transmediale 2016 (Berlin, Germany)

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The next edition of transmediale follows the format of a “Conversation Piece” which unfolds through a series of dialogues and participatory formats that articulate the most burning topics of post-digital culture today and that reflect the main ongoing themes of transmediale.

Conversation starters are everywhere as constant communication has become a mundane feature of post-digital culture. But to define common starting grounds for conversation in today’s agonistic and rapidly changing cultural landscape is a daunting if not impossible task. Against the backdrop of different processes of social transformation, 17th and 18th century European painters perfected the group portrait painting known as the “Conversation Piece” in which the everyday life of the aristocracy was depicted in ideal scenes of common activity. The Conversation Piece that is transmediale 2016 references and problematises the ideal of finding common ground through four interconnected thematic streams: Anxious to Act, Anxious to Make, Anxious to Share and Anxious to Secure.

Through these streams we take a critical look at what we could today think about as the fragmented and contradictory “ideal scenes” of cultural production and life under digital capitalism. Can the anxiousness to take part or not to take part in these idealised activities be used in a way that does not only lead to reactionary positions based on fear and exclusion?

What are the possible new values and methodologies of cultural co-production that allows itself not only to be “open” and “free” but that also in radical ways engage questions of security, sharing, collective ways of acting and new ways of making in the post-digital culture?

CTM Festival 2016 (Berlin, Germany)

Digitization and globalization are profoundly transforming the contemporary music landscape towards increased cultural hybridity. The course of these changes is reflected in today’s music as it tests relationships between local and global practices, regional identity and cosmopolitan reach, physical locations and virtual spaces, and human agency and autonomous processes in nature and technology. Feedback arises within this new hybridity, creating short-circuits that extend the possibilities and repertoire of current music even further. With the New Geographies theme, CTM 2016 aims to present a range of artistic forms from the present and recent past in order to explore the central roles that this hybridity and relational geography now plays in the global music scene. The 17th edition thus aims to explore music and sound practices that respond to these developments, and to provide the conceptual tools needed to approach the complexities of a polycentric, polychromatic, and increasingly hybrid (music) world with greater openness.

CTM Festival 2016 (Berlin, Germany)

CTM 2016 New Geographies examines today’s rapidly collapsing borders and emerging new hybrid topographies, as well as the tensions and essentialist backlashes that arise as a response to these changes. Special projects and commissions, as well as artists and sound cultures emanating from less familiar countries and localities and often operating on the fringes of the electronic circuit are featured in greater numbers than ever before. CTM 2016 mixes these diverse viewpoints into a programme of concerts, performances, exhibition works, discourse programme and more, with the aim to offer a sonic framework for today’s seemingly fervent times of crisis.

From 29 January – 7 February 2016, CTM 2016 returns to its previously established constellation of a range of Berlin’s most exciting nightlife and cultural venues, including HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berghain, Yaam and Astra.

Iconographies by Quayola at NOME (Berlin, Germany)

Quayola’s Iconographies are part of an ongoing project that analyzes Renaissance and Baroque paintings through computational methods. Quayola transforms religious and mythological scenes into complex abstract formations, creating alternative versions of the old masterpieces by removing the paintings from their historical narratives.

Quayola’s newest works represent a continuation of an ongoing project that employs computational methods to translate iconic paintings into abstract compositions made of points, lines, geometries, hues, saturations and texts. Quayola’s abstract forms become distinct through their power of differentiation, allowing a new visual language to emerge that addresses both object and process. As writer, artist and academic Daniel Rourke suggests, we are invited to active perception:
“/Iconographies/ asks the viewer to slash and sunder, to cut and separate, to hack and cleave, to slit, rive, rip, dissect, and disunite with our wandering eyes and reactivated minds.”

h/t The Creators Project

ArtFutura 2015: Collective Intelligence

The ArtFutura festival is organized as a network where all the cities involved share a common theme, catalog, website and the same audiovisual program.

ArtFutura 2015 edition will start on November 5th and will arrive to more than 20 cities.

The screenings are programmable over the following six months and the local calendar is defined at the discretion of each center or museum.

Buenos Aires
Mexico DF
Palma (Mallorca)
Punta del Este
Saint Brieuc
Santiago de Chile
Sao Paulo

DRKRM @ DAM Gallery Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

The exhibition DRKRM explores the different aspects of GIF animation as an artwork, which found widerspread distribution in the internet in the last 20 years. GIF animations are subject to specific principles, which motivated some artists to create a wide range of many-sided artworks. DAM Gallery presents for the first time in a complete “Darkroom” a variety of animations on screens and as projections which will redefine the space.

Festival of Lights 2015 (Berlin, Germany)

Each year in October, Berlin turns into a city full of light art. The artful displays of the landmarks, monuments, buildings and places make the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS one of the best known light art festivals in the world. National as well as international artists present light installations and thus, transform the city into a huge stage. They tell stories, draw attention to the special and present their cultures, arts, crafts and messages. Berlin landmarks, historical places, streets, squares, trendy neighborhoods and hotspots of recent history are staged with light.

Wear It Festival 2015 (Berlin, Germany)

At Wear It Festival tech entrepreneurs, designers, companies, investors, scientists and media representatives meet to present, and experience, the most exciting innovations in the field of wearables. Our topics include fashion, health, IoT and materials.

Fashion Tech Show & Exhibition (Berlin, Germany)

Experience the latest trends in wearable technology and digital design at the FashionTech Show & Exhibition.

Join us for an inspirational FashionTech design market, live painting performances, and an innovative catwalk set to blur the lines between technology and fashion. Stick around for the afterparty to chat and chill with designers, and finish the day off with a few last stylish surprises.


// FashionTech Market Exhibition (Starts at 12:00)
// Live Art Performances
// FashionTech Catwalk (22:00)
// AfterParty w/ DJs, VJs, and Live Performances
// Food & Drinks

Kick off 12:00 until late!

Also, in between the exhibition & the catwalk we recommend checking out the following event:

FashionTech is an event in cooperation with PLATOON KUNSTHALLE Berlin, and POP UP Fashion Berlin.

Come see the future of fashion!