Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Local Host Evening - Discover the Spirit of Linz!

The TNC17 Local Host Evening will take place next to the river Danube:

  • The University of Art and Design Linz, which is located on the main square next to the "Nibelungenbrücke" (the bridge over the Danube), cordially invites you to a presentation and exhibition opening of its digital magazine "splace", as well as to guided tours at the university's Creative Robotics Laboratory.

  • On the other side of the river, the Ars Electronica Center is waiting for you. Explore the Main Gallery and the exhibitions at this most impressive museum and enjoy the breathtaking Deep Space 8K!

  • Afterwards, you might want to hang out at the Main Deck next to the Ars Electronica Center - just eat, drink, relax or visit the neighbouring cultural center Stadtwerkstatt. From 9:00 pm, Stadtwerkstatt will present various performances featuring associated artists.

University of Art and Design Linz

The University of Art and Design Linz ("Kunstuniversität Linz") is a future-oriented educational institution for approx. 1100 students and with over one hundred graduates per year. An outstanding and unique feature of the university lies in its informal atmosphere and the individual support enjoyed by students.

With its manifold courses and profile focuses, the University of Art and Design Linz occupies a special position in the German-speaking region and beyond. In this, the different programmes and curricula manage to bridge the gap between freelance art and applied design, between artistic creation and scientific research. As a result, the university functions as a creative interface able to generate important impulses for innovation and science.

Presentation and Guided Tour: splace – the digital magazine

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 | 18:45 (approx. 30 minutes)
Registration: fully booked

With splace, the University of Art and Design Linz presents a playful communication medium as a new format for publications, exhibitions and media, exploring various positions in the field of art, culture and society. Content, design, and user-specific features are specially designed for tablet-based reading devices. The aim is to make the University of Art and Design visible as an international centre for art, design, research and education.

splace is published annually, and each issue is dedicated to a special topic. With interviews, essays and articles – visual and auditory – both teachers and students comment and reflect on the current focus of the issue. The topic of the newest issue (which by chance will be presented just on 31 May 2017) is "Fear". You are invited to a special presentation of the magazine and a guided tour of the accompanying exhibition of students' artworks on this topic.

Guided Tours @ Creative Robotics Laboratory

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 | 18:30, 19:15 and 20:00 (approx. 30 minutes)

The Creative Robotics Laboratory (CRL) is a collaborative effort between the University of Art and Design Linz, the robotics company KUKA Roboter CEE GmbH, Robots in Architecture (RiA), and Ars Electronica GmbH (AEC). One of the core goals is to make industrial robots accessible to the creative industry. Towards that, the CRL team is teaching courses, as well as developing innovative and accessible software that allows the easy and intuitive programming and simulation of new robotic processes. Another focus is on the outreach - i.e. exhibitions and installations in cooperation with the Ars Electronica Center, or workshops for secondary school students where they get to work with full-size robotic arms.

Your guide will be Johannes Braumann - if you are interested in robotics, don't miss his presentation at TNC17 (Session 7D, just before the guided tours).

Special feature: PRINT A DRINK (developed and presented by Benjamin Greimel) combines methods from robotics, life sciences, and design to explore a completely new field of 3D printing. Rather than building up objects layer by layer, the process uses a high-end KUKA robot to accurately "inject" microliter-drops of edible liquid into a cocktail. Within a minute, PRINT A DRINK can build up complex 3D structures in a wide range of drinks, creating fascinating augmented cocktails using only high quality ingredients. Provided that at least 5 persons take part in a guided tour, PRINT A DRINK will also be presented - cheers!

Ars Electronica Center

© Ars Electronica / Robert Bauernhansl
Photo: Ars Electronica Center in the evening
© Ars Electronica / Christopher Sonnleitner
Photo: Rio de Janeiro / Deep Space 8K
© Ars Electronica / Christopher Sonnleitner
Photo: Sun / Deep Space 8K

The Ars Electronica Center is the architectural expression of what Ars Electronica is all about: a place of inquiry and discovery, experimentation and exploration. The new Center - an enhanced and updated version of the 1996 original - opened in 2009, the year Linz served as European Capital of Culture.

On Wednesday evening, Ars Electronica Center is open from 18:30 till 23:00
(entrance free - no registration required - but please bring your badge and pick up your sticker for the Deep Space presentation at the reception desk in the entrance hall of the Ars Electronica Center)

Early Bird Guided Tours @ Main Gallery

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 | 18:30, 18:45 and 19:00 (approx. 30 minutes)
Registration: fully booked
The Main Gallery will be closed this evening except for the guided tours.
For those who are already on the waiting list there will be an extra tour at 19:15.
Of course, everyone may visit the exhibitions and the Deep Space without registration!

The featured installation New Views of Humankind is something truly extraordinary. The open labs BioLab, BrainLab, RoboLab and FabLab invite you to an exciting tour through the worlds of thoughts and images of sciences. You'll get your hands on stuff you've never encountered, and you'll see some things you've most assuredly never seen before...

Deep Space 8K

A sensational, internationally unique experience awaits you at the Ars Electronica Center: A 16 by 9 meters wall and 16 by 9 meters floor projection, laser tracking and 3-D animations enable audiences to enjoy projections at 8K resolution and thus worlds of imagery at a never-before-achieved level of quality. A visit to Deep Space promises to be extraordinary, fascinating, impressive, breathtaking. This evening, presentations will take place every half hour (allocation in advance at the reception desk).


