Entering its 13th year, Springfestival returns to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage and UNESCO City of Design, in Austria’s 2nd city Graz. Springfestival presents an inspiring and enriching union of music, technology, art and design.
Springfestival takes place across the city’s most iconic venues, from the stunning Dom im Berg cavern to the concert venue Helmut-List-Halle with its cutting-edge acoustics and other-worldly feel, along with clubs, warehouse environments and creative spaces.
The festival is one of Europe’s leading events, bringing together some of the world’s pioneering live acts and DJs, visionaries, creative minds and digital taste-makers, for a celebration of cutting-edge contemporary culture.
Springfestival encompasses electronic music culture across its wide spectrum, connecting an ever expanding scope of musicians, producers, remixers, singers and artists. They all create, challenge and inspire, breaking conventions, opening minds and pushing boundaries into new realms.
In an age dominated in part by the rampant success of EDM, Springfestival’s own belief is geared to acknowledging every facet of music, whilst always maintaining its own unique direction. Debate and reflection at Springsessions continues this process, uniting people who wish to explore current themes and topics whilst looking forward to the future.
Let's talk about future, innovation and creativity
Springfestival features a series of lectures called Springsessions. They are the result of a creative partnership between Springfestival and FITC, a prominent conference organizer based in Toronto. Springsessions runs in tandem with the festival itself, and in previous years has established itself as a prominent part of the overall experience in Graz.
Springsessions unites some of the world’s brightest minds in a melting pot of inspiring and enriching debate. It’s all about challenging the boundaries, creating new channels of thought and finding something new where you least expect to. The focus is firmly on an environment where no idea is too big or small, and collaborative, creative thinking is encouraged. Springsessions speakers come from all over the world, taste-makers, visionaries and mould-breakers who are all experts and pioneers in their respective fields.
Whether you have your own business venture, a brilliant idea or a fresh perspective on current trends, Springsessions is a must-do element of Springfestival. Meet potential new clients, business partners and fellow entrepreneurs in vibrant and stimulating exchanges.
Springsessions showcases innovative projects which are shaping the future of the digital art and design industries. Topics this year include Digital Art, Imagination, Inspiration, Design, Visual Culture, Experimental Technology, Interactive Experience, Computational Art, and more.
Everybody is welcome at Springsessions. No matter what your background or area of interest, it is all relevant in the exciting exploration of topics right at the heart of contemporary culture.
The City of Graz
Graz is a stunning city in south-east Austria, awarded with the UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999 which was renewed in 2010, along with its revered European Capital of Culture status in 2003.
Graz features Michelin starred-restaurants, boutique shops and an abundance of culture in its myriad winding passages, waterways and beautiful squares, with its own tram system for easy exploration and an imposing mountain right in the middle of the city’s centre. It presents architectural wonders originating from the Germanic region, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, for which it served as a crossroads for centuries.
The city of Graz received the highly coveted City of Design status, also from UNESCO, an award linked into everything from the user interface of the city and the self-conception of the Grazers, right through to the economy – such as tourism, trade and gastronomy. Graz is very much a forward-thinking epicentre of creativity and vision, and this inspiring recognition keeps it evolving. Springfestival is incredibly proud of these accolades, using the city’s architectural wonders to great effect.
Ein Essay von Werner Jauk, Wissenschafter & Medienkünstler & Musiker, 2013.
Initiator und Leiter des Forschungs- und Lehr-Moduls „pop/music + medien/kunst“ an der KFU-Graz, fokussiert Klang als vorzeichenhaftes Stimulans zur Erregung / Bewegung von Massen und Gestaltung von Kultur.
Richtete einst Medienkunst ihren Blick auf die Wirklichkeitserzeugung durch zeichenhafte Vermittlung so löst uns digital culture von dieser modernen Vorstellung und macht pop als Spiel mit unmittelbar körperlichem Stimulans zur „Avantgarde“ einer notwendigerweise hedonischen Kultur des Alltags – das körperliche Leben mit und in sound wird zum Paradigma der lustbasiert körperlichen Gestaltung von „Virtualitäten“.
Dieses Hypothesengerüst löst Forschung und Lehre weitgehend aus der Abgeschiedenheit universitärer Forschung und bringt diese – bei aller methodischen Kontrolle – mit dem Leben zusammen.
Den ganzen Text finden Sie hier: Autonomie der Technokultur vs. Autonomie der Kultur der Technokratie.