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Re-examining Global.Ports

_ hybrid event (panel + workshop) | 4+7 feb '16

this gathering will be focused on reviewing traditional ports, gathering concrete engagements with their inherent and continuing political-logistical promise of connecting people, places, and important matters in view of transgressing engagements to re-establish the communal quality of ports and retain their open global character. – moderated by Ben Vickers, Oliver Lerone Schultz with: Nicholas Anastasopoulos | Fabiane M. Borges | Geheimagentur | Ben Vickers | Oliver Lerone Schultz

Everything Will Be Fine – Working Anxiety

_ prototyping workshop | 4 feb '16

The military-industrial-research complex of the last century has relied on the faith in the digital as a deus ex machina to miraculously resolve our insurmountable anxieties. At the same time, the digital has by now become the established ground zero for apocalyptic futures. And paradoxically, the digital has been—again—presented as the solution to both these anxieties; digitally mediated violence is believed to be resolved by producing more digital structures and practices. This capacity of the digital to generate, perform, mitigate, and resolve anxieties truly produces its own cybernetic feedback loop. This techno-centrism often glosses over the often-underprivileged bodies, the “undercommons,” that bear the burden of experiencing and servicing anxiety in the post-democratic age. Drawing from postcolonial locations, gendered sites, and other political contexts, this workshop will look at three kinds of post-digital bodies marked by gender, sexuality, race, and political identification, in order to produce new vocabularies, visions, and practices for engaging with and working out the anxieties of the digital. with: Elizabeth Losh | Nishant Shah | Jonathan Worth initiated by Nishant Shah

The Map is the Territory

_ talk | 4 feb '16 | 7 feb '16

Artist and activist Burak Arikan enters into discussion with professor Jussi Parikka on collaborative mapping and the use of visual knowledge as situated activist practice. The discussion will relate to Arikan’s two day Graph Commons workshop at transmediale 2016, but also more widely to artistic methods of producing a politically important commons through diagrams, graphs, and more. Arikan’s art projects and design methods will be approached in relation to contemporary issues in the politics of (in)security, and to Graph Commons’ potentials for investigative journalism, data research, civic activism, organizational analysis, exploring archives, and art curation. The workshop will also be drawn upon as a location-specific way of mapping the links and nodes, territories, and issues that can emerge in collective settings.

– with: Burak Arikan | Jussi Parikka

Five Years After

hybrid event (panel + collective display) | 6 feb '16

“In case you hadn’t noticed, these days a lot of the world is in some form of rebellion, insurrection, or protest,” wrote Rebecca Solnit in 2012, a year after a barrage of movements symbolically grouped around the Arab Spring erupted. These “post-2011” events challenged the sometimes simplistic narratives of the “post-911” world. What linked the events in this cycle of struggles was not organizational coherence but rather a shared global sentiment mediated by a new form of global sensorium. Social energies headed “back to the streets,” bringing up questions about the consequences of physical exposure, organization, strategy, fragmentation, and violence. New media became double-edged weapons, used for and against emancipation. While after 2011 there were some attempts to decipher these “signs from the future,” as Žižek has put it, now in 2015 it seems that the “global moment” has ended. It’s time for a reflective turn, looking into dim corners and listening to the subterranean echoes of what’s happened. And looking ahead. – moderated by Oliver Lerone Schultz with: Esra'a Al Shafei | Heba Y. Amin | Lara Baladi | Özge Çelikaslan | Alper Şen | Oliver Lerone Schultz

Tactical Media and the Archive

_ workshop | 6 feb '16

Tactical media were identified in the 1990s as a distinct cluster of critical practices at the intersection of art, political activism, and technological experimentation. Tactical media are participatory forms of politicized self-mediation that give voice to the marginalized and excluded. There has always been a deeply troubling, uneasy and strenuous relationship between tactical media and archives. Archives, which are traditionally conceived as capturing living moments and turn them into historical events, as such would constitute the very opposite of tactical media’s dynamic nature. As a result of their resistance to archiving, the proponents of tactical media have succumbed to a severe form of memory loss, making critical reflection difficult. This is a high price to pay. This workshop will explore how documentation and memorialization can persist and be re-conceptualized in the wake of this intense collision. – moderated by David Garcia, Eric Kluitenberg with: | Lara Baladi | Robert M. Ochshorn | David Garcia | Eric Kluitenberg

Seeing Power - What About That?

