First Look: Transmediale 2015
One of the world’s longest running media arts festivals returns to Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt with its annual exploration into the cutting edge of digital culture. Transmediale is an avant-garde event in its various manifestations, yet in many ways represents the hopes, dreams and fears of the mainstream as we enter the postdigital age.
This year’s theme is CAPTURE ALL, a term which refers to the contemporary predilection for collecting and quantifying every aspect of our lives. The exhibitions, workshops, screenings, performances and conference programme critically examine the idea that this era of digital surveillance and the desire to capture all communication flows, is representative of a widespread drive to mine value from the entire, vast range of social interactions.
The present is a dark place, where algorithms predict the future, and the data we generate on the quest for self-improvement is turned against us and used to manipulate us. How do we mediate such a space, as individuals and as a society? Transmediale is a multimedia, interdisciplinary forum to discuss topics surrounding big questions such as these. Here are some highlights from the exhibition; the conference and foyer programme kick off tomorrow evening (28th January) with the official opening.