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1–5 February 2023
transmediale 2023
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
and across the city

Join us for the 36th edition of transmediale as it returns to Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg for a four-day festival programme accompanied by a citywide exhibition taking place within the networks and infrastructures of Berlin.

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It’s time to come together

The festival will transform the Akademie into a space of conversation, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and film, scaling itself across the venue. Merging theoretical discourse and artistic interventions with craic , the festival will explore how technological scale creates relations and fractures in the world by transferring images through history and across socio-political contexts. The four-day programme at the Akademie der Künste will open possibilities for conversations, actions, and participation to unfold around ideas of scale, its effect, and instrumentalisation.

Climate collapse, looping.
Grainy, blurred images make truths.
Facts, indistinguishable from fictions.
Molecular geopolitics,
an image the size of the world.

We are drowning in images and the multiplying realities they create. Models, maps, and fictions about the world are rendered to handheld devices as meanings are scaled and circulated between data servers, network cables, render farms, 3D assets, and automated algorithms. Calculation and its many biases make the world computable, yet it pushes and pulls our affections and politics through infrastructures and logistics, flattening us into tokenized transactions along the way.

Computation is the New Optics .

Or so it seems. Automated images, distributed across discreet surveillance systems, hidden labour, logistics, infrastructures, and networks, make up technical conditions of perception and operate upon the very material fabric of the world. These operations assemble new unstable arrangements of relations, politics, and feelings, scaling them out of sync, and leaving multiple mis/representations at the surface of screens. As these many fragile realities risk further degradation and collapse, what role can scale play in altering what is mapped and measured?

The 2023 edition of transmediale festival explores the impact of living in the aftermath of the post-digital and how technological scale sets conditions for relations, feelings, democratic processes, and infrastructures.

Expanded Festival Programme

In addition to the four-day festival at Akademie der Künste, an expanded programme will take place throughout the city: Out of Scale is a free citywide exhibition taking place within the city’s networks and infrastructures that generates critical conversations around how technology and its precise measurement systems can be reassembled.

Once again, transmediale and CTM Festival are beginning the festival season together. Our long-term partner CTM kicks off their festival on 27 January, and continuing our partnership we are excited to have a collaboration again for the 2023 edition. Vorspiel , the joint project of transmediale and CTM and traditionally the prelude of both festivals, will take place across multiple project spaces in the city from 20 January.

More detailed information on the festival, day and evening events, the expanded programmes, and tickets will be announced soon.

The 2023 festival edition is curated by Nora O Murchú (artistic director of transmediale), Bani Brusadin, Elise Misao Hunchuck, Lorena Juan, Ben Evans James, and Jussi Parikka (curatorial advisor) and made by the transmediale team.

Imprint and Contact

transmediale e.V.
Gerichtstr. 35
13347 Berlin
tel: +49 (0)30 959 994 231
E-Mail: info[at]transmediale.de

The festival has been funded as a cultural institution of excellence by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) since 2004.

The festival takes place at and is supported by Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Hanseatenweg) and is additionally supported by Medienboard BerlinBrandenburg and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung .

The citywide exhibition programme Out of Scale is funded by the Senate of Berlin (Berliner Senat).