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Transmediale 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012
© Vibek Raj Maurya

© Vibek Raj Maurya

 Transmediale 2012 in Berlin, from 31/1 till 5/2. When everything fails;

Incompatibility is the condition arising when things are not working together. Given the current worldwide proclamations of crisis, be they political, financial, technological or environmental, it may seem as if incompatible elements and situations are everywhere, that everything is failing. Ironically, it is the supposedly ever-more compatible media-scape, where everything connects, that render such crises instantly visible. This raises the question if connective media and all-present data collection are even complicit in the production of crisis itself? Where do incompatibilities arise and how are they integrated in a world-order built on the paradox that it is predicated on convergence, but is in fact also constantly leading to divergence?

 

These are among the difficult questions we aim to tackle at transmediale 2012. With the theme in/compatible, the festival probes the productive and destructive sides of incompatibility as a fundamental condition of cultural production. To be in/compatible means to refuse a quick return to business as usual. It means to instead dare an investment in the unusual: aesthetic, ambiguous and nervous expressions of politics and technology that are contingent with the dark sides of network culture.

 

The too old and the too new are two sides of the same coin: nothing ever works perfectly.

 

Since years we have heard about the coming “promised land” of convergent technology, culture and economy as proclaimed by new media entrepreneurs, neo-liberal economists and development experts. Instead of a smooth operation, it is increasingly clear that processes of convergence bring about new tensions in everyday life,economy, politics and technology. Tensions and states of crisis are not contradictory to convergence which is instead a process that should be understood as dependent on the production of the incompatible.

 

“The media age proceeds in jerks, just like Turing’s paper strip,” Friedrich Kittler wrote, and in this he could just as well have been talking about technological development in general where the production of incompatibilities is central to having any development at all.

 

The simultaneous monumental failure and global ubiquity of technology seems to move us beyond the polarity of utopia and dystopia. Instead we are entering the blurred environments of the unadapted, monstrous and “uncorporated”. The increasingly unclear tension-states between open and closed, freedom and control, idealistic and commercial are giving rise to a new kind of “techno-cultural uneasy”. The in/compatible in this context is a singular moment of transversal reflection. Artists, hackers and tinkerers engage the imperfect nature of technology. They give it a cultural shape, developing a modular reflexivity that responds to the ever-changing social and economical terrains of the networked world.

 

transmediale 2012 is an in/compatible being, moving not necessarily forward.

 

More than a failed operation, incompatibilities lie at the heart of the governance of the inherent differences in network culture. This means that the incompatible is not the outside of networks but it is an internal and constant state of disruption which is necessary in order to enable the “open” state of a never completed system. Capitalism evolves according to the principle of “creative destruction”, as Joseph Schumpeter once formulated it. Allowing for incompatibility is central to the capitalist logic of always being “open to business”, the constant integration of new areas of production. But this does not necessarily mean that incompatibility always leads to co-optation. The in/compatible moment produces a gap in capitalist production, a temporary moment of stasis which may be used to reflect on where we are going, if anywhere at all, and on what conditions.

 

As an in/compatible being, transmediale 2012 highlights projects and cultural phenomena that saviour this stop in the incessant flow of things and posits it as a moment of tension that allows for a redefinition of our initial terms of engagement. The in/compatible being is one that moves with the particular rhythms of this tension, but not necessarily forward. Contrary to the fear of the incompatible, so prevalent in the age of cloud-computing, the festival raises the question of what happens when incompatibility is brought to the fore rather than hidden away in the dark underbelly of digital culture?

image: Photos of e-waste found on Flickr (2009) by Vibek Raj Maurya
© Vibek Raj Maurya

Text: Transmediale.de
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What to do in Berlin @ the weekend. Our top 10 of clubs and parties!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Fun in Berlin

Some of the best parties for this weekend are listed up in our personal top 10!

enjoy some of the coolest clubs and hippest parties in town!

Read on to know what, where and when!!

Top 10 of parties in Berlin for this weekend!

The best clubs, the best parties mashed together in an unique top 10, presented to you by the EastSeven Hostel in Berlin.

 

 

OUR PARTY TOP 10
1. Klubnacht – Berghain 05 Release Party at Berghain/Panorama Bar on Saturday

Berghain is one of the most famous techno-clubs in Berlin! If you love techno you should go here!!!

