The annual marches in Nürnberg were the climaxes of the national socialist culture of self-representation. Through the "aestheticization of politics" (Walter Benjamin) the supposed invincibility of the national socialist movement was demonstrated for both friend and foe. Even in the third reich, Leni Riefenstahl's film Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will) was seen as being the most complete incarnation of this idea.
In eleven curated film and video programmes transmediale.11 presents 58 historical and contemporary moving image works from 18 countries. This year's main focus is a reflection on the vital ways in which 20th century cinema – through its editing techniques and new visual culture – contributed to promoting the sense of growing simultaneity, ubiquity and acceleration which the Internet has since increased exponentially.
Additional highlights include a focus on the first live television broadcasts, specials on Lynn Hershman Leeson, a leading pioneer of interactive live media art, Ho Tzu Nyen, the transmediale Award Nominee from Singapore, and the second edition of the Arab Shorts project.
In 1978 the legendary South Korean actress Choi Eun-Hee was kidnapped in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and brought to Pyongyang. Two weeks later her ex-husband, the director Shin Sang-Ok, was abducted to North Korea as well.
The short films shown in this programme address the paradoxes gathering at the margins of communication processes. While such endeavours particularly aim for functional consensus between members of a society they seemingly also engender a whole range of peculiarities. Desync Systems presents five such examples.
John & Jane is a mix of observational documentation and tropical science fiction. The film follows the lives of six 'Call Agents' in a call-centre in Bombay whose work consists of answering American 1-800 calls.
The Hypertext Prototype 2 is a futuristic model of a new "multimedia study system" based on the lecture Schreiben fürs Publizieren by Vilém Flusser held on the 2 March 1989 on invitation of ITAS. The Flusser Hypertext has languished for almost 20 years, trapped in its original Apple Performa 630 chassis at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), until it was retrieved and rehabilitated in 2010 by the _Vilém_Flusser_Archiv under Claudia Becker.
Also this year visitors with festival or day passes are invited to take part in our daily workshop programme. It's a great great opportunity for new experiences and to enter into direct exchanges with the artists involved in the festival. Workshop topics range from courses in hacking techniques to fashion design and circuit bending workstations.
Since places are often limited we'd like to remind you to register early enough to make sure to get a place.
The Wanted & For Sale Office
Workstation, Mini Performances and Micro Conferences with the kom.post collective, Camille Louis (fr), Jennifer Bonn (ca/se), Laurie Bellanca (fr), Jolie Morel (fr), Vincent Roumagnac (fr), Simo Kellokumpu (fi), Elsa Ossart (fr)
The Wanted and For Sale Office run by the kom.post collective is a place where visitors are asked what they have to give and what they want. With the Office becoming a living artwork by each participating individual, each request and offer is displayed in the Office so that exchange partners can be found.
Individual tours and audio guides can also be found at the Wanted & For Sale Office. Visitors can even make their own audio tours and personalised festival booklets for themselves or other people to use.
Sending the RESPONSE:ABILITY call-to-action across Berlin, transmediale.11 presents and collaborates with a number of partner organisations, creating a network of Satellites for showcasing the latest works in the realm of digital and electronic arts. Together with more established venues such as the .CHB - Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, the Marshall McLuhan Salon, [DAM] Berlin, c-base, _Vilém_Flusser_Archiv, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Sophiensaele and NGBK, the Satellites programme also brings to the fore exciting new platforms and spaces for media art. These include Schering Stiftung, Instituto Cervantes, Art Claims Impulse, MMX Open Art Venue, ConcentArt, Substitut, NK Projekt, Medienwerkstatt Berlin, systM, aquabitArt, STYX Projects, Studio 70 and The Future Gallery.