_ hybrid event (presentation/reception + AV-performance) | 6 feb' 16

New global power complexes demand new multi-sensory ways of seeing power and sensing one’s own position in it: new sets of sensory politics. Following the concept of “altered states”—a geopolitics spectralized by sensory overload and dispossession and by the relocation of power in the post-democratic or post-digital era—the performance GEZILLA DESTROYS ISISTANBUL will reconsider what is (or was) referred to as Europe. It will also engage the Golden Age Global Hologram Doctrine, Isistanbul, and Anxt Hase States, and feature modern isolation tanks as part of the new inventory of “hardcore ultra modernism.” Isistanbul is also the title of a video-essay by Serhat Köksal, included in the upcoming, which is the first issue of a new hybrid “video-book” series by Open Humanities Press. The transmediale performance of 2/5BZ will be preceded by an open reception by the collective. – with: 2/5BZ | collective


_ panel | 7 feb' 16

In postmedia times, when media are ingrained into almost every pore of society, what was once known as “media activism” has evolved and transgressed into something else. Changed along with it is the old idea and context of “media intervention,” whether conceptualized as tactical media or otherwise. Today the promise of emancipatory media trembles between revolts and revolutions amplified by social media, temptations to "go dark" and "log off" in the post­-Snowden era, and impulses to build archipelagos of (semi-)autonomous media infrastructures. With media literally in the hands of everyone, networked publics are re­submitting the idea of “the public” (read: mediatized public) to renewed questioning—while network capitalism has already mastered and recuperated the aesthetics and languages of revolution. In this situation, what constitutes a critical media act? – moderated by Clemens Apprich with: Heba Y. Amin | David Garcia | Eric Kluitenberg | Simona Levi | Clemens Apprich

Acting on Vision

_ keynote conversation with Nicholas Mirzoeff + Hito Steyerl | 7 feb '16

In the current age of audio-visual capitalism, “postproduction,” to use Hito Steyerl’s term, has brought about the industrialization of vision. Multi-modal devices and cybernetic networks blend visuality with other media-forms and media-acts, while vision is subject to operable protocols and (semi-)automated processes. “Seeing is believing" thus has morphed into "seeing is acting"—and as drones and surveillance cameras remind us, to be seen is now to be acted upon. Choosing to be in/visible is now an act of sovereignty, and governing means subjecting others to technologies and cultures of vision. What progressive agency, strategies, and options remain for emancipatory endeavours to act on vision? What is to be done in the eye of social algorithms? The two conversation partners have a long-standing stake in the ever more relevant discussion about what Nicholas Mirzoeff has called the “clash of visualizations,” and each in their own ways combine analytic, aesthetic, and strategic approaches to visual culture. They will ask what horizons for resistant media acts exist in times of visual and other enclosures. – moderated by Oliver Lerone Schultz with: Hito Steyerl | Nicholas Mirzoeff | Oliver Lerone Schultz


@ transmediale conversationpiece

An inertia of conversation seems to be the result of today's global competition between states, corporations, networks, and individuals to create the contexts and frameworks for conversations. we believe it is time to turn a reflective gaze on the medium of conversation itself and rethink the format of the post-digital culture event and reboot a common articulation of many possible grounds. New vocabularies and sensibilities are needed to express and distinguish between the different possible social, economic, and technological models that are now being created in order to deal with the planet's increasingly precarious living conditions. This entails a rebooting of conversation and a facing up to the anxieties of late capitalism. Through the artistic, multimodal processing of the discursive, sensory, and aesthetic dimensions of these topics, the possible common grounds for conversations will be manifested.