Vorspiel 2023

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




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

Image Gallery

Find some impressions of the 2022 opening here.


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).


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

Essay Artwork

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

























Fri, 20.01.
18:00, silent green Installation

18:00, silent green Exhibition, Installation, Vernissage

18:00, Bäumchen wechsle Dich - Change the tree Installation

18:00, silent green Exhibition, Performance, Vernissage

18:30, silent green Installation

18:30, silent green Vernissage

21:30, Panke e.V.

Sat, 21.01.
17:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

17:00, Halfsister Installation

19:00, Anagram Space

20:00, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin Concert

/rosa Exhibition, Installation

Alte Münze Berlin Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage

Sun, 22.01.
13:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

14:00 Exhibition, Lecture

15:00, Halfsister Installation

18:00, Anagram Space

Mon, 23.01.
19:00, Field Conspiracy w/ Etikett Radio Workshop

Tue, 24.01.
18:30, The Lighthouse of Digital Art Installation

19:00, Anagram Space

Wed, 25.01.
14:00, Re:mise Performance, Workshop

15:00, RawCC Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Finissage

20:30 Concert, Performance

Thu, 26.01.
16:00, SóLaura Studio Performance, Workshop

19:00, ZK/U - Center for Art and Urbanistics Exhibition, Installation

19:00, Vilém Flusser Archive Performance

Urban Spree Concert, Performance

Fri, 27.01.
06:00, Lobe Block Exhibition, Concert

17:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

19:00, Alte Münze Berlin Concert, Performance, Installation

20:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Exhibition

SoundsAbout Exhibition, Performance, Installation

Sat, 28.01.

13:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

14:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Exhibition

19:00, Hošek Contemporary Concert, Performance

Sun, 29.01.
13:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

14:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Exhibition

Tue, 31.01.
12:00, Archipel Stations / Radio Otherwise Hybrid Event

Wed, 01.02.
19:00, einBuch.haus Installation

19:00, Anagram Space

19:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

19:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Performance, Online Event, Lecture

20:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

AL.Berlin Exhibition, Performance, DJ set, Installation

Thu, 02.02.

16:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

16:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation

18:00, synthesis gallery Vernissage

18:30 Concert, Vernissage

19:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

19:30, Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen Performance

20:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

20:00, Ballhaus Prinzenallee Performance

synthesis gallery Exhibition

Fri, 03.02.

16:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation

18:30 Concert, Vernissage

19:00, Anagram Space

19:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

20:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

Society for Nontrivial Pursuits Exhibition, Concert, Performance, Installation

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Hybrid Event, Lecture

CTRL.XX.TENSION @SO36 Concert, Performance, DJ set

Sat, 04.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

14:00, Field Conspiracy w/ Etikett Radio Performance

16:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation

17:00, einBuch.haus Performance

19:00, Insola Berlin Performance, Installation

Mensch Meier // club and culture house Exhibition, Performance, DJ set, Hybrid Event

Sun, 05.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

14:00, synthesis gallery Finissage

Tue, 07.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

Wed, 08.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

Thu, 09.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

Fri, 10.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

Sat, 11.02.
16:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage



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Events Installation

Nothing Inhuman Is Alien To Me

18:00 –
silent green

Video art screening with the work of Maja Smrekar (SL), Laurence Favre (CH), Rhona Mühlebach (CH) curated by Tatiana Bogacheva

With support of the Swiss Embassy in Berlin

Rhona Mühlebach, "Excitement is not part of my feeling repertoire" (2021), 26’30’’ Maja Smrekar, "I Hunt Nature and Culture Hunts Me" (2014), 9’13’’ Laurence Favre, "Resistance" (2017), 11’

Long before climate collapse became an integral part of contemporary cultural discourse, animals were inspiring, challenging, and more recently began to co-create works of art. Animal turn in art and theory has challenged the position of animals and nature, who have become convenient metaphors of those who have no voice. The title gives tribute to the seminal work of Oleg Kulik, which articulated the pragmatic demand for interspecies justice and radical democracy without interspecies discrimination. Building on the previous project World of Now (2019-2020), ABA present three video works with the hope of evoking the astonishment and wonder that arise when art meets the non-human.

Rhona Mühlebach worked on her video "Excitement is not part of my feeling repertoire" during her residency at ABA in 2020-2021. Several human protagonists of the video appear troubled by their emotional dilemmas. Rhona mixes different genres – criminal TV-show, musical, scientific or historical documentary, and (crude) digital animation – in the same frame thus disorienting a viewer trying to trace a storyline. This uncertainty and confusion, articulated in the monologues of the protagonists and intentionally created by the fragmented narrative, is interrupted by a self-assured and borderline sociopathic commentary of a wild swine.

The video performance of Maja Smrekar "I Hunt Nature and Culture Hunts Me" (2014) is a part of her research project K-9_topology which investigates the parallel evolution of the human and the canine and the potential of alternative forms of co-evolution. In this particular performance, she brings up two references of artistic reflections on art-nature dichotomy: Joseph Beuys and Oleg Kulik, quoted by the narrator, both speak of the aspiration to access the animalistic as an integral part of artistic practice. Maja Smrekar acknowledges the impossibility of this aspiration and at the same time takes a radical step to manifest her readiness to transcend the barrier between the human and the animal.

"Resistance" (2017) by Laurence Favre is a tribute to nature as a force which withstands the destructive influence of the human embodied in a remote landscape. For all its imposing monumentality and dignified indifference, the glacier in the video is subjected to the same process of inevitable decay. The video evokes awe which one experiences when confronted with nature, but also reminds us of the inescapable human, all too human, existential fear.

Artists biographies: Maja Smrekar's (SL) work combines practice based artistic research exploring the potentials of current technologically and scientifically rooted processes and materials, such as from ecology, ethology, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, molecular biology, etc. She has been using her artistic voice to speak on ecofeminism, inter-species relationships, technology and ideological structures in society. Her practice has allowed her to lead strong collaborations in developing productions that include cross-conceptual staging of hybrid art, performance, installations, site-specific art, performative photography, drawing and video as well as contributions to knowledge exchanged within lectures, talks and texts.

Laurence Favre (CH) works with still and moving images. Her work explores how to divert the dualities between the visible and the invisible, presence and absence, visibility and invisibility, memory and oblivion, as well as the real and the fictional, generating poetic spaces where movement can be triggered. In the last several years she has been focusing on colonial and environmental matters. Her films have been shown in Locarno film festival, Rotterdam IFFR, Hong Kong HKIFF, Guanajuato GIFF among others, as well as in art spaces and informal spaces. Laurence works and lives in Berlin and Geneva, is an active member of the artist-run filmlab LaborBerlin and part of the organizing team of SPECTRAL, a collaboration between 6 european artist-run filmlabs on Expanded Cinematic Arts.

Rhona Mühlebach (CH) lives in Glasgow and works primarily with video, audio and text. She graduated from the University of Art and Design Lausanne, BA Film, in 2014 and the Glasgow School of Art, MFA, in 2017. Recent activities include shows at the Kunstraum Kreuzlingen (solo), Swiss Art Awards, LUX Scotland &Ajabu Ajabu, ABA Berlin, Travelling Gallery Scotland, Intermedia Gallery CCA Glasgow (solo), Alchemy Film &Arts Hawick (solo), Sic! Raum für Kunst Luzern (solo), Joburg Fringe, Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Rhona’s videos have been screened at numerous international film festivals.

silent green Gerichtstr. 35 13347 Berlin

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