conference tm.09

conference tm.09

The process of climate change is a dramatic multidimensional phenomenon signaling the need for a fundamental shift and renewal of cultural agency. The transmediale.09 conference 'Making/Thinking' proposes an open forum of debate, creating a space between manifesto and how-to for revealing the complex dynamic of this planetary transformation process and considering its impact on social, cultural and political systems. Emerging from veritable geo-political blind spots, paradigmatic events in human history - such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center or the most recent banking crisis - seem to unleash their radical capacity all at once, breaking through history, blowing across boundaries and ripping through political systems and cultural traditions. Political philosopher Carl Schmitt, making the distinction between 'the real enemy' and 'the absolute enemy' hints at the possibility of enacting cultural techniques in confronting the massive scale of the threats we are facing. If climate change represents the "absolute enemy" of our age, where new realities are bom out of revolutions, not out of easy transitions, what are dynamics we can seize upon to reconfigure the biological, cultural and technological system called earth? Time is mnning out...

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