CyberArts 11


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1. September 2011

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OK | CYBERARTS 11
Prix Ars Electronica Exhibition

press information from: 01.09.2011

date: 01.09.2011 - 07.09.2011

opening: 01.09.2011 - 17:30

The OK “Offenes Kulturhaus” Upper Austria produces and presents new, contemporary currents and trends in contemporary art. For years, the CyberArts Prix Ars Electronica has been an important part of the ambitious program of changing thematic exhibitions and solo presentations. The OK’s expertise in media technology and know-how in the production of art projects also plays a vital role in the installative realization of computer art. As the OK has been a partner of the Ars Electronica for many years, the CyberArts exhibition is a high point in exhibition activity throughout the year:

The Prix Ars Electronica and CyberArts 2011 present a comprehensive overview of the current state of digital media art.
More than 3,600 projects from 74 countries were entered this year in the 25th Prix Ars Electronica. The best works were selected by juries of international experts, and Golden Nicas, Awards of Distinction and Honorary Mentions are awarded in seven categories.
The focus of the CyberArts exhibition in the OK is on works from the categories Interactive Art, Hybrid Art and Digital Musics & Sound Art – which are presented as spatial and sound installations and invite interaction.

What makes the situation this year exciting is the interweaving with the highly successful exhibition HÖHENRAUSCH.2/Thrill of the Heights running in parallel. In addition to the rooms in the OK, in which works are assembled that are bracketed by the theme “museum”, two floors of the city parking garage have also been adapted for the CyberArts as a laboratory. There is also a reflection of trends in the choice of jury members for the Prix Ars Electronica and the selection for the CyberArts exhibition: culture and science have lastingly changed our society (which is also the theme of the AEC and the Festival). Media art as a hotbed of critical inquiry into social and technological changes takes these innovations into its vocabulary of forms (like a 3D printer in Be Your Own Souvenir), conducts field research (Cinema for Primates) or investigates between imagination and visualization (Tropospheric Laboratory), is a social counter-site and example of civil engagement (MACHT GESCHENKE: DAS KAPITAL), hacks (Newstweek), ironically comments (Safe Cuddling), occupies gaps in the system (Face to Facebook) or exposes (the largest oil spill of all times in is there a horizon in the deep water?).
New technologies’ power to change is depicted thematically and in installations particularly in the categories “Hybrid Art” and “Interactive Art”: genetic engineering (Pigeon d´Or) and its effects on society (May the Horse live in Me); comprehensive digital networking and being informed around the clock and the ever more extensive use of computer-based tools (Sentient City Survival Kit) are changing our everyday life, just as social networks like Facebook (Face to Facebook) are influencing new forms of behavior. After years of dreaming of a “Second Life”, a virtual parallel life on the World Wide Web with billions of users has actually become reality.

In the category “Hybrid Art” the French duo “Art Orienté Objet” was awarded the Golden Nica for their long-term ethological and biological research with the goal of making horse blood compatible for human beings to be used for medical purposes (May the Horse live in Me). The Award of Distinction Pigeon d’Or by Tuur Van Balen is an ironic take on the tendency of synthetic biology to “design” life, as pigeons are manipulated so that their excrement is transformed into useful cleaning material. Another Award of Distinction in this category goes to the long-term project MACHT GESCHENKE: DAS KAPITAL by Christin Lahr, who transfers one cent every day to the German Ministry of Finance, systematically feeding into it a transcription of Karl Marx’ Das Kapital, thus addressing complex themes revolving around economic and symbolic capital, guilt, power and gift with this act. The translation of the binary logic of the digital into a completely analog film loop installation (Continuization Loop) stands for the scope of “Hybrid Art” and the tendency in more recent media art to also deal with its own development and history.

Awarded to Newstweek by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev, the Golden Nica for the category “Interactive Art” distinguishes a project that establishes a parallel WLAN to manipulate headlines and thus “twist the facts”. For the third part of their Hacking Monopolism Trilogy (following Google and Amazon), Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico have received an Award of Distinction for Face to Facebook, with which they satirized the online giant Facebook with its security holes, appropriated one million profiles from Facebook and transferred them to a special dating agency.

