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transmediale.10: FUTURITY NOW! - welcome to all new media curators

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Honor Harger <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear friends at CRUMB,

I apologise to the list in advance for stretching
one of the golden rules of the list - no
announcements - to the very limit! But I felt you
all - our curating colleagues - might be
interested in the programme we have curated this
year for this year's transmediale in Berlin.

Last night, as part of Berlin's Long Night of the
Museums, we opened two exhibitions by
transmediale.10 award nominees, [The User]
<http://www.transmediale.de/en/coincidence-engines>
and Felix Luque Sanchez
<http://www.transmediale.de/en/chapter-i-discovery>.
Both are exceptional works, which are now open to
the public.

The festival officially launches in two days. We
sincerely hope to see you at the Opening Gala on
Tuesday 2 February
<http://www.transmediale.de/en/node/11385>. Doors
open at 1700, and it begins with an Opening
Ceremony, featuring an appearance by
science-fiction author and technology pioneer,
Herbert W. Franke. Afterwards, transmediale.10
unveils the European premiere of Yvette Mattern's
"From One to Many" - a rainbow of seven parallel
laser beams, which will shine across a three
kilometre stretch of central Berlin, from the
House of Worlds Cultures to the TV Tower in
Alexanderplatz
<http://www.transmediale.de/en/node/11344/>.

The commencement of transmediale.10 will be
announced by the resounding sound of pealing
bells, rung by the pioneering musician
Charlemagne Palestine, from the Tiergarten
carillon, next to the House of World Cultures:
http://www.transmediale.de/en/tintinnabulations-tomorrow-and-tomorrow-charlemagne-en

The opening of the exhibition , Future Obscura
<http://www.transmediale.de/en/transmediale10-exhibition-future-obscura>
and performances by aaajiao, Byetone
(raster-noton), and Benjamin Laurent Aman
complete the evening.

A full preview about the transmediale.10: FUTURITY NOW programme is below.

I very much hope to see you here next week.

Best wishes,

Honor Harger

Guest Curator
transmediale.10
2 - 7 February 2010, Berlin
http://www.transmediale.de

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transmediale.10
FUTURITY NOW!
2 - 7 February 2010
House of World Cultures (HKW), Berlin

1] Introduction
2] Conference
3] Exhibition
4] Performance
5] Film & Video

1] Introduction

Between 2 - 7 February, with FUTURITY NOW!,
transmediale.10 presents a unique and intensive
programme of lectures, screenings, performances,
exhibitions, concerts and much, much more!
We are thrilled about the participation of such
great names as Ryoji Ikeda, Bruce Sterling,
Gabriella Giannachi, Charlemagne Palestine,
F.A.T. Lab, Regine Debatty, Steve Lambert, Jem
Finer, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Yvette
Mattern, Rasha Salti, raster-noton ... and also
especially about welcoming you!


2] Conference

"The fact that you have no interest in the
future, does not mean that the future has lost
interest in you."
[Bruce Sterling]

Have we caught up with our notions of the future?
This is the principle question posed at Future
Observatory, the transmediale.10 conference,
taking place from 5 - 7 February 2010 in the
iconic House of World Cultures in Berlin.

Thinkers from various fields will discuss the
epistemologies, limitations, ruptures and
malfunctions of the future as an object of
cultural projection. It brings together
designers, media artists, net citizens, critical
thinkers and researchers in order to create a
network to lens the future. It will be anchored
by keynotes from renown writer and futurologist,
Bruce Sterling; technology pioneer Conrad Wolfram
(co-founder of Wolfram Alpha); and writer and
critic Richard Barbrook (author of "Imaginary
Futures").
Future Observatory examines the, ways of
perception and patterns of behaviour that are
inscribed into our contemporary media cultural
society. What is the code that performs the
operation future?
>From the perspective of modernity the 21st
century served as an object of projection for
innumerable exuberant visions of future societies
and techno-utopias. 2000, 2001, 2010 are
emblematic as appointed dates for futuristic
notions of social and economic progress to come
true. Until now however this is neither the case
regarding the utopian, nor the dystopian
predictions. We have neither arrived in the kind
of future that was foreseen for us, nor have we
left this very future behind altogether.
Paradoxically today we find ourselves in a future
that belongs to the past - and which
simultaneously contradicts our present. What we
are currently experiencing above all are the
limitations, ruptures and malfunctions caused by
this temporal superimposition.

The conference will open on 5 February 2010 with
a nonstop 9 hour Futurity Long Conversation. 21
guests will discuss projects, ideas, technologies
and utopias that are already determining our
future. In The Long Conversation the dialogue as
an aesthetic, analytical and collaborative
process expands into a special timezone in which
the participants and the audience oscillate
between the disciplines of art, science and
industry. The format of the Long Conversation was
developed in conjunction with the Long Now
Foundation.

Keynotes:
Richard Barbrook (UK) / Imaginary Futures
Conrad Wolfram (UK) / Wolfram | Alpha
Bruce Sterling (US) / Atemporality!