Here some details to this Saturdays party:
doors open 23:59
Damage: 12€
Line-up /
Klubnacht – Berghain 05 Release Party
Ratio (live)(Memory Foundation)(Central)
G-Man (live)(Gez Varley)(LFO)
Sandrien (Intacto)
Norman Nodge (Ostgut Ton)
Marcel Fengler (Ostgut Ton)

Panoramabar
Dinky (Horizontal)
Soundstream (Soundhack)
Prosumer (Ostgut Ton)
Vril (live) (Giegling)
2. Fuck Off: Sound Of Stereo at Icon, this Friday

In Berlin’s fast-changing club scene, Icon is firmly established as a venue for new sound experiences. An insider tip for cutting-edge clubbers who want to party beyond the mainstream.

doors open 23:30
Line-up /
Sound Of Stereo
Leonard de Leonard
Marvin Suggs
Audiotrucs
3. This Friday: Killekill – Acid Ist Fertig with L.A. Williams & Many More at Suicide Circus

doors open 24:00, damage 10€
Line-up /
L.A. WILLIAMS, HANNO HINKELBEIN, DJ Flush, The Marx Trukker, BeNi, Maciej Szalonek

4.  Sunday Getaway @ Rummelsburg

an unique location for chillin´, dancin and having fun with friends on a Sunday!!  Some great dj´s are to play their records this Sunday! This is the way to end the weekend, drinking a cocktail along side the river :) !
From 12:00-22:00
Damage: 8€
Line-up /
Oliver Koletzki & Fran (live), Channel X (live), Erich Lesovsky (live), Niko Schwind, Björn Störig, Juli Holz
Promoter /
Stadt.Strand.Fluss.
“Stil vor Talent”, das spricht für sich. Fest steht: Wenn Oliver Koletzki, Head des gleichnamigen Labels, mit den anderen Svt-Acts auftaucht, dann geht’s zur Sache. Oliver tritt an diesem Sonntag mit Fran live an und wird unterstützt von seinen Kollegen Niko Schwind und dem Liveact Channel X. Niko Schwind’s neues Album heißt übrigens “Good morning midnight” – er wird beweisen, dass es auch in der Nachmittagssonne funktioniert.

5. Les Enfants Terribles at Brunnen70, Fridaynight

big club where you can easily get lost, but that´s cool. Several dance floors, a cocktail bar, mini-golf and a Labyrinth will guarantee you a fun and crazy night! Great way to start your weekend!!
doors open 23:00
Line-up /
DOMINIQUE (homesweethome | faxen dick | night-e-facts)
Johannes Fröhlich (betriebsfeier | schlafentzug | night-e-facts)
KOTELETT & ZADAK (hi freaks | golden gate)
Liefeldt & Chlass (die wiese und wir | daswohlgefuehl | night-e-facts)
SOUKI *live (einmaleins | two birds | night-e-facts)
SWERVE (night-e-facts)

6. Mitu Label Night: Audio Werner: Yapacc: Stipe: Felix Neumann at Weekend, this Saturday

Fantastic rooftop-club, located directly at Alexanderplatz.  2 Floors, unique city view, and cute elevator-boy!
Be ware, access for boys only if they are in company of a girl!

doors open 23:00
Line-up /
Audio Werner [hartchef]
Yapacc [perlon]
Stipe [mitu : lila]
Felix Neumann [mitu]

7. Fucking Network at MIKZ, on Saturday

Cool underground club in Friedrichhain! Great idea to end your pub crawl through Friedrichshain here.
doors open: 23:00
damage: 10€
Line-up /
Dark-Techno- Floor
Matt Minimal [ Code2 Rec.| Butane Rec. | France]
D-ZyBell [ Gon Records | UnterNull ]
Miro Pajic [ LAZERSLUT | LDT 400 | Harthouse ]
Jeff Rushin [ On | 303Lovers | Different Is Different | Amsterdam ]
Nicole Rosie [ Ketra Records | On-and-On | Amsterdam ]
Mike Wall [ Dilek | Smallroom | Varianz ]
House/ Tech-House
Klaus & Achim Selbst [ Fam. Selbst ]
Marc Reinkober [ UnterNull ]
Kjeeld [ WWG | UnterNull ]

8. Peaches & Cream at What?!

Cool queer party also for Hetero´s, the club is really close to Alexanderplatz!
doors open: 23:00
damage: 10€
Line-up /
Deejay´s: RNB JUNKIE / D-MAC / DJ PA$CHA
Host: FIXIE FATE / WII-GITTE-SKROTHUM

9. Goldenes Zeitalter at Golden Gate on SUnday

This is a great insider tip. A really small but underground club, close to the Station Jannowitzbrücke.

damage: 9€
doors open: 22:00h
Line-up /
Constantijn Lange – LIVE – ; 123 & SWAMTHING ; HAUSMONSTER ; PHANTASTIC SPASTIC ; JASED BIEBER ; Beddermann & Dahlmann

10. YO Yo! Remember The 90s / The Game Releaseparty at Tape
We all love the nineties! Everyone knows the old songs and can sing and dance along to them! It is clear that this is gonna be a night to never forget!! N-joy ;) !!
Friday night, Tape club, damage: 10€
Line-up /
90s Hip Hop:
DJ DESUE
GHANAIAN STALLION

 

Enjoy Berlin at night and have a great weekend in Berlin!!!!! To find a cheap bed to sleep after dancing all night book at EastSeven Berlin Hostel.