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“If the Bilderberg Group is not a conspiracy of some sort, it is conducted in such a way as to give a remarkably good imitation of one.” (C. Gordon Tether, London’s “Financial Times“, 1975)

The meetings of the Bilderberg Group, a shadowy melee of the West's leading political and business leaders, military and media strategists and other unnamed but purportedly influential figures have remained one of the world's best kept secrets since the 'Group' met for the first time in 1954 at the exclusive Oosterbeek Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands. Initiated by Polish emigree Joseph Hieronim Retinger (1888-1960), with the active support of Dutch Prince Bernhard (1911 - 2004) the meeting was convened to counter fears of a loss of American influence in Western Europe during the rapidly intensifying Cold War.
For the next five days transmediale08 has invited an equally eminent group of artists, activists and researchers to its own counter-conspiratorial Bilderberg Salon. Each daily session, presented and chaired by a special guest host, is a privileged backroom for strategic digital culture that will become the festival's thematic arena for an open exchange and debate into contemporary, conceptual and highly conspiratorial artistic practice.

Please note: To attend the Bilderberg Salon you need a festival pass or a day pass.

Wednesday 30/1
13:00 - 18:00

The Peenemünde Salon

 
Hosted by: xxxxx [int]

xxxxx introduces a series of research findings from artists and groups active within historically charged and speculative techno-illusory locations. These acronym-laden (i.e. W.A.S.T.E) strategic operations  theatres (SOT) create the settings for investigations and performative actions outlining strategies for contemporary, conspiratorial and paranoiac practice, both artistic and theoretical.

13:00 Skrunda Signal

13:00 Skrunda Signal

 

15:00 xxxxx_Peenemünde

and others

17:00 The Chernobyl Project

 

15:00 xxxxx_Peenemünde

and others

17:00 The Chernobyl Project

Thursday 31/1
12:00 - 18:00

The TRANSITformations Salon

 
Hosted by: Kyd Campbell [ca]

The ‘transportation’ of guests and visitors in formal festival and public situations requires the submission of ‘self’ to a constant state of transience without losing the ‘body’ in the contexts of circulation and movement, ambiguous spaces and machine technologies. It's no subtle secret, the participants here want you to listen to them and they want to change you. They want to induce mechanisms for choice and enable you to select and create structures for flexible and strategic action.


12:00 dis-locate-net – Sites of Conspiracy

12:00 dis-locate-net – Sites of Conspiracy

 

13:00 Appropriating Identity: Janez Janša and the Silent Cell Network

14:00 The Artist, the Scientist and the Industrial

16:00 Advanced Realities

 

13:00 Appropriating Identity: Janez Janša and the Silent Cell Network

14:00 The Artist, the Scientist and the Industrial

16:00 Advanced Realities

Thursday 31/1
19:00

Special event: The Third Term Music @ Bilderberg Salon

 
Moderator: Andreas Broeckmann [de]
Participants: Keiichiro Shibuya [jp], Takashi Ikegami [jp], Takashi Ikegami [jp], Keiichiro Shibuya [jp]
Introduction: Stefan Riekeles [de].

'filmachine' is a sound installation which places the visitor inside a vortex of sound and light that transcends the traditional perspective of the cinematic experience. Shibuya and Ikegami present their compositional method, the Third Term Music.

The presentation is kindly sponsored by Musikelectronic Geithain, Audio-Studiotechnik Glasa and Color Kinetics Japan and supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.


Friday 1/2
12:00 - 18:00

The Co-opting Strategy Salon

 
Hosted by: Nat Muller [nl]

Focusing on the creation of a new public context for technological art, the salon will explore strategies for trans-disciplinary collaborations at the intersections of  aesthetics and intimacy, technology and politics. Through the projection of work beyond the confines of a Western cultural lens, direct interaction with an erratic process of media speculation place art into the role of surrogate cultural negotiator.

