Partner Program

transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture 
“Exit and the Extensions of Man” by Sarah Sharma
Moderated by Baruch Gottlieb
This year’s transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture is delivered at the Embassy of Canada on 31 January 2017 by Sarah Sharma. Her recent research analyzes the male fantasy of exit as it manifests in nationalist movements, the omnipresent drive towards automation, and the concept of escaping work. In her talk, Sharma asks if a “feminist exit movement” can be established, wondering who will pick up the pieces when the robots leave and there is nowhere left to go?

The talk will be held in English. Please allow sufficient time for Embassy security (doors open at 18:00) and register online:

Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin
31 January 2017, 18:30, Doors open 18:00

transmediale Marshall McLuhan Salon

Watching (Blade Runner) by Ben Bogart
Following the transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture by Sarah Sharma, an installation by Vancouver based artist Ben Bogart opens in the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada. The work Watching (Blade Runner) (2016) is the latest installment of the series Watching and Dreaming. Initiated in 2014, this series of works is the result of statistically oriented machine learning and computer vision algorithms attempting to understand popular cinematic depictions of Artificial Intelligence by breaking apart and reconstructing them. The machines’ understanding is manifest in their ability to recognize, and eventually predict, the structure of the films they watch. The images produced are the result of both the system's projection of imaginary structure, and the structure of the films themselves. What is watching? What are the mechanisms that allow recognize patterns and regularity in the noise and complexity of observable reality? How do we integrate the continuous flow of information into a cohesive world-view?

Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin
Opening: 31.01.2017, 20:00
The installation will be on view from 01.–05.02.2017, daily 14:00–18:00

Exhibition: “Tracing Information Society – a Timeline” at nGbK

In collaboration with the Technopolitics working group, transmediale presents the exhibition “Tracing Information Society – a Timeline” at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) from 27 January to 5 February 2017. For “Tracing Information Society – a Timeline,” Technopolitics turns the exhibition venue into a curated space for knowledge. A twelve-meter-long timeline depicts the development of the Information Society from 1900 until today. While moving along the timeline, visitors experience the emergence, transformation, and impact of the Information Society and the diverse influences on cultural, academic, or political events. The goal of the project is to critique and overcome the neoliberal (dis)order of information.

Tracing Information Society – a Timeline
With Technopolitics
neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin
Opening: 26 January 2017, 19:00
27 January – 5 February 2017 (daily 12–7:00, Wed–Fri until 8:00)
More information about the supporting program of the exhibition is available here.

Exhibition: “On the Far Side of the Marchlands” at Schering Stiftung

The exhibition “On the Far Side of the Marchlands” at Schering Stiftung explores the potential of radically new topographies through border regions (marchlands) created by the artists, composed from inextricably linked realms of experience, culture, and materiality. The 3D Additivist Cookbook, conceived and edited by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, is the point of departure for the exhibition, bringing together radical projects by over one hundred artists, activists, and theorists.

On the Far Side of the Marchlands
With Morehshin Allahyari, Cathrine Disney, Keeley Haftner, Brittany Ransom, Daniel Rourke
Schering Stiftung, Unter den Linden 32–34, 10117 Berlin
Opening: 1 February 2017, 6pm
2 February to 26 March 2017, Thu–Mon 13:00–19:00

Exhibition: Net art of the Berlin in the 1990s – a critical evaluation

On 9 February 2017, begins a critical evaluation of 1990s Berlin net art. Numerous early net art activities originated before the invention of graphic browser interfaces and mediating their innovative power has become increasingly difficult. Historical revision of the genre is lacking and many works from the Berlin scene have either disappeared from the Internet or become useless. At, Berlin art historian Robert Sakrowski, former director of the project at TU Berlin, initiates a series of exhibitions, talks, and lectures, taking first steps towards an evaluation and contextualization of 90s net art works for the long term.

Net art of the Berlin in the 1990s – a critical evaluation, Gerichtsstraße 23, Hof 5, 13347 Berlin
Opening hours: Tue and Wed 13:00–19:00, Thu, Fri and Sat 11:00–19:00