Von Thomas Munz am 22. Dezember 2006 um 20:21

Newsletter 20.12. 2006

January 31 - February 4, 2007
Akademie der Künste
Berlin, Hanseatenweg 10


1. Conference 'Unfinish!'
2. Key Notes: Stelarc, Kroker, Kittler
3. Panel: Unfinishing Creation
4. Panel: Unfinished Cities
5. Panel: Opening and Closing, Beginning and Ending
6. Panel: The Media Landscape of Iraq
7. Panel: Whatever happened to Tactical Media?
8. Panel: Many Years of Video Art
9. Panel: Media Art Undone


1. Conference 'Unfinish!'

The transmediale.07 conference, 'unfinish!', deals with the phenomenon
of finiteness in art, science, architecture, computer science and
politics. The digital culture of the present seems to be neither willing
nor able to accept final determination and the closure of processes.
Instead processuality and continuous and consecutive updates and
versions are the credo of current cultural practices. The conference of
the transmediale.07 enters into the discrepancy between the desire to
open up solidified structures and situations, and the curse of digital
work that doesn’t come to conclusions,but only to an iteration of
preliminary versions. In this discussion terms such as ‘opening’,
‘closure’, and ‘restart’, figure as central aspects. In seven panel
discussions and in three keynote speeches, they will be analysed and
applied to artistic and socio-political questions.

The conference of transmediale.07 in organised in cooperation with the
Federal Agency for Civic Education.

2. Key Notes: Stelarc, Kroker, Kittler

Keynote Stelarc (au)
Thursday, 1.2. 2007, 20.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

In his lecture 'Augmented Body', the Australian artist Stelarc deals
with the potential of improving the human body and with the consequences
this has for the perception of subjectivity. Stelarc's work explores and
extends the concept of the body and its relationship with technology
through human-machine interfaces. His projects are attempts at testing
the scientific 'state of the art' on the human body. In his
lecture-performance Stelarc describes how he compensates the
imperfection of his own body and equips it with technology:in the
context of the project '1/4 Scale Ear', the artist recently attached a
third ear to his forearm. The soft prosthesis was grown from human
tissue. Stelarc considers the ear prosthesis not as a sign for a
physical malfunction, but rather as a symbol for an additional feature.
Thus he tries to amplify the forms and functions of the human body and
produces a human-machine-hybrid which questions the notion of the
wholeness of the body.
Moderator: Florian Rötzer (de)

Keynote Arthur Kroker (ca): Born Again Ideology
Friday, 2.2. 2007, 18.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

In the 1990s Arthur Kroker was one of the most important theorists of
the emerging cyber-culture. Today he is an alert critic of global
digital culture which has moved on from the utopias of the waning 20th
century. His lecture 'Changing the New World Order' analyses the
resumption of seemingly closed but unfinished stories in a society
altered by global technical changes. Kroker understands the development
of technology as a global culture that also involves political, cultural
and social areas.
Moderator: Florian Rötzer (de)

Keynote Friedrich Kittler (de)
Saturday, 3.2. 2007, 18.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

Kittler holds the chair for aesthetics and history of media at the
Humboldt University Berlin. In his lecture, he presents his current
research concerning theories of machine, media and music and asks for
the meaning of reversibility and infinite loop-d-loop which is being
re-processed, after its execution as long as this is not prevented by
external influences. What power lies in the knowledge that is hidden in
computers and their algorithms?
Moderator: Wolfgang Coy (de)

In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education

3. Panel: Unfinishing Creation
Thursday, 1.2. 2007, 15.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

The Panel 'Unfinishing Creation' deals with the relationship between
humans, science, and the future. On the basis of artistic practices, and
in conjunction with current scientific topics, especially from the
life-sciences, the panel raises questions of openness, of continuous
transformation and constant change in present-day society. Do concepts
like reversibility, time, mistakes, and progress connect or divide
artists and scientists? And do the natural sciences offer new tools to
artists and other scientists to expand their own disciplines and to
re-examine our society? Does the notion of an 'open system of life' form
a new paradigm? And which effects do the changing media and technologies
have on our cognitive structures and on the evolution of new artistic
Moderator: Stefan Iglhaut (de)
Participants: Ingeborg Reichle (de), Warren Neidich (us/de)