16:00 Zone Interdite and picidae

Mathias Jud [de/ch], Mathias Jud [de/ch], Christoph Wachter [de/ch], Christoph Wachter [de/ch]
 

15:00 Spy vs. Spy: Sharon Daniel's Public Secret and Robert Hilbrich's Terror Detection Algorithms

 

13:00 Speculative Archive

14:00 FACELESS: opportunistic infections of the surveillance apparatus

12:00 Trans4m Orchestra

12:00 Trans4m Orchestra

 

13:00 Speculative Archive

14:00 FACELESS: opportunistic infections of the surveillance apparatus

 

15:00 Spy vs. Spy: Sharon Daniel's Public Secret and Robert Hilbrich's Terror Detection Algorithms

16:00 Zone Interdite and picidae

Mathias Jud [de/ch], Mathias Jud [de/ch], Christoph Wachter [de/ch], Christoph Wachter [de/ch]
Saturday 2/2
12:00 - 18:00

The Lud/d/ic Society Control Room

 
Hosted by: Marguerite Charmante [ch]

"Is it OK to be a Luddite?”
(Thomas Pynchon, 1984)
Mechanisms of hegemonic power, of benevolent dictatorship, on the right to freely access products of the human mind are questioned by practice and theory. Such a theory vs. practice session juxtaposes the structural play of a conspiratorial afternoon against the palaver of a command centre. The artistic positions discussed under the auspices of such a control room are meant to capture elements of critical discourse into restricted areas of mind and perception, and to unfold into psycho-organic parallel realities found in our societies.

 

12:00 The Antioch Papers – Communications Archives: research, revelations, gossip, analysis, littoral art

 

12:00 The Antioch Papers – Communications Archives: research, revelations, gossip, analysis, littoral art

 

13:30 Google Inc.

15:00 Constraint City – The Pain of Everyday Life

16:30 Monopolio

 

13:30 Google Inc.

15:00 Constraint City – The Pain of Everyday Life

16:30 Monopolio

Sunday 3/2
12:00 - 16:00

The Bilderberg's Future_Brunch 101

 
Hosted by: Federico Bonelli [it]

Federico Bonelli cooks us up a Future as only Marinetti could have dreamt it ... a future so close to nil that with the enlightenment of fantasy and sheer speculation we can touch it with our breath. Fleeting moments of defused words, mad optimism and the extremes of a space/time envelope banging on the doors of the impossible. Just a crack open, the door reveals a chaotic little garden, reminiscent of where we just came from, but palpitating with an absolute, eternal speed of our own future creation ...


 

16:00 KAOS a.k.a. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Hell

13:30 PN (Power Noise)

pueblo [cl], Zosen [ar], pueblo [cl], Zosen [ar]

13:00 Media Art 2.0

12:00 The Setun-Conspiracy

12:00 The Setun-Conspiracy

13:00 Media Art 2.0

13:30 PN (Power Noise)

pueblo [cl], Zosen [ar], pueblo [cl], Zosen [ar]
 

16:00 KAOS a.k.a. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Hell

Sunday 3/2
16:30

Special event: Conspiratorial Behaviour: Who is Terrorising Whom @ Auditorium

 
Moderator: Britta Grell [de]
Participants: Andrej Holm [de], Andrej Holm [de], Anne Roth [de], Anne Roth [de]
Humboldt University social scientist Andrej Holm was arrested July 31, 2007 one year after German federal police linked his writings on gentrification to his known political activism and thus started a terrorism investigation. Dubious behaviour such as not carrying a cell phone with him at all times together with meeting twice with someone who was later accused of having set fire to army vehicles were enough to issue an arrest warrant for being involved in the alleged 'militant group'. Anne Roth's resulting blog (annalist.noblogs.org) discussing the case and its consequences has become an international forum tracing the line between the real threats to freedom of movement and expression against the growing insecurity of a state apparatus meant to guarantee these constitutional rights.

The event is held in German language.

 
18:00

Special event: work2.0 - Copyright Contracts in Digital Age @ Bilderberg Salon

 
Media artists and gallery, author and publisher or filmmaker and creative producer – all of their relationships depend soever on contracts. Often enough these very contracts unhinge the mutual trust. Then namely, when the copyright-holder claims more exploiting rights than the artist is disposed to give – but also, when the copyright-holder are not comming down with the rights they need to merchandise a product successfully.
The copyright experts of iRights.info (Berlin) and the Hartware Medienkunstverein (Dortmund) attend within their new project Work2.0 to the questions about correlation between creativity and rights, influenced and pressured by a world of changing working methods and growing significance of immaterial goods.
The panel will discuss how artists and creative producers are affected by these transformations. Requests and firsthand reports are assertive desired!

The event is held in German language.
 

work 2.0 - Copyright Contracts in Digital Age

 

work 2.0 - Copyright Contracts in Digital Age


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