Timeshift, Ars Electronica 2004.

It started in Linz, as usual, Ars Electronica , which this year celebrates its 25 years of activity with the appropriate title for Timeshift, trying to look far in the two temporal directions (past and present) and trying to reflect on the lessons given the time and went on auspices of stimulating visions of the future. It is no coincidence that this issue coincides with the leave of the direction of the festival Gerfried Stocker, which must be acknowledged to have involved a fair view of reality provienienti from different cultural backgrounds in recent years ( 2002 and 2003 ), while it is not known yet who will take over. In the two-day conference which gives its name to the edition are placed among others, Roy Ascott, Sherry Turkle, Marvin Minsky (by videoconference), Jose-Carlos Mariategui, Peter Weibel, Esther Dyson, Jonah Brucker-Cohen , Joichi Ito and Bruce Sterling . Another central theme will be the 'Language of Networks', with a large group of theorists and artists who probe the representation and meaning of aesthetic and socio-political networks (including Brian Holmes , interviewed on Neural 21 ). Also pertains to this theme 'TraceEncounters', an interesting experiment involving a thousand visitors tracing the timing of individual contacts and displays them altogether. The usual presence of the Rising Sun, however, is, among other things, in a presentation Itsuo Sakana that draws inspiration from his collection of media art of the 50s and 60s, and the Academy of Fine Arts in which hosted the works of students of IAMAS, Japanese college dedicated to the training of young media artists. It should be noted then the space dedicated to the transformation of media, such as for 'Re-Inventing Radio', the symposium which traces the history and evolution of the radio used for artistic experimentation, with Heidi Grundmann of the historic Kunstradio, Bob Adrian, the New Zealanders Radioqualia , the theoretical Inke Arns , Gene Youngblood and Sabine Breitsameder . Noteworthy as well, in no particular order among the dozens of proposals, the spectacular DEMI-PAS Julien Maire, Matki Wandalki live Felix Kubin , Iso-phone telephone communication implemented with visual isolation and in a tub of water and audioMobile , work in a car with usable variations depending on its position determined by GPS. In one of expositions finally reappeared projects awarded by prix over the years, while 2004 winners were: Listening Post (Interactive Art) by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, 'Banlieue du Vide' Thomas Koner (Digital Music) Creative Commons (Net.Vision), ex-aequo Wikipedia and TheWorldStartsWithMe (Digital Communities) and Ryan by Chris Landreth (Computer Animation).