Wednesday, 24 January 2019, 19:00-21:00
Pyrite Cluster
Installation, spoken-word performance & discussion

Sunday, 27 January 2019, 15:00-20:30
Pizzagate: From Rumor to Delusion & Scoring the Tweet(s)
Film screening, discussion & voice and instrumental improvisation

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 19:00-21:00
Black Holes & Simulating Universes
Installation, performative lectures & discussion

Friday, 01 February 2019, 19:00-21:00
Brain without Organs
Performative intervention, lectures & discussion
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Cafe Stage
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
Open & Free to all

For the official cooperation program of transmediale 2019, Import Projects presents four evenings of lecture-performance, installation, spoken-word performance, discussion, voice & instrumental improvisation, film screening and participatory intervention in dialogue with the festival key question ‘What Moves You?’—referring not only to an emotional response but also to the infrastructures and aesthetics that govern how affect becomes mobilised as a political force today. Foregrounding the continuum which links rare-earth elements, raw materials, hardware, software, and even cognition, the event series Scaling Connections turns around the blurred boundaries between organic and inorganic, intelligence, artifice, art, and resistance.

SCALING CONNECTIONS draws from Deep History reminding us to constantly observe reasoning commonly internalised and conducted according to strict principles of validity, an appeal not only for viewing natural history and that of human culture but also for seeing our cognitive and psychological history. A critical debate over the last decades has stimulated sensitisation for interdisciplinary research and further historical interpretations, for instance focusing on trends and processes, drawing attention to connections and traditions and a shared substance, like deep kinship, able to reveal striking transformations in human perception. Revolutionary links of deep historical influences on our brain have been stressed by historian Daniel Lord Smail who advocates for bringing neuroscience, neurobiology and generally more disciplines into the realm of history. He appeals to resurrect the basis of humanity by scaling up from the molecular to the molar without the anthropomorphic bias and in its process decentering humankind's position, a provocative thesis regarding the significance of the long-term past and our evolved neurochemistry. Such demand for renegotiating through a deep historical rendering of existing belief systems translates through groundbreaking and procreative propositions like the iron-sulfur world hypothesis or the primordial sandwich proposed by the chemist Günter Wächtershäuser in 1988, fostering surprising connections and an all-encompassing perception.

Reaching back to the beginning of life itself and radically rethinking the relationship between biology and culture will be provoked in performative lectures, performances, a participatory intervention, and discussions. The central question of the event series is how the future of our brains—in the role of a constitutive element of freedom of choice—could look against the backdrop of a deeper understanding of our history specifically in relation to today's ever-closer wiring with technologies. Curated by Anja Henckel

A cooperation between transmediale and Import Projects. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2019, 19:00-21:00
Pyrite Cluster
Installation, spoken-word performance & discussion
DENISA LEHOCKA
artist/ relates found objects to serial notes, modular studies, textile objects, lengthy artistic working process, develops a “poetics of the succinct”, appears both light and ephemeral- deals with the multifaceted obscure relationships between real and imaginary

BORIS ONDREICKA
artist, musician, curator TBA21, Class of Interpretation COI/ focus a cooperative educational project, interdisciplinarity, linguistical-political unfolding, poetics relation of word and image

MOHAMMAD SALEMY
artist, critic, curator The New Centre for Research & Practice/ focus online schools bridging the gap between legacy institutions and new knowledge production, transdisciplinary research

GÜNTER WÄCHTERSHÄUSER
With us in spirit our patron of Pyrite Cluster & endless source of inspiration, Honorary Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry
Sunday, 27 January 2019, 15:00-20:30
Pizzagate: From Rumor to Delusion & Scoring the Tweet(s)
Film screening, discussion & voice and instrumental improvisation
# 15:30 FILM SCREENING (40min)

Pizzagate: From Rumor to Delusion
Directed by Warren Neidich, Co-directed Ashiq Khondkar

# 16:30 PROVOCATIONS & DISCUSSION (ca. 60min )

DANIEL KELLER
artist/
polarised global societies, technological change, issues at intersection of economics, technology, culture, and collaboration

ASHIQ KHONDKER
Co-director, editor, musician, artist/
focus entwining of interfaces, spaces of self-narrativity, specifically the “Diegetic Desktop”

WARREN NEIDICH
Director, producer, artist, writer, theorist/
focus emerging political conditions of late-stage cognitive capitalism, neural technological revolution, concepts in cognitive neuroscience, immaterial labor operating in knowledge economy

TIMO FELDHAUS
journalist and author, background literature, sociology and comparative literature at the published regularly nation/ international newspapers and magazines, previous editor DE:BUG, developed online platform Spike Art Quarterly, since 2017 editor-in-chief of the Volksbühne Berlin

# 18:00 PROVOCATION (30min)

DR JOSCHA BACH
Cognitive Scientist & AI researcher, MIT Media Lab & Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics/ focus Cognitive Architectures, Computation, From Artificial Intelligence to Artificial Consciousness The goal is integrity, not conformity.

