"The afterglow is an intense red glow of the atmosphere long after sunset (or long before sunrise), when most twilight colors should have disappeared. The afterglow is caused by dust in the high stratosphere, which catches the hues of the twilight arch below the horizon. The afterglow is commonly seen during or after volcanic eruptions, which deposit large amounts of dust and ash into the high atmosphere." Weatherscapes
"afterglow refers to positive physical and mental effects that linger after the main effects of a drug have subsided, or after the peak experience has subsided. This state is often characterized by feelings of detachment or increased psychological clarity." Wikipedia
In its 27th edition, the transmediale festival will explore our present post-digital moment as one where media technologies and mediatic practices that were once treasure(d) are turning into trash. While the hype cycle of the digital seems stuck on endless repeat, perpetually tied to shiny high-tech, it is clear that the post-social media hype moment is of a different nature than that of the disillusion of the post dot.com years. As media technologies have now become completely integrated into everyday life, they function similarly to natural resources, producing physical and immaterial waste products that get appropriated in such diverse contexts as e-waste dumps, big data businesses and mass surveillance schemes. transmediale 2014 is interested in this junk, detritus and garbage hovering between the margins and centres of post-digital culture.
The starting point is to consider this in between state as an 'afterglow' moment of the digital: afterglow being that moment of deep twilight when the dust that has risen from the earth into the atmosphere is temporarily lit up; as well as being a term that refers to the either positive or negative mental after effects of drug use. afterglow is meant to conjure up the ambivalent state of digital culture, where what seems to remain from the so-called digital revolution is a futuristic nostalgia for the shiny high-tech it once promised us but that is now crumbling in our hands. The challenge that this moment poses is how to use that state of post-digital culture in between trash and treasure as a chance from which to invent new speculative practices. These should resist nostalgic or defeatist ideas, yet still use waste as a starting point from which to deal with the burning issues of today.
The afterglow is the moment after the digital revolution, that is now turning into dust as we struggle to find new pathways in the wastelands of its aftermath.
transmediale takes you into the current post-digital afterglow according to its unique transversal approach, combining different topics, formats and methodologies from art, science and popular culture. The distinctive programme strategy of transmediale 2014 is a concentration on new and commissioned works. Following this logic, a main component of the exhibition programme will be Art Hack Day Berlin : Afterglow. After two intense days of hacking and crafting in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the results of this art-hackathon will be exhibited on-site. More than 70 artists/hackers from 15 countries will collaboratively create an instant exhibition following the thematic of afterglow in this second of two joint events by Art Hack Day, LEAP and transmediale. Moving away from the standardised curated exhibition format, Art Hack Day Berlin : Afterglow instead follows a processual methodology that explores the poetics of the instantaneous.
The exhibition programme will also present the outcomes of two artist in residency programmes that have taken place in 2013. Pinar Yoldas will display her new work An Ecosystem of Excess in a solo exhibition at the Schering Stiftung. Framed by a speculative approach, this piece investigates the possible evolutionary consequences of the Pacific trash vortex. Furthermore, Jamie Allen and David Gauthier will premiere their new work CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE which interfaces with the festival architecture and social situations.
In the screening programme curated by Marcel Schwierin, we will feature the unsettling collages of American film artist Luther Price in a special screening and an opening installation. Moreover, Louis Henderson's documentary Lettres du Voyant poetically thematises the reuse of e-waste in connection to Internet fraud in Ghana. In another screening, video and computer artist Elizabeth Vander Zaag will be present, showing works from her pioneering Digit series. Overall, the screening programme consists of seven installations and eight screenings.
The conference programme will revolve around three key streams: "Hashes to Ashes" on the new political identities of the afterglow, "The Afterglow of the Mediatic" on media materials and their decay and "Will You Be My Trashure?" on post-digitalism in the field of mediated sexuality. For the keynotes of the streams, the renowned American film director Laura Poitras will be joined by Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum in an explosive conversation for the "Hashes to Ashes" stream, chaired by Tatiana Bazzichelli. Art and design theorist Benjamin H. Bratton will be in conversation with the design duo Metahaven for our "The Afterglow of the Mediatic" stream chaired by Jussi Parikka and Ryan Bishop. For the "Trashure" stream, chaired by Francesco 'Warbear' Macarone Palmieri and Katrien Jacobs, Japanese researcher and artist Sputniko! will deliver a performative keynote.
Lucky Dragons is among the highlights of the performance programme, presented in cooperation with CTM festival. Together with local guest musicians, the duo will perform a new installment of their evolving intermedial work Actual Reality.
Further afterglow updates will follow soon!
Wed 29 Jan - Sun 2 Feb 2014
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
transmediale Opening Ceremony 29.01
Partner exhibitions and events will take place all over the city, starting 22.01.
Our Early Bird Tickets are now sold out! From now on, tickets to the regular prices are available. You have the possibility to purchase festival passes with access either to transmediale 2014, CTM.14 or to both festivals with our special Kombi Passes.
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If you are working as an art professional, researcher, curator or in a similar profession, you might be eligible for professional accreditation at transmediale 2014 and CTM.14. Application for professional accreditation is possible from 1 November 2013 until 15 January 2014.
transmediale 2014 and CTM.14 reserve the right to evaluate the applications and also reserve the right to deny your request. Please note that max. two registrations from the same department / institution / company will be considered during evaluation process.
The fee for accreditation is 100 EUR (incl. 7% VAT, excl. handling charges) and will give access to almost all transmediale and CTM events, as well as bonus material.
Welcome to the press area of transmediale 2014 afterglow.
Please visit our general press section to download our press releases, our press kit with information about the festival programme, the press conference of transmediale 2014 as well as our press photos.
Application for press accreditation is possible from 1 November 2013 until 15 January 2014. The fee for accreditation is 15 EUR for transmediale only and 20 EUR for transmediale and CTM (incl. 7% VAT, excl. handling charges).
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We would like to thank all applicants for this year's thematic call for works. After a long process of evaluation and programme finalisation, we have now selected all works to be presented at the festival. If transmediale has not contacted you yet, unfortunately your work is not amongst these. We still hope to see you from 29 January to 2 February 2014 for the afterglow and wish you all the best!
You can read our thematic call for works here.
Photo Credit: Marina Bay Light and Water Show | Flickr William Cho (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)