In our post-future era of acceleration and densification of information, the state and nature of being live and online becomes one of the crucial definers of our social presence. Response and action are compressed into an existential here and now triggering a durée of continuous digital stimulation. With RESPONSE:ABILITY transmediale.11 explored the emerging qualities of liveness as a fundamental nature of our present digital culture and discusses the abilities, that are required to respond to social, political and economic processes triggered by the intensity of our participation and interaction.
Kicking off the Marshall McLuhan Centennial transmediale presents one of the Canadian media philosopher's most radical yet relatively under-explored works, COUNTERBLAST. On the occasion of the 'McLuhan in Europe 2011' network initiative, with the kind permission of The Estate of Corinne McLuhan and in collaboration with the Gingko Press (Hamburg) transmediale publish a special hardcover 'limited edition' facsimile of the original 1954 'COUNTERBLAST'.
The jury for the transmediale Award 2011 have nominated seven outstanding art works from among an impressive pool of over 1000 entries submitted from around the world, covering a broad range of digital and media arts practice. Congratulations to the nominees - and good luck to the transmediale Award 2011 winner who will be announced in Berlin at the Awards Ceremony 5 February 2011!
Nominated for the Open Web Award are three projects that critically consider and make use of the potential of the Open Web. They have an online component, implement open and free technology and facilitate participation and collaboration. Drumbeat Project Producer Henrik Moltke represented award partner Mozilla at the jury session.
From 15 October 2010 the nominated works will be made available on the Mozilla Drumbeat Platform for a public vote that will determine the winner of this award.
With RESPONSE:ABILITY, transmediale.11 puts forward a call for action in terms how we live on and with the Internet today. Having become a central stage for the unfolding of our public and private lives, we must ask not only how this experience of online-liveness affects and transforms our bodies and subjectivities but also, importantly, what responsibilities and possibilities this engenders for participating in the continuous process of its evolution. Especially now, with economic and political mega-infrastructures striving for control and regimentation, threatening to make a smooth space into a striated one.
The winners of the transmediale Award 2011, Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2011 and the Open Web Award have been announced in the Award Ceremony. Congratulations to The House of Natural Fibre (HONF) from Indonesia with their installation Intelligent Bacteria – Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to Jordan Crandall with his written piece GATHERINGS 1: EVENT, AGENCY, AND PROGRAM and to Evan Roth for Graffiti Analysis / Graffiti Markup Language.
The 2011 Open Web Book Sprint, the follow-up to the 2010 Collaborative Futures Book Sprint, took place at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB), between 17 and 21 January 2011, in the lead up to transmediale.11. During this time six sprinters – Michelle Thorne, Christopher Lee Adams, Jon Phillips, Alejandra Perez, Mick Fuzz and Barry Threw – were 'locked' into a room at .CHB to produce an entire book from scratch. This year's sprint was also facilitated by Adam Hyde from FLOSS Manuals, with a book that intends to define the contours of what an Open Web should and could be, and why it is essential for guaranteeing our own cultural expression and freedoms.
As transmediale gears up for its 25th edition in February 2012, join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed Canadian media philosopher Herbert Marshall McLuhan. Honouring the man who coined the 'global village and the 'medium is the message', ubiquitous yet oft maligned expressions in our digital and networked age, transmediale in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada Berlin and Marshall McLuhan Salon presents a special Centennial Weekend of events May 27 - 29th.
The international Re-Touching McLuhan: The Medium is the Massage conference chaired by Dieter Daniels and moderated by Christopher Salter, sees leading international media and digital culture researchers explore McLuhan’s unique take on tactile and multi-sensory media ... expressed by the media philosopher's unintentionally published blurring of the words 'message' and 'massage'. Legendary McLuhanist Derrick de Kerckhove elaborates on rare material from the Berlin-based Marshall McLuhan Salon's unique archives in the first session of the McLuminations screening series.
With a keynote introduction to McLuhan's 'massaging of the aural senses' by U.B.C. Prof. Richard Cavell the opening of the Centennial Weekend also features the worldwide (re-)launch of Marshall McLuhan's 1968 audio art classic The Medium is the Massage, digitally remastered for the first time, produced and presented by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky. The Centennial Weekend will open the European première of Through the Vanishing Point, a major new multi-media installation by leading Canadian digital artists David Rokeby and Lewis Kaye. Other projects include Play_McLuhan, an exhibition by media art students from the Hochschule Darmstadt and the 2nd German-Canadian Professionals Conference.
All events are free and open to the public but spaces are limited so please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Centennial Weekend and other 'McLuhan in Europe 2011' events visit http://mcluhan2011.eu