Along with these projects clearly oriented to socio-political themes, especially in the category “Interactive Art” there are also projects that offer a strong immersive experience (enclosing the body and to be grasped with all the senses) with a large Tunnel that can be entered, create fantastically aesthetic installations with fascinating optical-kinetic effects, and shift digital phenomena like pixels into the three-dimensional so that they can be manipulated (Six-Forty by Four-Eighty). The broad scope of Interactive Art ranges from the communicative exchange of heartbeats in Heartbeat Picnic through a search engine for the spoken word in private film archives (algorithmic search for love) all the way to conceptual works like the artwork A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter that sells itself on eBay.

Two works have been selected to represent the category “Digital Music & Sound Art”: a carefully composed sonic fabric generated from synthetic sounds and field recordings (Bee), presented as an audio installation; and with A Balloon for … a project that invites visitors to acoustically discover a specific space through bursting balloons.

May the Horse Live in Me

Art Orienté Objet / FR
Golden Nica Hybrid Art

The performance May the Horse Live in Me is an attempt at “bioart”, extreme body art, and it marks the culmination of many years of ethological and biological research in Art Orienté Objet’s long-term work. In this case, an animal foreign body, here the horse, is hybridized with the human body by means of an injection of horse blood (plasma). The idea is to carry out genuine therapeutic research, with the horse blood being made compatible and having a protective effect. The performance in Ljubljana lasted for approximately one hour, bringing together Marion Laval-Jeantet, Benoit Mangin, the ethologist, and the horse in a “blood relationship”. The performance is presented as a video documentation in the exhibition together with seven ampoules of centaur blood.
www.artorienteobjet.com

Cinema for Primates

Rachel Mayeri / US
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

Cinema for Primates is a video series especially developed for chimpanzees at the Edinburgh Zoo, concluding five years of research work by the media artist Rachel Mayeri on how primates relate to media. In collaboration with Dr. Sarah Jane Vick, comparative behavior scientist, the artist has created a unique interspecies art and science project. In the double projection for the exhibition, the film drama she produced is juxtaposed with the primates’ reactions. Supplemented with reports from zookeepers and research assistants, the primatologist explains the reactions of the chimpanzees to the videos.
www.rachelmayeri.com/projects/primate-cinema

Six-Forty by Four-Eighty

Zigelbaum + Coelho
Jamie Zigelbaum, Marcelo Coelho / US
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

Six-Forty by Four-Eighty is a multidisciplinary, interactive lighting installation composed of magnetic, physical 3” x 3” x 1.5” pixels, stainless steel and remote controllers. The pixels change colour in response to touch and communicate with each other using the human body as a conduit for digital information. The pixels can be reconfigured in space and animated in time to customize our luminous environment. Six-Forty by Four-Eighty breaks away from the habitual grid formation and top-down control of ordinary pixels (on screen) and inspires creativity through its simplicity of interaction, meditative aesthetic.
www.six-forty-by-four-eighty.com

Inside the Tropospheric Laboratory

Agnes Meyer-Brandis / DE
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

As a gigantic and rather confusing data & image generator, Tropospheric Laboratory enables us to see what is normally invisible to the human eye invisible, such as aerosols that, as floating gas particles, make up the core of the clouds in the atmosphere. It is a metaphor machine centered around a real cloud. The laboratory is the gravimetric document of Cloud Core Scanner—an experiment and artistic project in weightlessness by Agnes Meyer-Brandis, carried out on board a German Aerospace Center research plane. It reflects an iridescent world, between controlled and unleashed states: artistic research on the quest for a degree of reality within constructions.
www.ffur.de/tropos

Bee

Apostolos Loufopoulos / GR
Award of Distinction Digital Musics & Sound Art

Lasting 12 minutes and 52 seconds, the work Bee, displayed in the staircase of the parking lot, combines aspects of field recording with those of an acousmatic composition. Apostolos Loufopoulos processes modified recordings of insects and synthetic sounds, weaving them together into a sonic web ranging from tranquillity and minimal motion to sudden spurts of activity.
http://soundcloud.com/apostolosloufopoulos/bee

algorithmic search for love

Julian Palacz / AT
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

Julian Palacz has developed a search engine that can use text input to search personal film and video archives for spoken language. Thus his own collection of films has become a database of keywords, and any spoken word or phrase in it can serve as the basis for a search. If you enter a sentence, e.g. “I love her”, the film or video footage containing this phrase is found and shown in sequence.
http://palacz.at/algorithmic-search-for-love

