Transmediale is a festival for media art and digital culture, for a week takes place once a year in February in Berlin.

As part of the annual festival includes exhibitions, the film and video program, live performances, symposiums and various publications focus of transmediale. In addition, it is involved in short-and long -term cooperation projects that take place throughout the year. Is parallel and in cooperation - organization and content independently - the club transmediale ( CTM called since 2011 ) instead, a festival that deals with electronic music and club culture.

With the 2012 edition transmediale celebrated its 25th anniversary. The 27th edition of the festival will take place from 29 January to 2 February 2014.


The festival was founded in 1988 under the name of Video Film Festival at the Berlinale environment as a by- program the section " International Forum of New Cinema ." In order for a platform for production of electronic media should be created, which were excluded from pure film festivals such as the Berlinale.

Over the next 20 years, the festival grew steadily: in 1997 it was first called transmedia, from 1998, transmediale. This change reflected the programmatic expansion of the festival, which now included a wide range of multi-media art forms. In 2001, the transmediale was restructured. Extensions in the program as well as the move to the spacious House of World Cultures were continuously rising visitor numbers. To transmediale.02 a comprehensive exhibition for the first time it was shown that media art made ​​sensual and spatial experience. 2006, changed the subtitle of the festival, which now no longer international media art festival, but the festival for art and digital culture and was thus claimed a departure from pure media art and the opening towards the field of tension between art, technology and our digital life. This opening was also characterized by the growing number of submissions theoretical work for the transmediale Award from. To meet them, the competition has been extended to transmediale.08 to the Vilém Flusser Theory Award. In addition, the published annually from now on Book Edition ' transmediale parcours ' was launched, showcasing the inventories of selected thematic developments in media art in the context of the respective festival themes. The Theory Award, named after Vilém Flusser drew the transmediale 2008-2011 " prominent media theory and research-based works of art " from. For the 2012 festival the Vilém Flusser Theory Award will continue as residency for artistic research. There will be no general transmediale Award and no Open Web Award more. Instead, the focus is off on a larger curatorial coherence within the program areas and a stronger commitment within the community of transmediale outside of the festival.

In 1999, the DISK / club transmediale CTM as an independent parallel event to the transmediale. Since then, presented to the club transmediale - first as a festival for electronic music since 2006 as a festival for adventurous music and related arts - Maria am Ostbahnhof and other places current trends in electronic and experimental music culture. Since 2011 is the name of club transmediale CTM shortly.

Transmediale celebrated its 25th anniversary with a program that was defined by both the review of the past as well as by the possible future of the festival with the festival in 2012.


Transmediale got from 2001 thematic priorities:

  • Transmediale.01: Do it Yourself!
  • Transmediale.02: Go Public!
  • Transmediale.03: Play Global!
  • Transmediale.04: Fly Utopia!
  • Transmediale.05: Basics
  • Transmediale.06: Reality Addicts
  • Transmediale.07: Unfinish!
  • Transmediale.08: Conspire ...
  • Transmediale.09: Deep North
  • Transmediale.10: Futurity Now!
  • Transmediale.11: Response: ability
  • Transmediale.12: in / compatible
  • Transmediale.13: BWPWAP
  • Transmediale.14: afterglow


The festival was co-founded by Hartmut Horst and video artist and activist Mickey Kwella. From 2001 to 2007, the art historian and curator Andreas Broeckmann took over the management of transmediale. He was replaced by Canadian Stephen Kovats, who directed the festival until 2011. Since April 2011, the Swedish culture and media expert producer Kristoffer Gansing is the artistic director of the festival.

2004 decided the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the transmediale (along with the documentation, the Berlin Biennale, among others ) to promote as a ' flagship project of contemporary culture '. 2010, this promotion has been extended until 2017. The festival is the cultural Berlin GmbH, which operated until 2005 as a cultural event GmbH.

Transmediale is managed by a small team the whole year. Every autumn it is greatly expanded for the festival production to fall into a spring-summer snooze after the festival again in February. With the development of the new project resource for transmedial culture, transmediale is to remain awake throughout the year. It is aimed in the form of distributed project grants to local, regional and international community of transmediale. As a combination of networking, research and curation designed the resource approach is a novel framework for projects in the field of transmediale and CTM, which take place throughout the year. The resource platform to give something back to the transmediale community, while creating a dynamic feedback on the festival program itself. The launch of the resource project at transmediale 2012 will be an important part of the 25th anniversary, to look on the one hand into the future and on the other hand the importance of the festival as be experienced and dynamic forum for a ( trans-) local media art scene as well as for interdisciplinary cultural producers and researchers point out.


The video film festival was held in the premises of the MedienOperative and the German Academy of Arts in East Berlin until 1992. In 1993, the event in the Podewil, which since 1997 houses the office of the transmediale. The Podewil was temporarily (2006-2008) renamed Tesla Berlin and was closely associated with the trans -media, including the fact that Andreas Broeckmann one of the three directors of the Tesla was.

In the years 2002 to 2005, the transmediale was held at the House of World Cultures. In 2006 she moved for two years to the Berlin Academy of Arts, but will be held again in the House of World Cultures since 2008.