Ars Electronica, Austria
Ars Electronica is the world's most important festival for art, technology and society. With a thirty year history it has transformed the city of Linz in Austria into an international cultural capital. Since 2003 Studio Ivanova has staged several significant exhibitions at Ars Electronica.
In 2008 Annie Ivanova established the Australian Residence at the FutureLab, in a five-year partnership with Ars Electronica. Senior artists had the exceptional opportunity to work at the famous laboratory for future innovations.
Artist/Scientist: Jon McCormack
As FutureLab resident, Jon McCormack completed a major project: Fifty Sisters.
It consists of 50 digitally mutated plants constructed from the logos of the seven large oil companies that controlled the oil industry until the energy crisis of the 1970s. The project references the world economy’s dependency on oil. It also comments on the massive environmental destruction caused by drilling and transporting it.
The 21st century is likely to be one of the most globally challenging that humanity has faced. Our dependence on oil has lead to massive growth, but this cannot continue... 'Fifty Sisters' reminds us that the current dominance of oil commerce originated from plants. What once took millions of years to evolve can now be replicated by technology in an instant.— J McC
'Fifty Sisters' was exhibited at THE BIG PICTURE Ars Electronica 2012. The project was developed in collaboration with the FutureLab and support from Monash University. The Australian Artist-in-Residence program at the FutureLab was initiated and produced by Ivanova/Novamedia in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts and Ars Electronica.