Transmediale 2013- Darkness Bright

As a collaborative program of transmediale and ctm-festival several audiovisual and audio performances were presented at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt to merge the ideas behind both festival themes:

“The synchronicity of different temporalities, the increasing blurriness of terms such as near and far, natural and synthetic, and the paradox of simultaneous excess and scarcity are all seen as effects of a dissolution of boundaries fomented by the digitalization of cultural artefacts and their production.”

At the previous evening Vanessa Ramos Velasquez performed together with A Guy Called Gerald “Coded Narratives” a retro-furistic, campfire type of experience for the audience as active participants. Articulated by the proto-programming language of Morse Code the audience was generating live the Sound via text input, handing around a tablet. The written words or just letters were screened at the front of the auditorium, so that everyone was able to read the messages, while A Guy Called Gerald was doing the composition.

After a miscarried attempt to get conversation through Skype with the infamous Chilean author, comic book writer, esoteric and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, two sci-fi inspired performances were shown:

Demdike Stare were appropriating Jodorowsky and Moebius imagery especially for this night.

 

The second performance by Gatekeeper takes us on an otherworldly tour through their fictive ecosystem “Exo”, a music and game environment.

 

Both are also engaged at the Donaufestival in Krems this year.

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