transmediale/festival
face value

31.01.—04.02.2018
HKW, Berlin

transmediale 2018 face value

transmediale 2018 face value

transmediale 2018 face value is probing 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 is curated by Kristoffer Gansing (artistic director), Daphne Dragona (conference program), Inga Seidler (exhibition program), and Florian Wüst (film and video program).

Scroll down for a list of all confirmed participants.

Highlight Performance

Plague by James Ferraro
Musician, composer, and conceptual artist James Ferraro will premiere his new stage performance, Plague, a choral work with scenographic elements and live visuals by Nate Boyce. The piece is presented together with CTM Festival and is a commission by transmediale and Abandon Normal Devices within the Creative Europe network The New Networked Normal. As Ferraro’s first major stage production, Plague is built around speculations on a future society in which an AI is simulating reality through the manipulation of living humans with the goal of creating the ultimate consumer product. As the AI struggles to emulate what it means to be human, tensions arise between the clinical gaze of the machine and the imperfection of its emulation.

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Conference Program

The conference of transmediale 2018 uses face value as a point of departure to address the crisis of politics, values, and meanings in today’s economized world. Examining the links between capitalism and racism, neoliberalism and fascism, the program emphasizes the role of persisting relationships of exploitation based on social and cultural differences. It considers how biases and forms of discrimination are enhanced within today’s algorithmic culture, and looks into the ways in which processes of value creation are involved in the circulation, filtering, and categorization of information. Pointing towards recurrent and emerging forms of racial capitalism, this conference edition invites its speakers to discuss related phenomena, to revisit existing counter-strategies and to reflect upon new shared territories and forms of coalition

Exhibition Program

Territories of Complicity

In Territories of Complicity, the image of the freeport is used as a way of exploring how covert systems, technological infrastructures, and territories of exception within globalized networks of exchange and traffic shape our economic, socio-political realities. The projects featured in this experimental space of artistic research investigate such structures and the various conditions that determine the circulation of goods as well as movements of people. They explore how mobility creates economic value, and how it defines our notion of who and what is valuable.

Exhibition Program

A Becoming Resemblance

The guest exhibition A Becoming Resemblance by Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea Manning investigates emerging technologies of genomic identity construction and our societal moment. Its centrepiece is Probably Chelsea, which consists of thirty different possible portraits of Manning, derived from DNA that she mailed out prison. Probably Chelsea demonstrates in just how many ways genetic material can be interpreted, and how subjective the act of reading DNA really is.

A Becoming Resemblance is a cooperation between Fridman Gallery with Roddy Schrock and transmediale.

Exhibition Program

Hate Library

Installed as a public reference resource, Hate Library by artist Nick Thurston explores the language of far-right political groups and parties across contemporary Europe, especially their use of online forums as recruiting and collaboration tools. The installation presents texts as documentary artworks within a symbolic and social stage for reading, understanding, and dialogue. Hate Library was created over several years of conversations with Foksal Gallery, Warsaw.

Film & Video Program

The film and video program of transmediale 2018 addresses the role of language and media in constructing narratives of progress. In the face of failing progressive democratic models and the resulting propagation of traditionalist ideologies, an in-depth reflection of prevalent notions of individuality and competition, cultural differences, and identity will facilitate an examination of both value and values. Through distinct references to historical events and current developments, the international selection of short experimental and documentary films, feature-length films, and live theater performances connects critical analysis, political agency and artistic vision.

Confirmed Participants

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Christian Ulrik Andersen, Rosa Barba, Eric Baudelaire, Jonathan Beller, Berliner Gazette (Sabrina Apitz, Krystian Woznicki), Ryan Bishop, Zach Blas, Megan Boler, François Bucher, Magnus Bugge, CAMP (Shaina Anand & Ashok Sukumaran), Ruth Catlow, Geoff Cox, Florian Cramer, Aria Dean, Demystification Committee, Faisal Devji, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, James Ferraro, Rasmus Fleischer, Forensic Oceanography (Lorenzo Pezzani & Charles Heller), Zachary Formwalt, Alex Foti, Marc Garrett, Baruch Gottlieb, Max Haiven, Jan Peter Hammer, Stefan Heidenreich, Birgit Hein, Femke Herregraven, Yuk Hui, Juliane Jaschnow & Stefanie Schroeder, Vladan Joler, Jennifer Kamau, Sybille Krämer, Lawrence Lek, Ewa Majewska, Oscar Mangione, Svitlana Matviyenko, Marian Mayland, Diana McCarty, Dan McQuillan, Angela Nagle, Lisa Nakamura, Stefan Panhans & Andrea Winkler, Jussi Parikka, Yuri Pattison, Marta Peirano, Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Plan C (Nadia Idle & Keir Milburn), Nina Power, Lisa Rave, Roee Rosen, Stefan Rusu, belit sağ, Nishant Shah, Eric Snodgrass, Anna-Sophie Springer, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Cassie Thornton, Nick Thurston, Penny Travlou, Triple Canopy (Matthew Shen Goodman & Caleb Waldorf), Etienne Turpin, Françoise Vergès, Michelle Williams Gamaker

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