Incompatibility refers to the condition that arises when things do not work together – a pervasive phenomenon in the field of technology. Both developers and hackers are always working to improve systems; however, hackers do not always act on the basis of functional motives, but sometimes disrupt systems in order to criticise them. Especially in times of crisis, this force of in/compatible tension possesses potential for renewal. At transmediale, this tactic will be transferred from the technological to political, aesthetic and other social systems in order to examine productive and destructive aspects of the in/compatible. In the spirit of ruptures, gaps and creative hacks, the festival for digital art and culture will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an international programme featuring discussion panels, artworks, video screenings, workshops, performances and art interventions. As always, transmediale runs parallel to and in cooperation with Berlin’s CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts. The two-day symposium in/compatible: systems | publics | aesthetics comprises interdisciplinary panels on the in/compatible’s logics of production in today’s network culture. In keeping with this topic, the exhibition Dark Drives: Uneasy Energies in Technological Times displays works of art and artefacts of everyday culture that direct our attention to the dark side of our technologised lives. Under the title The Ghosts in the Machine, the performance programme reflects upon the in/compatible relationship between analogue and digital media; the legendary Joshua Light Show provides a particular highlight. The video programme Satellite Stories raises the question of the compatibility between human beings and the products they create. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the festival also offers glimpses of the history of media art and culture in Berlin. Meanwhile, the newly initiated reSource for transmedial culture provides a platform for an open dialogue between media artists, scholars, and hackers, and thus permits to take a glimpse into the future of network culture. Featuring: Ant Farm, Babak Afrassiabi & Nasrin Tabatabai, Chris Burden, Jennifer Chan, Shu Lea Cheang, Gabriella Coleman, Jodi Dean, Harun Farocki, Matthew Fuller, Dominic Gagnon, Goodiepal, Orit Halpern, Graham Harman, Stefan and Ralph Heidenreich, Tsila Hassine, Susanne Jaschko, JODI, Sture Johannesson, Joshua Light Show, Eckhart Lottman, Basim Magdy, Bjørn Melhus, Rosa Menkman, Sergio Messina, Ziv Neeman, Neozoon, Johannes P Osterhoff, Morten Riis, Roee Rosen, Billy Roisz, Andreas Schneider, Pit Schultz, Robert Sakrowski, jon.satrom, Igor Štromajer, Florian Wüst, Siegfried Zielinski and many others.

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