Profile Klaus Obermaier

The Austrian Klaus Obermaier is one of the most acclaimed composers, video and media artists of today. His numerous works include compositions, video art, intermedia projects, web projects, interactive installations, dance and theatre performances, computer music, CD-ROMs, radio plays and multi-disciplinary productions. He composed for ensembles like Kronos Quartet, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Ensemble Modern, Alliage Quartet, Balanescu Quartet …

… created and directed intermedia works including dance and theatre for festivals like Ars Electronica, Linzer Klangwolke (Sound Cloud Linz), Kenkeleba House NY, intermedium/ZKM, Diagonale, Musikfest Bremen, South Bank Centre London, Singapore Arts Festival, Festival of Regions, Ruhrtriennale …
… collaborated with dancers of the Netherlands Dans Theatre, TANZ*HOTEL, Robert Tannion, Desireé Kongerød, Chris Haring, …
… played and recorded with Ensemble Modern, Ornette Coleman, John Scofield and Peter Erskine.

His works are shown in all parts of the world.

Profile Future Lab

Strongly committed to an interdisciplinary approach, the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz (Austria) carries out R&D projects that call for state-of-the-art design and highly innovative thinking. Since its very inception, Ars Electronica’s focus has been on the tension and interplay at the nexus of art, technology and society. Formulating and implementing the future manifestations of this interaction is the chosen mission of the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

As part of an international network of collaborating institutional associates, the Futurelab carries out its projects together with artists and scientists from all over the world. Here, the Research and Residence Program plays an important role since it makes an essential contribution to the Futurelab’s interdisciplinarity. The latest results of artistic and technical research being done at the Futurelab as well as works by invited guests are presented each year at the Pixelspaces Symposium and Exhibition held during the Ars Electronica Festival.

The Ars Electronica Futurelab was set up in 1996 as the Ars Electronica Center’s R&D lab. Its original mission was to develop and update installations for the Museum of the Future, but following several broadband network projects, work increasingly concentrated on virtual reality and the production of applications for the CAVE. Parallel to this, an additional area of emphasis emerged: the development of interactive installations featuring every sort of physical interface. Ultimately, outside clients began commissioning the Futurelab to develop VR applications and installations for them too.

The increasing demand for projects also made itself evident in the growth of the staff. In 2001, the Futurelab moved into more spacious premises featuring a workshop, studios and over 30 workstations, and sweeping structural changes were made at the same time.