transmediale 2014

transmediale 2014 afterglow

Between shiny high-tech, e-waste dumps, big data businesses and mass surveillance schemes: Under the title afterglow, the 27th edition of transmediale explored our present post-digital moment as one in which former treasures of our mediatised life are turning into trash. International researchers, artists and activists focused on the ambivalent condition of current digital culture, looking towards a future in which media technologies have become part of daily life, turning into physical and immaterial waste.

transmediale 2014 adopted the afterglow of the digital revolution as a starting point to deal with some of the burning issues of today and to invent new speculative practices.


Festival design 2014 by The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger

Festival design 2014

The visual world of transmediale festival 2014 opens up a more heterogeneous discourse than former festival editions. It brings together the sophisticated world of today's contemplation- and high-tech developments. Both ways try to grasp the innermost mind of the human, fill it with their ideology of being. The feel of the "afterglow" arrives from the contrast and the ambiguities in the process of making sense of the festival imagery: showing mostly dichotomies of our daily lives. Uneasyness in a world of supposed total ease: "How do you feel today?"

Visual references of the afterglow

Ashton Kutcher advertises the yoga pad of lenovo. Yoga and alike are far more than a lifestyle: a commitment to certain forces through which you attain enlightment, or at least strength to deal your busy life. 40 years after the first (tech-)hippies of silicion valley almost got forgotten the yoga movement became mainstream and its lingo is also used by life-style-tech-products, the quite upcoming extension of your body.

"How it feels" Google Glasses advertisement

Trying to get a better punch line effect of the rather abstract term "afterglow" we developed the line "How Do You Feel Today?". References to Microsoft ("Where do you want to go today?") and Google ("How it feels") are pretty clear in this case.

Wearable technology

The afterglow gets recorded and commented simultaneously in your Google glasses. The design takes its type-concept from this tool of clear vision. (Typeface: Roboto) Also the transparency of certain design elements is a straight reference to the Google glasses aesthetic.


Festival design 2014 by The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger.

Festival architecture 2014 by raumlaborberlin

Festival architecture 2014



Festival architecture by raumlaborberlin: Andrea Hoffmann, Markus Bader with Claire Mothais, Winnie Westerlund

Picture of "Waste Circuits (2013)", performance by Dani Ploeger
Picture of "Afamako", performance by Jelili Atiku
Picture of Benjamin H. Bratton, Metahaven and Ryan Bishop (left to right) at "Keynote: The Black Stack"
Impression of the panel "An Ecosystem of Excess"
Picture of "Ceremonial Chamber", performance by MSHR
Audience at "Hello Bitcoin", performance by Geraldine Juárez
Picture of Bruce Sterling at "afterglow effects: transmediale 2014 opening ceremony"
Picture of Jamie Allen at "afterglow effects: transmediale 2014 opening ceremony"