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Transmediale_06 / Reality Addicts

Mini DV transferred to DVD, 18’00’’/ 2006
Camera: Vadim Hancu
Image editor: Denis Bartenev
Directed by Stefan Rusu

The film is focused on 2006 edition of Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture titled Reality Addicts. A major inspiration for this main theme of festival was the exhibition 'Smile Machines' curated by Anne-Marie Duguet. The novelty of the approach, according to festival director-Mr.Broeckmann, was contained in the notion of humor as a subversive force.
"transmediale.06 was devoted to the Reality Addicts and their artistic strategies, with which they subvert the technological paradigm of reality. They demand more than the smooth surfaces of a mediatized world, they enjoy the paradoxes, celebrate technical defects, and play with the almost possible. They commit themselves to nonsense, and seek to multiply reality by means of exaggeration, rupture, distance, and ever new diversions."
The winner of this year's award was Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Germany, with the "SGM-Iceberg-Probe", a rather metaphorical and strangely poetic project, while Platoniq had to share second place with Yuko Mohri and Soichiro Mihara, Japan, for their "Vexations - Composition in Progress", and a video work by Andres Ramirez Gaviria, Colombia. Ubermorgen won the famous midnight sausage award, our commiserations are with them.
Transmediale06 took place at the old Academy of Fine Arts in the midst of the Hansa Viertel. Here, Berlin-West had tried to become a modern city with truly modernist architecture right after 1945. It is an interesting irony that the failed modernistic adventures of the 1950s should be tried to get revived within the domain of media art at the beginning of the 21st century.

Transmediale-Festival for Art and Digital Culture, Berlin,
Mind the Gap-European networking event on digital culture, Binar Media Center, Cluj-Napoca, Romania