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Laurie Anderson special marks Transmediale’s closing weekend

This weekend Transmediale celebrates 30 years with a programme themed around language and technology

This weekend Transmediale festival in Berlin concludes its month-long programme titled ever elusive – 30 years of transmediale. Held at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, this year’s festival focussed on the ongoing shift in dialogue with the past, with this weekend programmed around the theme of language and technology, two recurring topics which Transmediale says have been present at the festival since its inception.

Closing events held on 4–5 March include Laurie Anderson presenting the latest rendition of her ongoing piece The Language Of The Future. This will mark the first time she has appeared in Berlin for six years, and on 5 March she will also give a talk tracing the history of her career, ranging from work shown at past Transmediale events to her current experiments in VR technologies. The festival exhibition Alien Matter, curated by Inke Arns, offers free entry this weekend, when it will be open to the public until midnight. It also presents a talk by curator and artist Joep van Liefland, whose work Video Palace #44 – The Hidden Universe is currently being exhibited there. Films for the weekend include Constanze Ruhm and Emilien Awada’s PANORAMIS PARAMOUNT PARANORMAL – a history of the film studios in St Maurice – and Caspar Stracke’s part documentary, part sc-fi film redux/time/OUT OF JOINT. Finally, Friederike Anders, Florian Cramer, Valie Djordjevic, Rotraut Pape and Caspar Stracke will delve into the Transmediale archives to unearth and discuss various artworks and texts in the context of this year’s theme.

More information on the Transmediale closing weekender can be found on their website.