[NetBehaviour] Trans-what? symposium, Supermarkt, Berlin - 28 July

netbehaviour netbehaviour at furtherfield.org
Thu Jul 25 01:02:09 CEST 2013

Trans – what?

across and beyond (artistic) research


12.00 – 20.00, Sunday 28 July 2013

@ Supermarkt, Brunnenstrasse 64, Berlin.

live stream will be available at 

The prefix 'trans-' points to some of the problems of universal concepts 
and ongoing boundary disputes between epistemes. It modifies the meaning 
of what it is attached to: transaction, transcription, transgression, 
translocation, transmission, translation, transdisciplinarity, to name 
only a few of the many examples in contemporary culture. Transart 
Institute positions itself in these alternative name-spaces where art 
practice, knowledge production, and research processes operate in the 
tensions between, across, through, and beyond establishing paradigms. 
Rather than prefixing meaning, Hito Steyerl talks about artistic 
research speaking several languages at once – and as 'an act of 
translation'. But if this is the case, the symposium asks how do we 
further translate 'trans' to account for the apparent normalisation of 
its application?
In the symposium, we wish to be reflexive (not least about the use of 
the term trans-art), and explore further acts of translation through 
short papers and alternative forms of presentation such as 
performance-lectures. Presenters explore new modes of communication and 
exchange, the spaces in which knowledge is formed, produced and 
disseminated, challenge forms and paradigms through which artistic 
research operates, and reflect on the deeper consequences of changing 
something to something else. In discussion we hope to uncover 
alternative models of knowledge production, excavate relatively 
forgotten histories, explore the potential of technological paradigms to 
redefine possibilities, and reveal examples of non-traditional methods, 
use of non-textual language, speculations, and actions.


12.00 – 12.05 // welcome: Klaus Knoll

12.05 – 12.15 // introduction: Geoff Cox – Trans What?

12.15 – 12.45 // keynote: Julia Moritz – What Trans?

12.45 – 13.00 discussion (moderated by Geoff Cox)

13.30 – 15.30 // trans-positions (moderated by Debbie Robinson)

Monika Jaeckel, with Yuko Matsuyama – Turn around, make a round turn

Thomas Baugh – Trans memory and trans-remembering

Rachelle Viader Knowles – Translocating art practice

Christopher Danowski and Laura González – Trance Art and Other Possessions

16.00 – 17.30 // trans-mutations (moderated by Geoff Cox)

Arianne Conty – Mediations

Emile Devereaux – Testing Vision

Helen Pritchard – Making Casper

screening // Mez Breeze – netwurker_mez + her cardboard avatar

18.00 – 19.30 // trans-missions (moderated by Debbie Robinson)

Michelle Lewis-King – Pulse Project

Charlie Tweed – Rewriting the overcode

Morten Riis – Operative magnetics
19.30 – 20.00 // plenary

20.00 // drinks
Francisco Javier Fernández Gallardo – Talking Dirty (tasting event)

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