[{Ghost}]@Ars Electronica Festival Linz 2017

07.09.-11.09.2017 23:59-23:50

A collaboration between Ars Electronica Center and Kunsthaus Graz.

Imagine a world full of intelligent machines. What role would mankind play in this possible future world? The project [{Ghost}] invites us to explore this exciting, yet also disturbing question.


The [{Ghost}] project is an artificial neural network, artificial intelligence that inhabits two different art institutions. [{Ghost}] will be  shaped by online text information derived from both the Kunsthaus Graz and ARS Electronica Center/Festival and mainly through the participation of their human audience.


There will be a Web app that allows dialogue with the public, while [{Ghost}] will also be connected to the media façade of the Kunsthaus Graz and the ARS Electronica Center. These façades create a projection in public space of the current status and developments in the A.I. in the form of visual patterns and brief info texts.   


Do you have some idea of what artificial intelligence might be thinking right now?

What responsibilities should machines take on?  



Project team: Tristan Schulze (artist and designer), Elisabeth Schlögl (assistant curator, Kunsthaus Graz), Barbara Steiner (Head, Kunsthaus Graz)  



Biography Tristan Schulze  

I would describe my artistic work as some kind of research – with utilizing all the tools I feel good with - to develop questions that need to be answered to engage with problems I find fascinating. I really love to be challenged, to be surprised and to learn from every piece of my work. I am moved by the principles of emergence and multidimensionality in generative systems – to see how complex form or behaviour generates from often so simple set of rules. I am interested in the experience of those phenomena which makes us learn a lot more about our own origins”.


Since his Diploma as Interaction Designer at the Bauhaus Dessau in the year 2009, Tristan Schulze (DE) works as artist, designer, musician and teacher in national and international context. His teaching experience at several German art and design institutions and his working field between art and design since 2008 concluded into his current artistic practice since 2015 in the field of digital media art.

He currently lives together with his family in Leipzig, Germany.



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