reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time
August 22-24, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien
reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time is the second event of the reSource transmedial culture berlin, the new year-round initiative of transmediale festival, a project of networking based on the inter-connection of genres & practices, curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and developed in cooperation with the reSource partners (CTM/Disk, Kunstraum Kreuzberg /Bethanien and the Post-Media Lab/Leuphana University of Lüneburg). [MORE INFO]
Composting the City | Composting the Net
Launch and presentation of the project by Shu Lea Cheang (tw/fr)
19:00 until late
Composting the City/Composting the Net examines the parallel process of fermentation and degeneration of our daily food scrapes and our shared digital commons. Our daily consumption in the city and on the net guides our navigation through the merged actual/virtual zones where cybernetic organism expanded and exploded. While Composting the City checks in on discarded food scrapes and leftovers; Composting the Net sources the immaterial wealth/junk of net data. The food scraps thrown onto a compost heap are layered and mingled until all traces of identities are erased. On the net, the abundance of info-data sinks into a deep ‘reservoir’ with tags attached.
As a reSource project, Composting the City (Berlin edition) proposes to build a large size composter (made out of recycled wood pallet) in the outside area of Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien during reSource 002. Adopting the worm composting method, the composter is installed with electronic sensors to monitor its temperature/moisture variation activated partly by worm action. Working with Kreuzberg’s residents, restaurants and food shops, Shu Lea Cheang develops mobile collection and collective dumping mechanisms, which ‘invest’ in the content-growth of the reSource composter. Working with local urban gardens the artist will deposit the mature compost (six month later, in February 2013) at the local garden to fertilise the seeds in springtime.
Composting the Net proposes a hopeful version of reprocess the toppled digital landfill of the online list communities, which contain years/tons/bytes/pixels of collective contributions and knowledge sharing data threaded by date, author and/or subject. These open archives of announcements or ongoing debates are both ephemeral and substantive. They are the legacy of our networked culture with its accumulated data debris that is to be re(dis)covered in the future by net archaeologists or post-net bomb defusers. Composting the Net scramble the texts, turn over the leaves, trust that there are some references or relevance to our digital existence. The net composted generates fresh sprouts that crack through the compost-enriched soil.
This panel is part of the next transmediale thematic framework, as the recollection of a poetic imagination rendered obsolete by new technological knowledge paradigms. It focuses on the technological network development on the one hand and social and political effects of network communication on the other. It reflects on the creation of networks out of place and out of time, and at the same time integrates different modalities of creating network architecture, from postal art to social media. Specifically, by reflecting on the history of networked art, the objective is to point out interferences within existing network structures and new techno-cultural imaginations, finding unpredictable and unexpected outcomes. Furthermore, it aims to highlight situations in which networked collaboration and participation have become compulsory components of a new cultural industry, exploring possible critical inventions derived from the “pressure” of being involved in a social network.
The experimental reconstruction of the Rohrpost system, conceptualised by several members of the Mail Art network and of the Telekommunisten network, will be presented as an upcoming project for transmediale 2013.
With: Dmytri Kleiner (ca/de) & the Telekommunisten; Simon Worthington (uk/de), Lutz Wohlrab (de). Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli (it/de)
Networks Out of Hands?
Since the 1990s networked electronic communication has risen to become an indispensable fact and resource of all social and political spheres. Alongside the spread of the Internet, we witnessed a dual and paradoxical sense of the post-medial condition: we saw the empowerment generated by easy access to ‘crowd communication’ alongside a simultaneous realisation of a loss of autonomy and integrity in regard to ‘our’ communication systems. Where ‘the Net’ was once envisaged as universal infrastructure for democratic emancipation by emancipatory visionaries and early contestants of net-culture, a new disillusionment has arisen in the light of proprietary platforms, inter-state governance and sophisticated surveillance technologies put in place by private-state-conglomerates. Some declared ‘We lost the War’ some time ago, while others – like telecomix or ZaMir – extended infrastructural help for networked communication in moments of criticality to social actors on the move. In the light of this, we want to (re-)assess questions and initiatives of providing reSources (infrastructural complements, hacks, supplements or alternatives to ‘The Net’ ) in view of social movements recently seen – or still to come.
With: Christopher Kullenberg/Stephan Urbach from Telecomix (se/de); padeluun/Rena Tangens from FoeBuD (de); Lonneke van der Velden/Daniel Reusche via Unlike Us (nl/de); Alejo Duque from labSurlab (co/ch). Moderated by Oliver Lerone Schultz (de)