Explore the following exhibitions on your own, or consult the expert infotrainers who will be stationed on-site:

Out of Control - The internet poses quite a challenge when it comes to protecting every in­dividual's privacy. The artists whose works are on display in this exhibition aim to make us cognizant of what direction we're heading in this digital world. It's up to us to see to it that all of this doesn't get out of control.

Spaceship Earth - Thanks to satellite technology, we can obtain the precise data that we need to protect our environment – after all, this is the only Earth we've got. This exhibition, produced jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica, showcases satellite images and the astounding depth of information inherent in these impressive pictures.

Radical Atoms - How do we get the digital (back) into the physical world? An answer to this question could be so-called radical atoms. A hotspot of these trailblazing developments is the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The breakthrough prototypes that have been emerging there can now be seen in this exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center.

Food & Drinks

Much as we would like to, it is utterly impossible to invite you all to dinner. We do hope you unterstand. On Wednesday evening, thus, you will have to pay your own way. We have, however, made sure that some trucks with food for hungry people will be ready on the Main Deck beside the Ars Electronica Center; and the "Cafe Strom" at Stadtwerkstatt will make sure no-one stays thirsty. Apart from that, you will find an African restaurant and a bar nearby that will welcome you happily. If you prefer someplace quiet, you might walk about 400 meters down the stream to a boat-turned-restaurant by the pretty name of "Fräulein Florentine". And last not least you might possibly find some free seats in the restaurant "Cubus", located on the roof of the Ars Electronica Center. It can be reached via the elevator near the main entrance.

Weather permitting, we are hoping for a pleasant evening on the Main Deck. However, always remember we are in Linz, not in New York. To keep noise levels bearable for the local residents the plaza should be vacated by 22:00. You definitely should move on to Stadtwerkstatt where various performances will be presented from approx. 21:00 and into the night.


Stadtwerkstatt (STWST) is a cultural center in Linz, which was founded as an artists’ collective in 1979. As an early adopter in the context of new media it has a history of meaningful projects since the 80s. Today Stadtwerkstatt houses three initiatives that emerged from that time period. Each initiative has developed its own "hands on" approach over the years. One of these, the initiative, runs its own cultural data center, produces and features art dedicated to hacktivism, open culture and critical engineering – and has been a member of ACOnet for many years. As a greater collective of all resident initiatives, Stadtwerkstatt operates as a networked society that does not tire of questioning the current situation of networked disasters by experimenting with and for alternatives.

For TNC17, Stadtwerkstatt opens its doors. You will have an opportunity to catch the spirit of the cultural center and of past and current projects, followed by a nightline program featuring associated artists.

TNC17 Nightline

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 | from approx. 21:00 (20-40 minutes each)
More information:

Yen Tzu Chang - "The Old Friends": Yen Tzu Chang is an artist with abundant experience in transferring ideas related to her memory and critical issues into artworks. She has given performances and exhibited at many international conferences and festivals, such as Ars Electronica Festival, roBOt 08 Festival, Linux Audio Conference, ISEA or Digital Design Weekend in London.

Julia del Río - "Communication Noise": Julia del Río explores diverse artistic strategies for interaction within electromagnetic fields, especially in sound performance. She will present a participatory audio-visual performance where the artist sonifies the electromagnetic waste produced by textual conversations with her audience.

Jens Vetter - "Kanalkapazität": Jens Vetter is a German artist, active in the field of sound-art, interactive sound-objects, stage-performances with musical and non-musical tools. His artistic practice is driven by curiosity for social dynamics, inconveniences as liberation, exaltation of details and displacement as method. His latest works include installations, stage-performances and algorithmic composition shown at Ars Electronica Festival, Kiblix Festival and Gallery Memphis Linz.

Enrique Tomás - "Ultranoise": Enrique Tomás is a sound artist and researcher whose work explores the intersection between sound art, computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction. He has exhibited and performed throughout Europe and America at the spaces of Ars Electronica, Sónar, STEIM, IRCAM, CTM, etc. Tomás is also an active researcher on the field of new interfaces for musical expression. His research has been presented at international peer-reviewed conferences like NIME, ICMC, SMC, TEI and TENOR.

Luka Prinčič, Maja Delak - "Interface Fractures IV" (feat. Maja Delak): Luka Prinčič is a musician, sound designer and media artist. He specialises in computer music, elaborated funk beats, immersive soundscapes, incidental music for live arts & video, and digital media experiments. Maja Delak is a contemporary dance performer, choreographer, pedagogue, sound explorer and vocalist who has directed, performed and co-created more than 30 diverse works for stage. "Interface Fractures" is a fragmented excursion into abstract sound and the moving picture. Their synthetic integration emerges from the process of searching for fractures and subjectivities in a seeming impenetrability of polished and polarised interfaces – mediated, inter-machinic, interhuman.

Fadi Dorninger - "The Smiling Buddhas": The Smiling Buddhas float easily between Ambient, Illbient and morphed Techno structures. They create aural travelogues from their extensive travels around the world to create audible spaces for lucid daydreams. Live TSB create hudge sonic sculptures with sounds from their travels and pump them up with pounding techno beats to make you dance.

The TNC17 Local Host Evening is supported by

Logo Ars Electronica
Logo University of Art and Design Linz
Logo Stadtwerkstatt
Logo ACOnet
Logo RISC Software GmbH
Logo Upper Austrian Research GmbH