In our online archive you can find materials from more than 30 years of transmediale. Browse through 12,000 artworks, events, past participants and collaborators, and texts to explore our festival history.
How do geometries affect us? Which geometric shapes can assist in transcending sovereign infrastructures and in taking collective action? Femke Snelting discusses these questions in relation to her experience as co-moderator of the Affective Infrastructures Study Circle. Starting from the diverse realities, backgrounds, generations, origins, and timezones of the participants, she challenges the promises of circularity and underlines the urge for geometries of non-romantic togetherness and continuous transformation. Snelting asserts that it is only when various constraints, fragilities, and possibilities are taken into account, that new topologies may emerge based on collective desire and action.
If the notion of “affective infrastructures” points not to physical and tangible systems but to elements that are unstructured and felt bodily, how can such infrastructures be grasped, examined, and possibly embraced? Reflecting upon her work and experience with and within the Affective Infrastructure Study Circle, Maya Indira Ganesh discusses the importance of collectively picking up threads, weaving them together, and acknowledging a binding force that might be only ephemeral. As she recalls, interweaves, and expands on some of the topics tackled, Ganesh invites us to consider the traps of neoliberalism’s “mindfulness” and the violence of atmospheric governance, while she also underlines the potential for new forms of coming together that transcend a fixed understanding of belonging.
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Together with the artist Wojciech Kosma, the feminist philosopher Ewa Majewska moderated the transmediale 2019 Study Circle Uneasy Alliances. In her essay she recapitulates the experience of being part of an interdisciplinary working group that discussed online and met in person before the festival, attempting both to untangle the concept of uneasy alliance as well as starting to build one. Her observations lead to the central question if all alliances are, to some extent, uneasy. Instead of lamenting the uncomfortable situations that may come out of such collaborative situations, Majewska tries to push for a transversal approach that allows the subjective and collective experience to co-exist, with all their contradictions.
What do today’s infrastructures of outrage really provide? Can online discussions about incidents of racism assist in overcoming the reproduction of historically unequal Western worlds? Taking as a starting point the viral circulation of a video from the last Indigenous Peoples March, Lou Cornum discusses the problematics and limitations of today’s discourse on decolonization. Going beyond argumentation about the politics of recognition and representation, the article emphasizes that worlds without walls, borders, and prisons can only truly be imagined together with those now struggling against them and who knew no such separations in the first place. As Cornum suggests, it is new forms of “unbordered thinking” that are needed for processes of decolonization to be enacted, and for new ways of living together to emerge.
The 33rd festival edition of transmediale expands to the center of the city: in addition to our main venue HKW, we will present part of the program at Volksbühne Berlin for the very first time.
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In January 2020 we will organize a research workshop together with KIM research group at HfG Karlsruhe to explore AI from the perspective of its limits and vulnerabilities in order to study how AI works—and how it fails. Submit your proposal until 10 November!
What are the limits of acting in solidarity and a progressive liberal vision of the world? Of living an activist life? In today’s heated debates, who speaks for whom and from where at what moment matters, something that the Western liberal world is just starting to learn in what could be understood as necessary project of decolonial re-education. In activist Carolina García Cataño’s short reflections gathered here, such questions enter the often frenetic flow of everyday life, between media, networks, and people. Here, contradictory politics become inhabited reality and often find their expression in uneasy feelings. Letting such feelings lead to resentment is today’s knee-jerk reaction but, to prove other responses are possible, the result of García Cataño’s ruminations is rather a call for joyful resistance.
The 8th issue of the open-access journal APRJA under the title Machine Feeling is out now! It is a result of our ongoing collaboration with Aarhus University as part of which we annually organize a research/PhD workshop related to our festival themes. The call for the upcoming workshop Research Networks is open until 30 September.
This text, Depths and Densities, constitutes the report of a workshop of the same name that Femke Snelting, Helen Pritchard and Jara Rocha conducted during transmediale 2019 as part of their long-term project Possible Bodies. Possible Bodies, a disobedient action-research project, works with “the body” as a complex, concrete, and at the same time fictional entity. Moreover, its participants analyze it in the context of technological infrastructures and techniques such as tracking, modelling, and scanning. In text report, Jara Rocha compiles voices and quotes from the experiences of the workshop: a trans*feminist experiment in which open-source applications for geo-modeling were collectively examined, especially in relation to various regimes in which geo-modeling operates—regime examples are truth, representation, language, or political ideology. Referencing the aim of the workshop, to disrupt and redirect the extractivist tendency of tools for earth surveyance and calculation, the report is written in the form of a “bug report.”
The PhD workshop Machine Feeling took place in response to the theme of transmediale 2019 and focused on the ability of technologies to capture and structure feelings and experiences that are active, in flux, and situated in the present.
Associated with the festival theme of transmediale 2020, the next PhD/research workshop asks how we think about networks under post-digital conditions and what this means for research. Submit your proposal now!