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July 1, 2012

Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

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As a cultural institution, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe holds a unique position in the world. It responds to the rapid developments in information technology and today’s changing social structures. Its work combines production and research, exhibitions and events, coordination and documentation.

A large-scale exhibition, curated by George O’Grady presents original documents and expands on the key ideas put forth by Marshall McLuhan, supported by rarely-seen audio visual material excerpted from ZKM’s extensive collections is planned to open mid-2012.

Start: July 1, 2012
End: October 3, 2012
Venue: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany
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Karlsruhe, Germany

February 1, 2012

Andrew Feenberg: 2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture

Andrew Feenberg: 2012 Marshall McLuhan Lecture

Andrew Feenberg: 2012 Marshall McLuhan Lecture

With the annual Marshall McLuhan Lecture, the transmediale invites a figure in the Canadian cultural landscape, whose work expands on McLuhan’s media theories in the context of contemporary culture and society.

The 2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture will be held by Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology at the School of Communication of Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC). He received his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied under Herbert Marcuse. Among his research interests are philosophy of technology, Critical Theory, the Internet, and Japanese intellectual history. His work combines an approach based on Critical Theory with concepts and methods drawn from the field of Science and Technology Studies. He is the author of Transforming Technology, Questioning Technology, Alternative Modernity, Heidegger and Marcuse, and Between Reason and Experience, co-author of When Poetry Ruled the Streets, and co-editor of Technology and the Politics of Knowledge, Modernity and Technology, and The Essential Marcuse. He has taught at Duke University, San Diego State University, the University of Paris, the University of Brasilia, and the University of Tokyo.


Ten Paradoxes of Technology

This lecture presents a philosophy of technology. It draws on what we have learnt in the last 30 years as we abandoned old Heideggerian and positivist notions and faced the real world of technology. It turns out that most of our common sense ideas about technology are wrong. This is why I have put my ten propositions in the form of paradoxes, although I use the word loosely here to refer to the counter-intuitive nature of much of what we know about technology. The story is one of reconciling the incompatibilities between whole and part, lay and expert, means and ends, authority and democracy, reason and experience.


Kristoffer Gansing (se/de)


2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture
Marshall McLuhan Salon
Embassy of Canada, Berlin

Wednesday Feb 01, 2012
Lecture begins at 18.30, doors open at 18.00. Please allow adequate time for embassy security!

This is a free event and the lecture will take place in English. To RSVP please email with the subject heading ‘McLuhan Lecture’. Please be prepared to present valid photo-ID at the door.

The 2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture is a cooperation between transmediale and the Embassy of Canada. Image of Andrew Feenberg courtesy of Neal Rockwell.


Start: February 1, 2012
End: February 1, 2012
Venue: Marshall McLuhan Salon / Embassy of Canada
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Leipziger Platz 17, Berlin, Germany, 10117

December 2, 2011

Electric Speed

Electric Speed is a programme of new commissions by Jeremy Bailey, Jillian McDonald, Jon Sasaki, Will Gill, and Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat. Curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy for Revised Projects and the New Forms Media Art Society, the works are designed for presentation on urban screens.

The programme will be exhibited at the Surrey Art Gallery in two parts: the first work, Rewrite 2011 by Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos, will show December 2, 2011 – January 15, 2012. The second part, with works by Jeremy Bailey, Jillian Mcdonald, Jon Sasaki and Will Gill, will be shown January 28– March 31, 2012.

A catalogue publication will be released in January 2012, edited by Kate Armstrong with original essays by Sylvie Parent and Caitlin Jones. Included in the publication are interviews edited by Greg J. Smith: Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat by Steve Dietz, Jeremy Bailey by Garnet Hertz, Will Gill by Justin Waddell, Jillian McDonald by the Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonorealistes, and Jon Sasaki by Greg J. Smith.

Surrey Urban Screen is an outreach venue of the Surrey Art Gallery and is Canada’s largest permanent, non-commercial outdoor urban screen. It is located on the west wall of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458-107A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Date January 28, 2012
Title: Opening Reception for Electric Speed (Part Two)

Electric Speed is a programme of new commissions that will show at the Surrey Art Gallery in two parts. The second part, with work by Jeremy Bailey, Jillian McDonald, Jon Sasaki and Will Gill, will launch January 28, 2012. Curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy.
Conversation with the Artists: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 3:30pm
Reception and Publication Launch to follow: 5pm
Curators Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy will lead artists Jon Sasaki, Jillian McDonald, Will Gill and Jeremy Bailey in a dialogue about their work in response to the legacy of Marshall McLuhan, as well as their engagement with public art environments.

