9. 10:00 – 21:00

Station Rose (AT)

Station Rose, founded 25 years ago by visual artist Elisa Rose (AT) and musician/composer Gary Danner (AT) 25 years ago as Vienna’s first address of the open digital leading edge, has reached in 2013 the Digital Quarter Century mark/DQC. DQC is a current project designed to conserve cultural heritage as viewed from the perspective of artists, the pioneers of digital culture.

A Playhouse

STR has now created DQC_ShelTeR as a playable installation, an A/V sculpture, a digital archive, a playhouse for grownups, an effort to avoid losing an overview of the data. Elisa Rose & Gary Danner perform live in audiovisual sessions. DQC data are looped into new A/V material composed especially for the Festival. The world premiere of the DQC_ShelTeR performance will, in turn, be recorded.


5.9. 14:00
6.9. 16:30
7.9. 13:00, 22:00
8.9. 15:00, 22:00

Opening Hours installation

Thu 5. 9. 12:00 – 24:00
Fri 6. – Mon 9. 9. 10:00 – 21:00

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Ars Electronica Music Day

Pursuant to its traditional commitment to electronic music, Ars Electronica dedicates a full program to this genre of such tremendous importance to media art. Ars Electronica Music Day staged in and around the Brucknerhaus is a platform for sound art, radio art, sound sculptures and sound installations. The concert halls and Linz’s riverside Donaupark become sound & action spaces for listening sessions, performances, speeches and conversations.

Electronic All-Request Concert

The Listening Post gets the music started in the AM. Their motto: Your wish is our command! This extravagant all-request show serves up a potpourri from the Digital Musics & Sound Art archive of Prix-Ars Electronica.

Prix Forum V – Digital Musics & Sound Art

Kicking off this live performance are 2013 prizewinners in Prix Ars Electronica’s Digital Musics & Sound Art category. Artists Nicolas Bernier (CA), Chris Carlson (US) and SjQ++ (JP) will present their works in talks and discuss current trends and developments with Prix juror Electric Indigo (AT).

Next up is Werner Jauk (AT), a prominent musical theoretician and practitioner in Graz, who will deliver a special lecture entitled Music and Media Arts on the mediatizing of music and sound.

Listen and Play

The superb acoustics of the Main Hall will provide a very special setting for Listen and Play, presentations, performances and demos by Daito Manabe (JP) and Satoru Higa (JP), Roberto Paci Dalò (IT) and Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger (AT). They’ll deliver audible impressions of their work with music and sound.

TOTAL RECALL: Special Performances

Ars Electronica Music Day will also feature several objects of a musical nature that are part of the TOTAL RECALL exhibition. Artists Brian House (US), Yuri Suzuki (JP) and Michelle Ngai (JP) awill personally present their works and play installations including The Sound of the Earth, Device Playing: Cassette Recorder II, and Quotidian Record.

Sound Is the Memory of Space

Now hear this: the Klangwolke’s high-performance sound system is being put in the service of sound art and its fine tonal and musical fabrics. Sound is the Memory of Space is a “sonic memory sculpture” that the German-Austrian label MF.Redman will acoustically erect in Donaupark. The construction components include sound & music collages containing material from international historical sound archives.

Digital Musics in Concert

Taking the stage for the evening program entitled Digital Musics in Concert are Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners Nicolas Bernier (CA), Chris Carlson (US) and SjQ++ (JP). A presentation of the games developed in the Game Jam and a performance by Station Rose (AT) in the Tabakfabrik conclude the evening and the festival.


Mon 9. 9. 10:30 – 21:00
Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal, Großer Saal, Donaupark, Tabakfabrik

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal
10:30 – 17:00 Listening Post: Sie wünschen, wir spielen – Wunschkonzert aus dem Archiv des Prix Ars Electronica

Klangpark am Donauufer
10:30 – 19:00 “Sound is the Memory of Space” – a sonic memory sculpture von MFRedman (A/D)

Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
11:30 – 13:00 Prix Forum Digital Musics & Sound Art
14:00 – 15:00 Special Lecture Werner JaukMusic and Media Arts
15:00 – 17:00 Listen and Play – Präsentationen, Performances, Demos von Wolfgang “Fadi” Dorninger, Roberto Paci Dalo, Daito Manabe, TOTAL RECALL: Performances
19:30 – 21:00 Digital Musics in Concert – Prix Ars Electronica PreisträgerInnen-Konzert

