forschen & experimentieren

2020, 2021

How do thoughts and knowledge spread through a network? At which speed do ideas flourish at their best? And which routes will they take to reach individuals and groups of a distributed and undefined community of intents?

A Nourishing Network is an online-offline publication project that aims at documenting and distributing current research done by the network of artists, activists and programmers that collaborate with the Austrian net culture initiative


AMRO is a biennial community festival in Linz that explores and discusses new challenges between digital culture, art, everyday life, education, politics and activism. The 2020 edition of the AMRO festival aims at discussing topics such as climate and other emergencies, sustainability of the infrastructure and in general the “centripetal” and “centrifugal” dynamics of acceleration visible in contemporary society and in the networks in which production of technologies happens.

Event: Wed. 20.05.- Sat. 23.05.2020
Where? online! see:


Unpacking my Ecosystem - Christina Gruber

Within the framework of this year's research laboratory we are dealing with the following topic:
Shifting Ecosystems


AMRO is a biennial community festival in Linz that explores and discusses new challenges between digital culture, art, everyday life, education, politics and active action. The 2018 edition “Unmapping Infrastructures” dealt with the idea of “mapping” as a process of becoming aware and then acquiring a critical position about the current landscape of technological infrastructure.

Event: Wed. 16.05.- Sat. 19.05.2018
Location: Linz, Austria afo architekturforum oö, Stadtwerkstatt Linz

This conglomerate of machines, human and non-human actors, nation-states and borderless companies is increasingly complex to observe and describe. Nevertheless, we believe that there is more to be seen than a hyper-commercialized structure of interlaced technological layers. Cartographic mapping consists of a series of practices of observing, analyzing and representing a territory to be able to move through it. How can art and activism appropriate the methods of cartographic mapping to produce new, critical and alternative views of the current landscape shaped by different players?

The festival aimed at deepening the thematic areas of digital geopolitics, alternative design methods, activist practices and autonomous infrastructures, themes that offer directions for localizing areas of intervention. Throughout the festival, these topics will be further explored through discussion panels, workshops, and performances.


Foto: Markus Decker

Markus Decker (AT), Pamela Neuwirth (AT)

Rigor and experience, says science, and triumphs. Today we write MATERIAL and ENERGY in capital letters; EVOLUTION has also long since suspended fate. Hades brings the light of the souls out of the underworld and transposes their radiance into chemical luminescence:


25.05-28.05.2016 AMRO - Art Meets Radical Openness Our Festival dedicated to Art, Hacktivism and Open Culture Waste(d)!: What is the cultural, social, philosophical, ecological, and economic significance of producing, saving, deleting, and resurfacing data?


Autonomy (im)possible? Date: 28.05 – 31.05.2014 Uncovering new truths and making them public as a disruption and criticism of the dominant system has consequences. Threat scenarios of the digital surveillance state inevitably have palpable effects on our lives and actions. Access to information, infrastructure and technology, which is especially important for activists in repressive regimes up to the present, has become a widely discussed issue since Snowden’s disclosures at the latest, because now a broad mass of people in democratically governed states see their “privacy” endangered. Independence, confidence and freedom are massively put to the test. How do creative actors contribute to the process of change and which new forms of cooperation do they enter into?

"Ghostradio is a pysical mechanism that generates random numbers by chance. this unit works on the boundaries of the causal world and beyond. we are publishing this random numbers datastream for cryptographic keygeneration. this will release the public from the current state of surveillance. When descartes described his foundation of the political enlightenment in the sentence, i think, therefore i am, he accidently creates the new metaphor for the machine age, in the aftermath of the industrial revolution and pure reason. centuries later the macy conferences introduced the concept of cybernetics to the field of science, and the principle of thouth was described by computing, command control circuits and dataprocessing as man-machine. rationality and objectification was the ideal of this culture. ..." a fieldtest by Pamela Neuwirth, Franz Xaver (Stadtwerkstatt) and Markus Decker.


BLOWER - a reactive installation that takes webserver logfiles and represents search terms by fan airflow and so transforms abstract notions into a corporeal medium.

LiWoLi 2011 (Art Meets Radical Openness) Observing, comparing, reflecting, imitating, testing, combining 12th - 14th May 2011 Kunstuniversität Linz, Hauptplatz 8, 4020 Linz LiWoLi is an open lab and meeting spot for artists, developers and educators using and creating FLOSS (free/libre open source software) and Open Hardware in the artistic and cultural context. LiWoLi is all about sharing skills, code and knowledge within the public domain and discussing the challenges of open practice. This year's event offers an exhibition, artists' workshops and – like every year – lectures, presentations and sound-performances.


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