Akademie der Gedanken (Academy of Thoughts)

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  • Hauptplatz 8 - Courtyard
  • 8. September


    13:00 - 13:30: Welcome words with Manuela Naveau
    13:30 - 13:45: Welcome by Karmen Franinović (IAD, ZHdK)
    13:45 - 14:00: Introduction "Infinite Nows" Exhibition and "On Interaction" Symposium by Erika Marthins
    14:00 - 15:00: Opening Lecture by Karmen Franinović: "On Interaction: Embodiments, Materialities, Ecologies”
    15:15 - 16:00: Lectures and Panel with Dr. Joelle Bitton and IAD Alumni: "Embodiments"
    16:00 - 16:45: Panel with Dr. Roman Kirschner, Rasa Weber and IAD Alumni: "Materialities"
    17:00 - 18:00: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buurman: "We are Automata?"
    18:00 - 19:00: Panel with Joelle Bitton, Gerhard Buurman, Roman Kirschner and Karmen Franinović: "20 Years Interaction Design”
    19:00 - 20:00: Apero with experiments and performances
  • 9. September


    13:00 - 13:30: Introduction to Critical Data by Manuela Naveau & César Escudero Andaluz
    13:30 - 14:00: "Presentation by CYENS Centre of Excellence Nikosia / Kleanthis Neokleous"
    14:00 - 14:30: Roundtable and Posterpresentations by Critical Data students & Kleanthis Neokleous
    15:00 - 15:30: Presentation by TU Vienna / future.lab (Emilia Bruck & Ian Banerjee): "Nosing Around in Cyber-Physical Landscapes"
    15:30 - 16:00: Roundtable with TU Vienna / future.lab (Rudolf Scheuvens, Ian Banerjee, Emilia Bruck, Jerome Becker, Madlyn Miessgang)
    16:30 - 17:00: Lecture by Rosemary Lee: "After Novelty"
    17:00 - 17:30: Presentation by Michelle Thorne (Branch Magazine)
    18:00 - 18:30: Keylecture by Martin Zeilinger (Abertay University): "Algorithmic Adjudication and Tactical AI"
    18:30 - 19:00: Roundtable with Rosemary Lee, Michelle Thorne, César Escudero Andaluz, Martin Zeilinger, Martin Nadal and Manuela Naveau
  • 10. September


    14:00 - 17:00: Interface Cultures & Leonardo present: Leonardo Laser Linz with Christiana Kazakou, Dr. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Dr. Monica Gagliano, Dr. Martin Pfosser, Leisenhof Gärtnerei Linz, Mag. Gabriele Winkler, Dr. Christa Sommerer, Fabricio Lamoncha
    18:00 - 19:00: Lecture by Aisen Caro Chacin & Violette Bule: "Critical Data From Medicine to Politics in Critical Times"
  • 11. September


    14:00 - 15:30: Workshop: "Data Polluters (interfight)" with Cesar Escudero Andaluz
    15:30 - 17:00: Workshop: "FANGØ" with Martin Nadal
    18:00 - 18:20: Lecture by Martin Nadal: “Nōn omne quod nitet aurum est”, authenticity of the NFT
    18:20 - 18:40: Lecture and reply by CryptoWiener: "How CryptoWiener captured cultural icons on the Etherum network"
    18:30 - 19:00: Final Roundtable with CryptoWiener, Martin Nadal, César Escudero Andaluz, Martin Zeilinger, Rosemary Lee and Manuela Naveau

A courtyard, a tree, a fountain and lots of pens and paper: this is the setting in which we are reflecting, together with invited partners. We sit around a tree and think, we sketch out ideas, scribble futures and write, together, on a critical image of our time. Topics such as Infinite Nows (Zurich University of the Arts), Critical Data (Interface Cultures, CYENS Centre of Excellence Cyprus, Technical University of Vienna), and Hybrid Futures (Interface Cultures in collaboration with Leonardo Laser Talks) will be addressed via talks, discussions and open workshops. Dedicated sound interventions and performances in the Academy of Thought will round off the programme and provide space for an inspiring, inner-city festival hotspot setting.



Around 2000, several interaction design programs were launched around the world. Among London, New York and Ivrea, Zürich University of the Arts has launched its educational and research activities in this emerging field. We begun motivated to humanise digital technologies and make them more inclusive and accessible. Two decades later, pressing environmental, social and political challenges demand that we adapt and expand our focus to encompass worlds and interests other than only those of humans. Through lectures and panels, we share our speculative and experimental practices with digital, chemical and biological technologies, which are increasingly interwoven with complex ecological thinking. We invite you to join us in reflecting on the critical and investigative role of interaction design in our society, today and over the past decades.



is the name of a course at Interface Cultures taught by Manuela Naveau since last October 2020. Over the past two semesters and during the pandemic, we have explored the use of digital data, data processing systems, and related knowledge. By analyzing artistic works at the intersection of digital art, Big Data and machine learning, as well as ethics, philosophy, and political/social engagement, we have critically examined the place society and its environment can take in relation to the latest technological developments. In the context of ACADEMY OF THOUGHT, we ask ourselves what critical data might be and mean in the context of an art university? In business and computer science, it is defined that critical data must be identified in order to improve sales and product quality. If we leave the idea of economic success behind and focus on society and ecology, how can we understand critical data in an arts setting?


Die Gartenlaube / Garden Gazebo

Linz is joining the Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) network with an international program hosted by Interface Cultures at Ars Electronica 2021. Artists, scientists, scholars and the general public are invited to join conversations about sustainable ways of living, environmental protection, and artistic and scientific developments for a “climate-modern” future. In a modernized “Gartenlaube”, Climate-Care, Climate-Digital and Climate-Social – proposed by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein – will be debated and discussed through the focus on Interspecies Collaboration, The Mind of Plants, Herbal Pedagogy, Biodynamic Farming, also supported by the exploration and celebration of artistic and folk wisdom, to bring everyone together for a “Gartenlaube Waltz”.

Curator: Manuela Naveau