Tunnel

Rejane Cantoni, Leonardo Crescenti / BR
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

Tunnel is a kinetic, immersive and interactive sculpture composed of 92 portals that become disordered as a function of the position and body mass of the interactor. Interactors influence the machine via their position and weight.
For the outside observer, the movement of the installation, resembling an internal wave, produces thrilling kinetic optic effects.
www.cantoni-crescenti.com.br

A Balloon for …

Davide Tidoni / IT
Honorary Mention Digital Musics & Sound Art

A Balloon for… is an itinerant project that brings to life the sound of specific spaces. By bursting balloons, the project discovers unique acoustic sites and invites people to explore space through listening.
In conjunction with the CyberArts exhibition, Davide Tidoni is offering nightly popping-balloon-walks in the city centre. By popping balloons, participants will be encouraged to test selected acoustic locations and become aware of how space speaks. (Thursday + Sunday night 1am; Sat morning 5am; Meeting point: OK Centrum).
www.davidetidoni.name/a-balloon-for-a-water-tower

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

Caleb Larsen / US
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

This is a two-part work of art: it’s a small piece of sculpture with a controller; it’s also a script by means of which the black shiny cube is offered for sale on eBay. As an artwork that automatically sells itself, it cleverly questions the contemporary art market and the concept of collecting. At the same time, as a programmed and engineered piece of art with a conceptual foundation, it light-footedly crosses the demarcation line between media art and contemporary art.
http://atooltodeceiveandslaughter.com

Continuization Loop

Wim Janssen / BE
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

A 35mm film that consists solely of black and transparent frames runs over 150 guide rollers and thus creating the appearance of an image of video static. Wim Janssen’s “wall of film”, produced entirely without projection, thus evokes elements from three generations of visual media: the materiality of film, the emptiness of the video signal and the binary logic of the digital.
www.werktank.org

Face to Facebook – The Hacking Monopolism Trilogy

Paolo Cirio, Alessandro Ludovico / IT
Award of Distinction Interactive Art

In the wake of their critical-subversive confrontations with Google and Amazon, Cirio and Ludovico set their sights in the last part of their trilogy “Hacking Monopolism” on the Internet behemoth Facebook. They deployed some home-brew software to circumvent the social network’s gears.
They stole a million Facebook profiles, filtered them with a facial recognition program, transferred them to their own new relationship site — http://lovely- faces.com — creating pairs based on the resemblance of data and faces. Although the project did not stay online for more than a week, it caused a huge media sensation before being sued and terminated.
www.face-to-facebook.net

Is there a horizon in the deep water?

HeHe (Helen Evans / UK, Heiko Hansen / DE)
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded, which led to the largest marine oil spill ever recorded. With their performance Is there a horizon in the deep water? HeHe works through the ecological tragedy by minutely reconstructing the event.
By re-enacting this tragedy as a public event, the project interrogates the limits of commercialization. We witness the terrifying spectacle in a form that is mediated, real and fake.
www.hehe.org

Heartbeat Picnic

Junji Watanabe, Yui Kawaguchi, Kyosuke Sakakura, Hideyuki Ando / JP
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

You can hear the beating of your own heart through a stethoscope and headphones. The hardware, packed in a small picnic basket, can be borrowed at the distribution station in the Ars Lounge on the parking level. Visitors can exchange the sounds of their hearts in this communicative situation staged as a picnic.
www.junji.org/eh
A part of this project is supported by Global COE Program, Center of Excellence for Founding Ambient Information Society Infrastructure by Osaka University

Be Your Own Souvenir

blablaLAB / ES
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

In the evenings – in the Ars Lounge on the parking level, Be Your Own Souvenir invites you to pose and then take your likeness home with you in the form of a three-dimensional statuette. The project, consisting of a 3-D printing station, cleverly promotes the democratized use of technology, allowing participants to be consumers and producers. It creates hybrids such as spectator-performer, artist-tourist or observerobject.
www.blablalab.org

Pigeon d‘Or

Tuur Van Balen / BE
Award of Distinction Hybrid Art

The project Pigeon d’Or, situated at the intersection of research, art and design, plays with pigeons as an example of the application of synthetic biology in everyday urban life. This involves a possible transformation of the pigeons’ excretions that foul the cities into a cleaning agent. The design objects developed by Tuur van Balen are an ironic take on synthetic biology’s self-image as “designing life”: a dovecote mounted on a window and a landing device for parked cars make it possible for the now cleansing excretions to be evenly distributed for cleaning windshields. Debates about the ethical, political, ecological and security-relevant consequences of the project are inevitable.
www.tuurvanbalen.com/projects/pigeon-dor

