Battles in the media landscape: General perspectives from Transmediale11 + Hyperdub // #tm11 #berlin

Back in Denmark from Berlin and Transmediale11, I've now finished my blog-series from the conference for CrossMedia/PlayShare - with a closing entry that starts like this:


With Transmediale11 now over, some general perspectives of where the media landscape is moving have clearly manifested themselves. For one, user participation, naturally, was very debated and clearly appeared as becoming ever more dominant – as also emphasized by the title of this years overall theme, “Response:ability”. However, it was also quite obvious from the discussions that new battle fields are emerging. All in the realm of freedom: How users and data are becoming increasingly more chained, and how these users are starting to become aware that things might be going in a very wrong direction. the entire blog post at the CrossMedia/Playshare blog, Oh That's New.

You can also read the other entries here:

The open medium is the message
The future of money - and discussions of digital liveness and identity
On taking part in the Facebook Resistance Workshop

Furthermore, I made a lot of video footage that will (hopefully) make it into a video blog post in the next days. Hopefully 😉

All in all the conference has been extremely interesting (as it always is), and I will surely attend again next year. Also, spending a week in Berlin is always nice. During the conference I also had time to check out a little of Transmediale's sister-festival, Club Transmediale. The highlight was the Hyperdub event at Berghain on Friday night - featuring live performances by Darkstar, King Midas Sound and Kode 9 - as well as dj-sets fra Terror Danjah, Cooly G and Ikonika. And as if that wasn't enough, they even threw in a Perlon night in the upstairs Panorama Bar. Total bass step and minimal frenzy, very nice.

I even managed to squeeze in a visit to Maria Am Ostbahnhof in on the same night, hearing Gold Panda and The Field.


  • 1 Michelle

    Posted February 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for posting these thoughts! I agree with your observation that user participation, as well as Free Culture topics in general, are becoming more visible and mature -- in one session, we talked a lot about the "dark underbelly of sharing," so we're moving beyond general evangelism and discussing obstacles as well.

    One of the challenges I noted at tm11 was balancing seemingly internet-y topics like data portability and software freedom with the art world. Things like sharing and collaboration are easy to transfer across realms, but some code-driven topics seemed like silos among the art community. They are valid domains, but how relevant are they and will they be for art? How much is just general interest and relevant for people to know and care about, and how much will affect art works and creative processes?

    (Only a bit rhetorical...the Facebook Resistance workshop was of course a neat example bridging the two worlds, and there are many more. But I'm curious how these areas collide. ^^)

  • 2 admin

    Posted February 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Great comments. I think that is a very valuable point to make: That the artistic dimension of TM seems to sometimes get pushed in the background. The medium becomes the message a little too much 😉 Definitely an accurate observation that deserves discussion.

    Re. relevance: I guess that one could argue that the techies' urge is to create free systems that pave the way for unhindered digital exchange of creativity and ideas - and also art. Thereby automatically making it relevant at TM from an activist point of view. Then again, it might also just be that geeks see code as art! - and in my book that's a relevant point too 😉

    Thanks for joining the thread!

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