Transmediale was founded in 1988 as VideoFilmFest, a side-project of the Berlin Berlinale’s International Forum of New Cinema. The co-founder and artistic director Micky Kwella intended to offer a platform to electronic media productions not accepted at traditional film festivals such as the Berlinale.
Within the following 20 years, the festival steadily evolved. In 1997/98 it changed its name from ‘VideoFest’ to ‘transmediale’ in order to reflect upon the festival’s expanding programme which now embraced a wide spectrum of multimedia-based art forms.
The annual festival expresses a critical understanding of technology as being more than the digital as well as of the cultural being more than what is going on within institutionalised fields of production.
Accordingly, transmediale is a transdisciplinary platform, always searching for new avenues of artistic, academic, activist and everyday expressions. It is a project always on the look out for projects and persons who may help in navigating, reflect on and ultimately re-model the production of contemporary culture.
The next transmediale festival takes place 29 January – 2 February 2014 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin under the title transmediale 2014 afterglow.
2014, 29 January – 2 February
D – 10179 Berlin
tel: +49 (0)30 24 749 761