The Laboratory of Manuel Buerger, Simon Schindele

Jan 28–29, 2022

transmediale 2022

This is Not Anarchy, This is Chaos

Fri & Sat, Jan 28 & 29, 2022, 1–7 pm

Film night
Fri, Jan 28, 8.30pm, HKW Auditorium

Closing keynote by Byung-Chul Han
Sat, Jan 29, 8.30 pm, HKW Auditorium

What possibilities can refusal open up? What limitations does it impose? The year-long transmediale 2021–2022 festival edition will conclude with an online symposium and an evening program at HKW.

Human existence is completely absorbed by activity and thus completely exploitable. In the closing lecture of transmediale, philosopher Byung-Chul Han explores idleness as a formula for liberation. In their films, Katerina Suvorova, Effi & Amir, Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner tell of the civil rights movement in Kazakhstan, the identifying potential of language and the political dimension of measurement systems.

The online symposium This is Not Anarchy, This is Chaos, featuring artists, theorists and activists who resist the seduction and lure of technological promises and logic in their work, explores the frictions that arise between different practices of refusal. This festival edition of transmediale entitled for refusal has unfolded over the course of a year since January 2021. The symposium along with the exhibition abandon all hope ye who enter here at the Akademie der Künste are the closing program of transmediale 2021-2022.

The symposium will take place exclusively as a livestream and can be accessed without registration at

With AM Kanngieser, Antonia Hernández, Bassam El Baroni, Bassem Saad, Cindy Kaiying Lin, Che Applewhaite, Distributed Cognition Cooperative (Anna Engelhardt, Sasha Shestakova), Donal Lally, Magda Tyżlik-Carver, Mary Maggic, Maya Indira Ganesh, Max Haiven, Nishant Shah, Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Patricia Domínguez and Nicole L'Huillier, Paolo Gerbaudo, Phanuel Antwi, Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Samir Bhowmik, Sabine Gruffat, Tatjana Söding, Timothée Parrique, Xenia Chiaramonte, Zach Blas, Laura Cugusi and others.