Festival and conference - transmediale.11


BODY:REPONSE conference of transmediale.11
taking place from Thur, 3 Feb to Sun 6 Feb 2011 in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (www.hkw.de)

With amazing speaker such as Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Beatriz Preciado, Maurizio Lazzarato, Judith Revel, Roberto Esposito, Mark Hansen, Marie-Luise Angerer, Dieter Daniels, Tim Etchells, Philip Auslander, Eric Kluitenberg, Adrian Heathfiled, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Heath Bunting, Derrick de Kerckhove, Ursula Endlicher, Garnet Hertz, Jordan Crandall, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Franca Formenti, Stefanie Wuschitz, Carolyn Guertin, Salvatore Iaconesi, Jürgen Neumann, Tapio Mäkelä - testing presence and digital liveness, discussing biomedia, exploring life in excess and the psychopathology of the digital age, and more.

“We are intertwined with all of humanity, and the whole of humanity with us,” predicted Marshall McLuhan almost fifty years ago. Today, thanks to the different forms of real-time media and networks, we can be anywhere at once. This hyper-presence has become a central aspect of our social practice. To be here, now, and to be online at the same time, changes our understanding of physicality and presence as individuals and as part of a community. What effect does this hybrid, transformative condition of digital liveness have on the concepts of body, identity and personality in our society?

BODY:RESPONSE explores the (post-)human conditions of aggregation in the relation between body and technology discussing specific biopolitical and bio-economical trends affecting the (post-)human body and it's relation to the world. The central question for the conference BODY:RESPONSE is: How can we understand this process of hybridization and disintegration of body- and identity configurations triggered by the hyper-immediacy and ubiquity of social networks? What kind of psycho-economical and biopolitical power relations and effects are coming along with this shifting moment of the (post-)human? And how can we respond to them?

Keynote: Digital Liveness – Realtime, Desire and Sociability
with Philip Auslander (us), Eric Kluitenberg (nl), Mushon Zer Aviv (il)
moderated by Drew Hemment (uk)

Keynote: Testing Presence: The Unfolding Exchange
Participants: Tim Etchells (uk), Adrian Heathfield (uk)
Moderation: Clara Völker (de)

Keynote: Life at Work: Bioeconomy and the Crisis of Cognitive Capitalism
with Maurizio Lazzarato (it), Franco Berardi (it)
moderated by Matteo Pasquinelli (it)

Keynote: Delimination of Life - Affective Bodies and Biomedia
with Marie-Luise Angerer (at/de), Mark Hansen (us)
moderated by Jens Hauser (fr/de)

Focus discussion: Social ID
with: Derrick de Kerckhove (ca), Ursula Endlicher (at), Heath Bunting (uk), Salvatore Iaconesi (it) moderated by: Alessandro Ludovico (it)

Focus discussion: Fingerprints? - Identity, Indexicality and Biomedia
with Simon Cole (us), Jens Hauser (de), Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (ch), Paul Vanouse (us)
Moderation: Marie-Luise Angerer (de)

Lecture: “What is Live?” – From the Aura to the Avatar
with Dieter Daniels (de)

Focus discussion: The Right to Exit
with Les liens invisible (it), Alessandro Ludovico (it), Paolo Cirio (it), Nathaniel Stern (us), Scott Kildall (us), Jens Best (de)
moderated by Daphne Dragona (gr)

Focus discussion: Life in Excess: Transpersonality and Autonomy in the Age of Biopower
with Roberto Esposito (it), Judith Revel (fr), Beatriz Preciado (es)
moderated by Matteo Pasquinelli (it)

Focus discussion: Democratic:Ability – Open Forms of Politics
with Garnet Hertz (ca), Nancy Mauro-Flude (au), Tapio Mäkelä (fi), Jürgen Neumann (de)
moderated by Alison Powell (ca)

Focus discussion: Access Denied – DI_Yourself
with Carolyn Guertin (ca), Stefanie Wuschitz (at), Franca Formenti / Biodoll (it)
moderated by Verena Kuni (de)

You can find more informations about all conference panels and background here:

You also can follow the transmediale.11 programme via our Livestream during the festival at