With great imagination and intellectual curiosity, the exhibition CONSPIRE... examines the original meaning of 'conspiring'. The exhibition presents over thirty works by international artists (Uršula Berlot, Ilana Halperin, Hassan Khan, Trevor Paglen and Artur Zmijewski, among others), most of which were done on commission for transmediale.08. The exhibition opens on 24 February. It is curated by Nataša Petrešin Bachelez, a Slovenian art critic and curator living in Paris.
The conference, together with the exhibition, forms the heart of the festival. It serves as a roadmap, providing a guide through the highly ramified and not always visible or identifiable fields of conspiracy and conspiracy theories created by today’s digital information culture. The participants in five different panels will be taking a close look at the theme CONSPIRE… without ever losing sight of the fascination that the hidden, the secretive and the occult exert on us. Conference themes will include the fear manipulated by terror networks and political institutions, the interactive ‘circulo relexivo’, and the CERN experiment’s endeavour to create a tiny black hole. The keynotes will be presented by outstanding scientists such as Humberto Maturana and Otto E. Rössler. The festival conferences will be available online worldwide as live streams und live chats in real time.