After driving 750 km yesterday, I have finally arrived at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. I had my first look at the expositions today and now I am relaxing under a huge sound installation at the river Danube and the cool guys are flooding the area with WaveLAN. Well done.
The Ars Electronica Center can be considered the Wimbledon of media art. Everybody gathers here to get his update on “what‘s cool”. I doubt the festival lives up either to visitor‘s expectations or the media‘s hype but this is probably true for most well-known events. At some point, they are just living from being the first or at least the ones with the best PR.
Media art itself is a strange animal. There are some impressive installations here but most of the stuff is usually a bit disappointing. It is still to early to draw a final conclusion so I will just report on a couple of installations that did impress me before I start ranting on the rest :-)