Transmediale 2007, Unfinished

Transmediale 07

The edition 2007 of Transmediale, festival for art and digital culture, entitled Unfinished opens on 30th January at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. It’s the 20th edition of the festival formerly known as Videofest. After the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions Andreas Broeckmann will direct his last one. He did an excellent work in the past years, building up one of the world major festivals of digital culture, mediating institutional requirements and all the different souls (including the many obscure ones) of this cultural field. Is the title ironically referring to his work, too? We never know, but the new artistic director will be probably announced during the opening and rumours are that he’s a well known person in the field, already familiar with the festival and one of the ideal candidates to take over the Broeckmann’s work. Three keynotes will take place this year: ‘Fractal Flesh’ by Stelarc, ‘Born Again Ideology’ by Arthur Kroker and ‘The Finality of Algorithms’ by Friedrich Kittler. Amongst the usually crowded panel list: a history of the Infermental international video network, the open source political game Bordergames platform, a four hours conference on ‘Whatever happened to tactical media?’, ‘Mediascape in Iraq’, presentation by David Rokeby of his works, the Greenaway’s project ‘The Tulse Luper Journey‘, artists dealing with the much-hyped Second Life platform and ‘Media Art Undone’ on the so liquid ‘media art’ concept with Miguel Leal, Diedrich Diederichsen, Inke Arns, Olia Lialina (interviewed on Neural 25) and Timothy Druckrey. Two books presentations: ‘Book of Imaginary Media’ by Eric Kluitenberg and ‘Networking, The Net as an Artwork’ by Tatiana Bazzichelli (presented with Gaia Novati and Jaromil), and a couple of promising performances: The one made by the Orchestre Méchanique, and ‘Specification.Fifteen’ by Taylor Deupree and Richard Chartier. The artworks running for the awards are Tim Shore’s ‘Cabinet’ video, Herman Asselberghs‘ ‘Proof of Life’ installation and Antoine Schmitt whole work. At the Club Transmediale at Maria Am Ostbanhof, beyond the many live and dj sets there’s a generative visual piece by Marius Watz (‘Illuminations 1.1), a workshop and live by Lab[au], the reacTable by Sergi Jordà, Marcos Alonso, Günter Geiger and Martin Kaltenbrunner, and a screening of ‘Essays on Radio: Can I have 2 minutes of your time’ released by Cronica. And as every year many unofficial events are also happening in the city, but the word of mouth is still the only way to discover them.