In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education

4. Panel: Unfinished Cities
Friday, 2.2. 2007, 15.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

The phenomena of the multi-layered urban development and urbanisation
are among the main topics of the current global cultural context. While
the countries of the ‘traditional’ industrialisation are dealing with
‘shrinking cities’, the increasing megalopolises, particularly those in
Latin America, Asia and Africa, are in a process of immense and
uncontrolled growth. The panel 'Unfinished Cities' presents positions
which consider the exuberant growth and the insecurity which go along
with it not as a form of dysfunction, but as a potential. The image of
the permanently unfinished, insecure and complex city creates novel
spatial constellations that accelerate the urban practice of
appropriation and the creation of new forms of public spheres, thus
preventing any state of closure.
Moderator: Regina Bittner (de)
Participants: AbdouMaliq Simone (za/uk), Orhan Esen (tr)

In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education

5. Panel: Opening and Closing, Beginning and Ending
Sunday, 4.2. 2007, 14.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

The panel with Byung-Chul Han and Thomas Macho deals with notions of
closing and opening from a philosophical point of view. By means of a
comparison between occidental inwardness and far eastern openness, the
speakers will trace different traditions of eastern and western thought.
Participants: Byung-Chul Han (kr), Thomas Macho (de)

In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education

6. Panel: The Media Landscape of Iraq
Friday, 2.2. 2007, 12.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

The future developments in Iraq will depend crucially on whether the
question whether a process of negotiation can be initiated between the
conflicting groups, or whether separation and isolation will continue.
The function of the media in this process is not to be underestimated.
The media communicate, comment and reflect; they form opinions and
mobilise atmospheres of consent or dissent. Since the collapse of the
regime, the media landscape in Iraq has been growing and sprawling
uncontrollably in all directions, and the coverage of the
socio-political situation is as multi-layered and complex as the
situation itself. The discussion with Iraqi journalists and artists
explores the role that the media play in the development of conflicts
and the tight-rope walk between the freedom of speech and the will to
survive. MICT (Media in Cooperation & Transition) introduce the topic
with a report illustrated by video and audio material from their archives.
Moderators: Anja Wollenberger & Klaas Glenewinkel (de)
Participants: Ali Badr (iq), Ismail Zayer (iq)

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

7. Whatever happened to Tactical Media?
Thursday, 1.2. 2007, 16.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Salon

Creating a collaborative culture has been the main goal of video
activism, independent practices that are based upon cooperation and
networking. Can online tools and services such as YouTube or Flickr
provide new cultural identities and open up new areas of dialogue and
critique? What political role does the Net play today as a tool for
collaborative production? Is self-sufficiency and the DIY ethos still
important in the age of Web 2.0? And what is the actual relevance of
tactical media today?
Introduction and Moderation: Joanne Richardson (ro)
Participants Part 1: Bärbel Schönafinger (de/at), Katsiaryna Herasenkava
& Pauluk Kanavalchyk (by), Anastasia Nekozakova (ru)
Participants Part 2: Petko Dourmana (bg), Fran Ilich (mx), Micz Flor (de)

In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education

8. Panel: Many Years of Video Art - Historical Views on Art and Media
Wednesday, 31.1. 2007, 15.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

In spring 2006, five German museums presented the project '40 Jahre
Videokunst in Deutschland' (40 years of video art in Germany). A
substantial DVD edition of more than 50 individual works in combination
with a catalogue (Hatje Cantz Verlag) tries to describe the field of
video art in Germany since the mid 1960s. In the context of its
anniversary programme, transmediale.07 presents this DVD edition and
attempts its evaluation in a broader and international context.
Therefore similar projects from other countries have also been invited
to the transmediale. The panel discussion between the producers of '40
Jahre Videokunst' and international colleagues offers a critical debate
about such projects of documentation and overview.
Participants: Chris Hill (us), Barbara Borcic (si), Wulf Herzogenrath
(de), a.o.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute

9. Panel: Media Art Undone
Saturday, 3.2. 2007, 15.00 hrs, Akademie Hanseatenweg, Studio

The participants of this panel discuss questions concerning the field
and the term 'Media Art'. Is it time to let go of the label 'media art'
altogether, and to strive for a re-inscription of media-based art
practices into broader art discourses? Are the definitions of media art
and media cultural practices still valid that used to justify their -
positive and negative - discrimination?
Moderator: Miguel Leal (pt)
Participants: Diedrich Diederichsen (de), Inke Arns (de), Olia Lialina
(ru/de), Timothy Druckrey (us)

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