festival for art and digital culture
// daily 10:00-22:00
The 19th transmediale festival explores how art and society are changing under the influence of media and technologies which become more and more dominant in our everyday lives. For the first time, after four years at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, transmediale.06 will take place at a new venue: Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin.
This year transmediale present a large art exhibition which extends beyond the festival week. Under the title 'Smile Machines', the show deals with the interplay between humour, art, and technology. The French media art historian, Anne-Marie Duguet, has been appointed to curate a show that investigates the critical potential of humour as an artistic strategy. As a variation of the exhibition theme, the title 'Reality Addicts' was chosen for the transmediale.06 festival which will also deal with the power of humour to define alternative realities. transmediale.06 is devoted to the Reality Addicts who subvert the technological paradigm of reality.
The transmediale.06 conference deals with artistic and social ideas that don't stop at the borders of mediatised reality. In five panels and four keynote lectures, the conference explores ways in which conventional constructions of reality can be subverted, exaggerated or reduced to absurdity. The lounge of the festival, situated in the Studio-Foyer of the Akademie der Künste, is a meeting point for the visitors and
at the same time invites them to view the artistic projects that are presented there. On the Reality Market, five international projects involve visitors into the communicative exchange of ideas. The artists - all of them genuine Reality Addicts - are upfront with their critical, humorous ideas and, without the least reluctance,
invite everyone to cherish 'reality addiction' with them.
With this year's festival, transmediale continues its close and successful cooperation with the partner festival CTM / club transmediale. Joint projects include the presentation of Jean-Jacques Perrey (lecture at tm.06 on 5 Feb, performance at CTM on 6 Feb), performances by Serhat Köksal aka 2/5 BZ (tm.06 on 2 Feb, CTM on 10 Feb) and Dick El Demasiado y sus Exagerados (tm.06 on 6 Feb, CTM on 10 Feb), and the presentation of the Burn Station project by Platoniq.