In September 2016, the project ASSISIbf was showcasing an installation of fish & robots and bees & robots at the ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL. This festival for art, technology and society was held from 8th-12th of September in Linz, Austria. We had the opportunity to present our project at the Post City Linz, a former postal letter and package sorting facility. Hundreds if not thousands of visitors visited our booth during those 5 days of the exhibition, attracted by online media posts, radio interviews and TV features. ASSISIbf was also represented at a panel session „Chemistry of Intelligence“ on the FIS stage organized by Mahir Yavuz and Pablo Honey, where the project coordinator Thomas Schmickl discussed with Barbara Ondrisek and Hitoyo Nakano.
The event was organized for months by Manon Briod and Martina Szopek. Their statements at the end just say it all:
Manon: Scientists in an art fair are like fish in Frank’s experiment, first they are afraid and then they follow happily!
Martina: It’s been an exciting experience to present a scientific project at an art fair. Our booth was busy like our bee hives!