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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

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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
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