Ars Electronica update

By Tim Causer, on 31 August 2011

Excitement is building here, as tomorrow I head off to attend the Ars Electronica festival in Linz. There’s going to be plenty to see and do, including having a look at the quite terrifying Tesla Orchestra – who throw around lightning around for kicks – and listening to talks by some fiendishly clever physicists from CERN.

Of more immediate interest to TB volunteers are three events:

  • From 1 to 6 September, TB will be on display in the form of text and screenshots at the Brucknerhaus.
  • On 2 September, from 6.30 to 10.30pm (CET), I’ll be attending the prestigious Ars Electronica Gala, where all the prize-winners (including Transcribe Bentham!) will be recognised.
  • And on 4 September, from 10.30am to 6pm (CET), I’ll be at the Public Space Squared, which will explore the recent uprisings and revolutions in North Africa and the Middle-East. Between 2 and 2.50pm, I’ll be speaking about Transcribe Bentham, alongside our fellow Award of Distinction winners from X_MSG, and the category and Golden Nica winners from the FundaciĆ³n Ciudadano Inteligente. You can watch the proceedings of the conference live on DORF.tv.

I’ll be writing a blog each day about the festival and the events, and keeping you updated via the Facebook page and Twitter feed. The relevant hashtags for Twitter are – for general festival news – #ArsElectronica, and for the Public Space Squared symposium, #AEPSS.

Also, keep an eye on the Ars Electronica Facebook page, and their Flickr stream.

Huge thanks to all on the festival organising committee for making the necessary arrangements.

See you in Linz!