Blogging today from Deep North at Transmediale in Berlin, Marko Peljhan is speaking about 'discovering a prepared reality' as an antidote to the romantic myth of polar exploration. Previously, a session on "Perishing in Beauty? talked about the ambiguous role of culture in climate change with Claus Leggewie discussing, among other things, the provocative advertising campaign by Diesel clothing, showing a fashinable couple in swimwear in the Antarctic with penguins, devoid of ice, and sunbathing on the roof of a building in a submerged New York.
Berlin's annual Transmediale festival is returning to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) from the 28th January to the 1st February, 2009. The theme for this year is ‘Deep North’: the festival will explore the debate surrounding global warming, but rather than echoing alarmist responses often voiced in the press, the festival aims to raise awareness about the cultural, societal and philosophical ramifications of environmental issues.