transmediale 2015 | call for works

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transmediale 2015 festival for art and digital culture takes place in Berlin January 28 – Feb 1. The call for art works is on the theme of CAPTURE ALL. transmediale is always interested in works exploring our complex relation to technology, be it through new or old media.

transmediale 2015 ⌥ 28.01 – 01.02

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transmediale 2015 will take place from January 28 to February 1 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. The programme will feature a diversity of different types of work in a thematic exhibition as well as film and video screenings, workshops, performances, and a conference programme.

Call for Works – CAPTURE ALL

In a society ruled by algorithms, data is always at play. The drive towards the quantification of everything means that we are all contributing to a state of permanent capture of life into data. As citizens, workers and players of the networks we (often involuntarily) double as sensors for bodies of global data collection, working for the potential extraction of value everywhere and increasing the productivity of everyday life. If work and leisure became mathematically manageable data units for the assembly line production model of industrial capitalism, today’s workers even offer their free time to the extent that it serves a form of unaware labour facilitated by playful technologies and game-like mechanics. Are there still modes of being that resist the imperative of digital capitalism to CAPTURE ALL or is there no option but to play along? If so, are there artistic strategies and speculative approaches that do not play this game of quantification by the numbers? What are the blind spots and gaps of relentless quantification and gamification that can be exploited in order to carve out new ways of living?

We are seeking responses that outsmart and outplay the logic of CAPTURE ALL and that organise more intimate modes of post-digital life, work and play.

See guidelines for full information

Deadline: August 10, 2014

transmediale is a Berlin-based festival and year-round project that draws out new connections between art, culture and technology. The activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies. In the course of its 27 year history, the annual transmediale festival has turned into an essential event in the calendar of media art professionals, artists, activists and students from all over the world.

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