Networks may be everywhere today, but what better way to strengthen or test yours than at a transdisciplinary event? Transmediale is the leading annual festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, bringing together international artists, researchers, activists and thinkers to develop new views on our technological era.
Film still from Swatted by Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, ©2018
Taking place for the 33rd time this year, Transmediale centres on a symposium, varying exhibition formats, talks, films and videos, performances and a student forum. Inspired by the pre-Internet idea of networks, Transmediale 2021 lasts for a whole year.
Seeking to encourage a comprehensive re-evaluation of networks as technological, social and artistic infrastructures and their limits, Transmediale also aims to draw attention to the limits of Internet-based networks while highlighting alternatives to help bring around sustainable social change. A number of discussions and workshops aim to explore these ideas, while new pieces of artwork which both refute and reform networks will be presented in the group, month-long exhibition.
© Jan Gerber and Sebastian Lütgert
Highlights of Transmediale
Facilitating critical reflection and processes of cultural transformation from a post-digital perspective, the Exhibition - The External Network presents historical and contemporary artistic positions which question cultural technological networks. The film and video component, for instance, is set to focus on online video cultures and how they have shifted over time through both artistic and documentary perspectives and includes a feature film, selection of short films, talks and lectures.
The symposium offers visitors a chance for in-depth exchange, screenings and performances from over 50 artists and thinkers who seek to explore the past era of network idealism while asking what a future beyond the network of society may look like.
© LaTurbo Avedon and Myriam Bleau, Eternity Be Kind at Mutek 2018, Ella Rinaldo
Attending Transmediale 2021
Keen to examine networks as social, technological and artistic infrastructures through a number of mediums with like-minded individuals? For more details on the full programme, visit the Transmediale website.
Thumb: The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger