Transmediale present Vorspiel, January 26-29, 2012, Berlin

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transmediale and CTM present Vorspiel
January 26–29, 2012
> 20 venues across Berlin
art | sound | digital culture

transmediale and CTM's Vorspiel is a pre-festival programme where over 20 partner venues invite you to a series of exhibition openings, performances, artist talks and special events outside the main venues of either festival. Vorspiel will take place on the weekend prior to both festivals, from Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 January 2012, at independent organisations, galleries, project spaces and other venues across Berlin. The Vorspiel programme partners have been selected by transmediale and CTM according to one of the following criteria: content that relate to the in/compatible and / or SPECTRAL thematic frameworks of the festivals, key collaboration partners and high artistic quality. Take this chance to experience some of Berlin's best experimental arts, music and sound in this unique pre-festival weekend.
Vorspiel Schedule
Other transmediale 2012 Partner Events
Featured Vorspiel Events
Featured Partner Events


Thursday, Jan 26
19:00 Supermarkt / Free Culture Incubator Finale
19:00 Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum of the Charité / Ilana Halperin. Stones
20:00 LEAP / BodyControlled #2 - matter incompatible
22:00 O'Tannenbaum / O'Tannenbaum DJ's
Friday, Jan 27
15:00 _Vilém_Flusser_Archiv / Flusserian Philosophical Fridays
16:00 Computerspielemuseum (1st floor) / AMAZE presents Global Game Jam
17:00 Nordic Embassies, Felleshus / transmediale 2012 text - sound salon with Pär Thörn & Tobias R. Kirstein
19:00 Galerie [DAM]Berlin / Reply All - exhibition by Aram Bartholl
19:00 Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien / Ghosts off the Shelf  (Exhibition CTM.12)
19:00 Substitut / Irreconcilably compatible - heidiwithoutcountry
19:00 LokDock / Panzer
20:00 Art Laboratory Berlin / Navigating the Everyday
20:00 Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof / Musikwerke Bildender Künstler “db” by Ryoji Ikeda
21:00 Ausland / umlaut
21:00 c-base / be future in/compatible
21:00 O Tannenbaum / O'Tannenbaum DJs 
Saturday, Jan 28
16.30 Node Center for Curatorial Studies / Berlin Art Link presents ICI's Project 35
17:00 Errant Bodies / Not I
19:00 uqbar / GRAMMOPHON
20:00 LEAP / Drawing in the age of electronic expressions
21:00 O'Tannenbaum / O'Tannenbaum DJ's 
Sunday, Jan 29
17:00 Computerspielemuseum / Paidia Laboratory: feedback
18:00 Node Center for Curatorial Studies / Berlin Art Link presents ICI's Project 35
19:00 Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB) /in/compatible archaeology : Light Shows Expanded, artist talk with Joshua White
19:00 NK Projekt / the immanent lie
20:00 Ausland / Picture this
21:00 O'Tannenbaum / O'Tannenbaum DJ's 


Thursday, Feb 2
19:00 .HBC / AMAZE presents Games Culture Circle  
19:00 Schering Stiftung / Hand Held Lava 
19:00 The Future Gallery / Flow  
Friday, Feb 3
12:00 _Vilém_Flusser_Archiv / Flusserian Philosophical Fridays
16:00 c-base / Hackerspace Symposium - talks, panels & DJs 


/ Nordic Embassies, Felleshus / transmediale 2012 text-sound salon
A poetic, absurd and occasionally noisy warm-up for transmediale 2012 in/compatible presented at the Nordic Embassies’ Felleshus by the artistic director Kristoffer Gansing and Jacob Lillemose, curator of the transmediale exhibition Dark Drives. Uneasy Energies in Technological Times.
17:00 Welcome and introduction. Kristoffer Gansing, Jacob Lillemose.
17:20 Reading with Pär Thörn, who reads from a selection of his work in English and presents by I am | A Twitter Poem
18:00 The Last Idiot has not been born mixed media performance by TR Kirstein & Pär Thörn.
The Last Idiot has not been born is a performance with sugar, voices, sounds and energy. The material energies set in motion are based in fluid sugar, electric equipment, record players, old tape recorders and chalk. The performers negotiate with the room, material, energy and sound. They try to construct a radically new and incompatible situation. Machines are used as containers for sugar (energy), bodies are used as vehicles and sounds are used as tools for transcendence. In terms of genre it moves freely between electroacoustic improvisation, sound poetry and actionism. The performance can be seen as a global victory for stupidity.
Friday, Jan 27, 17:00 – 19:00
The Nordic Embassies, Felleshuset / Felleshus der Nordischen Botschaften
Rauchstr. 1, 10787 Berlin
An event by the Swedish and Danish Embassies in Berlin
Free entry. RSVP by emailingberlin.invit@foreign.ministry.se

Mehr Informationen zur Veranstaltung.

