On 28 January 2015 at 17:30 transmediale 2015 CAPTURE ALL, festival for art and digital culture, will open its doors at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
The transmediale exhibition CAPTURE ALL, curated by Daphne Dragona and Robert Sakrowski, presents artistic positions that respond to the asymmetries and misconceptions of a datafying world. The selection particularly focuses on the ambiguous relationship and uncanny tension between the user and the algorithm. Participating artists are Timo Arnall, Art Is Open Source [AOS]: Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico, Zach Blas, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Eastwood – Real Time Strategy Group, LaTurbo Avedon, Jonas Lund, Jennifer Lyn Morone, Tobias Revell, Sebastian Schmieg, Silvio Lorusso and Erica Scourti.
The guest exhibition Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life, curated by Mike Stubbs and Emily Gee and produced by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool) in 2013, is now presented in a new edition especially adapted for the festival. Time & Motion uses artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office. Featured artists are Tuur Van Balen & Revital Cohen, Ellie Harrison, Tehching Hsieh, Sam Meech and Oliver Walker.
Moreover Dominic Gagnon’s Hoax_Canular will be shown during the opening night, the latest work of his trilogy of YouTube conspiracy theories. While RIP in Pieces America (transmediale 2010) featured mostly male protagonists, and Pieces and Love All to Hell (transmediale 2012) had mostly female speakers, here it is teenagers, sharing with the universe their fears and fascinations about the doomsday hoax of 2012.
After introductory words to the opening ceremony by Bernd Scherer, director of HKW, Kristoffer Gansing, artistic director of transmediale, will link the theme of this year’s transmediale to the transformation of work, life and play and explains how it unfolds in the different programme sections.
The special guest speaker of the ceremony is the technology activist Peter Sunde (formerly The Pirate Bay) who will outline his views on how to regain autonomy over information and data in the times of CAPTURE ALL and how to play the game better than the system. In addition, artist Hanne Lippard as well as festival participants Erica Scourti, Art is Open Source, Jennifer Lyn Morone and LaTurbo Avedon will intervene throughout the ceremony, giving you performative snapshots of the key projects, attitudes and concepts of the programme.
Following the ceremony, Sovereign Sisters by The Otolith Group will be presented in the Auditorium as an exclusive opening installation. Through a 3-D scanning, the artist collective has transformed René de Saint-Marceaux’s 1907 monument to the Universal Postal Union in Bern as deification of global communication into a grayscale pointcloud. In spectralising it,Sovereign Sisters seeks to summon the undead spirits of infrastructure and automatism that lie dormant and sublimated within Saint-Marceaux’s patriarchitecture of monument as maiden.