transmediale/festival 28.01.-01.02.2015

Capture All

Capture All

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Professional Accreditation

For professionals from the field of art and culture

Press Accreditation

For press members

Foyer Programme

Daily workshops, project presentations and artistic interventions in the foyer.
Foyer
HKW
29.01.2015

Vorspiel 2015

Pre-programme at project spaces, galleries and cultural actors
09.01.2015

Opening Ceremony

Official festival opening event at the HKW
Auditorium
HKW
19:00
28.01.2015

CTM 2015 - Un Tune

The bodily effects of frequencies, sound, and music
23.01.2015

unMonastery

Redefining the influence of smart technologies
28.01.2015

Professional Accreditation

For professionals from the field of art and culture

Press Accreditation

For press members

Foyer Programme

Daily workshops, project presentations and artistic interventions in the foyer.
Foyer
HKW
29.01.2015

Vorspiel 2015

Pre-programme at project spaces, galleries and cultural actors
09.01.2015

Opening Ceremony

Official festival opening event at the HKW
Auditorium
HKW
19:00
28.01.2015

CTM 2015 - Un Tune

The bodily effects of frequencies, sound, and music
23.01.2015

unMonastery

Redefining the influence of smart technologies
28.01.2015

Capture All

Festival Theme

What do the futures of work, play and life look like through the black
mirror of data?

How will our quantified lives unfold? transmediale 2015 looks at how we make sense of a culture dependant on measurement and automation procedures, and how to act with autonomy within such a culture. We are living in societies and economies defined by a global competitive drive for constant, algorithm-guided optimisation. While debates rage over government and corporations operating to covertly “collect, process and exploit” all communication flows, are our own roles and responsibilities perhaps being downplayed? What are the underlying motivational structures that propel our hard work and play participation in the networks? transmediale 2015 presents artistic responses and speculative scenarios as well as critical thinking on processes of gamification, quantification, ubiquitous networking and algorithmic control and their ways of making the spheres of everyday life, work and play increasingly indistinguishable. We are proud to present a diverse international programme of exhibitions, screenings, conference events, workshops and performances with participants from many different disciplines. Take the unique opportunity offered by the temporary space of the festival to reflect on the future of our datafied society. Read more

Vorspiel & Network Programme



transmediale & CTM Festival cooperate with network partners for distributed pre-festival programme

From 9 January until 1 February 2015, transmediale and CTM Festival cooperate with the Berlin network of project spaces, galleries and independent cultural actors in the field of digital art & culture and experimental sound & music for a distributed programme of partner events. Vorspiel aims at strengthening the dialogue with the two festivals as well as fostering the network of cultural actors and institutions. Parallel to transmediale, our long-year partner CTM Festival under this year's title Un Tune engages with the direct bodily effects of frequencies, sound, and music. Read more



Conference

What does the 'capture all' logic entail and what does it mean to live in an algorithmic world? How does the desired ‘full take’ shape not just the contemporary lived environment but our very being, working and acting within it? The conference programme of transmediale 2015 attempts to map today’s complex algorithmic world, discussing the processes, the phenomena, the technologies and infrastructures involved. Developed around three main streams of CAPTURE ALL, Life, Play and Work, the conference looks into how each of those particular areas are being transformed, and how they all constitute inseparable components of an accelerated capitalism. The speakers of this year’s conference are invited to shed light on the implications of the ‘capture all’ logic and to discuss how new forms of living and being may still be possible. Keynotes, thematic panels, and specialised discussions will take place throughout the festival inviting the audience to follow the discourse and actively take part in it. Read more

Jordan Crandall

is a media artist, theorist, and performer. He is Professor of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego.

Tiziana Terranova

lectures / researches digital media cultures and politics at the Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of Naples, 'L'Orientale'.

Judy Wajcman

engages with theories on the impact of digital technologies on time poverty. She is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology.

McKenzie Wark

is a researcher interested in media, culture, theory and the arts and author Gamer Theory and A Hacker Manifesto.

Sarah Kember

is a writer and academic working with new media, photography and feminist cultural approaches to science and technology. Her latest monograph: Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process.



Exhibition

The 2015 transmediale exhibition, CAPTURE ALL, presents artistic positions that respond to the asymmetries and the misconceptions of a datafying world. The selection, which came together after curatorial research and an open call for works, particularly focuses on the ambiguous relationship and uncanny tension between the user and the algorithm, the self and the constantly evolving apparatus. Can the system still be gamed or has an impasse been reached? Read more

Stakhanov

by Art is Open Source (AOS)

Internet Machine

by Timo Arnall

Face Cages

by Zach Blas

Invisible

by Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Commons

by LaTurbo Avedon

Civilisation VI

by Eastwood - Real Time Strategy Group

FTFY (Fixed That For You)

by Jonas Lund

Jennifer Lyn Morone™, Inc.

by Jennifer Lyn Morone

Mercenary Cubiclists

by Tobias Revell

Body Scan

by Erica Scourti

Networked Optimization

by Sebastian Schmieg & Silvio Lorusso



Screenings

Capture All is a schizophrenic condition for the camera. On one hand, it is a tool for the complete capture of people, be it through face recognition or be it through drones. On the other hand, it is totally useless when it comes to the evaluation the data collected – the age of the algorithm is per se invisible to it. The films and videos of transmediale 2015 illuminate the CAPTURE ALL theme from four perspectives: optimisation of the own body and communication, the Internet as a map-everything information machine, the global Moment of Fear versus the ideology of happiness, and the increase in electronic manipulation. The programme features a total of 44 works, dating from 1937 to 2014, in eight screenings and two video installations. Read more



Performance

This year's performance programme concentrates on audiovisual pieces in the tradition of live-cinema and intermedia works that defy easy categorisation. The artists present live audio-visual feedback in both evolving environments and in the design of speculative tools/instruments. The performances reflect the rigid, controlling structures coming to govern our lives, and work to playfully subvert them. The artists engage the digital domain in the form of algorithms as artistic material, the intersection of urban planning and the cinematic, and through the subversion of musical interfaces. As always, a number of highlight performances are presented in cooperation with the CTM festival in its current iteration, Un Tune. Read more