21:30 Station Rose

Brucknerhaus, Mittlerer Saal, Großer Saal
Tabakfabrik Linz

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Animation Festival

The works screened by the Ars Electronica Animation Festival have been selected from among the most outstanding entries to this year’s Prix Ars Electronica. They display excellence with respect to both content and design, and impressively get across both how expansively the genre has grown as well as the extent to which it already pervades our everyday life—in visible form as digital animation or disguised as simulation.

A Broad Spectrum

In addition to the entertainment industry and computer gaming sector, moving pictures from the computer have long been mainstays in art, industry and science. Accordingly diversified are the 10 programs of this year’s Ars Electronica Animation Festival—including traditional narrative features, abstract experimental works, interactive films, installations and façade projections.
One program lineup features terriffic works of computer animation submitted to the Prix u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category; another showcases the best of the Japan Media Arts Festival.

The Individual Lineups

— The Experimental program is a collection of innovative design forays in various forms and genres—for instance, works produced in blog format as serial animation by multiple artists.
Music & Images showcases the various modes of interplaying sights and sounds: experimental works configuring interaction between the image and the audio as well as conventional music videos.
— The Narration program spotlights the fact that the short narrative film has carved out a place for itself in the field of computer animation and in digital filmmaking as a whole in recent years.
— The films selected for the Mental States lineup describe sensitive and highly personal mental states and give accounts of people in states of acute emergency.
Sex and Violence: Sexual obsessions, violent fantasies, blood, death and persecution dominate the Late Night lineup. Appropriate for viewers with strong nerves!
— The works screened in Advertisement & VFX highlight the possibilities that have been opened up by open source thinking, and the alternatives to major studio productions in the film industry and the computer game sector.
— High-performance projection technology and software packages have made it possible to bring excellent 3-D visualizations to urban public spaces. Expanded Digital Animation offers a taste.
Memories showcases what has always been animation’s strong suit: the visualization of worlds of feeling and remembrance.

There’s a detailed and comprehensive program brochure especially for the Ars Electronica Animation Festival.

OK im OÖ Kulturquartier

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OK Night

A fitting follow-up to the Electronic Theater performances is the OK Night lineup. Kicking things off on the Mediadeck is Prix Ars Electronica prizewinner Nicolas Bernier (CA). He’ll be followed by Grischa Lichtenberger (DE) and Leeux (AT) aka Abby Lee Tee and Feux. The final act features Maximilian Meindl (AT). Meanwhile, in Solaris, Washer (AT/DE) and F!no (AT) will be laying down extended DJ sets.

Markus Reindl (AT) is the producer of this high-variety show. The visual design is the work of Das Gegenlicht (Backlab /AT).

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Koenigleopold (AT)

Uncompromising, provocative insanity has been Koenigleopold’s trademark since 2011. The duo consists of Lukas König, who plays bass and percussion simultaneously, and Leo Riegler, DJ, MC, clarinetist, guitarist, singer and electronics man. As one of today’s most controversial acts on the music scene, Koenigleopold knows how to get instant audience reactions—making them laugh; making them appalled at what they’re witnessing.
Thu 5. 9.

The Future Sound presents: Camila Fuchs (UK), Anna Leiser (AT)

The London duo Camila Fuchs brings together finely spun electronic sound fabrics and unique, catchy vocals. Anna Leiser, a part of Vienna’s very active Bebop Rodeo collective, is always good for an evening of eclectic future sounds. Additional guests: Abby Lee Tee (AT) and F!no (AT).
Fri 6. 9.

the empress club presents: Sick Girls (DE), That Fucking Sara (DK/DE), NoisyBoy (AT)

The Sick Girls have been around since 2004, providing the world’s clubs with a synthesis of British grime, Dubstep and Bass on one hand and Gangsta Rap, B-more and Digi-Dancehall on the other.

