Introducing the Study Circles
Program + Performance by Coralie Vogelaar
1 December, 2018 | 17:30

The transmediale and Study Circle cooperation partner Spektrum, and Import Projects invite you to explore central themes of the 2019 festival edition.

The evening offers an insight into working processes and the build-up to the 2019 transmediale festival. The approach, central themes and Study Circle networks titled Affective Infrastructures and Uneasy Alliances will be interpreted by Ewa Majewska and Maya Indira Ganesh. transmediale 2019 focuses on the role of emotions, empathy, and cultural emergence in digital culture. It aims to create an environment to generate experiences and knowledge beyond the set time frame of the public festival. The newly introduced transmediale Study Circles began their work already in October 2018 to allocate space for an in-depth exploration of the festival’s key questions and to generate outputs which frame and form a part of the core program. Uneasy Alliances aims to investigate how new forms of acting in solidarity can be built by connecting artistic, tech, and activist approaches, while the Study Circle Affective Infrastructures examines the role of affect-driven and affect-generating infrastructures in the formation of contemporary lived experience.

Considering the artistic manifestation of the central themes within the festival, the live performance Emotions from an Algorithmic Point of View by visual artist Coralie Vogelaar, choreographer Marjolein Vogels, and actress Marina Miller Dessau explores deconstructed facial expressions according to the Facial Action Coding System. This system forms the basis of contemporary emotion recognition software and demonstrates a computational approach to our emotions. Coralie systematically conducts studies revealing the mechanisms within our visual culture investigating optimisation tools like A/B testing, eye tracking measuring technologies and image recognition software.

The cooperation between transmediale and, Spektrum, and Import Projects is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Import Projects x transmediale 2019
20 - 27 January, 2019
As cooperation partner of transmediale 2019, Import Project presents three events in dialogue with the festival's central question ‘What Moves You?’—referring not only to an emotional response but also to the infrastructures and aesthetics that govern how affect becomes mobilized as a political force today. Foregrounding the continuum which links raw materials, hardware, software, and even cognition, the events turn around the blurred boundaries between organic and inorganic, intelligence, artifice, art and resistance.

Sunday, 20 January 2019, 4-7pm
Performance, Installation & Spoken word

Pyrite Cluster
Denisa Lehocka, Günter Wächtershäuser, Boris Ondreicka and more


Thursday, 24 January 2019, 7-9pm

Inmix partners


Sunday, 27 January 2019, 3-7pm
Film screening, Discussion & Performance

Pizzagate & Scoring the Tweets
Warren Neidich, Ashiq Khondker and more


Click to stay informed about further coorperation events at HKW throughout the festival 31 Jan - 03 Feb 2019.

The cooperation between transmediale and, Spektrum, and Import Projects is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.