Transmediale 2015 – Capture All
By Brendan Power . January 28, 2015
Transmediale, Berlin’s highly regarded festival for media art and digital culture opens to the public today, Wednesday 28th of January at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and runs until Sunday February 2nd. The title for this year’s even it is “Capture All”, a direct reference to the ever growing collections of digital data sourced the world over, with many installations offering a glimpse at what our future may hold in this regard, ranging from the optimistic to the dystopian.
The festival, which has run in various guises since 1988, has been fortunate enough to call the impressive HKW building its home since 2002. Initially known as the VideoFilmFest, it nowadays features a broad international network of artists and individuals and how they can deal with the ever rapidly accelerating development of technology.
Capture All can be seen as a ‘full take’ of our increasingly datafied world, and focuses on the the quasi-naturalisation of game-like modern reality. The theme is broken down into the three broad streams namely ‘work, life, and play’ through the spectrum of the influence of digital technology.
If this all seems like too much technical jargon and mumbo-jumbo don’t be dismayed, the installations I saw today such as the typewriter-like machine below, which acts as a sort of digital oracle using reams of data to make predictions, are much more easily understood in person. However if you prefer your digital tech with more dancing to beats than musing on seats, you can always check out their music-focused partner festival, Club Transmediale which also runs across many venues at the moment.
Also, check out the trailer for Capture All below, and the full program of events here.