IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences) will present the Campus Exhibition "IAMAS: Progressive Media Art Education from Japan" at Ars Electronica 2004 - TIMESHIFT - The World in Twenty-Five Years, Europe's biggest media art festival, that will be held from Thursday 2nd to Tuesday 7th September 2004 in Linz, Austria.

IAMAS will introduce its unique curriculum and projects, exhibit artworks and present video screenings created by students and faculty members, as well as hold workshops, lectures, sound performances, radio broadcasts and run a café.

Exhibition information
Dates and
Thursday 2nd September 2004 16:00-
Friday 3nd - Tuesday 7th September 2004 10:00-19:00

Venue: Kunstuniversität Linz
(Linz's University of Art / Hauptplatz 8, A-4020 Linz)
Cinema: Moviemento (Dametzstraße 30)
Club: Stadtwerkstatt (Kirchengasse 4)

Co-organizers: Ars Electronica
Linz's University of Art

Collaboration: ATR Media Information Science Laboratories / NiCT
Austrian Airlines

Christa Sommerer
Tadashi Yokoyama (IAMAS President)

Selectors of
Masayuki Akamatsu
Masahiko Furukata
Shinjiro Maeda
Masahiro Miwa
Yasuhito Nagahara
Hideyuki Oda
Andreas Schneider
Atsuhito Sekiguchi
Nobuya Suzuki
Yasuhito Yoshioka

What is the "Ars Electronica Festival"?
Europe's largest annual event dedicated to media art (art that uses computers and other electronic media), "Ars Electronica Festival" has been organized by ORF (Oberösterreich) since 1979 in Linz, Austria. The festival presents radical and contemporary themes at the intersection of art, technology and modern society, in events including exhibitions of cutting-edge art, electronic music concerts, performances, and conferences. All of these usually involve leading artists, critics, curators and journalists.

With tens of thousands of participants every year – in 2003 the total number amounted to 30,000 – Ars Electronica has made Linz, a city that has been known primarily as a cradle of classical music, a focal point of the international media art scene.

In 1996, the "Ars Electronica Center" was opened as a facility to introduce media art and advanced information technology. It has become a permanent interface connecting the local community with information technology and various forms of expression in media. The success of Ars Electronica is seen as an excellent example of a new form of regional vitalization based on media art.

This year marks the festival's 25th anniversary. Under the theme "Timeshift – The World in 25 years", the 2004 edition reflects in even more events than in previous years on the history of the past quarter-century, while exploring at once new visions for the future of media technology, art and society.


What is the "Ars Electronica Campus Exhibition"?
The Campus Exhibition was first held in 2001 as part of the Ars Electronica Festival, with the aim to introduce educational institutions engaged in media art education that strives to integrate art and technology. The first exhibition showcased the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst Wien (University of Applied Arts Vienna), followed by the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany) in 2002, and the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich (University of Art, Media and Design in Zurich, Switzerland) in 2003. This year, IAMAS was selected to be introduced at this event. Next to displays on three floors of Linz's University of Art, and video works that are screened at a cinema in the city, various workshops, lectures, sound performances, and others are being held during the period of the exhibition.