If you aren’t a Creationist, you probably wonder from time to time how it all started. It’s a pity we can’t give you the answer ourselves, but if you’re interested in science and culture we advise you to go to Linz this weekend. The theme of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival is “Origin: how it all started” and there are more interesting exhibitions, conferences, talks, concerts and performances than you could ever attend.
One of the highlights is probably the CyberArts 2011 exhibition that showcases some winners of this year’s Prix Ars Electronica, the world’s highest endowed prize for digital arts. There you will be able to see “May the horse live in me”, a performance done by Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoit Mangin (together they are Art Orienté Objet) which results in a blood transfusion from a horse to a human performer. The Tesla Orchestra also sounds very promising, as there will be “million-volt high tension of two Tesla coils transferred into audio frequencies“. Their show will take place in the Ars Electronica Quarter both on Friday (from 8 to 9 pm) and on Saturday (from 9 to 10pm).
If you’re more into pure science, check out one of the four symposiums, all packed with highly appraised scientists from A like Ariane Koek (she is currently working at the CERN institute in Switzerland) to Z like Anton Zeilinger (he did some kind of beaming).
Ars Electronica 2011, Linz , 31.8. – 6.9.