@transmediale 2012 in/compatible, R15N and Stammtisch.

Today’s Stammtisch will not be at Cafe Buchhandlung as usual, rather we will be at Transmediale, starting at 5pm chatting with visitors about R15N. The opening is free, all are welcome so come say hi and get a preview of this years Transmediale.


R15N is our contribution to this years festival:

R15N will be the Official Miscommunication Platform of Transmediale 2012.

Our hope is that the system will serve to create engagement and a greater sense of community at this years Transmediale. The installation side of R15N is minimal. Some signage and two retro phones under desk lamps, along with a phone booth in which to access the website will represent the work in the physical space of the festivals, but the main purpose of these is to get visitors to register to the system.

Only once the user is registered is the artwork really experienced.

The system is extremely miscommunicative, failed calls and missed calls and occasional poor call quality seem bewildering at first, and the R15N experience begins quite mysteriously and somewhat awkwardly, as users get dropped into the network and begin to be connected with strangers, with whom they are ment to interact. But very quickly the experience starts to feel normal as users acclimatize to it’s quirks and begin to lose inhibitions.

Read the complete article here: http://wp.me/p24fqL-sw
Watch an introductory video about R15N:

Or learn more with the informative presentation:

I wrote about this years theme, in/compatible, following an reSource for Transmediale Culture presentation earlier this year:

To borrow the theme of this year’s Transmediale, “in/compatible.”
The slash between “in” and “compatible” indicates the bifurcation of the intrinsic and the extrinsic, both compatible and not compatible, providing an outwardly in/terface that is compatible, but only as a part of a transformative flow towards an inwardly nature that is ultimately incompatible. The road up to a new harmony, the negation of the negation, synthesis, and thereby also the road down to the new antithesis, the new in/compatibility, the endless flux.
It must seem paradoxical to strive against the existing being by adopting it’s outwardly nature, but disruption requires it. Unprotected by an adaptive exterior, the new nature can not survive, and therefore can never become. Naive attempts to build simple alternative ways of being, acting, or relating, in conflict with what is, while insisting on external and internal harmony deny becoming, and are drowned in the stream, entering into conflict too soon without sufficient development for the negation to become negated.

You can read the whole article here: http://wp.me/p24fqL-o

See you all at transmediale! Can’t make it to berlin? You can still be a part of the festival by joining R15N. Register by calling +49308687035761.

Here is the schedule for tonights opening:

17:00 h
transmediale 2012 Exhibition Vernissage
Dark Drives. Uneasy Energies in technological Times curated by Jacob Lillemose
with artworks from Ant Farm, William S. Burroughs and Antony Balch, Art 404, Bjørn Erik Haugen, Bureau of Inverse Technology (B.I.T.), Chris Burden, Chris Cunningham/Aphex Twin, Constant Dullaart, Costanza Candeloro and Luca Libertini, Daniel García Andújar / Technologies To The People, Heath Bunting, Jack Caravanos (Blacksmith Institute), Vibek Raj Maurya, Jaromil, Jennifer Chan, JK Keller, JODI, jon.satrom, Junko & Mattin, Marcelina Wellmer, Matteo Giordano, Karla Grundick and Mistress Koyo, Paidia Institute, Peter Luining, Ruth White, SPK, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Sture Johannesson, Nikola Tesla, Jay Dahl, TR Kirstein, Tracy Cornish, UBERMORGEN.COM, VNS Matrix, [epidemiC], Franco Berardi, Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG
Steam Machine Music – live construction | performance with Morten Riis
Screening: Re-enactment Videospiegel | The first programme of VideoFilmFest ’88
The connection between the video festival, the work and the artists is somewhat loose. Successful videos feature at countless festivals, but often their creators do not even attend the screenings. And yet every one of these screenings – at least those with videos of short running times – is totally unique. The works are gathered together in a programme which, under normal circumstances, is never screened again outside of the festival. We have therefore decided for the 25th anniversary of transmediale to once again screen as a loop the opening programme from the first VideoFest in 1988; not only does this bring together a range of remarkable videos that have rarely been seen since, but also, as an opening programme, it offers a compelling statement of VideoFest’s own agenda.
18:30 h
transmediale 2012 Opening Ceremony | presentation with Kristoffer Gansing, Hortensia Völckers, Bernd Scherer and performance by jon.satrom
20:30 h
Labor Berlin 8 / Studio Weise7 Exhibition
The in/compatible Laboratorium | Vernissage with Kristoffer Gansing, Valerie Smith, Studio Weise 7 (Servando Barreiro, Brendan Howell, Gordan Savičić, Bengt Sjölén, Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev)
reSource Opening: R15N | presentation with Dmytri Kleiner, Baruch Gottlieb, introduced by Tatiana Bazzichelli
Steam Machine Music | with Morten Riis
Performances: The Future of Creativity | with Jeremy Bailey

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