Moving out of the pond! Yes, the CrossMedia Network has sent one if its agents, Agent Villum, to Berlin to infiltrate the magnificent yearly Transmediale gathering of who’s who in experimental technology/media production, research and artistic-ism.
For those not aware, Transmediale presents and pursues the advancement of artistic positions reflecting on the socio-cultural, political and creative impact of new technologies, network practices and digital innovation. As a festival aiming to define the contours of contemporary digital culture, it seeks out artistic practices that not only respond to scientific or technical developments, but that shape the way in which we think about and experience the technologies which impact virtually all aspects of our daily lives. As such, transmediale understands media technologies as cultural and aesthetic techniques that need to be embraced in order to comprehend, critique, and shape global societies – or so the official statement goes.
In other, more layman terms, Transmediale tries to present a cross section of the most cutting edge frontier of media and technology experimentation, as it applies to the daily social lives of us as citizens. As a result, the conference attracts heaps of technology researchers, art activists, hackers, tinkerers, media hipsters and big cheese in general to congregate around the latest, weirdest, most futuristic development in experimental media. Get the idea?
Over the next couple of days, I will be tossing bits and pieces of this frenzy onto this blog as well as onto the Oh That’s New twitter feed and maybe – just maybe – do a little video blog (not sure if this will work, it seems way too ambitious…but we’ll see).