Safe Cuddling

Helge Fischer / DE
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

Originally conceived as an ironic statement about Western societies’ deep-seated fears that are being assiduously stirred up by the media, this Safe Cuddling suit designed for children became the center of a dead-serious discussion about dealing with parental fear of child abuse. Helge Fischer’s construction offers protection by sounding an alarm when a child is cuddled too long or in an inappropriate place.
www.hfischer.info/safecuddling.html

Macht Geschenke: Das Kapital

Christin Lahr / DE
Award of Distinction Hybrid Art

Since 2009 Christin Lahr has transferred one cent per day to the German Federal Ministry of Finance. She uses the 108 characters available on the bank transfer form to transcribe, piece by piece, all of Karl Marx’s Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. The process will take over 15,000 cents and 43 years to complete. Once a day, these micro-donations upset the state’s balance sheet. In the Cyberarts exhibition she uses the working situation, staged as an office with a capital desk and the chair of the mayor Dr. Franz Dobusch, to probe the topics around economic and symbolic capital, guilt, power and gift “performatively” in conversation with visitors.
www.macht-geschenke.de

Newstweek

Julian Oliver /NZ, Dana Vasiliev / RU
Golden Nica Interactive Art

As something that appears to be a normal part of the technical infrastructure of an Internet hotspot, Newstweek makes it possible to manipulate what’s received by those accessing the internet via WLAN without them knowing about it. This is done by secretly modifying the news they read on their laptops, smartphones and tablets.
While news is increasingly read digitally, it still follows a traditional, top-down distribution model (from the abstract to the concrete) and thus often falls victim to the same political and corporate interests that have always sought to manipulate public opinion. Newstweek intervenes in this model, providing an opportunity for citizens to have their turn at manipulating the media, “fixing facts”.
On the parking level visitors have an opportunity to change headlines themselves, while a special Newstweek manipulated WLAN network is provided in the Ars Lounge, for which tablets can also be borrowed.
http://newstweek.com

Sentient City Survival Kit

Mark Shepard / US
Honorary Mention Interactive Art

The Sentient City Survival Kit explores the social, cultural and political implications of ubiquitous computing for urban environments. The project consists of a collection of artifacts, spaces and media for “ survival” in the near-future “sentient” city. It consists of, among other things, coffee mugs and underwear that can easily outfox the RFID chip sensors at the mall. An umbrella that generates crazy light effects to disrupt any video surveillance system can be tested in the exhibition in the parking lot. A not-your-everyday navigation app that helps you find something by looking for something else, which can be tested in a guided walk together with the artist.
http://survival.sentientcity.net

Ars Electronica
ANIMATION FESTIVAL

Along with the CyberArts exhibition, the Ars Electronica Animation Festival (2 – 6 Sept.) is also part of the program at the OK: a roughly 40-hour video program of experimental-abstract productions, sound visualizations, short cuts and special effects, all the way to classic story-telling.

OK NIGHT

The OK NIGHT on 3 September is presented this year in cooperation with Solaris/Moviemento. It starts at 8:00 pm in the Moviemento Summer Cinema with the Electronic Theatre, the film show with the best computer animations.

The concert night following that takes place in the OK Mediendeck and is supplemented with DJs in Solaris. Along with the Houztekk DJs Ned Rise, currently busy with releases on multiple labels at the same time, and Thomas Saubermann, the music program is arranged by the producer and musician Hans Staudinger.

Houztekk Records presents DORN - “Mund und Ohr gefesselt”, the late-night project by Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger.
Also to be found in the OK Mediendeck is Sascha Kösch from Berlin, alias DJ Bleed. Kösch is co-founder, co-editor and managing director of the magazine de:bug.
The Mediendeck program is expanded by Maximilian M. alias M-Fx, DJ, producer and founding father of Houztekk Records, and his label colleague Uciel. The lighting design of the Mediendeck is taken over by the artist formation Lichttapete.

