Vorspiel 2023

A citywide program of events before and during the transmediale and CTM festivals



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The Vorspiel Collection brings together artworks, films, photo-essays, texts, graphs, images, podcasts, sound experiments, and more.


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Find some impressions of the 2022 opening here.


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Our famous interview Staffette has returned! Watch this year's edition featuring a few of the participating spaces of Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM. The 2022 edition marks the 11th anniversary of our initiative and aim to showcase the richness and diversity of Berlin's independent project spaces and artist initiatives.


A look behind the Shared Frame streamed event for Vorspiel 2021 (pandemic edition).


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How we got there and how important it was for Panke.


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Postcards from the Metaverse speculates on the value of the popular 20th century medium – the postcard – in providing accessible and underrepresented perspectives on a newly- hyped infrastructure


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Former transmediale artistic director Kristoffer Gansing applies a bit of home-grown numerology to reminisce about the secrets of Vorspiel!


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The reSource network has been an extremely valuable resource in the process of establishing and running SPEKTRUM Berlin. It allowed us to connect with like-minded people in the city, to start up new collaborations, and to learn from those facing similar issues in running project spaces.


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The essay summarizes the Czech-Brazilian cultural theorist and media philosopher Vilém Flusser’s ideas on the apparatus, codes, and programmed and manipulated society. He ends his texts by highlighting the importance of artists who might be able to play with and against the apparatus and challenge mass media and their preprogrammed functions.


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From 2011 to 2014, Tatiana Bazzichelli and a team of others designed a sprawling event program called “reSource transmedial culture Berlin,” which picked up on transmediale-related projects and flung them far further.


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Since 2013 designtransfer – the gallery and communicates interface of the Faculty of Design, Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) and the public – participates yearly at Vorspiel to present various projects as exhibitions, installations, and talks related to their New Media & Design courses.


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Watch a digital interview Staffette with some of the participating spaces of Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM. The 2021 edition marks the 10th anniversary of our initiative and aim to showcase the richness and diversity of Berlin's independent project spaces and artist initiatives in collaboration with transmediale.


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Hybrid Space Lab Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6 Eingang A 10179 Berlin

Hybrid Space Lab is a think tank and design lab that focuses on cultural innovation merging architecture, design, urbanism, landscape and digital culture.

Club Futures is an international laboratory with the aim of developing new future oriented perspectives for the club and cultural scene that Hybrid Space Lab is developing together with international partners.

Club Futures @ Re:mise, 25-01-2023, 14.00-18.00, Köpenicker Strasse 18, 10997 Berlin To participate please email us at contact@hybridspacelab.net

Club Futures @ Re:mise explores the yet to be unlocked potential of unused mobility spaces in Berlin to develop concepts for new cultural spaces and to envision new typologies and patterns for a culture-powered sustainable urban development.

Club Futures @ Re:mise aim is to investigate how no-longer used spaces of the mobility infrastructure can be integrated to create high-quality cultural unthought-of, discovery-filled urban spaces.

Overlooked and forgotten places, currently blind spots in the city atlas, are to be brought into public awareness, reclaiming a new spotlight. This goes together with developing transport spaces multifunctionally, socially, and culturally for the benefit of all - also to counteract the disadvantages of functionally separated and fragmented urban structures.

Club Futures @ Re:mise is organised by Hybrid Space Lab together with the Clubcommision Berlin.

Animal Club, Club Futures first event, took place at the Amsterdam Dance Event in October 2022. Animal Club investigated the future of clubbing at the crossroads of technological innovation and the pressing urgency of biodiversity loss.

Animal Club focused on sustainable future club cultures, fostering and stewarding interspecies co-existence. What will club spaces look like when they are designed as interspecies habitats for human, plant, and animal life? And how will the ongoing digital transformation be exploited for new artistic practices in interspecies clubs which allows humans to notice and co-create with more-than-human life?

Animal Club created a space of radical imagination exploring how technology and creative practice can help clubs to assimilate within their neighborhood and biosphere, and how this will give birth to new forms of pleasure.

