RESILIENCE Salon at Technopolitics/ transmediale BERLIN

reading myBrainscan_on Teufelsberg

“Interception does not mean, they catch your inner thoughts and feelings. It means, there is no inside.”

We’ve all seen it in films. There is an interception risk. And a control issue. But when exactly did people come up with the idea that electromagnetic waves can record and control minds? Starting out from a technology that will probably have been invented and introduced by 2019 – brain wave recording and analysis over distance – we would like to follow its history. We will introduce 10 scenes, some film clips, a bit of theory and a lot of fiction at the intersections of inside and outside, brain and electricity, reason and society, culture and madness.


On the 28 of January 2017 Margarete Jahrmann and the writer and media theorist Marian Kaiser introduced 10 events into the Technopolitics TIMELINE for their transmediale show “New Paradigms” at the NGBK (full program below) Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Berlin. In a performative lecture —reading a timeline from two opposing ends — from 1898 vs 2019 — was part of this live performed dialogue between the writer and the artist.

The result of the joint writing process was a text to a film fragment on the technohistory and speculations on brainreading, Neurospin and satellite waves. 12 filmsnippets were made by Margarete Jahrmann and the Swiss French filmmaker Samuel Dématraz in January 2017. The material was shot in locations throughout Europe, Swiss French satellite field Leuk/ Sion and at Teufelsberg Berlin in 2016/ 2017.

The event aimed to employ the TIMELINE as performative and fictional theory machine, rather than a representation of a definite media history.
“brainreading thought control” (work in progress)


Opening: 26 January 2017, 7 pm
neue Gesellschaft für bildende KunstOranienstraße 25 | 10999 Berlin


In collaboration with the TECHNOPOLITICS working group, transmediale presents the exhibition Tracing Information Society – a Timeline, shown at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) from Jan 27  to Feb 5, 2017.

For Tracing Information Society – a Timeline, TECHNOPOLITICS turns the exhibition venue into a curated knowledge space. A twelve-meter-long timeline depicts the development of the information society from 1900 until today. While moving along the timeline, visitors experience the emergence, transformation, and impact of the information society and the diverse influences on cultural, academic, or political events. This multidimensional framework sets the discusive pattern for the project’s orientation to critique and break down the neoliberal (dis)order of information.

TECHNOPOLITICS additionally provides an extensive collection of corresponding material in the time-table format, encouraging a deeper examination of the subject matter. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of workshops, lectures, and salons.

Among the participants are Wolfgang Ernst, Anselm Franke, Margarete Jahrmann, Cornelia Sollfrank, Geoff Cox, Jacob Lund, Verina Gfader, Anne Kølbæk Iverson, Winnie Soon, Anke Hennig, Clemens Apprich.

neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Oranienstraße 25 | 10999 Berlin

Duration: Jan 27 to Feb 5, 2017 (daily 12–7pm, Wed–Fri until 8pm)

SA Jan 28 Media archeologies of the present: afternoon workshop and thematically connected evening salon; artists and media theorists propose modifications of the Timeline.
3:00–5:30 pm WORKSHOP: Writing the Timeline 1
With: Margarete Jahrmann & Marian Kaiser;
Jan Claas van Treeck
Talk: Wolfgang Ernst / Response: Clemens Apprich
TU Jan 31 Artistic Mediations: afternoon workshop and thematically connected evening salon; artists, curators and scholars propose modifications of the Timeline.
3:00–5:30 pm WORKSHOP: Writing the Timeline 2
With: Cornelia Sollfrank; The Contemporary Condition research project at Aarhus University
Talk: Anselm Franke / Response: Axel Stockburger
THU Feb 2 3:00–5:30 pm Pivots in Technoculture
Lecture: Reading the Timeline
Felix Stalder & Axel Stockburger
SA Feb 4 3:00–3:45 pm Technopolitics special guided “Il/legal Tour”
Guided Tour: Gerald Straub
3:45–4:45 pm Reshuffling the Timeline – Alternatives to the Chronology
Talk: Doron Goldfarb
FR Feb 3 1:00–3:00 pm New Paradigms*
With: Jutta Weber, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Felix Stalder, Gerald Nestler
HKW, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
*within the scope of ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale
TECHNOPOLITICS  is a research platform composed of artists, theorists, curators, computer scientists, and journalists, who jointly develop innovative formats at the intersection of art, research, science, and education.

WORKING GROUP: John Barker, writer | Sylvia Eckermann, artist | Doron Goldfarb, computer scientist/author of the presented network visualisations | Armin Medosch, artist/curator/scholar | Gerald Nestler, artist/researcher | Felix Stalder, sociologist/cultural theorist | Axel Stockburger, artist/researcher | Gerald Straub, applied cultural theorist/curator/artist | Matthias Tarasiewicz, digital artist/RIAT research director | Thomas Thaler, science journalist | Sophie-Carolin Wagner, researcher/RIAT board member | Ina Zwerger, science journalist, Ö1 | Timeline design: Fatih Aydogdu, artist/designer

Supported by Bundeskanzleramt Kunst und Kultur Österreich, Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin
Project partner  Oe1 ORF Radio, Abteilung für Medienwissenschaft Humboldt Universität Berlin
Cooporation partner transmediale, nGbK