Increasing social inequality, aggravation of living standards, short-sighted environmental policy and the violation of human rights are all facts pointing to the increasing extremes of the conditions of life. These conditions are not cultural dysfunctions, but are fundamentally connected to the processes of global capital to systematically exploit the environment.
Madeskimo is the alter-ego of Geronimo Inutiq. Using electronic music equipment, he presents sounds and music referencing dub, electronica, urban music, and electroacoustics, all with the cultural filter of having originated in the changing face of the Canadian arctic.
Besides indicating a geographical direction, 'Deep North' is a powerful metaphor describing a state of paralysis in which an individual, a group or even a whole nation can find themselves as a result of being cut-off from the greater
other. Indeed restrained contact with the outside world creates a state of isolation comparable to the common image of the northern hemisphere.
In addition to the regulation of warmth and cold, speed is a second core aspect of the destruction of the environment. Cars, airplanes, and rockets function according to a simple principle: The faster they go, the more pollutants they give off. But the loss of inexpensive mobility due to limited energy resources would effect us more than all other limitations put together.
The transmediale.09 video selection includes video works that come from a broad range of submissions to this year's festival competition, which will be presented worldwide in the annual tour programme in a similar constellation.