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Jan. 22, 2014
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Media art festival Transmediale opening (Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2014)
The media art festival Transmediale is held each year in Berlin. For the festival’s 28th holding this year (from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2014) the theme is “Afterglow,” implying the digital age in the post-digital age.
On the Performance Program are the MSHR duo of Americans Birch Cooper and Brenna Murph performing Ceremonial Chamber, the Nigerian multimedia artist Jelili Atiku with a very political performance titled Aafamako that deals with the country’s problems of poverty and other socio-economic issues, the Australian performance artist Nancy Mauro-Flude with Error in Time, and others.
The Conference Program deals with subjects such as digital surveillance in society and the decline of archive media, identity and sexuality in the post-digital era and other themes. Among the speakers will be Japanese artist Sputniko!, who talks about the impact of technology on everyday life. The Screening Program has a focus on naïve visions of technology and a digital revolution and presents screenings of 53 films and videos created and released between 1931 and 2013.
In a pre-festival event titled “Art Hack Day Berlin,” gathers some 70 artists and programmers from around the world to explore the possibilities of collaboration using advances technology and art. From Japan, IDPW and exonemo will participate through a proposal by Gabin Ito for a project to participate in the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Japan Media Arts Festival, etc. Also, as one of the closing events, IDPW will present an “Internet Flea Market” based on the idea of all variety of things related to the Internet being directly sold in flea market form.
In conjunction with Transmediale, the CTM (Club Transmediale) electronic music festival will also be held from Jan. 24 to Feb. 2, with some 200 artists from 25 countries giving concerts performances and creating installations in venues around the city.

This media art festival is held each year in Berlin as a joint project of Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH. The festival program includes exhibitions, symposiums, screening of film and video works, workshops, competitions, etc. The Video/Film Festival held from 1988 was renamed Transmediale in 1997. As a festival that presents many works by younger artists, it has become a gateway to success for young artists. The festival’s original artistic director, Andreas Broeckmann, was followed in November of 2008 by Stephen Kovats, and then by Kristoffer Gansing as the festival celebrated its 25th year in 2012. In addition to the festival, it also functions as a platform for year-round programs of research, creation of works and events.