The eight screening programmes and seven installations featured in transmediale 2014 focus on subjects such as the internet, surveillance, and Big Data as well as electronic, digital and analogue trash. The afterglow theme is seen as gloomy visions of the afterlife of images and technologies in which naïve dreams of a digital revolution, free exchange and equal participation no longer have a place.
Tom Palazzolo, represented in the screening program with the film Ricky and Rocky, has created for the transmediale afterglow a cinematic statement of his outtakes from 1968 and from current material, which can be seen online here.
Call of Duty is one of the most successful first-person shooters in computer gaming history. In the Black Ops instalment from 2010, the action takes place in Nuketown, a city in the American desert where the effects of atomic bombs were tested on people, cars and houses. The ‘residents’ of Nuketown are mannequins.
Billboard advertising has been severely restricted in Greece since 2010. The naked scaffolds that remain in the wake of the crisis can be found across the country, presenting viewers with empty surfaces.