At transmediale 2019 the focus will be on the question what role emotions and empathy play within digital culture. From 31 January to 3 February international artists, cultural workers, and theoreticians come together at Haus der Kulturen der Welt with the aim of learning to understand technologies of feeling—and how to challenge them.
Directed for the 8th time by Kristoffer Gansing and co-curated by Daphne Dragona, Inga Seidler, and Florian Wüst, the 32nd edition of the festival asks “What moves you?”. It refers not only to an emotional response but also to the way in which affect becomes mobilized as a political force today.
For the first time in many years, the festival does not have a title in order to emphasize the possibility of emergence: In response to a critical time, transmediale wants to concentrate on live practices and the creation of learning environments with a high level of participant and audience engagement rather than close down meaning.
Preceding the public festival days transmediale offers a workshop program as well as a new student platform.
With, among others, Actress + Young Paint, Shaka McGlotten, Rebecca Coleman, Ben Anderson, Syrian Archive, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Caroline Sinders, Jeremy Gilbert, Geocinema (Asia Bazdyrieva, Alexey Orlov, Solveig Suess), Jara Rocha, Carlo Agosti.