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Ars Prix Electronica 2004

2004-05-19

The Ars Prix Electronica 2004 is announced.

The installation “Banlieue du vide” by Thomas Köner won the golden nicas for digital music. “Banlieue du vide” deals with surveillance and emptiness. During the winter of 2003-4 he collected approximately 3 0 images recorded by surveillance cameras and made freely available in the Internet. All of these images show empty snow-covered streets by night. Köner then added an accompanying soundtrack of colorless ambient noise and traffic sounds that represent memory. The only noticeable movement in these images framed within a setting of monumental background sound effects is that of the changing structures of the snow on the streets. To me it sounds like a very poetic and appealing work and I would like to see/hear it in real life.

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