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.
In real-time: a myriad of simultaneous events is spatially framed and underscored by the festival's architecture. Two elements serve as a physical frame for the changing programme of workshops and presentations that take place in quick succession. An abstract landscape unfolds as a bridge between foyer and exhibitions hall becoming a space of action and a three-dimensional projection screen at the same time. Light textile bands function as mobile walls and define several flexibel multi-purpose spaces.
CoS (Consciousness of Streams) activates transmediale.11 as an ubiquitous, cross-medial publica(c)tion live stream that will not end with the festival itself. CoS is an environment, a workshop series, a performative practice, and an insider view on our new way of life where cities, relationships, businesses and leisure have become information displays. Acting as the CoS Input/Output channel for the stream will be Angel_F, the digital son of Derrick the Kerckhove and the digital prostitute Biodoll.
In the lead up to transmediale.11, Adam Hyde of FLOSS Manuals facilitated a team of six core authors in an intensive 5 day Book Sprint to produce transmediale's newest 'parcours' edition An Open Web. The book, which is meant to initiate debate about what an open web can and should be, will be available in a limited edition for sale at the festival!
One of the annual festival highlights, the event will take place tonight, Saturday 5 Feb, in the Auditorium. Stephen Kovats, Dieter Daniels, Micz Flor, Claudia Becker and Mark Surman will talk us through all of this year's 14 nominated artworks and projects. Finally we will find out who wins transmediale.11's transmediale Award, the Vilém Flusser Theory Award and the new Open Web Award! At the end of the ceremony Stephen Kovats will moreover introduce Kristoffer Gansing, the new artistic director of transmediale joining us from Sweden.
Among a formidable list of awards and accolades, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s latest film Women Art Revolution consistently wins the audience, demonstrated by the standing ovations!
This screening will bring together a set of works from the 1970s through to the present, curated by Laura Sillars, Director of Site Gallery, Sheffield.
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.