Opening Ceremony: ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale
Shifts in the space-time of networks, media artifacts, and lived experience are enacted at the opening ceremony of transmediale ever elusive. A series of performative and audiovisual teasers from the program introduce various approaches to the past, present, and future of media cultures and confuse the linearity of these terms. Along these lines, Rasheeda Phillips and Moor Mother present their philosophy of Black Quantum Futurism, which proclaims taking control of your own future, and letting it collide and shape your current reality. A short film from Olia Lialina and Kevin Bewersdorf revisits early Internet culture and its mystification of technology. Finally, in a live teaser of their joint performance Lexachast, Bill Kouligas and Amnesia Scanner, aided by the algorithms of Harm van den Dorpel, dig deep into the unpredictable nature of online visual culture. Speeches by high-profile guests from cultural politics, the festival's artistic director, and the director of HKW accompany the opening ceremony outlining the context, themes, and program of ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale.