BWPWAP - transmediale 2013

Thematic Call for Works for the next festival edition BWPWAP

Dates for the next festival: Jan 29 – Feb 3 2013, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Can impossible and unrealistic uses and abuses of technology be translated into new cultural imaginaries? Into networks out of place and out of time? Like BWPWAP!?

Back When Pluto Was a Planet: transmediale 2013 will explore the simultaneous displacement and invention taking place in cultural processes mediated by technology. Such processes have the power to quickly re-shape our categories for understanding and interacting. We are looking for artistic user cultures that engage in counter-classification, creating alternative imaginaries of today’s standardised network culture.

BWPWAP is a popular net culture acronym referring to the cancellation of Pluto’s planetary status in 2006 and is commonly used whenever one wants to point out that a statement or opinion is resting on no longer valid data. It can also be read as the recollection of a poetic imagination rendered obsolete by new technological knowledge paradigms. The decision to degrade Pluto’s status in the planetary system is a testimony to how new technologies and discourses decontextualise networks that were once thought to be stable and lead to recontextualisations that are reshaping the very imaginary of culture.

transmediale 2013 calls upon the speculative cultures of artists, users and theorists to contribute to the creation of new techno-cultural imaginaries, where behaving like BWPWAP can be a dissident creative act.

As always, we partner with the CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, that will again run in parallel to transmediale at various venues in Berlin. Under the consciously polemic and glistening ambivalent title, “The Golden Age”, the 14th edition of CTM seeks to reflect on the current (over-)abundance of music, the inherent eclecticism and its consequences on individuals, aesthetics and the economy. CTM currently invites everyone interested to send in project proposals. You can read more about the theme and on the festival’s webpage.

Vilém Flusser Residency Programme: Call for Applications & Current Activity

You can now submit works for our next residency (starting in April 2013) in the Vilém Flusser Programme for Artistic Research. Deadline for all submissions is 31 July 2012.

The programme is a joint effort of transmediale and the Vilém Flusser Archiv at the University of the Arts, Berlin. In the next three months Georgios Papadopoulous will work on the research project Iconographies of the Drachma – Speculation on Symbolic Value, together with a few visiting artists, researchers and designers. The project explores the Greek economic reality and the Greek currency as a manifestation of this reality. The Drachma will be investigated as a symbol of economic value, national identity and political power, and how these elements are expressed historically in the imagery of the currency. The following artists, designers and researchers are participating in Georgios project: Neda Firfova (researcher and graphic design practitioner, Academy of Fine Arts Skopje, Tama Art University Tokyo, Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht), Juliana Borinski (visual artist in photography, videography and media installation), Jack Henrie Fisher (graphic designer), Kostas Kolimenos (film director), Yota Ioannidou (researcher, Athens School of Fine Arts; Dutch Art Institute).

As part of the residency, the status of the project will be presented and discussed in a series of events. The project will be addressed on May 12, at General Public in the “Trial Crack” event of the reSource for transmedial culture (more info below). There is a workshop taking place 29-30 May at the Vilém Flusser Archiv of the UDK called “The Imagery Constitution of the Economy” where the underlying assumption is that social constitution is developed both in the rational and the affective registers of the subject. You can register for the workshop by contacting Anita Jóri: In June, there is also a conference scheduled (28-29) at the UdK “Occupying the Economic Imaginary: Technical Images and their Influence on Economic Representation, Value and Exchange”. Georgios Papadopoulous will again present the development of his project at this conference. Finally the closing event of the residency project will take place at the reSource for transmedial culture event from 22-24 August 2012 at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. More info in future newsletters and on our social media!

Upcoming events of reSource – transmedial culture berlin

The first reSource event after transmediale 2k+12 takes place 11-12 May at General Public (Schönhauser Allee 167, 10435 Berlin; U2 Senefelder Platz). There will be an open discussion with moderators Tatiana Bazzichelli und Kristoffer Gansing (transmediale), Stéphane Bauer (Kunstraum Kreuzberg /Bethanien), Oliver Baurhenn (CTM/Disk), and Clemens Apprich und Lerone Schultz (Post-Media Lab, Leuphana University Lüneburg), as well as audio visual performances at Liebig12 (Liebigstraße 12, 10247 Berlin; U5 Frankfurter Tor). On the second day, the status of network topologies in the field of network economy, hacktivism and queer culture will be discussed with tante (“Jürgen Geuter”) / Die datenschutzkritische Spackeria, Michael Seeman aka @mspro /, Gregor Sedlag, Alexander Müller/Hedonist International, Weise 7, Lena Braun, Georgios Papadopolous, Rasa Smite amongst others.

The 22-24 August another event of reSource will be hosted at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien to consolidate the networks of the local and translocal cultural producers of Berlin and to continue the dialogue.

Inke Arns: New member of transmediale advisory board

The advisory board of transmediale is pleased to announce Dr. Inke Arns as a new member. She is known for her acclaimed work as a curator and researcher focusing on media art, media theory, netcultures and Eastern Europe. Since 2005, Inke Arns is artistic director of the Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund.

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