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.
The 2011 Open Web Book Sprint, the follow-up to the 2010 Collaborative Futures Book Sprint, took place at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB), between 17 and 21 January 2011, in the lead up to transmediale.11. During this time six sprinters – Michelle Thorne, Christopher Lee Adams, Jon Phillips, Alejandra Perez, Mick Fuzz and Barry Threw – were 'locked' into a room at .CHB to produce an entire book from scratch. This year's sprint was also facilitated by Adam Hyde from FLOSS Manuals, with a book that intends to define the contours of what an Open Web should and could be, and why it is essential for guaranteeing our own cultural expression and freedoms.
This focus discussion explores the processes of subjectivation as field of resistance and power asymmetry. How can we organize movements of resistance to immaterial and material forms of biopower without necessarily becoming the other of power?
‘Free’ and ‘open’ – it sounds so idealistic and limitless. The so-called Open Culture has produced many alternative approaches in dealing with knowledge and information, but, on the other hand, the utopias of free access constantly breed confusion. This discussion focuses on the future agenda of the Free Culture movement and provides guidance for all those who are confused by too much ‘freedom’.
With software processes entering broadcasting culture, a young generation of hands-on thinkers and producers has become attracted to radio as a medium for community projects and artistic endeavours alike. This global panel of broadcast pioneers and radio artists looks at the unique qualities of radiophonic practice and explores the future of experimental transmission.
The new quality of live media and networks, that is, the hybridisation and increasing biologisation of communication technologies, create a biomedial environment in which the body no longer seems to be the basis of perception.
Tim Etchells (uk), Adrian Heathfield (uk)
In the context of an increasingly mobile culture, participants discuss key development processes and the paradigm of physical co-presence as a common space of mutual experience.
For some time now, an increasing conjecture of play and playfulness has been unfolding in media art and digital culture. Ludic Interfaces invites the public to partake in a playful and interactive discussion in which the meta-reflective potential of ludology for contemporary media art will be tested.
In this keynote conversation (Track 2) the philosophers Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Maurizio Lazzarato, investigate the new dimension of bioeconomy, that is the economy of life in the realm of digital networks.