Saturday, January 14, 2006

Simulation and Entertainment Symposium at Ars Electronica

Linz, Austria

Ars Electronica is this staggeringly cool museum and art festival in Linz, Austria that I've talked about before. This year Austria is taking over the presidency of the EU (countries, not individuals, serve as president) and to celebrate they're holding a whole series of events. One of them was a whole series of symposia on different aspects of simulation, and I was invited to come and talk to the one on Simulation and Entertainment. I was only there for a single day, so I didn't get to see much, unfortunately, but I got to chat with some friends. Ken Perlin and I had met in Strasbourg just three months before, and here we were in Linz. I think our lives are starting to run on parallel rails.

The Modern Art Museum in Linz.The lecture I gave, targeted to my audience -- who weren't game developers for the most part -- was called "Reality, Simulation, and Play." I'll update this entry once I get around to putting it on my website.

You've heard of the beautiful blue Danube? Well, this is it, made particularly blue by Linz' new Modern Art Museum, reflecting on the water. Stunning. Unfortunately digital cameras don't work so well at night...