Punchcard Economy, the tiny knitting factory located in the cafe stage area during transmediale, is London-based video artist and knitting enthusiast Sam Meech's attempt to fuse the analog with the digital. At a glance, it would seem that people were simply operating knitting machines and nothing more. But, quite a bit more conceptual flavor was at a play.
We tend to think of drones as either military menaces or personal helicopter-like toys. But, in Nadav Assor and Yoni Goldstein's Lessons on Leaving Your Body we get an altogether different kind of animal. Or, in this case, a cyborg.
There is a summit of techno-monks at transmediale's CAPTURE ALL. Known as unMonastery, this collective of social innovators considers itself a "social clinic for the future" with the goal of addressing issues such as empty space, unemployment, and depleting social services.
At yesterday's "All Watched Over by Algorithms" conference, panelists weighed in on our algorithmic watchmen. Inspired by American countercultural novelist Richard Brautigan's poem "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace", panelists variously suggested the ideology of Big Data is the ideology of capitalism; that pattern recognition produces paranoid states; and data mining reduces human beings to animals incapable of questioning their profilers.
After last night's opening ceremony, transmediale entered its first full day of programming, and all manner of panels, exhibitions, installations, and screenings took place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Many attendees will be immediately drawn to the exhibition, which features works from a number of new media artists trying to chart a creative course through this brave new world of big data. Below are some of the CAPTURE ALL exhibition's highlights, but by no means the only great work to be seen at transmediale.
CTM & transmediale Collaborative Concert II. Double Vision, eine neue Kollaboration zwischen dem vielseitigen Musiker Atom™ und dem australischen Intermedia-Künstler Robin Fox. Zusammen mit der Performance Black Smoking Mirror von Gert-Jan Prins’ & Martijn van Bovens.