Campus Exhibition: Interface Cultures

THU September 4-MON September 8, 2014, daily 11 AM - 9 PM
Raumschiff, Hauptplatz Linz

It’s been 10 years since Christa Sommerer (AT) and Laurent Mignonneau (FR) established the Interface Cultures program at Linz Art University. Interactive art and innovative interface design at the nexus of art, design and research are the core elements of this course of study in theory and practice.

10 Years, 150 Projects

Over the past decade, students have completed approximately 150 projects and written 30 master’s theses. Many of these works have been on display in “Interface Cultures,” an exhibition that has come to be an Ars Electronica Festival fixture. And so it is this year as well.

Schauplatz Raumschiff

This year’s exhibition venue is Raumschiff [Spaceship], a former retail space right on Linz’s Main Square. Launched in early 2014 by Linz Art University undergrads and alumni, Raumschiff contains spaces for events, exhibitions and workshops, a shop selling art & design products, and a café. It’s conceived as a setting for interdisciplinary exchange among young artists and their interaction with the general public.

Anniversary Celebration

The curators are marking the program’s 10th anniversary by augmenting the annual exhibition of works by students with network talks, an alumni meeting, Live Performances and a meet & greet event entitled Bring Your Own Art. This year’s Campus Exhibition is especially extensive—it features 17 works by 40 students from 13 countries.



Collaborative project by students at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (DE) and Linz Art University (AT) in cooperation with the Leibnitz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (DE)



Davide Bevilacqua, Alberto Boem (IT)

Sound performance that involves jelly made out of the seaweed agar and analogue oscillators.

A Tangible Score

Enrique Tomas (ES)

Tactile interface for musical expression that interprets a score on the basis of its physical shape, surface structure and spatial configuration.


Ivan Petkov (BG)

A double airbed which is transformed into a collaborative musical instrument, based on the traditional Bulgarian bagpipe Kaba Gaida.

Data Auditorio

Daichi Misawa (JP)

An interactive sound device in a defined space that enables audiences to participate in the game of performance play.


Cesar Escudero Andaluz (ES)

An exercise in media archaeology, consisting of text sonifications of data that are extracted from social networks and recorded on cassettes.

Memory Wheel

Davide Bevilacqua (IT)

A mnemonic device (memory storage) which is used to store and manipulate data by means of a magical kinetic process. So bring your own USB stick and you will be amazed to see what happens!


Veronika Krenn (AT)

An electronic decision-making circuit is constructed in the shape of a labyrinth.


Alessio Chierico (IT)

An interactive installation based on a brain-computer interface. When a visitor totally relaxes, the candle he is holding is extinguished.

Hacking Meditation—when stillness interacts

Mihaela Kavdanska (BG)

Visitors are invited to sit on a meditation cushion in front of a screen. The interaction with the video is based on the still presence of the viewer.

Greetings from Eastern Europe

Ioan-Ovidiu Cernei (RO), Tiina Sööt (EE)

A multi-part installation about their personal situation and experience that attempts to share these with the participant. As Eastern Europeans living in Central Europe, they are often confronted with lingering connections to their countries of origin.

Root Node

Nathan Guo (CN)

An interactive installation that involves stacked layers of disassembled remote controllers, strung together by conductive rods and planted in the ground.

60 flavours

Ulrich Lantzberg (AT)

A reflexion of the world’s corruption in a tasty way. Data is transformed into taste, altering the flavour of the chocolates.

Money Never Sleeps

Martin Nadal (ES)

A tangible interface for buying and selling equities on the London, New York, Tokyo and Frankfurt stock markets. The visitors make their purchases in an unconventional manner—by inhaling a line of “cocaine” (i. e. pure sugar).

That Way

İdil Kızoğl (TR)

Web mapping applications gather information on the infrastructure of cities and add a virtual layer by making recommendations. İdil Kızoğl deals with the idea of strictly following given routes and questions whether applications that encourage us to do so affect the way we experience cities.

My Haptic Diary

Jure Fingušt (SI)

Visitors form a piece of clay and place it on a sketchbook. The interaction is recorded and projected on the floor in the video mosaic


Translation III / Strafsachen

Cristian Villavicencio (EC)

A re-contextualization of the exhibition space by describing its own surroundings in real time from the point of view of a continuously rotating or moving camera. The recording device is installed on the ceiling in a place inaccessible to the public and follows the movements of spectators through the exhibition space.

Interface Cultures: Christa Sommerer (AT), Laurent Mignonneau (AT), Martin Kaltenbrunner (AT), Michaela Ortner (AT), Reinhard Gupfinger (AT)

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