transmediale 2020

Festival for Art and Digital Culture

In 2020, transmediale will extend into the heart of the city: closely linked to the central one-month group exhibition The Eternal Network at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the two-day symposium of the 33rd festival edition will take place at Volksbühne Berlin for the very first time. CTM and transmediale will again produce a number of collaborative programmes, including the the city-wide partner programme Vorspiel.

The opening evening on 28 January 2020 at HKW will be followed by the second Student Forum, which will give students the opportunity to expand and deepen their festival visit. Additionally, the film and video program will start: it will bring artistic and documentary perspectives into the discourse on the history and the future of digital networks. This includes a cinema day with short film screenings, a lecture screening, talks, and a feature film on 30 January as well as a continuous short film loop, which will be shown throughout the exhibition.

The Eternal Network presents around 20 new artistic positions that question cultural and technological networks and rethink them in relation to contemporary urgencies. Thematic tours complement the exhibition throughout the month.

The symposium will take place on Friday, 31 January and Saturday, 1 February on the main stage of Volksbühne Berlin; further program will be shown at Roter Salon and Grüner Salon. The conference program invites theorists and artists to a series of in-depth transdisciplinary exchanges focusing on the status of the network and end-to-end knowledge sharing within the ongoing transformation of digitalization.

The exhibition and the conference program will be curated by artistic director Kristoffer Gansing with supporting advice from Clemens Apprich, Daphne Dragona, Geert Lovink, and Florian Wüst, all of whom will also be responsible for different program items.

Under the title E2E (End to End), transmediale 2020 aims at a broad reevaluation of networks and their limits. Leaving behind a decade marked by a backlash against the Internet and the network society, the 33rd festival edition deals with forgotten and potential futures with and without networks.

Read more on the transmediale website.