Linz named UNESCO City of Media Arts
Named "UNESCO City of Media Arts", Linz is considered one of the particularly future-oriented cities globally. UNESCO only welcomes cities into the Creative Cities Network that can show for exceptional accomplishments in the fields of literature, film, music, crafts, gastronomy, design or, as mentioned, media arts.
The Ars Electronica Center is a centre of visionary media arts and the museum of the future. The Ars Electronica Festival in September and the Prix Ars Electronica put the focus of the global media art scene on Linz. The Ars Electronica Futurelab is the research and development unit associated with the Center and the Festival that has been ranked one of the top 10 media laboratories by Wired magazine.
With the purchase of the bequest of media and performance artist Valie Export, the Lentos Kunstmuseum (Lentos art museum) experienced an enormous extension of its collection. The items will be accommodated in the Tabakfabrik (tobacco factory) as of 2017. The Valie Export Archive comprises artwork, sketches, drafts, negatives and other extensive archive material.
Graffiti gallery and Höhenrausch exhibit
On a boat ride to the harbour of Linz, you can marvel at oversized graffiti art. "Mural Harbour" is the largest coherent outdoor gallery worldwide. Internationally renowned street art and graffiti artists have created 20 large-scale images on the facades of old industrial buildings and house fronts. The OK Offenes Kulturhaus (OK open house of culture) at the OÖ.Kulturquartier (Upper Austrian cultural space) houses the successful exhibition concept "Höhenrausch - Kunst über den Dächern" (Höhenrausch - Art above the roofs) of Linz. The only art exhibition that takes place above the roofs of the city.
The appearance of the voestalpine Stahlwelt (voestalpine world of steel), a steel-themed adventure world, is interactive and multimedia-based. Since 2015, it has been offereing the SteelEcht Multimedia Guide. The magic world is "Augmented Reality" with which "SteelEcht" puts additional information on the rented tablet. Real-time texts, images and videos enhance real objects and turn the visit into a multidimensional adventure.
Through Linz using apps
Discover Linz using apps! For example experiencing the creative media city with "Let's Geo". Equipped with a smartphone and the app, the riddles of a modern "scavenger hunt" are taking you to the media hot spots. At the last Media Art station, there's a prize waiting. The game is free and also works offline.