Vorspiel 2024

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 Exhibition, Vernissage

Opening: "The Technate", an exhibition by Peter Behrbohm & Markus Bühler

19:00 –

Follow the wires into a dynamic equilibrium among energy-consuming devices. Exhibtion by Peter Behrbohm & Markus Bühler


This is a journey to the center of the decentralized world, to the origin of what would have become a different Internet. Guided by an artificial search dog, Behrbohm and Bühler follow the data streams to the west coast of North America. Between submarine cable landing stations, data centers and cable ships, they suddenly end up in the dusty archives of an visionary data-network-society that has fallen into oblivion long ago.

In the 1920s and 1930s, 'Technocracy Inc.' conceives a social order based on the equal distribution of energy, archieved by a data network ceaselessly connecting everything and everyone. Scientists are to replace politicians and businessmen and a perishable energy currency is rendering money obsolete. The technocrats are examining the entire continent for wasted energy as they are planning to create a most efficient society. Land, means of production, housing and vehicles are soon to be shared instead of owned, objects will last as long as possible and the amount of work by each citizen will be reduced to the minimum. Despite enormous popularity in the 1930s, supporters dwindle, for the technocrats reject a revolution just as much as they reject standing for election. In 1947, 'Technocracy Inc.' makes one last attempt to propagate its eco-technological utopia: 'Operation Columbia'. A ten-mile-long motorcade of grey vehicles driven by members in grey suits and equipped with loudspeakers and rooftop signs heads from Los Angeles to Vancouver and back, installing billboards, distributing publications, giving lectures and promoting their ideas. Despite the tremendous efford, the movement is hopelessly ahead of their time and soon forgotten.

Wether it is coincidence or not - the area encircled by the motorcade subsequently indeed becomes the birthplace of the Internet we know today and Elon Musk, the grandson of the movement's Canadian director, becomes it's tycoon and enfant terrible.

Behrbohm and Bühler follow 'Operation Columbia' with their expedition vehicle. Along the route they soon not only encounter the headquarters of all the major Internet corporations, but cross hackerspaces, the Internet Archive and Crypto Castle, run into 60s avant-garde architects 'Antfarm', 90-year-old YouTubers, the developer of Apple's LISA and many more... In particular, along the way the opportunity arises to take pictures in the dusty archives of 'Technocracy Inc.' for the first and last time(!), and to save parts of the collection from their imminent destruction, as it is clared out shortly after.

Images and artifacts obtained from the expedition are turned into a volatile and steadily growing archive, partly to be discovered at Zentrum für Netzkunst (panke.gallery), partly through the cables that have been surveyed.


Peter Behrbohm and Markus Bühler After studies in architecture, film and media art at the University of Arts Berlin, the Royal Technical Institute Stockholm and the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, Peter Behrbohm (*1987) and Markus Bühler (*1984) received their diploma degree in architecture. Peter's works are surgical interventions in public spaces and routines. He regards reality a medium that he uses to implant fictions. Markus’ work is driven by analytic and operative precision, often based on found narratives of varying media. Among others, they have been awarded the «BDA-SARP Award» for the best German graduation project, the «Max-Taut-Prize», the «Elsa-Neumann» Scholarship as well as the «MAK Schindler Scholarship Los Angeles», without which this project would not have been possible.

with: Bill Adams, Jim Carruther, Marc Graham, Paul Hajnes, Kinnard Hockenhull, Arlene Landwehr, Chip Lord, Michael Round, Curtis Schreier, Aurora Tang and George Wright Website: David Liebermann, Maximilian Kiepe und Jana Reddemann Sound: Amelie Neumann Voice: Lizzy Davis / Camera assistance: Nikolas von Schwabe


Antfarm, CLUI Center for Land Use Interpretation, The Internet Archive, Noisebridge, Ovidiu Anton, Carola Behrbohm, Anthony Carfello, Tobin Gutermuth, Gottfried Haider, Scott McMullen, Rebecca Pynoos, Bärbel Vischer and Technocracy Inc.

panke.gallery Gerichtstr. 23 Hof 5 13347 Berlin

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