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Transmediale 2013- The Miseducation of Anya Major

BWPWAP-Back when Pluto was a planet: This years transmediale took Pluto and it’s reclassification as a metaphor for how quickly cultural imaginaries can change and be contested in a world driven by parallel and shifting paradigms.

Under the main title ” The Miseducation of Anya Major” three different exhibitions engaged with new interpretations of effects, uses and development of contemporary media, investigating questions of knowledge, learning and education.

As an initial point macintosh’s commercial for their first computer in 1984 was taken, where the actress, and real-life athlete, named “Anya Major” played the heroine. The exhibition series makes reference to her as a way of remembering and reimagining the rebellious spirit she embodies and took her “miseducation” not as a jeremiad about how she has been deliberately fed with false informations and withheld important knowledge in order to keep her in a subordinate and passive position. On the contrary, it’s the vision of the reemergence of a critical and creative media literacy that, like Anya Major, escapes the forces of control to express disobedient engagement with the media of contemporary society.

“Tools of Distorted Creativity” presented a series of contemporary works that expands the notions of software tools and their affordance of creativity in nonconformist and  even dysfunctional directions.

A retrospective show of Sonia Landy Sheridan revealed her experimentations with machines of technological society as instruments of the philosophical mind and artistic imagination from inside educational institutions.

The Installation “Evil Media Distribution Centre”, by the duo YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji) is an artistic response to the book “Evil Media” (2012) written by Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey.


66 authors were invited to choose a “grey media” object, whose mediations “facilitate and amplify the creation of troubling, ambiguous social processes, fragile networks of susceptible activity, opaque zones of knowledge – the “evil media”, and to write a short text about it.

These texts were presented together with “evil media” objects (palletts, forklift, plastic bags, clipboards and projectors) in the setting of a curiosity cabinet designed as a distribution center.

Ideas and materiality were consolidated as a working condition for developing reflective engagement with the evil of media, to encourage an expanded notion of those and how it operates on our participatory behavior.






dOCUMENTA(13) Fiona Hall

Fiona Hall, Nº76 Karlsaue, has turned a wooden house in the Karlsaue Park into a  ” hunter´s  den” where she is adorning the walls with creatures  placed on the IUCN Red List – categorized as vulnerable and endangered species. A metaphor for the embattled state and marginalization of these creatures,  the shredded camouflage garment also hints at the irony that these military disguises  are derived from  animal camouflage – one of nature´s inventions commandeered by modern warfare (text:  The Guidebook).

camera, editing kathrin stumreich

dOCUMENTA(13) Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel, Disabled Theater,  Nº26 Kaskade Cinema

In this project he works with the mentally disabled actors of the  Theater Hora, based in Zurich.
Intellectual  declension – i.e., mental disability – is generally thought of in terms of complete otherness to the condition of the intellectually keen and cultivated public of contemporary art. Jerome Bel chooses to  put  this handicap at the center of exactly this public´s attention, adopting it as a key to the reading of what enables us to think of a common dimension. He sheds light  on the dynamics of exclusion that leads to the marginalization of  those considered unabled to produce, exposing how, on the contrary , they are able to question the very mechanisms of representation, and to hint at existence as a non partitioned mode of presence ( text: The Guidebook).

camera, interview, editing kathrin stumreich

dOCUMENTA(13) Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes, Karlsaue  Nº 147

SANATORIUM is an ongoing performative project that involves eight types of therapy sessions offered to visitors of dOCUMENTA (13) “to treat urban ills.” The content and procedures for these sessions are prepared by the artist and carried out by art students who are trained by Reyes as therapists, analysts, and tutors to the visitors. Sanatorium aims to recover  the idea of Sociatry – a term coined in the 1930s by Jacob Levy Moreno, rather than aims to criticize  current institutional settings.

editing, camera, interview by teslaedison

weise7: the incompatible laboratorium

Honestly: I was about to be disappointed. The transmediale Award, a former highlight of the transmediale is gone – to be replaced with the ‘resource’ program, which is not there yet. One could wonder what happened to all the submission of the call? The transmediale exhibition as well as the club transmediale exhibition were all about ancient video works – a lot of them interesting, no doubt – but what happened to works outside of the rectangular format?
The guys of Weise7, this years artists in the ‘Labor Berlin‘ program of the HKW saved the day. In their exhibition weise7: the incompatible laboratorium they showcase a fine selection of works combining code & objects that show sophisticated concepts, fine craftsmanship and an an unusual high level of technical perfection – but hear the artists talk themselves:

camera: Andreas ‘muk’ Haider
editing: Emanuel Andel & Andreas ‘muk’ Haider

Rainer Prohaska @ Coded Cultures Festival

Rainer Prohaska über seine Arbeit “Transistor” dass im Zuge des Coded Cultures Festival 2011.
Kamera: Andreas ‘muk’ Haider & Emanuel Andel
Schnitt: Franziska Mayr-Keber

Argentinian Pavilion – Curator Rodrigo Alonso on Adrián Villar Rojas work

We’ve been with the curator for the Argentinian Pavilion, Rodrigo Alonso, commenting on this monumental site-specific work from artist Adrián Villar Rojas for “La Biennale” 2011.

