Oriana Persico(aka penelope.di.pixel) is a communication scientist focusing on the creation of empathic economies that allow for the establishment of participative, tolerant, creative ecosystems in which people actively and happily coexist. She started pursuing these objectives by getting involved in high-level institutional politics and cutting-edge grassroots projects in Italy and Brazil. But the encounter with Angel_F, an artificial intelligence, opened up for her the scenarios of critical art practices as a tool for the reinvention of reality.
Hortensia Völckers (Buenos Aires, 1957) is head and artistic director of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. At the Kulturstiftung, Völckers has planned and realised several projects for an exchange with East-European countries.
Danja Vasiliev is working with digital systems, networks and software. His research and practice aimed at re-examination and exploitation of Network paradigms in physical and digital realms. Danja experiments with methods, tactics and techniques that question communication models established between Users and Systems.
What do the futures of work, play and life look like through the black mirror of data? How will our quantified lives unfold? transmediale 2015 looks at how we make sense of a culture dependent on measurement and automation procedures, and how to act with autonomy within such a culture. We are living in societies and economies defined by a global competitive drive for constant, algorithm-guided optimisation. While debates rage over government and corporations operating to covertly “collect, process and exploit” all communication flows, are our own roles and responsibilities perhaps being downplayed? What are the underlying motivational structures that propel our hard work and play in the networks? transmediale 2015 presents artistic responses and speculative scenarios as well as critical thinking on processes of gamification, quantification, ubiquitous networking and algorithmic control and their ways of making the spheres of everyday life, work and play increasingly indistinguishable. We are proud to present a diverse international programme of exhibitions, screenings, conference events, workshops and performances with participants from many different disciplines. Take the unique opportunity offered by the temporary space of the festival to reflect on the future of our datafied society.