Thereâ€™s only a week to go. The 2013 Ars Electronica Festival begins on September 5. The theme isÂ TOTAL RECALL â€“ The Evolution of MemoryÂ and this yearâ€™s Ars Electronica will bring together neuroscientists and computer engineers, artists and philosophers for an in-depth consideration of TOTAL RECALL and an endeavor to elaborate on how we human beings deal with storing our memories, preserving them, and also, at times, trying to forget.
Weâ€™re looking forward to an unforgettable experience. Hope you are too!
See you soon,
The Ars Electronica Festival Staff
Ars Electronica Festival Opening: We Are Here
Tabakfabrik Linz / Thu. 5. 9. / 20:30
The Festivalâ€™s big opening event produced by an artistsâ€™ collective headed by Salvatore Vanasco will feature music, theatrics, video projections and the Ars Electronica Futurelabâ€™s quadcopter swarm. The theme couldnâ€™t be any timelier: the misuse of surveillance cameras, telecommunicationsdata retention, and all the other NSA-type activities. A historical excursionÂ back to the first book burning the Nazis staged 80 years ago will raise the horrifyingâ€”and all-too-contemporaryâ€”specter of a totalitarian society bent on absolute control.www.aec.at/totalrecall/2013/08/08/wir-sind-hier/
HR Giger – Feat. Artist Ars Electronica 2013
One of the art worldâ€™s highest-profile outsiders is being honored by Ars Electronica. This yearâ€™s featured artist is Swiss painter/designer HR Giger who gained international fame in the form of the Alien he designed for Ridley Scottâ€™s science fiction blockbuster of the same name. An exhibition at Linzâ€™s LENTOS Art Museum will present a cross-section of Gigerâ€™s oeuvre. At the Ars Electronica Center, HR Giger himself will present a series of gigapixel images that transport viewers into the depths of his dark cosmos. The exhibition opening, a guided tour of the works on display, and a book signing will provide opportunities to meet the artist in person.www.aec.at/totalrecall/featured-artist-h-r-giger/
An amazing lineup of donâ€™t-miss exhibitions awaits festivalgoers this year: the TOTAL RECALL theme exhibition about memory; the CyberArts showcase of excellence in the digital arts; Project Genesis, an encounter with synthetic biology in the Ars Electronica Center; retro/per/spektiven and Ludic Memento spotlighting computer games; and the Campus Exhibition featuring young media artists from Israel.Â www.aec.at/totalrecall/exhibitions/
Ars Electronica Quarter Night
Ars Electronica Quarter / Fri. 6. 9.
A lineup jam-packed with interesting activities makes the Ars Electronica Center and its surrounding the place to go on Friday. In Deep Space, you can experience Alien-creator HR Giger and the spectacular piano artistry of Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. A jumbo-format projection entitled Connecting Monsters will simultaneously grace the Ars Electronica Centerâ€™s media faĂ§ade and a digital wall in Istanbul. Then, a Nightline featuring, among others, sound-tweaker Camila Fuchs (UK) will keep things pumped on into the wee hours. Further highlights: the performances at the Sphaerae pavillon and the flight of the Spaxels, the flying quadrocopters of Ars Electronica.Â Â www.aec.at/totalrecall/events-concerts-performances/
u19 â€“ CREATE YOUR WORLD Exhibit
Itâ€™s the core of this entire endeavor, the truest manifestation of what the future festival of the next generation is all about. Best-practice examples are on display in this showcase of 15 outstanding works submitted for Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration this year by artists, programmers and inventors under age 19. Theyâ€™re also emblematic of the casual approach, imagination and readiness to experiment that young people bring to thinking and working.www.aec.at/u19/category/festival/programm/2013/exhibitions-2013/
Mariendom / Sat. 7. 9. / 12:00 â€“ 17:00, 20:00 â€“ 23:00 / Live-Performance: 23:00 â€“ 24:00
Youâ€™ve never experienced a concert in a church like this before! Wolfgang â€žFadiâ€ś Dorninger has set up an six-channel sound installation in Linzâ€™s St. Maryâ€™s Cathedral for festivalgoers, whereby â€śforâ€ť means theyâ€™re the ones whoâ€™ll be playing it, even if they lack musical training or technical skills. All it takes is using the MIDI keyboard at one of six terminals to input any text you like. The installation turns it into sounds. Thereâ€™ll also be evening concerts in which Dorninger & Friends play the Aural-Memory-Machine with texts from the Ars Electronica Catalog.www.aec.at/totalrecall/events-concerts-performances/
Big Concert Night
LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Brucknerhaus / Sun. 8. 9. / from 19:00
Experience orchestral music with digital sounds, and live electronics accompanied by visualizations. The specifics of this diversified program: the Bruckner Orchester Linz conducted by Dennis Russell Davies performing Philip Glassâ€™ 10th Symphony, vibraphonist David Friedman, media artists Bill Fontana and Roberto Paci DalĂ˛, and the duo of Carl Stone and Gil Kuno. The electronic finale features re-lay & 19 hertz plus Daito Manabe and Satoru Higa.Â www.aec.at/totalrecall/events-concerts-performances/
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