Transmediale

*blows away cobwebs*

Well, I finally returned to Berlin in December. Then this week back to Neukölln, and glad of it. Schöneberg had its touches — the Dildo King stall nestling innocently within the all-too-picturesque Weihnachtsmarkt, for instance — but there’s a particular guilty pleasure to being on the front lines of gentrification.

Today, though, I thought I’d flag up that the Transmediale is now in full swing. The annual gathering of digital artists has found a suitably determined and confused slogan ‘Futurity Now!’, with its whiff of a manifesto demanding the impossible. A perfect keynote speaker, too, in Bruce Sterling, somebody who’s perfected the art of explaining the present by examining the future. Naturally the interesting stuff is going to be buried deep in the programme, though. If you’ve been attending events and looking at contraptions, tell us what you’ve found!

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