In recent years, the free culture movement has been very much focused on the development of alternative rights and licensing systems. Appropriate economic benchmarks outside traditional business models are only now starting to gain traction: crowdsourcing, micro-funding and shared economy – new watchwords of a society that no longer wants to rely solely on capitalist principles. Nevertheless, there are many questions – how to convert ‘free’ cultural services into an economic currency, for example, or how a long-term culture of worth that is based on free access rather than supply and demand can be achieved.
This evening LIVE:RESPONSE, the transmediale.11 Performance programme, presents two extraordinary performances that both, in different ways, hack the normal state of the human body. For INJECTHerman Kolgen has exposed his body quite extremely to the impact of water and a lack of oxygen, while, with Face Visualizer: Instrument and Copy, Daito Manabe has created a ‘face instrument’ by applying small electroshocks to people’s faces making them move in synch with music.
This focus discussion explores the relationship between open movements, collaboration, hacking and politics. By looking at examples from hacking and open source cultures it asks to what extend such new forms of distributed collaboration and rhizomatic creativity seriously open up new political perspectives. We also ponder the relationship between hacking, open-source and the market, particularly the boundaries between art, commerce and politics.
The convergence of information and laboratory technological procedures engenders biomedia that are increasingly being appropriated by the arts. Based on the performative gel electrophoresis works by US artist Paul Vanouse, the panel examines the political, science-historical and aesthetic aspects of contemporary biologisms and molecularisms.
Hacks, flash mobs, online petitions: never have there been so many opportunities for free expression and social participation as there are today. Media activists join forces worldwide and communally create platforms for themes and people that to date had no support. We present a number of projects and people working with the activist potential of the Internet and other technologies – thereby developing radically new policy approaches in terms of self-determination, participation and integration.
With this interface keynote between CTM (club transmediale) and transmediale festival we want to bridge our two festival topics based on evolved qualities of liveness and presence. The internationally known researchers and collaborative practicioners explore the new social and performative qualities of internet-based realtime media and networks and how they re-define our understanding of presence, encounter and sociability.
With their essay Zombie Media, Garnet Hertz and Jussi Parikka approach media archaeology with the aim of making it into an art methodology. Following a presentation of their ideas, the Vilém Flusser Theory Award nominees invite participants to enact the process of circuit bending: Participants will disassemble battery powered devices such as toys to subsequently perform with their customised instruments.
In this Focus Discussion (Track 1) Salvatore Iaconesi, Derrick de Kerckhove, Ursula Endlicher, Heath Bunting and Alessandro Ludovico discuss artworks and artistic forms of practice that explore newer, fluid identity configurations characterised by physical and intangible aspects and the spaces between them.
Kicking off the Herbert Marshall McLuhan Centennial year, this discussion will separate the aphorism from the cliché in one of McLuhan's most radical yet relatively under-explored works, COUNTERBLAST, which the panelists will use to discuss McLuhans transition from English professor to timeless media guru.
The event will launch a special hardcover 'limited edition' facsimile of the original COUNTERBLAST 1954, published by the Gingko Press exclusively for transmediale on the event of the McLuhan anniversary!
With her poetic manifesto Brazilian artist Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez transfers ideas around cultural cannibalism and anthropophagic practices as coined by her countryman Oswald de Andrade in his 1928-text Manifesto Antropófago into the present digital age – For in today's world, it is the virtual world which poses the new frontier making everyone a potential coloniser. In this lecture Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez presents her research paper and manifesto-poem.