this year transmediale was back in Haus der Kulturen der Welt which is a big and perfect location for such an event. Not only because again it was gathering people from allround the world related to the digital art bubble for communication, inspiration and conspiration.
and conspire. was even the theme of this years transmediale. but the fact that an artwork is incomprehensibly not necessarily means that it´s conspirativ – some works in the exhibtion were hard to /unpack – not only because of a missing text which might give you an idea. But i think it´s a strange human habbit anyway to try to comprehend everything. and if you need to satisfy your understanding of art reception – insert a coin.
documentation of the festival, like lectures and interviews can be found on transmediale archiv and here
part of the club transmediale were the xxxxx-workshops which where held in the ballhaus naunyn. i tried to participate in all the workshops, but due to lack of sleep and a missed flight to berlin i only participated in the digital theremin workshop which was held by andrey smirnov from the theremin center in moscow and derek holzer. smirnov introduced us to the history of the known theremin instrument and lots of interesting info about leon theremin and his other inventions and his connections to secret services.
after a short introduction of pd by derek holzer, who also curated the worskhop series together with Martin Howse, we started to play around with the small digital theremin boards connected either via arduino board or via the standard mic/line input of our computers… pretty cool stuff the small digital theremin boards – because of digital tuning of the two oscillators it is very convenient and usefull even for installations, because there is no need for manual tuning which is a problem for analog theremins. so this was really a very good and interesting workshop which i was happy to attend. it was organized by pickledfeet and they are very active in knowledge transfer – so watch out for upcoming events.
little advice in the end : don´t try pd on macbooks with leopard yet – it nearly destroyed my computer, because it didn´t go to sleep mode after i closed it.
Da uns der Schirm etliche neue Spielformen bietet und ich mir nicht sicher war ob es ok ist es an mich selbst per Interview auf einem Blog feature den ich mitbetreibe, haben wir abgesehen vom Schirm noch ein neues Format entwickelt: Das Interviewbattle – Gordan vs. Emanuel
Gordan erklärt im ersten Teil des Videos seine Projekt “Constraint City”, nit dem er infolge den 3. Preis den Transmediale Awards gewonnen hat. Emanuel Andel präsentiert seine Arbeit “Knife.Hand.Chop.Bot”.
Another group of Moving Forest Action was supported by Superbertram, the streaming bot guy who i am. I ended up being locked to the building and doing public video broadcasting for 3 days and nights at the castle.. You find the Flickr-sets at http://flickr.com/photos/superbertram/sets/
chat by aram bartholl is a mobile messaging system – people with portable keyboards – followed by moving speech bubbles – projecting the messages above their heads. you might know aram bartholl from his other works like TV-Filter and Random Screen
24 hours docu of a performance. 70 workers dismantle and rebuild a wooden sculpture representing the time. every minute it had to be rebuild again. by mark formanek, datenstrudel @ exhibtion – transmediale.08 – conspire.
the special player performance is a project from 02L and was a external event of Transmediale – took place in berlins spacestation c-base. it was a special performance, but also functioned as an interactive installation where people were invited to freak the dancefloor…
The Transmediale Festival 2008 “Conspire” will open it’s doors next week. The Festival runs from 30th of Jan till 3rd Feb 2008. The Openng will take place im “Haus der Kulturen der Welt“on Tuesday evening. A detailed Programm is ready for download here.
We will have a look behind the curtains and provide you with Artist and Organizer interviews Videos as well as workshop documentation from the Club Transmediale, which already starts today. The program of CTM as well as Transmediale look really interesting, also the festival moved back to the HKW – we’re eagerly looking forward for this one!
By exploring subversive artistic methodologies and developing (counter-) conspiratorial strategies to uncover new forms of expression and digital discourse CONSPIRE… will attempt to enter the increasingly prevalent yet ambiguous worlds of network induced narratives, cryptic environments and speculative inquiry.
Another upcoming Festival is the Share Festival in Turin, Italy. It run from 11th – 16th of March. The Guys from Share Festival will also organize events at the c-base during the Transmediale, check them out here.