Linz, Austria – Ars Electronica September 19, 2009March 10, 2016 by Kristie On August 31st we arrived by train in Linz, Austria, stayed two nights and were on our way. A little bit of Austrian countryside, between Vienna and Linz. A tennis club near our hostel where Christian had his schnitzel, and we watched some friendly games from the patio. A true backpacker. We weren’t allowed to sleep on the same floor of this Hostel, and I had a ladies room all to my self. A German version of Aldi. Christian carried around his Aldi bag all over the tripâ€¦ shouldâ€™ve picked up a Hofer one too! Of all the places we saw this summer, this might be my number 1 pick as far as cities to live in go. Maybe even beats out Stockholm. Really great mix of nature, industry, and culture, plus this year theyâ€™re the European Capital of Culture. Bustling shopping district. From the bridge to Ars Electronica Centre. Beautiful park with installation art and lovely fountains. Christian got caught up watching some elderly men in a game of chess. Doorway into a pretty courtyard off the street. Christian, about the experience the Ars Electronica Centre. Back in the days of Sonic Design at Carleton University, our instructor Michael Bussiere introduced us to this place, and since then weâ€™ve been dying to visit. This one also got a mention in my big research paper. It really is the museum of the future. Just going in, a little bit giddy. We missed out on a few things because one of the main art and technology galleries was closed. The major Ars Electronica festival was also about to start the following day so there was an air of panic and last minute preparations. Next time we plan a little better! In this gallery there were lego city skyscrapers and piles of blocks laid out â€“ one for every resident of Linz. A really good visualization of the population and fun to participate with too. The gallery was also filled with amazing cartographic displays and interactive visualizations. This is Christianâ€™s thumb print. This is the city that the computer generated using that thumb print as a plan. Amazing! This was one of my favourite installations. It was a forest of these hanging feather-like vines that curled up and twisted when you came near to them. A robot that responds to your movements and gestures. Christian got it to give a big smile. Me using a 3D pen. Whoâ€™s the designer, whoâ€™s the robot? You decide. Lunch on the roof-top lounge. Inside Deep Space, a great 3D theatre where we felt a part of the image. Christian snapping away in the same gallery.