Ars Electronica Festival 2013

Ars Electronica Festival 2013

There’s only a week to go. The 2013 Ars Electronica Festival begins on September 5. The theme is TOTAL RECALL – The Evolution of Memory and this year’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.

The festival program will consist, as always, of a splendid array of symposia, exhibitions, performances, interventions and concerts; the details will be announced online at www.aec.at/totalrecall

We’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


NL_Wir sind hier (2)The Festival’s big opening event produced by an artists’ collective headed by Salvatore Vanasco will feature music, theatrics, video projections and the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s quadcopter swarm. The theme couldn’t be any timelier: the misuse of surveillance cameras, telecommunicationsdata retention, and all the other NSA-type activities. A historical excursion  back to the first book burning the Nazis staged 80 years ago will raise the horrifying—and all-too-contemporary—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 world’s highest-profile outsiders is being honored by Ars Electronica. This year’s featured artist is Swiss painter/designer HR Giger who gained international fame in the form of the Alien he designed for Ridley Scott’s science fiction blockbuster of the same name. An exhibition at Linz’s LENTOS Art Museum will present a cross-section of Giger’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 don’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. www.aec.at/totalrecall/exhibitions/

Ars Electronica Quarter Night

Ars Electronica Quarter / Fri. 6. 9.


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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 Center’s media façade 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.  www.aec.at/totalrecall/events-concerts-performances/


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It’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. They’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/

The Aural-Memory-Machine

Mariendom / Sat. 7. 9. / 12:00 – 17:00, 20:00 – 23:00 / Live-Performance: 23:00 – 24:00


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You’ve never experienced a concert in a church like this before! Wolfgang „Fadi“ Dorninger has set up an six-channel sound installation in Linz’s St. Mary’s Cathedral for festivalgoers, whereby “for” means they’re the ones who’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. There’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


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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 Glass’ 10th Symphony, vibraphonist David Friedman, media artists Bill Fontana and Roberto Paci Dalò, and the duo of Carl Stone and Gil Kuno. The electronic finale features re-lay & 19 hertz plus Daito Manabe and Satoru Higa. www.aec.at/totalrecall/events-concerts-performances/

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Onlinesubmission Prix Ars Electronica 2013
The submission for Prix Ars Electronica 2013 is now open. The details for submission are available here, head to http://prix.aec.at to submit a project of yours or tohttp://prix.aec.at/nomination to nominate other people’s project for ...
Onlinesubmission Prix Ars Electronica 2013

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