/ Exhibition CTM.12: Ghosts off the Shelf 
Ghosts Off The Shelf is about the slow disappearance of analog video formats. We all still possess a few of those objects, and because we no longer have the relevant equipment, we can’t see (or even know) what’s on those tapes. The artists in the exhibition produced, in the last decades, some forgotten (i.e. invisible and perhaps never-seen) video pieces. Thibaut de Ruyter asked them to dig out ghosts’, pieces that exist only in their memories but which will find a new existence through our presentation. This project is about a certain aesthetic but also about the disappearance of our own memories and data, things that we wanted to keep forever but which will, because of technological progress soon no longer exist.
For the Ghosts Off the Shelf, transmediale archive coordinators Baruch Gottlieb and Ruth Kemper have guest curated the section Canine Pyrotechnics. More on this selection of rescued detritus from the transmediale archives here.
Exhibition opening Ghosts Off the Shelf: Friday, 27 January 2012 19:00
Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Find out all about the CTM exhibition here.

/ Reply All: Aram Bartholl at [DAM] Galerie
“Network data world versus everyday life space”: The absurdity created by confronting these two universes with each other – the tension between online and offline, technology infatuation and everyday life – is the core of the work of Berlin-based artist Aram Bartholl. In the form of interventions and installations, mostly in public spaces, he explores the encounter of reality and the digital world. Bartholl's first larger solo exhibition at a gallery presents an overview of his works over the last years.
Vernissage/Opening time and date: Friday, Jan 27, 19:00 – 21:00
Exhibition dates: Jan 28 – March 17
Opening hours each day: Tu – Fr 12:00 – 18:00, Sat 12:00 – 16:00

Gallery [DAM]Berlin, Neue Jakobstr. 6/7, Innenhof, 10179 Berlin

/ Light Show Expanded: Artist Talk with Joshua White
This evening, co-presented by transmediale curator Sandra Naumann and The Art of the Overhead is hosted by the .CHB, the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin which is particularly interested in supporting audiovisual experiments in the fields of VJing, live and expanded cinema. 
--- O-History! A Geneaology of the Overhead Projector
A performance lecture uncovering the multi-layered family-tree of that most important light show instrument: The Overhead Projector.
By The Art of the Overhead: Linda Hilfling (dk/de) & Kristoffer Gansing (se/de)
--- Joshua White (us) Artist Talk, moderated by Sandra Naumann (de)
In this conversation, curator and researcher Sandra Naumann and Joshua White, the founder of The Joshua Light Show, will explore the evolution of live cinema improvisation from the 1960’s until today.
--- A/V Live Performance by ZOLA based on the following citation: "The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point." A Mathematical Theory of Communication by C.E. Shannon. The Hungarian VJ ZOLA visualises in his AV-set projective surfaces of relational networks and the theory of probabilities.
Sunday, Jan 29, 19:00, .CHB - Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin

For further information please visit the .CHB website or transmediale.

/ Computerspielemuseum / Paidia Laboratory: feedback
Paidia Laboratory: feedback examines computer games as closed feedback systems, as servomechanisms or control chains that may or may not involve human elements. In an ongoing series of artistic experiments the feedback behaviour of games is studied and put in new contexts through modifications of hardware and software, creating an open structure of artefacts, schematics and patterns. The focus lies not on the usability of games, but rather on an archeology of interaction – determining the limits and boundaries of games in order to understand the media specific characteristics of computer games and the spaces they create. Computerspielemuseum is the world's first museum devoted to digital interactive entertainment culture.
Vernissage: Sunday, Jan 29, 17:00 – 20:00
Exhibition dates: Jan 29 – Feb 5, 2012
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Cost: € 8 / € 5 discount (entry covers all exhibitions at Computerspielemuseum)
Computerspielemuseum, Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, 10243 Berlin

More information on our website.