Start: December 2, 2011
End: March 31, 2012
Venue: Surrey urban screen
13458-107A Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada

November 25, 2011


Lecture by Graham Larkin (Ottawa, Canada)
Friday November 25, 16.00 – 18.00
Marshall McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada Berlin

In a 1959 talk and a 1964 book Marshall McLuhan famously declares that “the medium is the message.” By 1967 the title of a typographically adventuresome book turns “message” into “massage.” In each case McLuhan is urging his audience to care less about the apparent content of communication (what happens to be “on” TV or “in” a book) and more about the psychodynamics of the particular medium (the effects of television or the book per se).Although later interpreters have viewed the medium=message/massage tenet as central to McLuhan’s thinking, there has been little sustained attention to the practical role of inscription, publication and broadcast in his work. In short, it is time to pay closer attention to the media practice behind McLuhan’s media theory. The present talk, based on extensive researches in the McLuhan fonds at Library & Archives Canada, will survey the evidence for McLuhan’s quotidian encounters with the very media that he investigates.

Graham Larkin lives in Ottawa, where he was curator of European & American Art at the National Gallery of Canada from 2005 to 2011. His researches into the early history of cataloguing and collecting include a doctoral dissertation (Harvard 2003) on the origins of the catalogue raisonné in 18th century print albums. While completing his dissertation he assisted information designer Edward Tufte with the award-winning book Beautiful Evidence. Dr. Larkin has taught seminars and curated exhibitions at Harvard University, and at Stanford University where he was a Humanities Fellow from 2003-5. He has published in various journals including Print Quarterly, Word & Image, ArtForum and Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

This event will be held in English.
Admission is free and all are welcome, but please register online in advance to speed up entry and security at the Embassy. A valid photo ID is required when entering the Embassy of Canada.

To register, and for more info on this and other events at the Embassy of Canada’s Marshall McLuhan Salon in Berlin please visit:

Marshall McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada Berlin
Ebertstr. 14 , 10117 Berlin
Entry/Access via Leipziger Platz 17
S+U Potsdamer Platz

Start: November 25, 2011 4:00 pm
End: November 25, 2011 6:00 pm
Venue: Marshall McLuhan Salon
Phone: +49 30 20312393
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Embassy of Canada, Ebertstr. 14, Berlin, Germany, 10117

November 22, 2011

Watching Television – Media Analysis


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C³ and the Hungarian Institute of Fine Arts will host a day of media analysis by watching a full day of television, and comparing today with an identical action performed first in 1991. The analysis will be documented on the web and shared.

C³ is an open, not for profit institution, a space for innovative experiments and developments related to communication, culture and open society, its main focus the fostering of meetings and cooperation among spheres of art, science and technology.

Start: November 22, 2011
End: November 22, 2011
Venue: Hungarian Institute of Fine Arts
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Budapest, Hungary

November 11, 2011

McLuhan’s Messages

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A series of events will be held in Budapest in 2011 to honor the centenary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth. The participating Budapest institutions are the Ludwig Museum, the Kunsthalle, LABOR, Kitchen Budapest, the Intermedia Department at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the Department of Media and Communications (Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies) at Eötvös Loránd University. The series includes projects, exhibitions, discussions, and actions. The Department of Media and Communications contributes to the series with a conference on “McLuhan’s Messages”.

The conference will explore how relevant McLuhan’s oeuvre is for contemporary media and communication research. In our time the networking and the interactive communication have far surpassed all the sixties’ expectations for the growth of information society. From this point of view it seems that Marshall McLuhan, like a prophet predicted in the idea of the global village the present way people get closer to each other through network systems and become next-door neighbours to each other in virtual communities. However, the technology as far as the history testifies, does not necessarily behave as a tame animal, at least not in every case. Our goal is to put the contemporary conditions of the McLuhanist idea on the agenda, and by doing this we make also the critical and/or affirmative tradition concerning McLuhan conjure up.

The scholars and experts who participate in our international and bilingual conference think rereading and adapting the works of McLuhan in the changing environment is timely. On the two days meeting there will be lectures on the connection between media and politics, media and culture, media and society, and on topics of new media, content producing and mediated subjects.

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Start: November 11, 2011
End: November 12, 2011
Budapest, Hungary

November 4, 2011

ART+COMMUNICATION – International festival for new media culture

ART+COMMUNICATION - International festival for new media culture

ART+COMMUNICATION - International festival for new media culture

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The annual Art + Communication Festival organised in Riga by RIXC will feature “McLuhan in Baltics” content, and will include collaborations with other regional festivals.

