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Thirty Years Of Ars Electronica: The Future Of Man And Nature

The 2009 Ars Electronica will surely be an edition to remember. The festival, which takes place in Linz the first week of September, celebrated its 30th year. Much attention was focused on the little Austrian town for the fact that Linz was chosen as European Culture Capital for 2009, and so it has experienced an intense year, dense with launches and cultural events... READ MORE...

The Uncertain Human Quantum Mechanics

Werner Heisenberg's famous 'Uncertainty Principle' articulates the idea that we cannever completely eliminate the influence of the subject from any description of quantumparticles. The reason is simple: because we are part of the very system beingdescribed. It is impossible to accurately predict exactly how an electron will behavewhen we measure it because of the sensitivity of its wave function to our presence orthe presence of a detection device, which we put into place. The act of measurement causes an uncertain change in the thing being measured.... READ MORE...

Non-locality: Myths And Metaphors In Networked Art And Quantum Systems

Quantum particle systems seem to possess the ability to communicate instantaneously with each other, defying our classical understanding of space and distance. This feature of the quantum world, known as non-locality, is often used to describe the World Wide Web, and particularly interactive networked art, which seems to collapses space into mouse clicks and links. But is it really applicable?... READ MORE...

Hangar + Laboral = Summerlab

In this epoch, we are witnessing the rapid evolution of technology, which facilitates scientific research and improves our lives. But technology is also captured, manipulated and used for novel purposes in the arts. Experimental practice with technology in the arts is increasingly visible in exhibitions and museums around the world and on the Internet, while there is always a strong compulsion to create spaces where experimentation is possible. The objective of these centres is the public diffusion of this mix of disc'pines, to invite people to experiment, understand and express their creativity in unison with others and in this way to create culture.... READ MORE...

Ephemeral Physicality: Quantum Particles And Digital Art

Just as a quantum particle has both a virtual and a physical dimension, so does a work of digital art, which exists as both invisible code and visual display. The dual nature of matter in quantum mechanics is mirrored by the dual nature of a work of digital art. Just as a photon is both a particle and a wave, a work of digital art is both a set of instructions and the execution of those instructions. Digital art, software art, or any work of art that utilizes media as its medium- is both a set of structural relations (a system of process) and a set of discrete objects in space. This is conceptual dualism rather than physical dualism. But how does one make sense of diametriclly opposite models of the same thing without suffering a bit of cognitive dissonance? Neil's Bohr, one of the father's of quantum mechanics, points the way out: embrace the paradox... READ MORE...

The Science And Art Of Complex Systems

Within quantum mechanics, reality is an evolving state that includes the interaction of the observer as a component of the system under observation. The same thing can be said of any interactive work of media art. Human behavior contributes complexity to any interactive system of which it is a component, whether it reside in quantum space or cyberspace. Sword of the Stranger di Masahiro Ando.... READ MORE...

Art Tech Media: Il Futuro Della Cultura Digitale

Non  facile scrivere del forum Art Tech Media 08 subito dopo la fine dell'evento. Ancora le nostre teste devono elaborare e ordinare le molte questioni sollevate in questi giorni di riunione, i molti stimoli, le molte proposte. Ancora, anche se rimasti in pochissimi, siamo a Córdoba, rifugiati al calduccio della stanza di albergo di uno di noi in compagnia dei nostri computer. Dopo la diaspora che ha seguito l'incontro di stamattina, con Francisco e Johann, due dei pochi rimasti, ci siamo persi piacevolmente per questa splendida cittˆ (dichiarata patrimonio dell'umanitˆ), nonostante il freddo, proseguendo i nostri scambi di opinioni sull'arte, sul nostro modo di vivere e di lavorare.... READ MORE...

Ars Electronica 2008: A New Cultural Economy

Ridisegnare le leggi che regolano i flussi di informazioni, con una nuova economia dello sharing, diventa necessario; e nel corso dell'edizione 2008 del festival Ars Electronica, celebre manifestazione di arte e cultura digitale di Linz, cittˆ austriaca che si prepara a diventare nel 2009 capitale europea della cultura, sin dal titolo della manifestazione A New Cultural Economy - The Limits of Intellectual Property, si  cercato di delineare alcuni dei possibili tratti di base di una nuova societˆ basata sulla conoscenza.... READ MORE...