© Simone C Niquille /technoflesh Studio,, 2022

transmediale 2023
1 — 26 Feb 2023

Festival and Exhibition

The transmediale festival a model, a map, a fiction takes place at Akademie der Künste and various locations throughout Berlin from 1 to 5 February. The five-day festival explores how scale reconfigures relations, politics, and affects in a series of conversations, lectures, panels, performances, demos, film, and workshops. The exhibition “Or So It Seems” is on view from 1 to 26 February. Festival and exhibition are opening 1 Feb at 7 pm.

Nan Goldin Bed, Paris/New York, 1992–2009, 2019 archive pigment print (114 x 167 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery © Nan Goldin

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2022. Nan Goldin
20 Jan — 19 Mar 2023


The Akademie will be showing photographs by Nan Goldin, recipient of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2022, from five decades. The US artist occupies a central position in contemporary photography. The exhibition features photographs from the early Boston years, New York, Berlin, and Asia, as well as recent large-scale works such as landscapes and Grids. Award Ceremony on Friday, 3 March, at 8 pm. Free admission.

From the film Wild by Nicolette Krebitz. Photo © Christian Hüller/Heimatfilm

20th Academy Discussion: Content versus Film
13 Feb 2023

Academy Discussions

What makes films good? When did the attitude of placing the content of a film above its aesthetic form emerge and where did it come from? Where is the appreciation of film art as a composition of images, colours and sounds? Jeanine Meerapfel and Dominik Graf talk with Thomas Heise, Nicolette Krebitz and Carolin Schmitz about the essence of cinema, about what makes films unique. In German.

© Heimann + Schwantes
© Heimann + Schwantes

The latest issue explores the prerequisites for preserving the role of public media as an instrument of democracy, the challenges of artificial intelligence, and the important role of (art) critique. Other topics are the fundamental consequences political radicalization in Europe has for artistic freedom, Nan Goldin's photographs and the exhibtion Provenance Research”.

Anna Seghers Museum
Anna Seghers Museum. Photo © Andeas Süß

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' “crow's nest” : Regular tours offer visitors a fascinating insight into the homes and studies of the writer Bertolt Brecht, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Anna Seghers. The Brecht-Weigel Museum in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste.

Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 423 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). It is an exhibition and event location. A key component of the Akademie are its Archives, which collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art.


Now available: Journal der Künste 19more

LOOM – Interweaving the Arts in Europemore

New independent magazine Solomiya presents works by Ukrainian JUNGE AKADEMIE fellows Sasha Kurmaz and Mykola Ridnymore

War in Ukraine: Support for Artists and Cultural Workersmore

Further news are available in German only: News

© Simone C Niquille /technoflesh Studio,, 2022
1 – 26 Feb

transmediale 2023: Or So It Seems

Combining discourse formats and artistic interventions, the 2023 edition of transmediale “a model, a map, a fiction” explores ideas of technological scale, its instrumentalisation, and effect. The festival’s exhibition in Halle 3 features the work of Alan Butler and Simone C Niquille and interrogates the technical and socio-political implications of computer-vision technologies through CGI production and simulation making.

© Grafikdesign: Bárbara Acevedo Strange
1 – 5 Feb

transmediale 2023: a model, a map, a fiction

The 36th edition of transmediale festival takes place at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, and various locations throughout Berlin. The five-day festival “a model, a map, a fiction”explores how scale reconfigures relations, politics, and affects our emotions. Taking place over four days, the festivals discourse programme brings together over a hundred international artists, researchers, performers, and thinkers for a series of conversations, lectures, panels, performances, demos, film, and workshops unfolding around the topic of scale.

Ong Keng Sen © Jeannie Ho
Friday, 3 Feb
Concluding Presentation

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Black Box

Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship Ong Keng Sen

In the presentation “Performance and Agency in Decoloniality: Queering The Archive”, dance studies students at the FU Berlin will show the results of their seminar work with curator and director Ong Keng Sen from Singapore. Here, a decolonial perspective that questions predominantly Eurocentric production of knowledge forms the background for the creation of “unhappy archives”, which will be presented and shared with the audience. In English. 

Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Thursday, 9 Feb

2 pm

Anna-Seghers-Str. 81
12489 Berlin

How Netty Reiling became Anna Seghers

The theme of Anna Seghers’ work is the self-liberation of her literary characters. To what extent does this liberation have biographical features? An approach to the transformation from sheltered daughter to headstrong writer. In German.

Katrin Pannicke, Halle/Saale Motif of the picture page based on a photo by Gerda Goedhart/Suhrkamp Verlag. © Photo: Hans-Jürgen Fuchs, Stuttgart. Source: BVA
Thursday, 9 Feb
Book Presentation

8 pm

Pariser Platz


Bertolt Brecht on the occasion of his 125th birthday

Even though the playwright from Augsburg was not one of those people who explicitly celebrate their birthday, does that prevent us from remembering him? On the eve of the birthday, the Federal Ministry of Finance is presenting a special postage stamp and a special coin. Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and Media, will deliver a greeting. On this evening, the book Unsere Hoffnung heute ist die Krise (Our Hope Today is the Crisis), will be presented. In German.

Special postage stamp for Bertolt Brecht's 125th birthday © Design: Matthias Wittig. For copyright reasons, permission to reproduce the image must be obtained before it can be used.
Friday, 10 Feb

10 am

Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Bertolt Brecht on the occasion of his 125th birthday

Although the playwright from Augsburg was not one of those people who explicitly celebrate the day of their birth, does that prevent us from remembering him? To mark Bertolt Brecht’s 125th birthday, the Brecht House is celebrating with special tours of the Brecht-Weigel Museum, films, the Open Archive and with poems and songs performed by drama students. In German.


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