Camera: Ulli Armbrüster

Interview: Karina Fernández

Edition: Karina Fernandez


Ars electronica 2011 – origin

As a summary, just to get a short overview, I elected together with an eight-year-old boy his ten favourites, also to focus on  what´s most interesting for the younger generation and how they interact with media art.


“Otamatone”- Novmichi Tosa, Maylsa Denki: musical-note-shaped electric instrument

“Gear Box”- Ulrich Brandstätter & Oliver Buchtala: kind of musical loop-sequencer

“Paro”- Aist : Therapeutic Robot with 5 kinds of sensors: tactile, light, audition, temperature and posture sensors. It can learn to behave in a way that the user prefers and simulates interaction between patients and caregivers.

“TalkTorque-2″- Hideaki Kuzuoka, Hiroshi Kasai, Ikkaku Kawaguchi, Toshimasa Yamanaka: guide robot that utilizes human skills

“Is there a horizon in the deep water?” -HEHE: Helen Evans, Heiko Hansen: Installation, Performance which works through the ecological tragedy, the explosion of the oil platform Deep Horizon in 2010, by reconstructing the event minutely.

“Six-Fourty by Fourty-Eghty”- Jamie Ziegelbaum, Marcelo Coelo: Installation, handy magnetic pixels as an interpretation of the touchscreen principle, by touching they change the color or copy it onto another

“Shadows”- Jyun-ya Kataoka: Installation, device, consisting of a turntable, found at a garage dump, and  strobes from  instant cameras attached to a circle, by rotating the turntable you manipulate the shadows

“Paricles”- Daito Manabe, Motoi Ishibashi: On a construction that resembles a rollercoaster, lightballs can be orchestrated via control-screen to whiz about in all directions and grouped into moving patterns.

“Running through the fog” at the roof of the O.K.-house: just a part of the “Hoehenrausch”

“CCD-me-not-Umbrella”- Mark Shepard: of sentient city survival kit: An umbrella studded with infrared Leds visible only to CCD surveillance cameras, designed to frustrate object-detection-algorithms used in computer vision surveillance systems


FILE Festival Sao Paulo 2011

FILE Festival, Sao Paulo. Huge city, huge exhibition. Like every year, the File Festival manages to show a wide variety of international contemporary new media art. Installations, Performances, Machinima, Animations, Webart,… But they also host Workshops dealing with newest technics and tools and a Symposium which addresses current topics and therefor is a good discursive platform for new media art.

A big difference to most of the new media art festivals is the wide-ranging audience visiting the exhibition. With about 1000 visitors per day and a period of one month it does not only adress the typical new media art nerds.

Because i participated with my installation “skia” in the exhibition and the symposium i had a very limited time frame to document the artworks.

But i even managed to get Christobal Mendoza for an interview, whos collaborative work “nervous structure” was one of my favourites.

Another very poetic and beautiful piece was ADA, an analog interactive installation by Karina Smigla-Bobinski.

The next work i have to explain a bit…. If you stand in front of this screen, your face is tracked and alternately displayed with some movie scenes, where the head of the actors are on the same position in the framing as yours… It is called “movie mirrors” and was made by Ali Miharbi from turkey.

y/our/space: digital art exhibition. vienna 2011

media art, digital art, installations, sculputures, photographie, video and sound….

last spring, you could get a picture about the vararity of works, produced by students of the university of applied arts, department: digital media art. they showed 35 new works in a very special place, an former store for exclusive fur-goods, right in the inner-city of Vienna. was invited to tag this exhibition and had the chance to talk to 10 artists and the two curators, Ruth Schnell and Romana Schuller, about their work.

Interview: Franziska Mayr-Keber
camera: Andreas muk Haider
Edit: Andreas muk Haider, Franziska Mayr-Keber

Interviews with participating artists

we couldn’t catch up with all the 34 represented artists in this exhibition… but at least with a few of them…

Interviews: Franziska Mayr-Keber
Camera: Andreas muk Haider
Edit: Andreas muk Haider

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