The main location of the University of Art and Design Linz are the two monumental “bridge head buildings” that interface the main square of Linz with the Danube river. The square is where we find the city’s hustle and bustle, the weekly market and many shops, as well as the mayor’s seat; it symbolizes the local, physical community. On the other side of the building, the Danube river presents itself as an ever-flowing, massive stream, historically the place where goods and news were received and dispatched. Art, here, is literally and figuratively the connection between the local and the global.
On this unique location, the facade of Hauptplatz 8 turns into a virtual window that opens to show the world beyond the square. On several evenings during the Ars Electronica Festival, after the sun has set, different audiovisual projects are projected onto the media facade, inviting festival visitors and passers-by to enjoy and interact with them from near and far. And while originally conceived as an installation solely planned for The Wild State during Ars Electronica, we might see it again in the future.
Curator: Manuela Naveau