OK - Mediendeck:
DORN (live) Katharina Vötter (vocals)
Bleed (de:bug magazine, Berlin) Maximilian M. (houztekk rec)
Uciel (houztekk rec)
Visual Design: Lichttapete
Special Guest: Julie Monaco (Cover Design)

Solaris:
Ned Rise (houztekk rec)
Hans Staudinger (Schönbrunner Techno)

Opening hours: during the Ars Electronica Festival the OK is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
General Guided Tours: daily at 1:30 pm and by appointment +43.732.784178-243

Visitors to the OK I CyberArts 2011 can also visit the exhibition OK I HÖHENRAUSCH.2. Admission: 10,-/7,- Euro


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MAY THE HORSE LIVE IN ME: Art Orienté Objet
MAY THE HORSE LIVE IN ME: Art Orienté Objet
MAY THE HORSE LIVE IN ME: Art Orienté Objet
MAY THE HORSE LIVE IN ME: Art Orienté Objet
BE YOUR OWN SOUVENIR: blablabLAB
BE YOUR OWN SOUVENIR: blablabLAB
BE YOUR OWN SOUVENIR: blablabLAB
BE YOUR OWN SOUVENIR: blablabLAB
MACHT GESCHENKE: Christin Lahr
MACHT GESCHENKE: Christin Lahr
PIGEON D’OR: Tuur Van Balen
PIGEON D’OR: Tuur Van Balen
PIGEON D’OR: Tuur Van Balen
PIGEON D’OR: Tuur Van Balen
CINEMA FOR PRIMATES: Rachel Mayeri
CINEMA FOR PRIMATES: Rachel Mayeri
CINEMA FOR PRIMATES: Rachel Mayeri
CINEMA FOR PRIMATES: Rachel Mayeri
CONTINUIZATION LOOP: Wim Janssen
CONTINUIZATION LOOP: Wim Janssen
CONTINUIZATION LOOP: Wim Janssen
CONTINUIZATION LOOP: Wim Janssen
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
TROPOSPHERIC LABORATORY: Agnes Meyer-Brandis
IS THERE A HORIZON IN THE DEEP WATER?: HeHe
IS THERE A HORIZON IN THE DEEP WATER?: HeHe
IS THERE A HORIZON IN THE DEEP WATER?: HeHe
IS THERE A HORIZON IN THE DEEP WATER?: HeHe
NEWSTWEEK: Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev
NEWSTWEEK: Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev
NEWSTWEEK: Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev
NEWSTWEEK: Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev
ALGORITHMIC SEARCH FOR LOVE: Julian Palacz
ALGORITHMIC SEARCH FOR LOVE: Julian Palacz
A TOOL TO DECEIVE AND SLAUGHTER: Caleb Larsen
A TOOL TO DECEIVE AND SLAUGHTER: Caleb Larsen
HEARTBEAT PICNIC: Junji Watanabe, Yui Kawaguchi, Kyosuke Sakakura, Hideyuki Ando
HEARTBEAT PICNIC: Junji Watanabe, Yui Kawaguchi, Kyosuke Sakakura, Hideyuki Ando
HEARTBEAT PICNIC: Junji Watanabe, Yui Kawaguchi, Kyosuke Sakakura, Hideyuki Ando
HEARTBEAT PICNIC: Junji Watanabe, Yui Kawaguchi, Kyosuke Sakakura, Hideyuki Ando
SAFE CUDDLING: Helge Fischer
SAFE CUDDLING: Helge Fischer
SAFE CUDDLING: Helge Fischer
SAFE CUDDLING: Helge Fischer
SIX-FORTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY: Zigelbaum + Coelho
SIX-FORTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY: Zigelbaum + Coelho
SIX-FORTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY: Zigelbaum + Coelho
SIX-FORTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY: Zigelbaum + Coelho
TUNNEL: Rejane Cantoni, Leonardo Crescenti
TUNNEL: Rejane Cantoni, Leonardo Crescenti
TUNNEL: Rejane Cantoni, Leonardo Crescenti
TUNNEL: Rejane Cantoni, Leonardo Crescenti
SENTIENT CITY SURVIVAL KIT: Mark Shepard
SENTIENT CITY SURVIVAL KIT: Mark Shepard
SENTIENT CITY SURVIVAL KIT: Mark Shepard
SENTIENT CITY SURVIVAL KIT: Mark Shepard
CyberArts Lounge
CyberArts Lounge
CyberArts Lounge
CyberArts Lounge