Transmediale 11- RESPONSE:ABILITY


transmediale.11, the International Festival of Art and Digital Culture is taking place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin from the 1st to the 6th of February, 2011.
With the title RESPONSE:ABILITY transmediale.11 calls for joint reflection on how we live in relation with the
Internet today. The network is becoming at the same time an increasingly competitive resource and  the rise of social networks, the new quality of mobile communication technologies and real-time media are leading to the increasing live-connectedness and networking of our society. transmediale.11 asks what courses of action following the Web 2.0 era are possible for Internet users.

During the opening on 1st february at 18.30 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt for the first time at transmediale a non-human digital personality will be participating! Special opening guest Derrick de Kerckhove will introduce his son, Angel_F (, a spyware entity born through the technological-sensual relationship between himself and Biodoll, the art project of Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico. Following the A/V performance: DUST by Herman Kolgen and the opening of the exhibitions spaces.


The festival is organized trough different platform including exhibitions, conferences, events, workshops and screening.
Curated by Ela Kagel, The Open Zone is an art-based social experiment with Free Culture and the Open Web. In the HKW foyer, a model city arises in which the strategic conditions of an open internet culture are examined, and which can be experienced by visitors. With Heath Bunting, Open Design City Berlin, Elizabeth Stark, collective, Ursula Endlicher, Christopher “moot” Poole, Evan Roth and many more.

The HacKaWay Zone, curated by Stephen Kovats, is a platform where the complex technological and societal systems are critically de- and re-constructed to reveal new and alternative realities. Partecipating  artists include Paul Vanouse, HONF, UBERMORGEN.COM, Ei Wada as well as Fair Use Trio.

SyncExistence is a video screening curated by Marcel Schwierin, where the main focus is a reflection on the ways in which twentieth century cinema contributed to promoting the sense of growing simultaneity, ubiquity and acceleration. With films and videos from artists including Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ho Tzu Nyen, Sergei Komarov, Wolf Vostell, Camille Verbunt, Ruben Östlund and the ArabShorts project.

This year’s performance programme LIVE:RESPONSE, curated by Sandra Naumann, hovers at the interface between the real world and the media sphere, liveness and reproduction, virtual and physical. With live performances from artists including Herman Kolgen, People Like Us, Cécile Babiole & Vincent Goudard, Eboman and Preslav Literary School.

Under the title BODY:RESPONSE – Biomedial Politics in the Age of Digital Liveness, curated by Markus Huber. the transmediale.11 conference investigates the increasing biologisation of the media and the hybridisation of virtual and real spaces.
With international experts including Franco ‘BIFO’ Berardi, Maurizio Lazzarato, Judith Revel, Alessandro Ludovico, Salvatore Iaconesi, Paolo Cirio, Les Liens Invisibles, Eric Kluitenberg, Derrick de Kerckhove and Jordan Crandall.
At the Awards Ceremony on the 5th of February 2011 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the winners of three awards will be announced. transmediale and CTM (club transmediale) join forces to present the transmediale Award for outstanding artworks from around the world responding to the challenges of our rapidly changing digital technology and network-based culture. Among the artists nominated Share Festival support Les Liens Invisible that presented for the first time the project (htttp:// at Share Festival 2010.

The Vilém Flusser Theory Award promotes innovative media theory and practice-oriented research projects exploring current positions in digital art and culture. The Open Web Award will be presented, in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, for the first time. The nominated works, booki by Adam Hyde, Graffiti Markup Language by Evan Roth and THIMBL by the art group Telekommunisten will be available until the 4th February 2011 on the Mozilla Drumbeat Platform ( for a public vote that will determine the award winner.