Luminale 2018: Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design (Frankfurt, Germany)

In its ninth edition, the Luminale 2018 presents a completely renewed concept. As a biennial for light art and urban design, it lights up the streets, squares and houses of the city – in addition to this and beyond, topical questions of urban development also form the focus of its content. The Luminale sees urban design as a complex task for the future in the conflicting areas between economy and ecology, architecture and technology, science and politics. And it also brings together experts and citizens from different fields for debate and conversation.

The Luminale enlightens and illuminates – For the first time, the biennale’s extensive program will unfold in five categories, each with its own focal point: selected positions on theme-related light art inART; lectures and talks with renowned experts*in SOLUTIONS; projects by universities and other educational institutes in STUDY, as well as self-organized and initiated contributions from various fields in COMMUNITY. Finally, the BETTER CITY category is devoted to all projects that are permanently preserved in the city and thus contribute to the sustainability of the entire festival.

CYNETART Festival 2017 (Dresden, Germany)

From 16th to 19th of November 2017 you can experience the four-day CYNETART – international festival for computer based arts and transdisciplinary projects at the historically significant Hellerau Festival Theatre in Dresden, Germany. The festival offers an exhibition, presentations, readings, workshops, performances, transdisciplinary media art projects and concerts.

CYNETART 2017 falls under the slogan „Enlightenment For The Nerd“, aiming to identify forward-looking knowledge reservoirs by offering an extended lecture program together with innovative A/V-performances. The associated exhibition focuses on different positions united by clear language of form. For the participatory format „24 HOURS”, the house will be open for various forms of joint art production.

CYNETART festival, which has been held since 1997, dedicates itself to cultural reflection. Our focus lies less on the capabilities of new technologies, but rather on their cultural exchange potential and to bridge the gap between intuition, crafts, aesthetics and narrative.

Soft Manipulator by Sonic Robots (Dresden, Germany)

A playful interactive installation where the audience experiments with rhythms, mechanics, and objects. Everyday items like glasses, pots, as well as small musical instruments are placed on a light platform. Seven robotic mechanic devices can be manipulated interactively by the audience, manipulating the sound of the objects. The six robotic mechanics beat the objects, creating a constantly changing polyrhytmic web of sound and rhythm.

NODE17 Forum for Digital Arts 2017 (Frankfurt, Germany)

NODE17 is a week full of art, discourse and learning. It is a platform for exchange among artists, designers and technologists, thinkers, practitioners and curious people of all ages who like to think beyond their daily scope. NODE is a forum, a laboratory to explore, play and perform. Join us in Frankfurt and meet friends, learn things, enjoy performances and get your hands dirty!

NODE17 Designing Hope

Who shapes our hopes today? What are the means and goals that are used to translate our fears and desires into images that incite feelings of hope? What role does the design of technological infrastructures play?

Between collective hopes for a better, peaceful life in the Global Village on the one hand, and feelings of disempowerment in the face of a more complex digitized environment on the other, NODE17: Designing Hope sets out to discuss the responsibility and potential of technology and design practices.

documenta 14 (2017) (Kassel, Germany)

Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta 14

In 2017, documenta 14 will establish a second site—Athens—bringing Kassel and the Greek capital onto equal footing as the two locations of the exhibition. Thus documenta’s undisputed position as host will be abandoned for another role, that of guest, in Athens.

The working schedule envisages documenta 14 to open in Athens in April 2017; it will then be inaugurated two months later in Kassel, on June 10. This will ensure that there will be a month of overlap, with two parts of the exhibition running in parallel. Moreover, though each iteration of the exhibition will be developed as an autonomous project, they will inform each other’s content while not repeating the form, with several distinctive venues in Athens, as in Kassel. Documenta 14 intends to learn from the city of Athens and its citizens, instead of parachuting a prepackaged event from Kassel into one or several picturesque venues. Rather than being merely a sum of two destinations, documenta 14 will unfold in a three-year-long process of learning and producing knowledge, while also engaging in the process of instituting spaces for public life in both locations. In this process, both cities’ communities will become involved, contributing to the project. Already, over the course of 2013 and 2014, several instructive meetings have taken place in Athens with a number of the city’s cultural producers who represented the diversity and contradictions of the Greek context today, beginning an ongoing discussion of collaboration with certain institutions there. In parallel, similar discussions have been led in Kassel.

