transmediale 2012: in/compatible

  • Location:
    House of World Cultures, HKW, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 , Berlin, 10557, DE

/// transmediale 2012 in/compatible symposium
/// Exhibition at transmediale in/compatible
/// Video programme at transmediale in/compatible
/// Performance programme at transmediale in/compatible
/// reSource for transmedial culture programme at transmediale in/compatible
/// 25 Years of transmediale

At transmediale 2012, which will take place from 31 January to 5
February at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt with the new Artistic
Director Kristoffer Gansing, everything will revolve around the theme
More about the theme here:

/// transmediale 2012 in/compatible SYMPOSIUM ///
The two-day symposium in/compatible: systems | publics | aesthetics
taking place in the Auditorium of Haus der Kulturen der Welt comprises
of interdisciplinary panels with theorists, artists and hackers
discussing the in/compatible logic of production in today's network
culture. The spread of networks over the past few years has been almost
epidemic. Political, economic, civil and military authorities are all
now bound up with each other. The notion of regulation and control of
such expansive systems through routine procedures of convergence,
standardisation and compatibility is proving to be increasingly
problematic. In contrast to this, the in/compatible is a moment that
cannot be accommodated within given structures, hierarchies and
relationships, because it is by its nature ambiguous. How can
alternative forms of knowledge-production relying on malfunction be
envisaged? This is one of many questions to be addressed in the three
streams of the in/compatible symposium.

— in/compatible systems
Chair/Moderator: Chris Salter (ca)
This section will deal with the zones in which so-called “divergent
culture” is materialised, where unresolved tensions and conflicting
policies come to light. What happens if systems become too large to
break down? And what kinds of strange and ambiguous forms of reality
arise if systems are too compatible?

Keynote: Everything Is Not Connected by Graham Harman (us)

Panel 1: War Machines: Military Technologies between Civility and
With Tsila Hassine (il), Ziv Neeman (il), Frank Rieger (de)
Panel 2: Business as Unusual: Financial Crisis, Computing and Money
With Orit Halpern (us), Georgios Papadopoulos (gr), Stefan and Ralph
Heidenreich (de)

— in/compatible publics
Chair/Moderator: Krystian Woznicki (de)
This part of the symposium will discuss forms of activism, social
resistance and other multi-layered and ambiguous social activities
emerging from a context of in/compatible systems. Public and nonpublic
players in this regard use diverse strategies such as anonymity,
deception, spamming, disruption, leakage and occupation.

Keynote: The incompatible public is occupied by Jodi Dean (us)

Panel 1: Anonymous Codes: Disruption, Virality and the Lulz
With Jacob Appelbaum (us), Gabriella Coleman (us), Dana Buchzik (de),
Anonymous, Tatiana Bazzichelli (it)
Panel 2: Publics in Crisis – Production, Regulation and Control of
With Anthony Iles (uk) & Rachel Baker (uk), Liza Tsaliki (gr), Norifumi
Ogawa (jp)

— in/compatible aesthetics
Chair & Moderation: Rosa Menkman (nl)
What constitutes an in/compatible aesthetic? The third strand of the
symposium examines how artists – like users and consumers – exploit
forgotten channels, fissures and functions in the excess of networked

Keynote: Knotty Problems in the Fables of Computing von Matthew Fuller (uk)

Panel 1: Uncorporated Subversion: Tactics, Glitches, Archeologies
With Michael Dieter (au), Jussi Parikka (fi), Julio D'Escrivan (ve).
jon.satrom (us)
Panel 2: Unstable and Vernacular: Vulgar and Trivial Articulations of
Networked Communication
With Camille Paloque-Berges (fr), Olia Lialina (ru), Dragan Espenschied
(de), Florian Cramer (de)

Symposium February 2–4, 2012, Auditorium, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
All details on the symposium:
The symposium and 25 year panel programme is organised in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

