For the opening event of the 25th anniversary edition of transmediale, we present a compelling and compressed taster of what will be on offer during the festival. | 31 January 2012, HKW opens 17:00, Opening Ceremony: 18:30, afterwards DJ Set till 23:00
The transmediale 2k+12 identity was designed by Manuel Bürger, Timm Häneke and Till Wiedeck. The design was inspired by the in/compatible theme with the working title Promised Land, primarily reflecting the high expectations of everyday digital technologies. The festival architecture of transmediale 2012 in the foyer of Haus der Kulturen der Welt was conceptualized by raumlaborberlin. The architectural installation comprises elements which, as an ensemble, are reminiscent of domestic living situations.
One can experience a further uneasy aspect of transmediale here on our website by unintentionally activating an intervention called HOTGLUE. It was conceived by Danja Vasiliev together with Gottfried Haider essentially as a Content Manipulation System. For this special transmediale version Matthijs van Henten was also brought in. What HOTGLUE actually is and how it messes with our website, is explained by Danja Vasiliev personally in one of transmediale's in/compatible sound clips.
Incompatibility is the condition that arises when things are not working together. Given the current worldwide crises, be they political, financial, technological or environmental, it may seem as if incompatible elements are everywhere. Ironically, it is the supposedly ever-more compatible media-scape that renders such crises visible. Where do incompatibilities arise and how are they integrated in a world-order predicated on convergence, but also leading to divergence? | Read the full curatorial statement.
transmediale 2012 is an in/compatible being. Incompatibility is the condition that arises when things are not working together. With transmediale 2012, we are investigating the productive and destructive sides of incompatibility as a fundamental condition for cultural production in times of crisis. In this context transmediale 2012 calls for a transversal approach. With our theme in/compatible we are acknowledging that there is equally the need for creative hacks and modifications, as there is a need for a refusal of the quick re-integration into business as usual. Read our programme overview.
transmediale is preparing to get in/compatible in 2012. The theme in/compatible probes the artistic imagination that is developed in a network culture where everything seems to connect, but not all fits in or works together. Under this festival theme we will present a diverse international programme: a two-day thematic symposium, a curated exhibition, an extensive video programme and a performance series which includes the legendary Joshua Light Show. Another highlight is the launch of a new project platform, the reSource for transmedial culture, which will present itself through an experimental programme of workshops, open discussions and performative interventions. The occasion of the 25th anniversary of transmediale will be marked by special screenings and panel discussions. On top of all this, we are partnering up with CTM for a festival Vorspiel consisting of partner events spread all over the city in the weekend immediately preceding our opening.
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.