- September 5th, 2009
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Archive for the ‘Ars Electronica’ Category
The Swiss Federal Statistical Office is Switzerland’s national center for public statistics.
One of the many bits of information that they keep track of is traffic flow –
especially the number of vehicles and their speed –
in areas such as the very well-travelled Gotthard Road Tunnel
which is the third longest road tunnel in the world at about 16 km.
This information has been transformed in real-time by Sabine Haerri & Yvonne Weber
who have transported it to a bench-like structure embedded with speakers and vibrating platform.
As the traffic increases in this Swiss tunnel over 600 km away,
so do the vibrations sent right up your back as you lie flat and happy.
The hotel in the background is quite wonderful too.
(thanks to Haerri & Weber)
Bill Fontana won this year’s Golden Nica in digital sound for his work Speeds of Time, but while listening to this installation along the banks of the Donau, I couldn’t help think how analog an idea this was. It’s a beautiful sculptural sound map of the sound of London’s Big Ben. Imagine tracing the audio imagery of such an audio icon, beginning from the Tower itself and continuing with many microphones spread across special geographic listening points throughout the city. Fontana has been doing these large sound installations emphasizing great distances or the relocation of sound for decades. Spend some time at his website to explore more of these wonderful works.
“My medium is sound. I could create the most interesting piece,
but if it doesn’t translate to the space, it’s worthless.”
(thanks to Bill Fontana)
The TaxiLink Project is an interactive installation that enables users to experience an authentic distant taxi ride. Sitting in the TaxiLink booth, the passengers join a live ride in and around the city of Jerusalem, experiencing personal interaction with a taxi driver screened through a rear view mirror.
(thanks to Lila & Alon Chitayat)
The Ars Electronica Center, in Linz, reflecting on the Danube.
More than 5000 m² of outer glass utilizing 40,000 high-powered LEDs.
A view from a hotel window, after a light rain, of The Hauptplatz – the original market square surrounded by handsome Baroque buildings. It forms the center of the old town. On the eastern side of the square stands the 17th C. Rathaus and opposite it, in the middle of the square, the Trinity Column (Dreifaltigkeitssäule), a 20m/66ft high column of Untersberg marble erected in 1723 in gratitude for the town’s preservation from plague and Turkish attack.