Our understanding of the world exists in fictional and algorithmic logics creating divergent realities that oscillate in and out of sync with one another. From microscopic biomedical imaging, to widespread entertainment, to discreet surveillance technologies, the tools created to measure, map and ultimately dominate the ways we understand our surroundings are based on technical conditions of perception.
As climate and socio-economic crises emerge across different spaces and times, their interrelations are becoming increasingly opaque, yet urgent to grasp. How might scale, one of the tools with which we have come to know the world, be reimagined? And in what way can scale become a lens to observe, measure, question, and rebuild our perceptions, feelings, democratic processes, and technological infrastructures?
As a starting point for the upcoming edition, transmediale will explore how scale sets technological conditions and expectations that cement the positions from which we perceive the world. Opening with a series of calls for proposals and residents, transmediale 2023 welcomes ideas and projects that confront, queer, critique, undo, embrace, imagine, rethink and expose our multi-scalar contemporary technological condition.
The 2023 edition of transmediale calls for proposals that creatively engage with the scale and capability of socio-technical systems. We welcome proposals that explore ways to inhabit, expose, rethink, subvert or queer the multi-scalar nature of our contemporary technological condition.
In collaboration with the Ministry of the Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile and DIRAC - Division for Cultures, Arts, Heritage and Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, transmediale will host two residents for two-month residencies at its studio in Berlin. The residency is open to Chilean or Chilean-based artists and researchers working in the fields of art, science, new media and technology.
In collaboration with Pro Helvetia, transmediale is launching a new residency programme exploring the thematic call of the festival in 2023. Four residents will be selected for a two-month hybrid residency (one month online, one month in transmediale studio). The residency is open to Swiss or Swiss-based artists and artists from Eastern Europe, especially those countries who have been affected by the recent war.
art & digital culture
transmediale creates a space for critical reflection on cultural transformation from a post-digital perspective. For over thirty years, the annual festival for art and digital culture has been bringing together international artists, researchers, activists, and thinkers with the goal of developing new outlooks on our technological era through the entanglement of different genres and curatorial approaches.
Beyond the yearly event, transmediale is a transversal, dynamic platform that facilitates regular publications and year-round activities including commissions and artist residencies. Since 2021 and for the first time in the festival’s history, transmediale owns a public project space - transmediale studio at silent green Kulturquartier - hosting different event formats and a study space throughout the year.