I was the English language copy editor for the 2019 edition of transmediale, editing texts for programme materials, along with longer essays and contributions for the transmediale journal.
“Thinking of ASAB’s interest in obsolescence alongside the thematic frame of “ever elusive” brings to mind the manner in which Espen Aarseth, Principle Researcher at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen, has spoken about hypertext, noting that its main feature “is discontinuity—the sudden displacement of the user’s position in the text.”
“We shouldn’t think, as McLuhan once quipped, that just because we talk about something we are in favor of it,” Critical Media Lab’s Jamie Allen answers, when I ask him if the exhaustive use of the term “infrastructure” has rendered its meaning, well, elusive.
“For me now, there are unfortunately so few people who can master this medium. The play happens during the moment that people were writing a narrative themselves—there was no interface that would make a timeline out of your communication or the story of your life out of your communication.”
“The program starts from the middle of the current development of forms of agency beyond the human, tracing the elusive relations between nature, culture, and technology. The programmatic sections are fluid, reflected in the structure of this magazine that provides contextual material relating to the month of activities that marks the thirtieth edition.”