That Fucking Sara has been a fixture at the turntables since the 1990s. She can look back on lots of tours and festivals, serving up Hip-Hop spiced with Disco, Old School Electro, Soul and Funk.
The warm-up act is NoisyBoy a.k.a. Selecta Ufuk, with one of his refreshing sets featuring a crossover mix of subgenres such as Moombahton and Trap & Tropical.
Sat 7. 9.

Pd~graz/linz meets Shu Lea Cheang (TW), Wanda & Nova deViator (SI)

Media artist Shu Lea Cheang invites the Pd~community in Graz and Linz to the main hall of Stadtwerkstatt to contribute their visual and acoustic input to a 70-minute nonstop hyper-jam session. The motto: LIVE CODE LIVE SPAM. At Midnight, Cheang will screen her cyberpunk sci-fi porno I.K.U. – This is not love. This is sex.

Wanda & Nova deViator purvey contemporary electronic music that’s so full of tonal diversity that it defies genre categorization, even if audiences can’t fail to notice her roots in British sound.
Sun 8. 9.

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Electronic Theater

Electronic Theater is a fascinating showcase of all prizewinning works in the 2013 Prix Ars Electronica’s Computer Animation/Film/VFX category.

Filming and photographing during the Electronic Theater screenings is prohibited.

Sat 7. 9.
21:00: Hauptplatz
20:00, 21:00: OK Platz, Sommerkino

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Daito Manabe (JP), Satoru Higa (JP)

In a special performance, Daito Manabe (JP) and Satoru Higa (JP) present Your-Cosmos. This installation by Japan’s Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and the Ars Electronica Futurelab is also a workshop in which participants can interconnect LED modules and thereby create their own world. The aim isn’t to understand other people’s points of view, but rather to experience close up what it means to create a world together with others.

Credit: evala, Daito Manabe, Kaoru Sugano, Kouki Yamada, Satoru Higa, Satoshi Horii

Fri 6. 9. 14:00
Ars Electronica Center, Brainlab
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The Memory of Le Sacre du Printemps

Dennis Russell Davies (US/AT), Maki Namekawa (JP/AT)

With its uninhibited and unmistakable suggestions of the destruction of the Old World, the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps was a scandal of epic proportions. To mark the 100th anniversary of this milestone in music history, Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa will play the version for four hands on the piano in Deep Space. It demands a masterful—nothing less than acrobatic—performance by the duo, and displays the rhythmic furor of the piece
much more clearly than the orchestral version.

Racing Fingers

The drama of this physical performance is a consummate visual attraction. This raw material captured by Actioncam is simultaneously the leitmotif for the real-time visualizations of the concert. It will be accompanied by historical images from the Library of Congress and digital graphics produced directly from the Bösendorfer grand piano on stage.

Fri 6.9., Sun 8.9., Mon 9.9. 16:30
Reserve your free ticket 1 hour before the beginning at the Ars Electronica Center Infodesk.

Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space

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Aakash Odedra (UK), Lewis Major (AU)

Dancer Aakash Odedra (UK) and choreographer Lewis Major (AU) approached the Ars Electronica Futurelab with a really fascinating concept. They were interested in investigating whether and how it would be possible to audiovisually and cybernetically represent the distorted, chaotic way people with legasthenia experience language and literature.

Dancing Legasthenia

The outcome was an experimental joint venture. Odedra & Major and a Futurelab team tested a whole array of tools and methods–tracking technologies, projections, visualizations and even wind machines–and created an extraordinary dance performance piece. Resonate will premiere at the 2013 Ars Electronica Festival.

Fri 6. 9. 23:00
Sat 7. 9. 14:00, 18:00
Sun 8. 9. 18:00
Mon 9.9. 14:00

Ars Electronia Futurelab, Studio

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Ars Electronica: At the Flea Market

Without making a big deal about it, Ars Electronica is joining in the vibrant hustle & bustle at Linz’s traditional Saturday morning flea market. The Festival aims to keep a low profile in this colorful showcase of the culture of everyday life in bygone days, amidst the buyers and sellers of artifacts and memorabilia from yesterday and yesteryear. The odd assortment of merchandise that the Ars Electronica sales force will be hawking is meant as a flea that’s got a lot of jump and bite in it. On Festival Saturday on Linz’s Main Square, you can go through the whole lot with a fine-tooth comb.

Sat 7.9. 07:00 – 14:00