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transmediale was founded in 1988 as VideoFilmFest, a side-project of the Berlin Berlinale’s 'International Forum of New Cinema'. The co-founder and artistic director Micky Kwella intended to offer a platform to electronic media productions not accepted at traditional film festivals such as the Berlinale. In 2006, the subtitle of the festival changed from 'international media art festival' to 'festival for art and digital culture', opening up the festival to not just pure media art but also to projects where art, technology and the digital age meet the everyday. In order to reflect on the growing number of theoretical and critical works submitted for the competition, the transmediale Award was extended to include the Vilém Flusser Theory Award. In 2008, the transmediale parcours was launched in order to reflect upon research, as well as artistic and critical backgrounds behind each festival’s theme.
transmediale seeks out artistic practices that not only respond to scientific or technical developments, but that try to shape the way in which we think about and experience these technologies. It understands media technologies as cultural techniques which need to be embraced in order to comprehend, critique, and shape our contemporary society. Experimental, Art and New Media productions of all lengths are accepted. The transmediale festival's program consists of film and video screenings and competition, conferences and panels to facilitate discourse among industry professionals, trend makers and audience members, and a contemporary media art exhibition. Moreover it cooperates with club transmediale (CTM), which deals with electronic music and club culture.
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