Club Futures @ Re:mise develops concepts on how remotely viewed and accessed digital tools can help blurring divisions between local and global audiences as well as culture creators and how such cultural use could go hand in hand with the ecological upgrading of spaces.

Club Futures @ Re:mise also speculates on the potential of technologies such as VR or AR, for example, for reviving lost music venues and spaces in former mobility spaces such unused underground stations or depots.

The Club Futures @ Re:mise workshop explores the yet to be unlocked potential of unused mobility spaces in Berlin to develop concepts for new cultural spaces and to envision new typologies and patterns for a culture-powered sustainable urban development.

The Club Futures @ Re:mise workshop’s aim is to investigate how no-longer used spaces of the mobility infrastructure can be integrated to create high-quality cultural unthought-of, discovery-filled urban spaces. Overlooked and forgotten places, currently blind spots in the city atlas, are to be brought into public awareness, reclaiming a new spotlight. This goes together with developing transport spaces multifunctionally, socially, and culturally for the benefit of all - also to counteract the disadvantages of functionally separated and fragmented urban structures.

At a time when inner-city cultural spaces undergo enormous pressure, it is important to also foster culturally active and resilient places on the outskirts of the city. Therefore, not only spaces in the city center but also spaces outside the S-Bahn ring that are well connected by public transport, are to be considered. As such, the project focuses on Berlin's environmentally friendly rail network with its radial and ring structure, which has been - and should remain - the basis for the city's development.

Club Futures @ Re:mise outlines ideas for cultural acupuncture as catalysts for culture-based urban development. With the claim of a cultural (re)appropriation of public space, such catalysts aim to further develop mobility infrastructures as lived community spaces and cultural places of encounter and exchange. With the goal to imagine space provision for the different cultural needs of the diverse urban society, and to formulate concepts for innovative environmentally friendly cultural projects, the workshop develops visions for cultural spaces of possibility for a new urbanity. Various qualitative typologies of mobility spaces are considered: no longer in use office buildings, locomotive sheds, workshops, warehouses, spaces under elevated railway viaducts, unused tunnels and underground stations, compensation areas, retention spaces and others.

Club Futures @ Re:mise engages and activates a broad range of ideas, inviting radical cultural repurposing of such unused spaces. For example, the workshop could explore the possibilities of culture-filled wagons moving along disused train tracks, interacting in manifold ways with the neighborhood they stop by at – be they in the form of travelling exhibitions, wandering clubs, artists workshops or live music sets… Ideas are to be developed on how remotely viewed and accessed digital tools can help blurring divisions between local and global audiences as well as culture creators and how such cultural use could go hand in hand with the ecological upgrading of spaces. Club Futures @ Re:mise speculates on the potential of technologies such as VR or AR, for example, for reviving lost music venues and spaces in former mobility spaces such unused underground stations or depots.

At the same time, Club Futures @ Re:mise explores process-oriented methods, such as temporary cultural projects and Field Labs or Digital Twins, which investigate experimental forms of the production of coexistence. As pioneering settings to further develop the city culturally, and to protect Berlin’s long-lasting and flourishing cultural landscape, the workshop aims at envisioning spaces of cultural reclaim - integrating cultural performances as natural sequences in the flow of urban mobility.

Valle de los Caídos

How to transform and re-signify Valle de los Caídos (“Valley of the Fallen”), the Francoist monument in the Sierra de Guadarrama close to Madrid?

Valle de los Caídos with its 152-meter-tall cross visible from more than 30 kilometers away and its “basilica”, a 262-meter long crypt with a 42-meter high vault cut out of the granite mountain rock, is one of the world’s most controversial monuments.

The structure was built between 1940 and 1959 partly by the forced labor of Spanish republican political prisoners. Next to the remains of over 33.000 fallen from both sides of the conflict (that were moved there from mass graves spread all over the country), the basilica features Franco’s grave in its most prominent spot – and next to it the grave of the Falangist leader Antonio Primo de Rivera