Ars Electronica 07

Unfortunately I only managed a fairly cursory look at the vast range of work at Ars Electronica this year…

– Julien Maire (Fance)

I was busy working on The Sancho Plan‘s Spacequatica installation for the Ars Electronica Center and preparing for our performances at the Brucknerhaus. I also spent a fair amount of time working remotely on iDesign

But I did see some interesting work… some of my personal favorites being:

Phantasm – Takahiro Matsuo (Japan)

The visitor enters the world of Phantasm with a glowing ball of light in his/her hand. The butterflies react to the light, fly towards it and follow it. If the visitor covers the ball with his/her hands, the butterflies disappear and the visitor is returned to the real world.

Digit – Julien Maire (Fance)

“Digit” is a live performance that is also conceived to be presented as a piece of living Art. A writer sits at a table writing a text. Simply by sliding his finger over a blank piece of paper, printed text appears under his finger. The spectators can come very close to the ‘writer’ and read the text following the movement of the finger. The writer remains absorbed in his task.

Freqtric Project – Tetsuaki Baba (Japan)

Freqtric Project is a touch communication interface project. Freqtric system is a skin contact interface system that allows us to recover body-to-body communication. Freqtric Project is now has two types: One is Freqtric Drums and another is Freqtric Game.

s.h.e. – Nataša Teofiloviæ (Serbia)

s.h.e. plays with virtuality and reality. The borders between them begin to blur. Where does virtuality end and reality begin?

s.h.e. consists of five animated 3D characters that inhabit their own world, which the installation visitor can get a glimpse of on the monitors. At the same time, the five characters try to establish contact with human beings on the other side of the screens and to communicate with them.

hanahana – Kunoh Kyoko, Chikamori Motoshi, Kakehi Yasuaki (Japan)

The Japanese word “hana” has two meanings: it designates the nose, the sensory organ of smell, and also refers to a fragrant flower. This installation merges the two meanings into the compound word “hanahana” and thereby visualizes flowers as fleeting, fragrant messages.

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