Second Story: Linz

SAT September 10, 2016, 10AM - 7:30 PM
Second Story Aoife Van Linden TolCredit: Aoife Van Linden Tol

London based artist Aoife Van Linden Tol invites the residents of Linz to submit material for the second incarnation of her project Second Story which takes place at the Ars Electronica Festival. The project explores the influence of words and images to create an explosive force within each individual as well as the emotional responses created when presented with literal physical explosions. The universal nature of both these this phenomena inspired Aoife to create a project which allows many people to continue their own dialogue with explosive forces. She hopes to uncover some of the collective and individual emotions of those living in Linz. On the Festival-Saturday visitors are able to observe the artist while she will be processing the submitted material (fotos, books, etc) with different forms of explosions. The final outcome will be exhibited at the Ars Electronica Center afterwards.

Submission requirements

  1. It is in some sort of printed format. Paper, card, photo, books or similar.
  2. It has an emotional/powerful relevance for the persons/institute/etc. submitting the item.
  3. You must fill in a submission form, which you can find below.


The book that “blew you away” or changed your life, photo of someone who passed away, a diary you don’t ever want anyone to read, postcards, posters, favourite record sleeves, a phone book from the 1940´s, archive data, national statistical records of something important to you or your cultural history, prints, newspaper articles, speeches, a picture of the place of a first kiss/orgasm/fight,historical/political publications that stirred or motivated your heart/soul, love letters (never sent?), work of art; a drawing, painting, photograph.


A maximum of ten items will be chosen to explode. The explosions will take place during the Ars Electronica festival 2016 where you will be able to watch the artist at work.


Objects will then be exhibited at the Ars Electronica Center for the duration of up to one year with a brief explanation. You can choose to refrain from having the reason for submission or your name on display if you wish.

The reason for submitting he piece can be obvious or private. It is entirely up to each individual. Although any information will help the artist to decide how to approach the piece when blasting it. When the exhibition is over items will be returned to the owner so you may continue your relationship with the object in its new form.

Deadline for submissions

Submissions will be accepted up until 4th of September 2016. We will let you know if your submission is accepted by 12 noon on the the 5th of September or earlier. The items should then be delivered to POSTCITY Linz by the 7th of September 2016.

Submit your item

Your Name (required)

Your Address (required)

Your E-Mail

Your Phone number

Description of the item

Reason for submitting the item- Please be as detailed as you can.

Are you happy for a brief explanation is displayed with the work?

Are you happy for your name to be displayed with the work?

By submitting this form I herby that I have submitted this work as part of the art project Second Story by
Aoife Van Linden Tol and understand that the piece will be subjected to an explosion that will
cause partial damage to the object. Although unlikely, due to the unpredictable nature of the
media there is a small risk that the item could be totally destroyed. The item will be exhibited
by Ars Electronica for a period of up to one year. At which point the item will be sent back to