Networks are everywhere, whether personal or organizational, for social or business life, centralized or decentralized: transmediale 2020, the last edition under the artistic direction of Kristoffer Gansing, aims at a broad reevaluation of networks and their limits.
Leaving behind a decade marked by a backlash against the Internet and the network society, the 33rd festival edition entitled End to End focuses on both forgotten and potential futures with and without networks from 28 January to 01 March 2020.
The upcoming transmediale will extend into the heart of the city: closely linked to the central one-month group exhibition The Eternal Network at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the two-day symposium of the 33rd festival edition will take place at Volksbühne Berlin for the very first time. The exhibition presents about 25 new artistic positions that address the persistence of networks, with a focus on their potentials and limits in response to current social and technological changes. Among the artists are Tega Brain, Johanna Bruckner, Guo Cheng, Louise Drulhe, Kyriaki Goni, Darsha Hewitt, Keiken, Aay Liparoto with HOT BODIES - CHOIR, Bahar Noorizadeh, Julian Oliver, Bengt Sjölén, Timur Si-Qin, and Tobias Williams.
During its first week, the festival will expand on the exhibition, which runs until 1 March, through the Student Forum at HKW, the McLuhan Lecture at the Embassy of Canada as well as the CTM & transmediale Night In Between Ends at Berghain on 29 January. On 30 January the Film & Video Day Streaming Life follows at HKW and the End to End Symposium on 31 January and 01 February at Volksbühne Berlin.
Among the festival’s participating international artists, cultural workers, and theoreticians are Roel Roscam Abbing & Aymeric Mansoux, LaTurbo Avedon & Myriam Bleau, Cana Bilir-Meier, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Cycles of Circulation (Jamie Allen & Karolina Sobecka), Desperately Seeking (Gabriel S Moses & Carmel Barnea Brezner Jonas), Stephanie Dick, Sarah Friend, Matthew Fuller & Olga Goriunova, Jan Gerber & Sebastian Lütgert, Gözde Güngör, Eva Haifa Giraud, Tsila Hassine, Mél Hogan, Katharine Jarmul, Lawrence Lek, Olia Lialina, Janina Loh, Ulises Ali Mejias, Rosa Menkman, Joshua Neves, Nora O Murchú, Fabian Offert, Rachel O'Dwyer, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, ReUnion (Yin Aiwen, Genevieve Costello, Mi You), Felipe Schmidt Fonseca, Bernard Stiegler, and We Are Not Sick (John Longwalker & Geert Lovink).