transmediale/festival
face value

31.01.-04.02.2018
HKW, Berlin

face value

Definition

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Definition face value: 1. Known also as par value, nominal value, and principal amount, face value is the amount printed on the front (face) of a financial instrument or document such as a coin, stamp or a bond. Unlike the bond’s value, which changes with the market, the face value does not change. 2. To take someone/something at face value: Apparent worth or value, based on the way someone or something immediately appears to be.

Program

 

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  • Things are what they are—but could they be different? transmediale 2018 face value aims to take stock of current affairs, to recognize things for what they are before saying how they could be different. It is an attempt to probe the values, as well as the processes of value creation, that have contributed to our present moment of extreme political, economic, and cultural divides. The festival seeks possible new ways of resisting and deconstructing the alarming development of a digital populism, the radicalization of net culture and the new culture wars.
  • “Taking things at face value” seems to have become the norm of public discourse amidst today’s reactionary and algorithmically guided communication practices. transmediale wants to challenge this impulse to judge things by their immediate appearance and instead look at less visible issues, which run deep across all sectors of society. These include power relations rarely discussed at digital culture events, such as contemporary imbalances of class, gender, and race, which are also being built into technological systems. In fact, rather than providing an emancipatory alternative, (post-)digital culture today seems to support hate-mongering, racist and neo-colonial powers.This, however, should not be a reason to lament a mythical past, back in which, supposedly, the internet was free and digital creativity unbound. Rather, there is a need to embrace both unsettling and uniting cultural practices, as well as daring speculative thinking, to promote auto-criticality and an awareness that nothing is ever as simple as its surface suggests. Similarly, cultural events like transmediale are made up of different political imaginaries and communities that are simultaneously resistant and complicit to the developments one so urgently needs to oppose.
  • With these challenges and paradoxes of the present moment in mind, how can artists, cultural workers, and speculative theorists respond to the current politics of taking things at face value and, at the same time, face their own values? How does one name biases and exploitative mechanisms for what they are, in order to formulate new ways to resist, deconstruct or move beyond them? As usual, the program takes on a variety of curatorial formats and modes of knowledge exchange, which are united in a twofold approach of interrogating value and values, looking at cultural shifts against the background of economization and changing value sets. The curatorial approach will be one of transversal combination of formats and participants across the whole program.
  • transmediale 2018 means transmediale 2018 does not mean transmediale 2018 means transmediale 2018: Kristoffer Gansing (artistic director), Daphne Dragona (conference program), Inga Seidler (exhibition program) & Florian Wüst (film & video program)

Participants

 

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  • Eric Baudelaire
  • CAMP
  • Florian Cramer
  • Aria Dean
  • The Demystification Committee
  • Angela Nagle
  • Lisa Nakamura
  • Stefan Panhans

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