7. February 2009

Ars Electronica Festival 2008: Photos, Impressions and Links

Ars Electronica 2008

Last year, I was at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. Unfortunately, I was too busy with beyond vision to post my impressions immediately, but now I’m going to make up for it. In the months that have passed, my memory of the event has faded a bit, but I’ll do my best to convey an adequate overview, with the help of tons of pictures.

All in all I was not as impressed by the festival in 2008 as I was in 2007. In part, this is because I visited the Ars Electronica Center exhebition for the first time in 2007. That exhibition is one of the greatest, but it did not change a lot from 2007 to 2008, so it was kinda “old news” for me this time.

By the way, visiting the Ars Electronica Festival on a saturday turned out not to be a problem. At first I was worried that the exhibitions would be overcrowded on the weekend, but it wasn’t much different than on the weekday the year before. The decision not to buy a day ticket was also right. I spent much less on single exhebition fees than a day ticket would have cost.

And now for the pictures…

» read on!

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: Ars ElectronicaartAustriaexhibitionfestivalLinzphotosreport

21. August 2008

Incandescent Light Bulb Scultpures by Dylan Kehde Roelofs

Light Bulb Sculptures by Dylan Kehde Roelofs

Artist Dylan Kehde Roelofs responds to the „soulless glow of low-energy bulbs“ with a series of self-made light bulbs and lamps.

These artworks are fully fledged lamps which indeed do give off light. Dylan doesn’t specify the life span of such a bulb, but he claims that his testing lamps are already glowing for 2500 hours. The price of these art lamps ranges from about 130 Euros to 870 Euros. Once burnt out, the filament can be replaced – for a fee.

I like these incandescent lamps. The style is beautifully steampunk’ish They would also fit very well in a Firefly set. ^_^

» The Incandescent Sculpture of Dylan Kehde Roelofs

(via Boing Boing Gadgets)

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: artglasslampslightsteampunk

23. July 2008

Paintings of Raw Meat – Victoria Reynolds

Victoria Reynolds chooses rather uncommon subjects for her paintings: Raw shreds of meat.

Pictured left is Flight of the Reindeer (2003, 81,25×111,12cm ). Most of Victoria’s painting in that size cost about 3000 Euros.

Somehow, the paintings have a fascinating morbid flair. I only wonder what the buyers are going to do with them. I can hardly imagine that someone decorates his or her living room with art like that – although I would be positively surprised if someone did. :)

» Victoria Reynold’s Paintings at the Richard Heller Gallery
» Another article with slightly more background info

(via Boing Boing)

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: artmeatpainting

27. April 2008

Papercuts by Peter Callesen – Between 2D, 3D, Magic and Tragedy

“Paper Cuts” von Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen, an artist from Denmark, works preferredly with paper. Some of his artworks are silhouette-like forms in whole paper sheets, others are three-dimensional paper sculptures.

» read on!

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: artpaper

25. April 2008

Crayon and Nail Sculptures by Jennifer Maestre

“Imp” von Jennifer Maestre

Jennifer Maestre creates small sculptures with crayons, nails and other materials. According to her the spiky sculptures are inspired by sea urchins.

The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences.

I like how she transforms such ordinary things into artworks. Crayons or nails are probably not going to impress many people in everyday life. This seems to be one of their central approaches.

Quantities of industrially manufactured objects are used to create flexible forms reminiscent of the organic shapes of animals and nature.

“Persephone” von Jennifer Maestre

» Jennifer Maestre
» » Crayon sculptures
» » nail sculpture
» Interview with Jennifer Maestre

(via Wooster Collective
via electro^plankton
via Neatorama)

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: artcrayonsnailssculptures

3. February 2008

Freaky Tentacle Chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage


Chandeliers have a reputation of being antiquated. They just aren’t trandy anymore. Maybe Adam Wallacavage can help this kind of lighting to new fame. He builds chandeliers in tentacle designs.

There is a tentacle for every taste. Black tentacles. Bright pink tentacles. Thick tentacles. Slim tentacles… :)

The only downside ist he pice: The pinc tentacle chandelier costs 10’000 dollars. The other ones probably aren’t much cheaper. Looks like tentacles are only for the wealthy class… *sigh*

» Adam Wallacavage at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

(via kreativrauschen.de via Boing Boing)

Topics: artlighttentaclesweird

30. November 2007

Of the Now – Wings by Projection

Of the now from bednarz on Vimeo.

The installation called Of the Now by Nick Bednarz gives wings to anyone who steps into the human outline in the center. If you move on, the wings disappear again. There isn’t much hi tech involved (apparently flash and a light barrier), but the idea is still enchanting. Especially if you don’t know the installation yet and step unsuspectingly into the outline, the effect is probably verrry cool. :)

I think it would be even cooler if the wings could follow you around. ^_^

(via Kreativrauschen.de via Erik via Wooster Collective)

P.S.: The video shows a test projection which was not yet working automatically.

Topics: artinstallationwings

22. November 2007

Dune 4.0 – “interactive landscape”

An interactive installation by Daan Roosegaarde is called Dune 4.0. It consists of hundred of black fibers with LED-lighted tops, which react on the movements and sounds of passing visitors. It kinda reminds one of futuristic techno reed. :) Daan Roosegaarde refers to his installation as an interactive landscape.

I like this beautiful, slightly eerie atmosphere.

In the video, Dune 4.0 is installed in an interior space. The artist later installed it in a pedestrian pass underground. I think the atmosphere is better in this video, though.

Judging from the video, the installation’s reactions to the visitors are a little delayed, which would be a pity. But maybe I misjudge it or maybe it has already been improved.

» Dune 4.0

(via Kreativrauschen.de)

Topics: artinstallationinteractive

27. October 2007

Tutorial for Creative Painting

Guide to Creative Paining

I recently stumbled upon an interesting article about painting. It shows a nice little method to create “freestyle” paintings. This is the short version:

» read on!

Topics: artpaintingtutorial

17. October 2007

Augmented Sculpture – A Light Installation

This installation by Pablo Valbuena is called Augmented Sculpture v1.0. I don’t think words can convey the fascinating effect of this installation of light, so better watch the video above. :)

This is one of my favorite installations. I have seen it in reality (at Ars Electronica 2007) and it was at least equally fascinating and beautiful there as in the video. The setup at the Ars Electronica Festival had a more mysterious atmosphere, because it was placed in a very dark, old, room which had the feeling of a ruin.

At the website of Pablo there are more beautiful pictures of the installation, the same video in better quality, as well as the artist’s description:

This project is focused on the temporary quality of space, investigating space-time not only as a three dimensional environment, but as space in transformation.


» Augmented Sculpture v1.0

(this article is also available in German)

Topics: artinstallationlight

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