Transmediale, the annual festival for art and digital culture held in
The opening night included a multi-colored laser beam that covered the distance from the HWC and the TV tower at Alexanderplatz. But the definite highlight of the night was the sound performance “Tintinnabulation for Tomorrow and Tomorrow” by American musician Charlemagne Palestine who rang the chimes of the large Tiergarten Carillon located in front of the HWC. A few days later, the artist performed a concert on the extraordinary organ at the the Französischer Dom.
The various activities were too numerous to recount, especially when considering the additional sound performances offered by the related digital music festival accompanying it – Club Transmediale. Nevertheless, one lecture series that offered an extraordinary contextualization of the multiplicity of utopias, projects and technologies crucial for the ways in which we conceive the future today was the 9-hour program titled “The Futurity Long Conversation.”
The lecture-performance was inspired by the work of The Long Now foundation whose approach is based on the idea that we are in a period which redefines the 'now', altering our notions of future and the acceleration of progress and development. Participants included, among others, Richard Barbrook, who won the 2008 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book of the Year in the Field of Media Ecology for his book Imaginary Futures, Joy Ayo Tang, Founder of oneVillage Foundation, a global nonprofit organization using innovative approach to deliver the power of technology and information to people in the developing countries, and trans-disciplinary thinker Alan Shapiro, who is currently founding a utopian company called Shapiro Technologies which will be based on the principles of friendship and “not working.” Now that’s a future I’ll be happy to see bestowed on us!
(Images: Tiergarten Carillon by night; Gebhard Sengmüller, A Parallel Image © 2008 Gebhard Sengmüller; Courtesy of House of World Cultures)