Public Opening: Thursday 7 October 2010, 18:30 Künstlerhaus Wien

OPENING 7 October 2010.
Start: 18:30, free entry
Künstlerhaus Wien, Karlsplatz 5

Welcome by Peter Bogner (director Künstlerhaus)
Introduction by Oliver Schürer (conference curator)
Keynote: Kas Oosterhuis (ONL)
Exhibition opening presentations by Gernot Tscherteu und Martin Tomitsch (exhibition curators)

Opening party:

The World’s Largest Timepiece: Bahnhofstrasse Christmas Lights, Zurich

A great example by Gramazio & Kohler how christmas lights could look in future; Here’s a short description by the architects themselves:

” ‘Distinctive, generous, unique’—these were some of the qualities expected of the Christmas illuminations in Zurich’s internationally renowned shopping street. ….We designed a continuous band of lights, 1.1 km long, using 275 tubes of light, which we called “The World’s Largest Timepiece”.

In terms of urban planning, the installation connects the railway station to the lake. Its simple, linear course turns the band of light into the visual backbone of the city, accentuating the appearance of the Bahnhofstrasse and its two slight yet distinct changes in direction. …

View at Paradeplatz; Photo by Roman Keller

View at Paradeplatz; Photo by Roman Keller


Exhibition Duration Changed

In order to pool our events and to underline the festival character we moved the exhibition opening to the Oct 16, 2008. It will be open till Dec 12, 2008. This will save time and travel costs, especially for exhibition participants who want to attend the conference on Oct 17 and 18.

Interview on Media Architecture

This interview was given to Scott Johnson and Ashlen Williams, graduate students from the University of Kansas currently developing a research project on “Communicative Architecture: An Analysis of How Digital Infrastructure Shapes Human Interaction in the Built Environment.”

1. How does the interactive, animated nature of the newest forms of media facades redefine public space?

Well, I think we all must admit that we simply don’t know. Always when a new technology emerges there are some prophets that predict salvation and the dawn of a new era of communication and there are others that warn against negative effects like light pollution or excessive advertising. In a sense both sides are true but one has to develop more differentiated points of view. In other words: an emotional but also rational discourse is needed in order to tame the chances and risks of this new field. The discussion has to be as public as possible and is to involve different stakeholders. – That’s a main reason for organising the Media Facades Festival in Berlin (