transmediale, the international festival of electronic media art and media culture, has been taking place since 1988 and will this year, for the third time, be presented in cooperation with the House of World Cultures. This international forum for artists, media theorists, scientists and interested laymen is devoted to the latest developments in art and digital media which are presented in exhibitions, conferences and artist presentations. transmediale.04 will run under the motto "Fly Utopia!" and will deal with the utopias and the dystopias of today's world. The invited artists present artworks, live-performances and concepts in which hopeful and optimistic as well as critical and, at times, cynical approaches are taken to a world that seems to have lost even the ability for utopian thought. There is Hope. Fly Utopia!
The transmediale is one of the most successful international festivals of electronic media art and media culture in Europe. With its presentation and the choice of its topics constantly being updated, it has developed into an interactive platform for artists, media theorists, scientists and interested laymen over the past 15 years. The transmediale.03 focussed on the artistic and cultural consequences of globalisation. It presented a varied and critical discussion about the extent to which economic and political globalisation also brings about new forms of cultural expression, allowing the individuals actions to become effective globally.