I travelled by bus with about 40 other students from the Hague to Linz. It was a 14 hour overnight journey. I took a pile of bedding hoping to sleep, because in 2005 when I last took this trip, I was a wreck.
I sat next to Matt, mainly, because I just didn't feel like making small talk with anyone and he had recently had his jaw broken, so ignoring him wouldn't be a problem! As it turned out we chatted all night and I am really glad that we got to know each other.
The ARS ELECTRONICA Festival for Art, Technology and Society is an annual event. I decided to go at the last moment because of the conference on September 4th which featured 4 speakers I'd cited in my graduation paper Engaging Media: issues of engagement in media art projects for my masters in Media Technology. Interaction, Interactivity, Interactive Art - a buzzword of new media under scrutiny was the title of the 8 hour conference. It was fantastic and I even got into a little debate at the end.
September 4th: SoUNdSET, an interactive sound collaboration by Italian artists Domenico Sciajno and TeZ aka Maurizio Martinucci, is a 8 channel sound performance made for the Pöstlingberg circular terrace on a hill above Linz.
September 4th: Performance at Pöstlingberg by Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand
...to be continued...