transmediale is a yearly Berlin-based festival and cultural organization that facilitates critical reflection on and interventions into processes of cultural transformation from a post-digital perspective. In the course of its more than 30 year history, the transmediale/festival has turned into an essential event in the calendar of media art professionals, artists, activists, and students from all over the world.
Annually it presents an extensive range of exhibitions, conferences, screenings, performances, and publications to more than 25,000 visitors. In bringing together artists, researchers, activists, and thinkers, transmediale offers new perspectives and approaches on how the digital and a general technological condition has become a factor of influence in practically all spheres of life. The broad cultural appeal of the festival is recognized by the German federal government who supports the transmediale through its program for beacons of contemporary culture.
Since 2011, transmediale's all-year activities include cooperation projects, networking activities, the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research, and special events. These activities provide a sustainable structure of feedback, research, and reflection that interacts with the annual festival. As part of this endeavor, the transmediale journal launched in 2016, providing a platform for ongoing reflections, reactions, and discussions in many different forms.
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.