In response to the in/compatible theme of the festival the transmediale 2012 exhibition focuses on “uneasy energies in technological times.” Through an extensive group of examples, the exhibition argues that distortions, ambiguities, and other such problematic states constitute a significant trajectory in our relations with modern technology. However, the exhibition does not offer a promise of overcoming the uneasy energies. On the contrary, it understands them as fundamentally insuperable, an integral part of our technological times, and invites visitors to explore the horizons that they open up. | Read more the concept of the exhibition here.
Incompatibility is the condition arising when things are not working together. Given the current worldwide proclamations of crisis, be they political, financial, technological or environmental, it may seem as if incompatible elements and situations are everywhere, that everything is failing. Ironically, it is the supposedly ever-more compatible media-scape, where everything connects, that render such crises instantly visible.