Virtual Ars Electronica at C3
September 4 – 9, 1999


Even if you can't make it to Linz this year, you can still take part in Ars Electronica 99, LifeScience, via a live RealVideo netcast from Linz to C3 Budapest. In the auditorium of C3 Budapest you can view the netcast projected in high resolution, and even contribute with questions and remarks to the LifeScience symposium held in Brucknerhaus, Linz. The live transmission is made by a high bandwidth direct ATM link between Linz and Budapest.

A project of ENCART (European Network of Cyber Arts)

Ars Electronica Center, Linz
C3 Kulturális és Kommunikációs Központ, Budapest
V2_Lab, Rotterdam

Programs in Budapest:

The LifeScience Symposium turns attention to the new potential for dispute and the emerging zones of conflict at the interface of technology and society, focusing on the current scenarios of science and business revolving around the gene.The question "Will the Digital Revolution be followed by a Biological Revolution?" is the point of departure for theoretical and artistic elaborations. In a series of speeches and discussions, prominent experts will confront a set of highly controversial views on the complex of issues related to life science.

The LifeScience Symposium discussion will focus on:
-Ideology and Science - Biological Determinism
-Industrial Processing of Life
-Biobusiness - Patented Life as a Guarantee of Total Marketing?
-Agrobusiness - Genetically Modified Foods
-Pharmabusiness - Medicine
-Genetic Fingerprint - The Visible Man
-How Science is Done and Promulgated and the Critique of Science

6 p.m., September 4, 1999 September 5 and 6, 1999 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Bump into Each Other, interactive outdoors installation - opening. Budapest VI., Liszt Ferenc tér

A tactile interface to counter the disembodiedness of network worlds: two wooden catwalks in Linz and Budapest, ready for the masses to stage. Every pressure exerted causes resistance that comes through on the other side. There is a knock from underneath, the slats rise – power transmission via network sensations on the move.Duration: 2 weeks, daily: 8:00-23:00


LifeScience Symposium Netcast from Brucknerhaus, Linz, to C3, Budapest, with videoconference with V2 Rotterdam, C3 Budapest, questions and answers between the locations

Venue: C3 Center for Culture and Communication, auditorium Budapest I., Országház u. 9.


September 7 and 8, 1999 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. September 9, 1999 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Live Science, remote arts presentations from Linz (AEC), Budapest (C3), and Rotterdam (V2)
RTMARK, TNC Network, C5, Etoy, Eugene Thacker, Rhizome, Olia Lialina, LinX3D – MaJa, Max Moswitzer, Gábor Gyorfi, Masaki Fujihata, János Sugár


ENCART – open discussion, feed-back circle about MULTICASTING, content transmission via broad-band applications

Ars Electronica Center, Linz
C3 Kulturális és Kommunikációs Központ, Budapest
V2_Lab, Rotterdam


Participants (in Linz):

Sunday, 5 September 1999

10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Gerfried Stocker, Daniel J. Kevles, Robert P. Lanza, Klaus Ammann, Dean H. Hamer, Zhangliang Chen, Karl Stefansson, Lori B. Andrews, Jeremy Rifkin

Monday, 6 September 1999

10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Dorothy Nelkin, Bruno Latour, R. V. Anuradha, Herbert Gottweis, Eduardo Kac, Gunther von Hagens, George Gessert, Charles T. Mudede, Birgit Richard

September 7, 1999 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Participants in Budapest:
(participants in Linz)

Please check new program announcements every day.

September 8, 1999 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Remote presentations from C3, Budapest:
(participants in Linz)

C3 and ParaRadio

János Sugár: Reference Generator
The computer itself came into being thanks only to breaking away from cross references. If it is not compulsory to interdisciplinarily check data, then we have more time to focus on micro-problems, and the direction of the development of civilisation is marked by the solution of problem-details. The results of scientific, technological and cultural specialisation have become elements of daily life, but due to the lack of cross references, more and more serious communication crises, e.g., air pollution, wars, economic depression, have developed. Computer technology makes it possible to recreate a lacking cross-referential matrix, since the most diverse types of information are stored in the same way. Due to the high-speed data process, a large amount of complex data is available, easy to handle and accessible for all, continuously. Since Eisenstein, we have known that two images placed side by side by chance (but ultimately any kind of information) can generate associations and create a third, which can then connect a fourth step, etc. Cross references are momentary connections between two points, between two stations of thought, which fix our linearly unworkable ways in the info-labyrinth.

Gábor Gyõrfi: Inner Images
Inner Images:
Neural networks
examinations of models inspired by biology
creation taboo
the inner examination of the living body

Inner Images I.
- search of straight lines
- vision simulation
- dome shape projection screen

Inner Images II.
- face recognition
- emotional model
- ornamental screen

The importance of biological models:
biological vs. philosophical model
organic evolution vs. planning

Living images:
cellular automats, evolutionary models