ElektroCouture presents: TheLab – let’s talk biotech fashion! (Berlin, Germany)

ElektroCouture presents: TheLab – let’s talk biotech fashion

TheLab presents an evening of co-creating with algae, bacteria and fungi. Come and visit an open space to explore science as a tool for designing with living organisms in the context of fashion.

We will have a 3-hour open program of demos, performances, talks, arts, workshops and drinks.

TheLab sets the stage for extra-cellular messaging. We gather, this night— to glow, grow and multiply. We’ll learn how and why. Biologists, designers, artists, colorists, makers, scientists, weavers, technologists: this is an invitation to become indistinguishable from one another. Blurring occupational lines, boundaries are illusions.

Nonhuman Subjectivities: Under-Mine (Berlin, Germany)

The exhibition project investigates the problematics and possibilities of communicating nonhuman perception through the interface of artistic practice and new technologies. By means of interactive and non-interactive video that use generative and time-based techniques the Australian artist Alinta Krauth considers potential narratives of animals under threat from climate change.

Alinta Krauth’s new project Under-Mine (2017), especially developed for Art Laboratory Berlin, uses video, generative art, data visualisation and an intensive study into the science of animal perception and cognition to propose narrative paths towards a meeting point of the human and nonhuman. Taking into account that each species’ way of sensing the world is unique, and often beyond the ken of human experience, Krauth makes use of a diverse technological toolbox to navigate and translate nonhuman perceptions.

By means of data generated video and sound, hand drawn animation, and digital interactive elements, Krauth creates four ‘narratives’ – bat, wild horse, woodlouse, and rock lizard – that follow a similar plot line: the attempt to survive a species die-off. The artist introduces abstract visual and aural perception as language, interaction with an immersive environment, and a sense-oriented, rather than linear narrative. In her own words she discerns that “one way to tell a narrative of, or for, a nonhuman animal is to consider the senses that are stronger in other species than in humans, for example echolocation, magnetoreception, hygroreception, chemoreception, and possibly proprioception.”

The project makes use of a tradition of interactive and game related electronic art, which connects the human body to storytelling, but proposes using this to explore the possibilities of inter-species empathy. Through interaction the audience wavers between being a character, a creator, and a viewer. While the artist is well aware that narrative is itself a very human construct, and that any attempt to experience animal perception is bound to be inherently anthropocentric, Under-Mine seeks to push at the boundaries between the human and animal, and dislodge us from our usual subject-object relation to the nonhuman.

Videonale.16 Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts (Bonn, Germany)

Founded in 1984, the biennial Videonale strenghtened its position as one of the most important and renowned festivals of video and time-based arts in Germany and Europe. Participants include such trend-setting artists as Dara Birnbaum, Keren Cytter, Lynn Hershman, Christian Jankowski, Marcel Odenbach, Bill Viola and others. To this day Videonale sees itself as a festival of national and international time-based art, both for young emerging artists and for established artists.

In addition, with VIDEONALE.16 (17.2 – 2.4.2017), Videonale is opening itself to related art forms such as video installations, performance and virtual reality.

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine (Weil am Rhein, Germany)

Science fiction becomes reality: robotics has been finding its way into our lives for a number of years now. Examples range from transport drones and intelligent sensors to the debate around Industry 4.0. In the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum will thoroughly examine the current robotics boom for the first time. The exhibition will present a variety of exhibits, including examples of robots from homes, industry or medicine, but also media installations, computer games and examples from film and literature. It will demonstrate how robotics is changing our lives today – and how design is changing robotics. At the same time, it broadens our view of the ethical and political issues associated with robotics today. The show features more than 150 exhibits including works by Bruce Sterling, Douglas Coupland, Joris Laarman, Carlo Ratti, Dunne & Raby, and Philip Beesley.

transmediale 2017 (Berlin, Germany)

Under the title ever elusive transmediale celebrates its 30-year anniversary with an entire month of activities from 2 February to 5 March 2017. The approach taken to the anniversary is contemporary rather than retrospective: ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale aims to use the critical and artistic knowledge gained at the festival over the years to reframe the question of the role of media today. In a world where technology increasingly operates independently of humans, where does the power to act and mediate lie?

ever elusive
On 2 February 2017 the three-day festival program opens at Haus der Kulturen der Welt within the scope of ever elusive. The festival, encompassing a conference and screening program, workshops and performances, takes place from 3 to 5 February 2017.

alien matter
The special exhibition alien matter curated by Inke Arns opens alongside the festival on 2 February 2017 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. It focuses on neo-cybernetic couplings between humans, creatures and technologies, and human and nonhuman forces.