Drawing together the perspectives of environmental scientists, web technologists interested in the interface between digital footprint and environmental footprint, and artists concerned with creating precedents for social change on environmental sustainability.
Sheila Jasanoff´s research concerns the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and public policy of´modern democracies, with a particular focus on the challenges of globalisation. She has written and lectured widely on problems of environmental regulation, risk management, and biotechnology in the United States, Europe, and India. At the transmediale.09 conference, Making / Thinking: The Cultural Tomorrow, she will speak about the Law of Globalisation as environmental change in modern democracies.
The police shooting a fifteen year old became the trigger of social unrest in Greece. The fatal accident of a building worker sparked simmering turmoil in Delhi. Has this become our new political framework for agency: fatal accidents as the new default? Yet according to Binyavanga Wainaina, "the burning houses and the bloody attacks here do not reflect primordial hatreds. They reflect the manipulation of identity for political gain." If a cartoon in one country can lead to the loss of lives in another, Atteqa Malik states, "then policies should also be created to address issues that cross borders. All stakeholders should be considered, inside and outside the country, before policies are created to influence practice."
Can we still argue from an institutionalist point of view for solutions if our major institutions have become part
of the problem? This is the main question that will be addressed in this session. Claudia Kemfert will explain how for her climate change could be the economic driver of our future and if it still can be the key engine of
society. Lorenz Petersen proposes a framework that takes an institutionalist perspective, focusing on the goods and services provided by natural resources rather than on the resource itself.
Crisis are moments of transition: they mark the passage from one dynamic to another, they are turning points in multidimensional transformation processes. ‘ESCALATION’ is part of a larger research project titled ‘North’ which was initiated by Territorial Agency in 2007. It fathoms the changes in the relations between geography, inhabitation and knowledge production in the 21st century.
The northern ice regions of our earth host cultures have followed traditional ways of life - related to ice, hunting and dwelling in extreme environments - for over 4000 years. In the ancient world the Hyperboreer was a mythic nation living at the most northerly edge of human imagination. The Inuits are the last limb in this Hyperboreic history, but now it seems their cultural tomorrow is doomed. Climate change is radically deforming this Inuit anthroposphere, changing indelibly their cultural selfconception and social texture. Geopolitical tugs of war on the north pole for raw materials for the combustion chambers of global industrialisation are impacting on traditional ways of life and endangering these forever. Can anything be done?
SLUM TV: Biki Kangwana, Alexander Nikolic
SLUM-TV is a youth-run media cooperative in the Kenyan slum of Mathare. SLUM-TV members document the lives of the people in Mathare and facilitate a process of self assertion/definition through regular community screenings. Tackling the negative stereotypes developed in the mainstream media, SLUM-TV has fast become a hotbed for empowerment.
Biki Kangwana (SLUM TV) in Berlin, online with Alexander Nikolic (Nairobi), Sam Hopkins (Nairobi)
Project Discussion: Esther Polak, nomadicMILK
Esther Polak discusses her project NomadicMILK, which compares the distribution and sales strategies of two very different milk product merchands in Nigeria.
Eléonore Hellio, Dicoco Boketshu (Kinshasa), Dominique Malaquais, Thomas Lucas (Berlin) / MOWOSO - Mikili Way
In times of a world-at-war, dominated by ignorance, postcolonial policy and prejudice there may be little room on Planet Earth for exchange. Mikili is a live videosonic interface, a space wherein identities defragment in unexpected ways as means of survival. Our purpose? To connect Berlin's transmediale to bits, pieces, (de)fragments of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Condensed bits through which MOWOSO, a Kinshasa based transmediatic art collective, will become, for a time, manifest by way of a screen, fictitious and fictionmaking, defying the global satellites that orbit 'our' world via a brief moment of human interaction.
Special guest: Jaromil discussing Coltan and Blood (see award)
The installation is a memorial to the more than 3 million people who have perished in the complex wars that have gone on in the Congo since 1998.
(See exhibition and award)