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Ars Electronica Linz presents digital media art in DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin

  • Beginning on July 22, 2017, DRIVE will once again present exhibits at the intersection of art, technology and society
  • 14 artists present their work on the theme "Encounters"
  • Planned supporting programme to delve deeper into the theme of the exhibition
DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum is welcoming the sixth Ars Electronica exhibition in Berlin.

The sixth digital media art exhibition opens on 22 July in DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum in the heart of Berlin. It is curated by Ars Electronica, which organizes one of the world's leading media art festivals each year in the Austrian city of Linz. Curated especially for Berlin, the exhibition presents 14 works by international artists exploring the "Encounters" theme. The planned supporting programme will delve deeper into these issues and encourage visitors to take part in the discussion. The exhibition runs until October 26, 2017. Admission is free.

What if there was no clear dividing line between humans and machines? What if it was the norm for artificial organs and limbs to be parts of our bodies? How much does the digital world we have created influence our lives? A world in which it seems that the developing society is unable to follow fast enough on the heels of the technological advances. A world that produces developments whose implementation changes the nature that is so essential for our survival, and whose consequences are often unforeseeable. The artworks are dedicated to these issues and the new forms of encounters and the resulting relationships. Raising awareness or inspiring reflection, the exhibited works identify the challenges facing humankind today.

Berliner Christina Kubisch is an installation artist working in the field of sound art. Her piece CLOUD confronts viewers with a system that transforms electromagnetic waves into sound. The audio information is received and mixed in different ways depending on the visitor's position. The installation becomes the resonance chamber of a ubiquitous, invisible technology whose social, political and health effects, Kubisch believes, are still unclear.

Swiss artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger creates "knowledge art" with her research in optics. In the exhibition, she presents illustrations of flies and bugs that have mutated as a reaction to environmental pollution and radiation. She herself collected more than 16,000 of these insects near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other still active nuclear facilities.

What do "understanding", "learning" and "seeing" mean? This is the question posed by Memo Akten with his work Learning To See, which uses state-of-the-art algorithms for machine learning (deep learning) to bring human beings and their interpretation of the world into the focus of attention. Artificial neural networks were trained with thousands of artworks from the Google Art Project. They record the environment in the exhibition with multiple surveillance cameras and try to interpret it.

Exhibiting artists:
Nelo Akamatsu (JPN), Memo Akten (TUR/UK), Exonemo (JPN), Akinoro Goto (JPN), Iris Van Herpen (NL), Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (CH), Shinseungback Kimyonghun (KOR), Christina Kubisch (D), Isaac Monté (BEL), Quadrature (D), Daniel Rozin (ISR/US), Mariano Sardón (ARG), Maja Smerkar (SLO), Shunji Yamanaka (JPN)

DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum
DRIVE, the Volkswagen Group Forum, is the company's communications platform in Berlin. Located in the heart of the capital city, the Volkswagen Group's first presentation of all twelve brands together with Volkswagen Financial Services AG opened in 2015 in the Lindencorso building. Featuring a series of changing brand and thematic exhibitions supplemented by a diverse supporting program, DRIVE serves as a showcase for the company's mobility themes.

Ars Electronica Linz
Ars Electronica is comprised of six divisions – Ars Electronica Festival, Prix Ars Electronica, Ars Electronica Center, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Ars Electronica Solutions and Ars Electronica Export. Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and interdependencies at the interface between art, technology and society. Volkswagen AG and Ars Electronica Linz meet at the interface between technology, society and the future. Both deal with the question of how technology and society can be compatibly merged. They also address society’s demands on technology, and more specifically for Volkswagen, on mobility and the outlook for sustainable solutions to these issues.