Recently founded Centre for new media culture in Riga – the RIXC is the joint effort of a number of independent local cultural groups working in the fields of new media, art, film, music, youth culture and the social projects. The founders of RIXC are E-LAB – Electronic Arts and Media Centre, LOCOMOTIVE- film studio and BALTIC CENTER – NGO for education and social development; members and partners include: SVAIGS99%,, Djs AG & Raitis, VARKA CREW, F5, OPEN, CLAUSTHOME, ORBITA, K@2 and others.

The aim of the centre is to bridge the traditional gap between ‘high’ and popular culture and the divisions between various youth, sub- and minority cultures. The RIXC intends to become a meeting place for different types of culture on local and international scale.

Start: November 4, 2011
End: November 6, 2011
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Riga, Latvia

November 3, 2011

Blowup: We Are All Crew, at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media

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Blowup is a series of events and exhibitions that explore contemporary questions from multiple viewpoints. Blowup zooms in on ideas, bringing into focus clear pictures of how art, design, philosophy, and technology are transforming our lives — or reinforcing the status quo.

Blowup: We Are All Crew is a three day programme featuring an exhibition, a film premiere, a keynote lecture, an e-Book release, and a party! Marshall McLuhan said “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” To acknowledge the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth, this edition of Blowup will present the Strategic Art Initiative 2.0 exhibition of re-created early telematic artworks; the worldwide premiere of Them F*ckin’ Robots, a documentary on the work and influence of Norman White, in the presence of the artist who is also showing his seminal piece Robotic Arm Wrestling in the exhibition; a keynote lecture by Dutch thinker and widely-published author Arjen Mulder, examining all the things we love and love to hate about McLuhan; and a closing party for the exhibition featuring a custom cocktail.

More more on the programme, please consult the full listing at the V2_ website.

Start: November 3, 2011 8:00 pm
End: November 5, 2011 12:00 am
Venue: V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media
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Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 3012xl
Cost: 5 EUR for all-event pass

November 2, 2011

McLuhan effects (?)

McLuhan effects (?)
2 to 4th of November, Aix-en-Provence, France

mcluhan effects

For the centenary of Marshall McLuhan, Alphabetville, Zinc and the School of Arts in Aix-en-Provence, in collaboration with Leonardo/Olats, Iméra, Seconde Nature, Cité du Livre, INA and Selfworld, propose three days to understand McLuhan’s thought and its effects. With artistic works, conferences, readings, films, demos, talks, archives, some artists, theorists, scientists, philosophers, will look to McLuhan to consider him from an historical aspect to a present dimension, from electronic to digital medias, and into the global information and networks, ever called the « global village » by McLuhan.

Topics : Art, technic, environment ; Globalization and frontiers, which kind of changes ? ; Arts in the « global village » : forms, aesthetics, critics, governances

Scientific direction : Colette Tron, Alphabetville, Jean Cristofol, School of Arts of Aix-en-Provence, Emmanuel Verges, ZINC, Roger Malina, Leonardo/Olats and Iméra. And with the valued help of Derrick de Kerckhove, Toronto University

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Start: November 2, 2011
End: November 4, 2011
Venue: Ecole supérieure d'art, Cité du livre, Seconde Nature
Phone: 0033495049623
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Aix en Provence, France, 13100

November 1, 2011

McLuhan in Opole region – Conference

McLuhan Opole region in 2011 is a project which is one of the activities associated in McLuhan networks in Europe in 2011. The conference aims to examine the condition and capacity theory of Marshall McLuhan in relation to medias’ present and past. This will be done in three areas:
• Revising McLuhans’ theory of media evoluation.
• Looking for continuation of McLuhans’ concepts in contemporary phenomenon of audiovisual culture.
• The third area is the future of media and their impact on our lives.
During the conference, will be presented and analyzed a model of Interactive Culture Map, developed during the workshops described above. All conference materials and described model of crearing Interactive Culture Map will be published.

We invite all representatives of academia, enthusiasts, professionals, NGOs and academic circles interested in the topic. Contact: Krzysztof Marcinkowski,

Start: November 1, 2011
End: November 3, 2011
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Opole, Poland
McLuhan in Europe 2011 is an initiative of transmediale in collaboration with the Marshall McLuhan Salon / Embassy of Canada Berlin, Gingko Press, and RIM. Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha