Day 3: From Farmer’s Market to Drones Show

The third day of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival continued with conferences and talks by international artists and scientists - but it also offered the opportunity to meet the winners of the Prix Ars Electronica personally. The POSTCITY welcomed the guests on that day with an organic farmers market. In the evening, Intel and Ars Electronica presented the European premiere of DRONE 100.

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One of the best things of each Ars Electronica Festival is to personally meet the artists, to talk with them and to watch them doing their experiments, performances and presenting their works. The best example is Aoife Van Linden Tol – she deals extensively with the subject of explosions and will take up her art & science residency at the European Space Agency within the coming weeks. At one of the control rooms of the POSTCITY, the former postal and parcel distribution center and main location of the festival, she gave a foretaste of her work.

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Right next to the “Spiral Falls”, the giant blue post slides in the POSTCITY, organic farmers set up their stalls and offered delicacies from the region throughout the day to the local and international audience.


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u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD was again the place for children and young people. Here it’s all about drones, computer games, 3-D printing and technical kits – they talked here about their ideas and already started to implement one of them.

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Everyone who wanted to get inspiration about how simple brilliant ideas can be implemented could have a look during a tour through the POSTCITY. Ei Wada, for instance, presented his “The Kankisenthizer” – a musical instrument that he has assembled from old fans.

Ei Wada

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The Austrian radio station FM4 broadcasted live from the Ars Electronica Festival.


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The conference hall was the venue of the Helpers Conference, one year after the Hall at POSTCITY offered accommodation to refugees. The focus of the talks were volunteering or initiatives for refugee people.

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At the FIS Stage in POSTCITY the second part of the symposium RADICAL ATOMS continued – together with Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Medialab.


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One out of hundreds projects at the POSTCITY: “Interface 1” by Ralf Baecker.

Interface I

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Day Three and the robot of Sculpture Factory by Quayola has already formed the majority of the white blocks to sculptures.


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Workshops and tours gave insight into the work of the Alchemists of our time.

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Media art on 80,000 square meters – the POSTCITY was again turned into a visitors magnet this weekend.


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But the festival did not extend only through the halls of the POSTCITY but all over the city of Linz. Impressive visualizations were shown at the Deep Space 8K of the Ars Electronica Center.


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And at the OK in OÖ Kulturquartier not only the CyberArts exhibition continued it’s third day – at the Prix Forums on Saturday, the winners of the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica came to speak. Among them – Jasia Reichardt, Visionary Pioneer of Media Arts.


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Two further discussions about the categories “Digital Communities” and “Interactive Art +” – watch them on our Youtube channel:

Finally, Saturday evening was dedicated to a unique show – the European premiere of “DRONE 100,” presented by Ars Electronica and Intel.


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The conditions on that evening were perfect – no rain, little wind. The SPAXELS team of Ars Electronica Futurelab set up the 100 drones at the airfield – and at 7:45 PM they were ready to go.


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Zum ersten Mal in Europa starteten vor 100.000 ZuseherInnen 100 Drohnen über der Donau mit einer spektakulären Lichtshow in den Himmel.  Die Klangwolke rundete schließlich traditionell den dritten Tag des Ars Electronica Festival mit imposanten Inszenierungen ab.

For the first time in Europe, 100 drones started in front of 100,000 viewers with a spectacular light show in the sky. Just before the Klangwolke continued the show with impressive performances.


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The 2016 Ars Electronica Festival runs until September 12, 2016. Find out more on!