Not Really Real - Two Cities

Recently I received a link to a wonderfully real video of Vienna

Vienna Airlines Motionride - Full CG 3D Animation from immortal-arts on Vimeo.

that is completely computer generated.

And then a few days ago I received a link to wonderfully artificial video of San Francisco

that is completely real and shot in the city

Compare the two impressions - make sure you watch them in full-screen mode and post a comment

Domi No - TEDx Vienna 2011 is Ramping Up Fast

UPDATE: First speakers confirmed for TEDx Vienna 2011; The TED conference idea, concept, and execution is so inherently Californian that it is quite amazing to see a spin-out emerging in Vienna - one of the more unlikely places at first sight. San Francisco? Sure - Berkeley? Yes - But Vienna?

Looking closer at the fine mesh that interweaves technology, entertainment and design. In the 1830s, when Yerba Buena ("good herb" , Span.) -  "San Francisco" since 1847) was merely an anchorage with barely a few houses, Vienna had probably the most advanced integration of technology, entertainment and design. The Imperial Court as well as the Vienna society on all levels participated in all aspects of scientific explorations as well as artistic work both as ways of innovation as well as entertainment.

Rudolf von Alt - Die Jägerzeile in Wien - 1844The access to world-class scientists and artists in the Reichshaupt- und Residenzstadt Wien - de-facto center of the Holy Roman Empire. Vienna has always integrated art, technology, design and science in a way rarely found anywhere else and it is about time that Vienna regains this status in the domain of digital technology, entertainment and design. As much as one element requires the others, it creates a domino effect that allows new forms to rise and take shape. Take a look the two events TEDx SanFrancisco and TEDx Vienna to see how both events in their own rights create completely different domains of competence.

This year's topic at the TEDx Vienna is the "Domino Effect" - I'll integrate the opening video as soon as I can figure out how.

I had the chance to speak at the 2010 conference on Bridging the Gap via Skype and look forward to be live at the event this October.



Sperrstund is

I have been invited to submit a paper about the future for a forthcoming book on "Ideas for Tomorrow". The future, tomorrow, great new ideas that will change everything for the better are exciting prospects but I'm not so sure how helpful it is to look at the "future" as a point forward on an imaginary unidirectional time line. Looking at the present may be more inspiring and educational. Looking at the present is also more about social interactions and less about prospective technical achievements. Over the past 50 years a lot of "future" has turned into a past without ever becoming present reality. Robot maids are a perfect example. "Morgen ist heute schon gestern" (Tomorrow, today will already be yesterday) was part of an advertising campaign of the Austrian shoe manufacturer Humanic in the 1970s. (the other one was "In Wirklichkeit ist die Wirklichkeit nicht wirklich wirklich, aber wirklich ist so doch" - in reality, reality is not really real, but it is real nevertheless) - but I digress).

Looking at today - in their presence  - and looking at how things evolve, start, end may be a much more solid approach that I will try to explore.

It is getting late - here something about closing up: Irgendwann macht jedes Lokal a bissl zu:

Hans Moser - Sperrstund is -


Imagine the Lights go out - What would You Do?

Life is much easier today - when the lights go out because it rains a bit and the electrical installations in one of the major cities of one of the world's biggest economic power - California - shorten out, then smart phones become wonderful flashlights. The Droid with it's built-in LEDs is much more powerful than the iPhone with a white screen - we tested that today at M's dance school. Right after the performance ended - everything went dark.  The kids enjoyed the WWW-fun in the WorldWideWest. Back home, there was a much more romantic interpretation. I often get asked - "What is the difference between the Silicon Valley and Vienna?" – Just imagine the lights go out... enjoy!

TEDx Vienna – Bridging the Crack

TEDx Vienna invited me to give a brief talk about my personal experience with the TED conference since TED2 in 1990 and about the topic of the TEDx Vienna: Bridging the Gap. Marion, who manages PR for TEDx Vienna, brought us together and as much as I would like to enjoy a cold, wet November in Vienna, I'll do the talk via Skype on Monday, November 29 at 16:50 CET = 7.50 AM PST.

I prepared an abstract about my talk on Bridging the Crack:

There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. — L. Cohen, Zen priest and writer

Here are some slides as pdf.

Austria – and especially Vienna – has a long tradition in bridging gaps, crossing boundaries and developing new creative opportunities in areas that did not even exist before. Vienna is especially creative when things don’t work out, when new approaches are required, old things need to be separated or when multiple domains need to be merged to create something new. In music, literature, theater, painting, medicine, and technology – Vienna always welcomed the misfits, the innovators, those recognizing the cracks in the continuum. [more]