/// EXHIBITION at transmediale in/compatible ///
With the title Dark Drives: Uneasy Energies in Technological Times the
exhibition responds to the festival theme in/compatible. Rather than
attempting a definition by references to philosophy or art history, the
exhibition through an extensive and diverse group of examples claims
that distortions, ambiguities, irritations, ironies, and unrest
constitute a significant trajectory in our relations with modern
technology and have done so since the use value of electricity was

— Curator: Jacob Lillemose
Artists in the exhibition are among others 0100101110101101.ORG (it) ,
Chris Cunningham / Aphex Twin (uk), Chris Burden (us), Daniel García
Andújar (es), Matteo Giordano (it), Jaromil (it), JODI (nl), Sture
Johannesson (se), Steina and Woody Vasulka (us), VNS Matrix (au) und
Ruth White (us). Opening times Wed, Feb 1 – Sat, Feb 4, 10:00 – 22:00 /
Sun, Feb 5, 10:30 – 22:00
For details about the exhibition, please visit our website:

/// VIDEO PROGRAMME at transmediale in/compatible ///
The Video-Programm Satellite Stories questions the compatibility between human beings and the products they create. In various fields like politics, economics and media, we create an environment that is intended to satisfy our needs, but one that also consistently makes demands upon us that we cannot achieve.

— Curator: Marcel Schwierin
With more than 70 artists, including e.g. Basma Al Sharif (us), Hanspeter Ammann (ch), Claus Blume (de), Harun Farocki (de), Henna-Riikka Halonen (fl), Isabelle Hayeur (ca), Basim Magdy (eg), Jesse McLean, Neozoon (de), Rotraut Pape (de), Roee Rosen (il).
Screenings: Wed, Feb 1, 18:30 – 20:30 / Thu, Feb 2 – Sun, Feb 5, 14:30 – 16:30 & 18:30 – 20:30
For details about the video programme please visit our website:

/// PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME at transmediale in/compatible ///
The performance programme reflects the relationship between “old” and “new” media, bringing together the past and the present of the festival and exploring the compatibility and incompatibility of analogue and digital media.

— Curator: Sandra Naumann
Find out more about the performance programme:
— Performance Highlight
Together with CTM.12 – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts,transmediale 2012 presents as absolute highlight the Joshua Light Show.
In the 1960's, the Joshua Light Show, appeared at the New York Fillmore East club alongside Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. Founder
Joshua White will perform in Germany for the very first time and present his first analogue show in Europe since the 1960s. The three spectacular
nights of audiovisual performance at Haus der Kulturen der Welt will see the legendary Joshua Light Show collaborate with Norwegian improvisers
Supersilent, Feb 1, 21:00 – 22:30, ,
the "hypnagogic" soundscapes of the young and critically celebrated Oneohtrix Point Never, Feb 3, 21:00 – 22:00,
and as a special highlight with Krautrock and electronic music giant Manuel Göttsching, Feb 4, 21:00 – 22:30,öengl

The reSource for transmedial culture, a new framework for the transmediale festival, aims to create a distributed platform for networking, curating and research throughout the year 2012 and beyond by envisioning the festival as a peer-production context of sharing knowledge and practices.

— Curator: Tatiana Bazzichelli
Find out more about reSource:

The reSource presents a constellation of workshops, talks and performances distributed into five different sub-themes:

– reSource Methods:
With Martin Howse (uk/de), Anthony Iles (uk), Mattin (se/es), Jonathan
Kemp (uk) Shu Lea Cheang (tw/fr), Cornelia Sollfrank (de), Geoff Cox
(uk/dk), Florian Cramer (de/nl), Christian Ulrik Andersen (dk), Georg
Russegger (at), Michal Wlodkowski (at), Eva Fischer (at), Morten
Breinbjerg (dk), Matthias Tarasiewicz (at), Rosa Menkman (nl) und Morten
Riis (dk).

— reSource Activism:
With Florian Wüst (de), Kathy Rae Huffman (us/de), Roberta Buiani
(it/ca), Alessandra Renzi (it/ca) and Nicola Angrisano (it).

