Migrating Reality. GdK Berlin, 04th & 05th April 2008
The conference and exhibition “Migrating Reality” is organised by >top - Verein zur Förderung kultureller Praxis e.V. in Berlin and KHM - Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. It is also generously supported by the Embassy of Lithuania in Germany within the framework of the German-Baltic Year 2008.
The event focuses on the Baltic nation of Lithuania. In the last fifteen years, more than ten percent of Lithuania’s population has emigrated, among them numerous individuals engaged in the cultural sector. Others, while still living in Lithuania, are deeply engaged with the subject of migration. Selected individuals from both these groups will present their work at the conference and exhibition.
Migrating Reality deals specifically with the realities of migration and migrating realities that are independent of global structural changes and economic or cultural processes and are opening unique opportunities for creative exchange.
Electronic and digital cultures generate completely new forms of migration. In the creative arts, new phenomena related to migration and the synergies of disparate systems are emerging. Artistic products evolve from traditional forms to hybrid digital forms. Analogue products are being digitized; data spaces are trans-located from one data storage system to another; existing sounds, images, and texts are re-mixed and fused into new datasets.
The emergent processes of migration generate temporary autonomous zones where socio-political actions occur without the interference of formal control mechanisms. These zones and enclaves appear in physical space as well as in virtual space. By integrating these into available structures and temporarily interconnecting them, new trajectories and ideas are created.
Migration is reality and reality is migrating. This dialectic, appearing as a banal topic in everyday politico-economic debate, includes unarticulated issues which, by their fragmented nature have to be dealt with through creative multidisciplinary means. Only occasionally do components of the migrating global situation surface in the mass media, within individual mediums of expression, or in exhibitions as documentation and artwork. This is likely because dealing with the realities of migration in an explicitly European context means accepting the potential for conflict.
This trans-cultural German-Lithuanian event will take on the risk in highlighting certain fragments of the discourse. Participants will be invited to piece together aspects of this inexorable global mobility on the one hand and of retrograde power relations on the other.
Friday 04 April 2008
12:00 - 15:00 Conference
Moderation: Žilvinas Lilas, Wolfgang Knapp
* Introduction to Wind Orchestra. Julijonas Urbonas, PhD student at Design Interactions, RCA, London, Great Britain.
* Don’t Put Too Much Trust in Experts. Peter Friedrich Stephan, Professor for Cognitive Design, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany.
* Humans Thinking Like Machines. Kristoffer Gansing, PhD candidate in Media- and Communication Science, University of Malmö, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö, Sweeden
* 3D - Impossibility of Nothing. Žilvinas Lilas, Professor Media Design, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
16:00 - 19:00 Conference
Moderation: Hubertus von Amelunxen, Žilvinas Lilas, Wolfgang Knapp
* Theses. Gintautas Mažeikis, Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy at the Šiauliu University, Šiauliai, Lithuania
* Window Weather: A Nomadic Look at Reality. John Hopkins, USA/Europe
* Becoming Minor: Art and the Political. Audrone Žukauskaite, Philosophy and Art Lithuanian Institute of Culture, Vilnius, Lithuania.
* Trans-psychological Migration: A ‘Pataphysical Zombie Approach. Brian Reffin Smith, Professor École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Regent of the College of ‘Pataphysics, Paris, France.
19:00 Exhibition Opening
* Welcome by Mindaugas Gapševičius, project coordinator
* Evaldas Igantavičius, Lithuanian Ambassador to Germany
* Žilvinas Lilas, conference coordinator
20:00 - Open End - Evening Programme
* Udo Waxas. Matas Petrikas, Producer electronic music and Freelance Frontend Developer, Berlin, Germany
* Transmediation. Valdemaras Manomaitis / Skrandis, Eimantas Pivoriūnas, Andrius Seliuta, Vaclovas Nevčesauskas, sound and video artists, Vilnius, Lithuania
* An Ambient Sonic Performance. John Hopkins, tech-no-mad, USA/Europe
Saturday 05 April 2008
12:00 - 15:00 Project presentations
Moderation: Hubertus von Amelunxen, Žilvinas Lilas
* Migrating Birds. Rasa Alksnyte, choreographer, Brussels, Belgium
* Vision Mahler. Johannes Deutsch, Vienna, Austria
* Hybrid Space. Frans Vogelaar, Professor Media Design, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Hybrid Space Lab Amsterdam, Netherlands and Berlin, Germany
* Prototype  Project. Bernardas Bagdanavičius, architect, London, United Kingdom
* Sliders. Frédéric Curien, Jean-Marie Dallet, Thierry Guibert, Christian Laroche, EESI, Angoulême and Poitiers, France
* Pixel Memories. Daniel Barthélémy, Gilles Bollaert, EESI, Angoulême and Poitiers, France
16:00 - 19:00 Migrating Art Academies project meeting
* Hubertus von Amelunxen, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Žilvinas Lilas, Alvydas Lukys
20:00 Reception at the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4
Migrating Reality - Reality is migrating.
GdK - Galerie der Künste
Potsdamer Strasse 98 (backyard)
Transport: U2 Potsdamer Platz, U1 Kurfürstenstrasse, Bus M48