(Updated here) On netbehaviour, Tamiko Thiel wrote: “Today at the Transmediale in Berlin, Germany’s most important media art festival, Transmediale director Kristoffer Gansing censored augmented reality artist Tamiko Thiel in a discussion billed as an “open conversation.”
During the panel discussion “25 years of transmediale / reSource Activism VIDEOMAKERS UNITE!,” Thiel was invited by a panelist to talk about Reign of Gold, her augmented reality artwork for the AR Occupy Wall Street project.
Gansing — who was not moderating but sat in the audience — literally shut her up, and demanded that her website be taken off the screen, saying he finds augmented reality art “offensive!”
Ironically Gansing themed his festival “in/compatible” and proclaimed that it would look at artistic movements that were not compatible with the existing order and systems.
Why does Transmediale celebrate yesterday’s interventionist art, but fear today’s interventionist art?
Videomakers Unite!: An open conversation about video art and net culture, media collectives and counter-publics … Videomakers Unite! takes a critical look back at the 1980s and 90s discourse around video and the net, and relates this to the production of present-day counter-cultures within the fields of political and artistic, individual and collective practices.
- Tamiko Thiel