Participants a.o.:
Susan Neiman (US), Jem Finer (UK), Drew Hemment
(UK), Andy Cameron (UK), Joy Tang (TW), Tim Edler
(DE), Trebor Scholz (US), jaromil (IT), Julian
Oliver (NZ), Maja Kuzmanovic (HR), Gustaff
Harriman Iskandar (ID), Denisa Kera (CZ), Juliana
Rotich (KE), Florian Rötzer (DE), Mercedes Bunz
(DE), Alexander Rose (US), Sascha Lobo (DE),
Tiziana Terranova (IT), Steve Lambert (US),
Siegfried Zielisnki (DE) etc.
Further informations concerning the conference can be found on
http://www.transmediale.de/en/future-observatory-en


3] Exhibition

We make our journeys out there in the low light
of the future, and return to the bourgeois day
and its mass delusion of safety, to report on
what we've seen. What are any of these 'utopian
dreams' of ours but defective forms of
time-travel?
Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day (2006)

Future Obscura brings together a group of diverse
artworks which explore the complex condition of
futurity through the lens of image-making. Clear
boundaries of the time continuum are broken down
by artists whose work allows us to peer into the
'low light of the future'.
As her curatorial departure point, guest curator
Honor Harger explores the camera obscura, the
historical apparatus in whose interior the image
of an exterior scene can be projected. The
exhibition presents the work of artists who
re-work this mechanism artistically by
appropriating the materials, mechanisms and
machines of image-making. It features a
large-scale audiovisual installation by
pioneering Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, who is
presenting at transmediale for the first time.
Other highlights include the German premières of
White Noise, a major installation by rising star
Zilvinas Kempinas, who represented Lithuania at
the 2009 Venice Biennale and A Parallel Image, an
electronic camera obscura by Gebhard Sengmüller,
previously known for his striking work Vinyl
Video. transmediale.10 will also stage the world
premières of important new site-specific pieces
by Julius von Bismarck, Julien Maire, Yvette
Mattern and Julian Oliver. Together the works in
the exhibition meditate on how futurity is an
obscured notion of what we used to think of as
the future.

Exhibition artists:
Julius von Bismarck (de), Ryoji Ikeda (jp/fr),
Zilvinas Kempinas (lt/us), Julien Maire (de/fr),
Yvette Mattern (de/us), Alice Miceli (br), Julian
Oliver, Clara Boj, Diego Diaz and Damian Stewart
(nz/es), Ken Rinaldo (us), Gebhard Sengmüller
(au), Bengt Sjölén, Adam Somlai-Fischer & Usman
Haque (se/hu/uk), TeZ (it/nl)
Further informations concerning the exhibition can be found on
http://www.transmediale.de/en/transmediale10-exhibition-future-obscura


4] Performance

The transmediale.10 Performance programme
presents a range of concerts and events acting as
auditory and performative interrogations of
FUTURITY NOW!.The highlight: six concert evenings
in collaboration with CTM featuring some of the
most important figures working within music and
sound today. Each night new, and often rare,
performances by Ryoji Ikeda, artificiel, Jurgen
Reble & Thomas Köner, AtomTM and Feng Mengbo will
represent the most experimental intersections of
audiovisual culture and digital art.
Charlemagne Palestine will open the festival with
a special performance in the Tiergarten Carillon.
In addition, transmediale.10 Award nominees
Sosolimited will unveil an entirely new work, a
tandem live coding performance of the The Long
Conversation.
At 19:00 each evening, the Cafe Global Stage at
the House of World Cultures will be brought to
life by a series of performances. transmediale is
proud to present the world première of La Chambre
Des Machines by Nicholas Bernier and Martin
Messier, plus unique interpretations of works
featuring Matthias Fritsch, Rachida Ziani and
Dewi de Vree, and Andrea Lange. Some of Berlin's
finest talent in the form of Pe Lang, Benjamin
Laurent Aman and Lord Cry Cry will close each
evening with a special sound landscape exploring
the post-avant-garde of audio culture.
More details about the Highlights of the performance programme can be found on
http://www.transmediale.de/en/performance-highlight-transmediale-ctm-col...


5] Film & Video

The film & video programme of transmediale.10
consists of eleven programmes with a total of 54
films of all genres. Feature, documentary,
animation, experimental films and video art from
20 countries will be shown, with a special focus
on the selections from the 600 submissions from
30 countries. The films look at FUTURITY NOW! in
terms of failed utopias and illuminate various
sub-topics such as the role of the media, the
future human body or the post-socialist era.
Guest curator Rasha Salti from Beirut is going to
present the online platform ArabShorts.net and
discuss the relevance of digital media for the
Arab world. Two additionally curated programmes
will approach the theme of transmediale.10 from a
historical perspective: Man & Machine is about
the conflicts between man and the technologies
created by he himself. Short Fictions presents
science fiction shorts made by artists.
In 1957 Hugh Stubbins designed the utopian
architecture of the HKW as a conscious
counterpart to the Stalin Allee in East Berlin.
In the matinée on Sunday the plot of the GDR's
first science fiction film will unfold in this
very building: Der Schweigende Stern (1959) by
Kurt Maetzig pictures the dark vision of a failed
civilisation.
More informations about the film&video programme can be found on
http://www.transmediale.de/en/transmediale10-film-video-programme
--
Honor Harger

Guest Curator
transmediale.10
2 - 7 February 2010, Berlin
http://www.transmediale.de

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Personal contact details:
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Mobile: +49 1744500718
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Festival Office:
Address: Klosterstrasse 68 - 10179, Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 30 24749 761
Fax: +49 30 24749 763
http://www.transmediale.de

kulturprojekte berlin gmbh
aufsichtsratsvorsitzender volker heller
geschäftsführer moritz van dülmen
amtsgericht berlin charlottenburg, HRB 41312 B
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honor harger

present location: berlin .de

email: [log in to unmask]
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-> w e b
bio: http://www.radioqualia.net/honor

-> w o r k
guest curator of transmediale.10: http://www.transmediale.de

- > a r t
r a d i o q u a l i a: http://www.radioqualia.net

-> l i s t e n
radio astronomy: http://www.radio-astronomy.net

-> r e s e a r c h
mphil at z-node, ch: http://www.z-node.net/

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