Several signs are needed to guide all visitors towards the main entrance of the Tabakfabrik Linz, a former tobacco processing plant which is the main event area for this year's Ars Electronica Festival.
Arriving at the main square we walk into a performance by soft bodies who are using the central square as their stage, or better playground, to interact with their audience. This nude performer needed nothing more than a single rock to capture the attention of dozens of visitors.
The Cyberarts exhibition is where we find Zimoun's sound installation. The Swiss artist created a structure of 216 dc-motors rotating wires that all together surprise our ears with unusual and complex sounds. Hard to explain but great to hear.
Daan van den Berg demonstrates the effect of a digital Elephantiasis virus infecting IKEA's LAMPAN light. Each of the lamps is produced by a 3D printer and has its own unique deformation.
Eyewriter is a great example project within this year's REPAIR theme. Eyewriter demonstrates a smart do-it-yourself approach with a set of eyeglasses and customized software that enables paralyzed people to draw and create using their eyes alone.
When the sun goes down, the central square is filled with people and a vibrating sound which is realized by the band on stage which has two ventilators as lead vocals!
More news tomorrow with pics more from the inside of the Ars Electronica Center that transforms the Donau river into a beautiful light spectacle at nighttime.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.