Partner Exhibition: future past - past future

Partner exhibition at SUPERMARKT, Brunnenstrasse 64, 13355 Berlin

Artists: Bill Balaskas, Egemen Demirci, Sirin Bahar Demirel, George Drivas, The Erasers, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Marinos Koutsomichalis, Afroditi Psarra, Maria Varela, Nur Balkır Kuru, NAGLEDNA, Kamen Stoyanov, Can Sungu, Malve Lippmann, Borjana Ventzislavova

Curator: Sandra Naumann
Opening: 25 January 2014, 19:00 (Opening performance by Georgios Papadopoulos and Carsten Lisecki We want to coach you tonight)
Open daily 26 January - 2 February 2014, Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00


Did the future look better in the past? Today, has the future already turned into the past? Or is it perhaps that nowadays the past seems almost blissful compared to the present in which we actually live? What concepts of the future exist in times of social, economic and political crisis, in times of spreading poverty, corruption and mistrust towards democratic processes? Do visions of a better future exist at all? Or have we already caught up with our blooming future visions and dumped them in the dustbin of history?

The title of the exhibition refers to the storyline of "Days of Future Past" from the 1980s comic series "The Uncanny X –Men". It tells the story of a dystopian future in 2013, in which the total collapse of the world can only be averted by a journey into the past. In fact, it turns out that this possible future cannot simply be deleted, it can only be replaced by a different future.

future past – past future not only asks about the possible alternative future scenarios, but also about the relationship between the past, present and future in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. To what extent do current and historical events play a role in the visions of the future in this inextricably interwoven region? How do these countries’ respective historical identities and individual stories of their own history, shape the ideas of a possible tomorrow? What conflicts exist between those who are looking for the future in the eternal yesterday and those who want to overturn the norms of tradition?

If it was possible to turn back time and its course opened up to different directions, what would they be? What would the past future look like, and in the meantime what would become of the present time?

The exhibition connects to the theme of the next festival in 2014. Under the title of "afterglow" the festival focuses on the end of the digital revolution - as digital culture becomes more and more a post-apocalyptic wasteland; censored, controlled, monitored and dominated by a few rulers. At the same time, transmediale is also looking for new, as yet unknown forms of culture beyond the digital.

future past – past future therefore also asks about the power of old and new media. The statement "the revolution has been televised" could be applied not only to the Arab Spring, but also to the mass demonstrations in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey captured by countless mobile phone and television cameras and sent out into the world. But what is the reality behind the images disseminated by the mass media? How do these images find their way into an artistic involvement with the protest movements? How is the expression of public protest reflected in the media arts? What methodologies of resistance have been developed in media arts? How is the battle waged for media coverage, for dominance in the social networks and government censorship?


Guided tour with artist talks and discussion, SUPERMARKT
Saturday, 1 February 14:00-16:00

During a tour through the exhibition artists and curator talk about the works on display. Representatives of the Goethe institutes Athens, Ankara and Sofia inform about the ArtUP! project on whose initiative this exhibition was realised in cooperation with transmediale. A following discussion offers the opportunity to get into conversation with all participants.

With curator Sandra Naumann, artists Sirin Demirel, Egemen Demirci, George Drivas, Can Sungu & Malve Lippmann, Raycho Stanev (NAGLEDNA), Yorgos Kakanakis, Yorgos Konstantinidis and Sotiris Mitsios (The Erasers), Borjana Ventzislavova as well as Katerina Gkoutziouli, Pavlina Mladenova, Nico Sandfuchs, Gerlinde Buck, Bianka Reckenbeil as representatives oft he Goethe institutes Athens, Ankara and Sofia and transmediale festival manager Markus Huber

The exhibition is a project of
the Goethe-Institut,
ArtUP! media art platform
transmediale festival for art and digital culture

and SUPERMARKT Creative Resource Center