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.
BODY:RESPONSE explores the (post-)human conditions of aggregation in the relation between body and technology and specific biopolitical and bio-economical trends affecting the (post-)human body and it's relation to the world.
With Franco Berardi, Maurizio Lazzarato, Tim Etchells, Carolyn Guertin, Marie-Luise Angerer, Paul Vanouse, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Philip Auslander, Mark Hansen, Judith Revel, a. o.
Far from the often maligned image of hacking being targeted sabotage or rogue interventionism the HacKaWay Zone is the place where the notions of complex technological and societal systems are critically de- and re-constructed to reveal new and alternative realities. Using the mechanisms of hactivist and tactical art practice the HacKaWay Zone brings process based and performative artworks together in a space activated by hands-on and interactive audience participation.
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.
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.
The Open Zone is a networked experiment with different social territories that, for the duration of transmediale.11, are occupied by artists and media activists. The strategic requirements of Open Culture are examined and can be experienced by visitors in open studios, project labs, exchange centres and experimental spaces located in the Foyer of the HKW.