— reSource Networks:
With the Telekommunisten Network, Aymeric Mansoux (fr/de), Johannes P Osterhoff (de), Salvatrice Settis (it) and Wolfgang Spahn (de).

— reSource Markets:
With Steve Lambert (us), Shintaro Miyazaki (de), Daniel Garcia Andujar (es), Jaromil (it/nl) and Kate Rich (uk).

— reSource Sex:
With Sergio Messina (it), Karla Grundick (cz/de), Liad Hussein Kantorowicz (il/de), Kate Erhardt (za/de), Jacob Appelbaum (us), Zach Blas (us), Gaia Novato (it/de), Gabriella Coleman (us), Katrien Jacobs (be/hk) and Francesco Macarone Palmieri aka WARBEAR (it/de).
In addition, reSource has its own blog with even more information of the project:

/// 25 YEARS of transmediale ///
transmediale is 25 years old. Instead of blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, we have decided to make visible the incompatibilities
within the festival. The diverse programmes making up transmediale 2012 reflect the story of a productive incompatibility that has defined the
festival. Indeed when transmediale was established 25 years ago as VideoFilmFest, it was in order to provide a platform for media forms and
formats marginalised by the established and standardised culture of film festivals and the cultural production of the time. The programme will feature, amongst other things, a re-presentation of rare video programmes from the 1980s and ‘90s, net art installations and
media-archaeological performance programmes; areas of conflict between old and new media will thus be exposed, and forms of political
(counter-)culture, both of the time and of today, will be discussed.

— Videospiegel Re-enactment, Jan 31, three screenings as a loop: 17:00–18:45,
18:45 – 20:30, 20:30 – 22:15, Theatersaal,
— - the new, Constant Dullaart (nl), Petra Cortright (us) and Igor Štromajer (si),
moderated by Robert Sakrowski (de), Feb 1, 15:00 – 17:00, Theatersaal,
— Videomakers Unite!, with Florian Wüst (de), Kathy Rae Huffman (us), Eckart Lottmann (de) and
Pit Schultz (de), Feb 2, 11:00 – 14:00, K1,
— transmediale Unarchived, with Dieter Daniels (de), Thomas Munz (de), Rudolf Frieling (de/us) and Susanne Jaschko (de), moderated by Baruch Gottlieb (ca/de), Feb 5, 11:00 – 13:30, Theatersaal,
— Search for a Method discussion, with Inke Arns (de), Wolfgang Ernst (de), Jussi Parikka (fi/uk) and Siegfried Zielinski (de), conceived and moderated by Timothy Druckrey (us), Feb 5, 14:30 – 16:30, Auditorium,
— Historical Online Programme, 9 videos soon on
— Canine Pyromania, transmediale archive detritus in the CTM exhibtion 'Ghosts off the Shelf', Jan 28 – Feb 19, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien,
Further information about the 25 years programme:

transmediale 2012
*opening: Jan 31, 2012, 17:00, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Feb 2 – 5, 2012, 10:00 – 23:00
Sunday, 10:30
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin

transmediale is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

leif BRUSH Oct. 13 2012 14:06Reply

December 1, 2010 at 19:05

Hi John, I have been a regular to your pages, images and sound research, and I really appreciate your concepts and sustained leadership in advancing what I call the perpetual earyears. I’m approaching the final draft of a grant proposal that, when completed, I’ll send to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. My Project Title : TeleSuonoVision: realtime details of contextual terrestrial sound and images for eventual streaming as encoded A/V poems. With this in mind, would you suggest the best way I can go public; for instance, I’d like to go public with all FB image categories? Doing so would trigger access to my 31 scroll-down archival pages.
My official yasmin intro of self is among the URLs below

Thanks, Leif Brush
Professor Emeritus, Department of Art + Design
University of Minnesota Duluth
2909 Jefferson Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55812-2324

I will be submiting a LMJ #23 draft paper, Global's Wave Artifacts, Teleconstruct Spaceworks; Nanotechnologies: Ear/Eye at Par - TeleSuonoVision leif BRUSH