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 from 1 to 5 February. The five-day festival  “a model, a map, a fiction” explores how scale reconfigures relations, politics, and affects our emotions.

The festival begins with a public opening evening of performance, exhibition, and music. 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.

A series of artistic interventions will be installed across the building of the Akademie der Künste during the five-day festival. The works will be reflecting on new scalar tactics through practice-based and performative approaches. Featuring newly commissioned work by transmediale residents 2022 Antonia Hernández and Laura Cugusi, fantastic little splash (Lera Malchenko and Oleksandr Hants), Marc Lee, and Nicole L'Huillier, as well as works by Neil Beloufa, Evan Roth, Bahar Noorizadeh, and Nina Davies.

Opening alongside the festival on 1 February, the exhibition Or So It Seems featuring Alan Butler and Simone C Niquille will be on view in Akademie der Künste until 26 February. Alongside the festival week, a citywide exhibition, Out of Scale, takes place within the networks and infrastructures of Berlin from 26 January to 26 February.

Evening Programme

Jennifer Walshe and Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly)
Fri 3 Feb, 8:30 pm

Together with an ensemble of musicians, Jennifer Walshe and Jon Leidecker combine live voice, machine-made loops, AI-generated Enya, and an archive of voice samples to unsettle ideas of what is purely technological and purely human.

The accompanying ensemble features Owen Gardner, Chris Heenan, Jana Luksts, Kanae Mizobuchi, Weston Olencki, and Andrea Parkins.

Sun 5 Feb, 6:30 pm

In a second iteration of their joint performance, Jennifer Walshe and Jon Leidecker close this journey with an epilogue: an intimate performance that explores the idiosyncrasies of machine listening and digital sound while surfing the outer reaches of online culture.

With support by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and Culture Ireland.

1 — 5 Feb 2023

Conversations, lectures, performances, film, workshops, artistic interventions

The festival programme is only accessible for transmediale and/or connect pass holders.

Evening Programme on 3 and 5 Feb

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