Berlin Digital Arts Festival Transmediale + CTM Direct (top): The global impact of digital technology

Every year in February, there are two German heavyweight art festivals in Berlin, respectively.New Media Arts Festival Transmediale,as well asElectronic Music and Visual Arts Festival CTM FESTIVAL. Together, these two organizations form the largest digital arts festival in the world, and hope to become an important platform for reflecting cultural changes in the digital environment.

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Image Source: CTM FESTIVAL 2016

CTM FESTIVAL It is an electronic music and visual arts festival for contemporary electronic music, digital music and experimental music, as well as various sound arts. In contrast, today's music field is under tremendous impact from globalization and digitalization. This year's CTM The festival is in line with the trendNew Geographies (New Territories)For the theme, explore the music and sounds from all corners of the world, connect to the waves of modernization today, and observe how music and culture respond and change.

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"Disarm (Mechanized)" by Pedro Reyes, CTM FESTIVAL 2016
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Among the specially planned exhibitionsSeismographic Sounds. Visions of a New World (the sound of shocks. New World perspective)In, more from fifty different countries, 250 Music, sound and video works by artists, musicians, scholars and bloggers. In the exhibition, we are aware of the destruction of the world's music heritage caused by the globalization of digitalization and digitalization. Through the works of different artists, visitors can see the new possibilities of the Internet era and propose contemporary pluralism. Topographies—a view of opposing boundaries that breaks geographical boundaries and opens up new creative fields.

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DJ Floating Point live performance at CTM FESTIVAL 2016 © CTM Camille Blake
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Aisha Devi feat Beio at CTM 2016 Festival © CTM Camille Blake
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Gamut inc Hau2, CTM Festival 2016 – © CTM Udo Siegfriedt
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The visual sound works exhibited by the heavyweights in this festival are notDeep WebIt’s none. Famous nightclubs in huge industrial buildings in Berlin Tresor,"Deep WebStealth TresorExhibition space Kraftwerk Berlin,By light artist Christopher Bauder And composer Robert Henke A large, immersive sound and light device created together. by 175 圆The ball that the motor is running, 12 bundlesHigh energy laser beam,Deep WebAt this 25 Metric width,10 The mega-high super-high space interweaves a seemingly tangible and invisible complex interlaced system; it symbolizes the various nodes in the existing online world (Nodes), and the digital path linked to each other. The laser beam also follows Robert Henke Original sound, back and forth Kraftwerk Berlin The darkness of the space - as if entering another dimension of space, is dazzling.

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"Deep Web》by Robert Henke & Christopher Bauder at CTM 2016 Festival © CTM Camille Blake
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"Deep Web》by Robert Henke & Christopher Bauder at CTM 2016 Festival
Photography/ Athena Chen

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"Deep Web》by Robert Henke & Christopher Bauder at CTM 2016 Festival © CTM Camille Blake
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"Deep Web》by Robert Henke & Christopher Bauder at CTM 2016 Festival © CTM Camille Blake
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"Deep Web》by Robert Henke & Christopher Bauder at CTM 2016 Festival
Photography/ Athena Chen

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"Deep Web》by Robert Henke & Christopher Bauder at CTM 2016 Festival
Photography/ Athena Chen

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"Deep Web》by Robert Henke & Christopher Bauder at CTM 2016 Festival
Photography/ Athena Chen

It is worth mentioning that this time Transmediale with CTM The festival is also working together to launch the title "still here" (Still Be Here) performance works. A virtual anime pop singer from Japan, Hatsune Miku (Hatsune Miku) as the main character, to explore the various entanglements and interactions between fans, businesses and social desires. Hatsune Miku(Hatsune MikuThe character development was originally designed to be the mascot of the sound synthesizer; the avatar unexpectedly quickly set off and became a popular virtual idol with many fans. Today, Hatsune Miku has been released more than 10 Ten thousand songs, also through virtual 3D Projection on the stage of the large concert - this 16-year-old virtual girl, like a concrete embodiment of all social desires. "still here" (Still Be Here)Critical deconstructionHatsune Miku(Hatsune MikuThe composition of the element—indicating that in the end she is only a carrier for the audience to project many imaginary desires: the materialized female body and the female image shaped by social norms are all in one.

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Hatsune Miku, CTM 2016 Festival © CTM Camille Blake
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"Hello City!" by Liam Young, Transmediale 2016
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On the other side, the New Media Arts Festival Transmediale Has been held until now 29 This year, this year is a breakthrough in the physical exhibitions that have not been specifically defined and scaled in the past, and they have been converted into "dialogue works" (Conversation Pieces), through a series of lecture forums and interactive participation by the audience,Through the discussion of various academic theories and knowledge,Focus on the important propositions of the post-digital era -In a contemporary society where digital capital is rampant, how do we face the anxiety of coexistence with technology? The four subtitles that have been extended since then: "I feel anxious about action" (Anxious to Act )"I feel anxious about production" (Anxious to Make )"I feel anxious about sharing" (Anxious to Share )"I feel anxious about safety" (Anxious to Secure)It is a glimpse of how the various activities and behaviors that seem to be everyday are shrouded in huge anxiety and anxiety.

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"Drone-2000" by Nicolas Maigret, Transmediale 2016
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Echtzeit Programm, Transmediale 2016
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The Transmediale curatorial team believes that instead of accelerating or slowing this anxiety through proactive and clear behavior, this time, using a "dialogue" approach, the space for dialogue can be used to allow thoughts and ideas to be presented, and there is an opportunity to explore the analysis in more depth. Rather than just rushing to confirm the cash. Participated in this session Transmediale After several lectures, people are deeply aware that the flow of information and materials in the world is relatively formed, but it also makes privacy data more vulnerable to infringement, utilization, or a hotbed of corporate and political conspiracy – indicating that human beings are In the near future, the social structure and the possibility of cultural collapse. When this digital power becomes a undercurrent in the contemporary daily life, the involvement of art and culture can play a critical check and balance with the commercial interests, and even imagine the important role of a better coexistence. This is Transmediale. One of the original intentions of the founding.

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Membrance by Sophie Hoyle, Transmediale 2016
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"Hello City!" by Liam Young, Transmediale 2016
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Looking back,Transmediale and CTM bothIt is a deep understanding of how digital technology is structurally changing our daily lives and social patterns.. Faced with this indisputable fact, more urgent needsCombining the expressions and practices of art, trying to promote our imagination, in the face of the revolution and subsequent impact brought by digital technology, can provide a possibility to overcome obstacles and solve unknown problems.

Image Sources: CTM FESTIVAL 2016 & Transmediale
Part of Photos by Athena Chen

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