In a society ruled by algorithms, data is always at play. The drive towards the quantification of everything means that we are all contributing to a state of permanent capture of life into data. As citizens, workers and players of the networks we (often involuntarily) double as sensors for bodies of global data collection, working for the potential extraction of value everywhere and increasing the productivity of everyday life.

transmediale/festival 2015

Wed 28.01 – Sun 01.02


In a society ruled by algorithms, data is always at play. 
When quantification becomes part of our daily routines, we more or less consciously contribute to a permanent capture of life into data. Value can now potentially be extracted from everything, and productivity can be measured in all fields of life. This particularly redefines the relation between work and play as ludic and participatory structures are purposefully used to render personal information traceable, social relationships and behavioural patterns recognisable. Life is increasingly governed by a logic of CAPTURE ALL as a never-ending enterprise of predictive control.

What are the artistic strategies and speculative approaches that resist CAPTURE ALL as a measure of constant control and accumulation? What other approaches to data collection, algorithmic self management and the new modalities of work and play can be developed?

transmediale 2015 sets out to explore the limits of digital culture's pervasive logic of CAPTURE ALL, and its quantification of work, play and life. 

As a leading international culture festival, transmediale brings together artists, programmers, hackers, scientists and media practitioners from around the world to create a unique meeting point for social and creative exchange. Each year, transmediale provides a thematic focus for an extensive programme of exhibitions, conferences, screenings, performances, workshops and new artistic productions.

Our thematic Call for Works is closed. Read more about the call here.





transmediale 2015 CAPTURE ALL, 28.01. – 01.02.2015
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, D-10557 Berlin, Germany


Ticket Sale online

Early Bird tickets on sale now:
transmediale Festival Pass (one person, all transmediale events)
transmediale + CTM Kombi Pass (one person, all transmediale + most CTM events)
transmediale + CTM Kombi Pass Gold (one person, all transmediale + CTM events)
Regular price passes on sale early November. Single event tickets on sale mid December.


Accreditation Press/Professionals

Press members and professionals in the field of creative and cultural industries can apply for accreditation.
Accreditation applications start: mid November.


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