# Pizza Party

# 19:00 VOICE & INSTRUMENTAL IMPROVISATION (60min)

Scoring the Tweet(s) performed by

TATIANA LOPEZ
Visual artist, researcher, musical teacher and board member of the Experimental Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN) focus on expressive forms of Bolivian indigenous traditions, especially music and textiles, strongly influence her creative work.

SATCH HOYT
Interdisciplinary artist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, composer, makes sculptures, paintings, drawings and installations accompanied by sound, sonicity and music are his prime focus in projects like Afro-Sonic Mapping: Tracing Aural Histories via SonicTransmigrations, worked on numerous conductions with Butch Morris, 15yrs Flautist/Percussionist chair in the NYC based band Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

IRENE KURKA
Multifaceted soprano, focusses intensively on the repertory for unaccompanied voice, 2018 world premieres by Walter Zimmermann, Johannes Schachtner, Christina C. Messner a.o., inaugurated podcast for new music: “neue musik leben”

CARLOS GUTIERREZ QUIROGA
Member of the Experimental Orquestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN). His work is concentrated especially in teaching, composition, film music, creation and developing of new musical instruments and research of Bolivia’s indigenous music, rated as one of the “most innovative in the field of Bolivian art music”

KOEN NUTTERS
Musician and composer of experimental music, part of many bands and ensembles such as: The Pitch, Konzert Minimal, DNK Ensemble, The Lucio Capece Trio, And / In, Post-Music, Mammoth, and The New Silence.

RISHIN SINGH
Artist and musician, performed and exhibited widely, composed for musicians and ensembles including the Quiet Music Ensemble (IE), Umbral Festival (MX), Claire Edwardes (AU), and Dante Boon (NL). He leads and composes the music for the band s o n g s

CARTER WILLIAMS
Composer and performer, focuses on new and experimental music, draws inspiration from interaction between media, technology, performers and audiences. As a performer, he is committed to revival of the viola d’amore, featured at major international festivals and new music centers
Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 19:00-21:00
Black Holes & Simulating Universes
Installation, performative lectures & discussion
PHILIPP BUSCH
Ph.D. candidate Max-Planck-Institut Astrophysik, focus on the morphology of large scale structure and the reionisation process

DR VALERY VERMEULEN
electronic musician, music producer, mathematician, new media artist, author, guest professor, researcher affective computing, biofeedback & psychophysiology, astrophysics, theoretical physics
Friday, 01 February 2019, 19:00-21:00
Brain without Organs
Performative intervention, lectures & discussion
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Cafe Stage
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
*open to all & free of charge*
NATALIE KOERNER
architect, Ph.D. candidate KADK, research links the planetary imaginary to the archival modes of data centers & the cloud, memory, perception of time, spatialities extending beyond the Cartesian & negate binary systems

ALANNA LAWLEY
artist, researcher, focus on tension public-private space, site-specific installations address lack of psychological security in culture, biological rhythms, impact on well being, technologies & connectivity

DR WARREN NEIDICH
artist, writer, theorist, focus neural technological revolution, concepts in cognitive neuroscience, recipient of The Vilem Flusser Theory Award, Transmediale, 2010, Glossary of Cognitive Activism, published by Archive Press, is forthcoming, 2019

BORIS ONDREICKA
artist, curator Class of Interpretation COI, investigates linguistical-political unfolding, poetics relation of word and image, techno-positive work grows from multimodal pessimist, nihilist, occultural, anarchist-like modes

DR LAURA KALTWASSER
researcher Berlin School of Mind and Brain, investigates processes of empathy & (social) identity formation, interface philosophy & cognitive neuroscience, aspects of self on a biological, clinical & social level, aims at understanding underpinnings of cooperation behaviour

Details Brain without Organs
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http://import-projects.org/events.html
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