Vorspiel 2022

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, 21.01.
17:00, silent green Installation

17:00, silent green Vernissage

17:00, silent green Installation, Hybrid Event

18:00, Zönoteka Performance, Vernissage

19:00, panke.gallery Exhibition

19:00, panke.gallery Exhibition, Performance, Installation

20:00, silent green Installation

Gelegenheiten Exhibition

designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin Exhibition, Online Event

silent green Concert, Performance, Installation, Vernissage

SoundsAbout Exhibition, Concert, Performance, Workshop, Installation

Sat, 22.01.

NoVilla Exhibition, Performance, Installation

Sun, 23.01.
12:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Online Event

14:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation, Hybrid Event

18:00, spektral-raumohr Performance, Vernissage

19:00, spektral-raumohr Performance

Mon, 24.01.
14:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation, Hybrid Event

spektral-raumohr Exhibition

Tue, 25.01.
14:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation, Hybrid Event

18:00, FEM*_MUSIC*_ Online Event

Wed, 26.01.
14:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation, Hybrid Event

Thu, 27.01.
14:00, VOOV H4MM Exhibition, Installation

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

20:00, roam project space Concert, Performance, Online Event, Hybrid Event

synthesis gallery Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Online Event, Hybrid Event

Fri, 28.01.
14:00, VOOV H4MM Exhibition, Installation

19:30, GhostRaum Performance

20:00, Galerie Zeitzone Concert, Installation

Rainbow Unicorn Installation, Hybrid Event

Sat, 29.01.
12:30, TOP Transdisciplinary project space Workshop

14:00, VOOV H4MM Exhibition, Installation

Sun, 30.01.
14:00, Field Conspiracy w/ Etikett Radio Performance

14:00, VOOV H4MM Exhibition, Installation

16:00, Liebig12 Performance, Installation, Online Event

Thu, 03.02.
18:00, Solaris Vernissage

20:00, Vierte Welt Performance, Installation

Salon Oblique @ 8MM Bar Concert, Hybrid Event

Fri, 04.02.
12:00, Solaris Exhibition

19:00, Solaris Performance

20:00, Vierte Welt Performance, Installation

Sat, 05.02.
12:00, Solaris Exhibition

14:00, Noise from the Matrix Performance, Installation

16:00, Solaris Hybrid Event, Lecture

20:00, Vierte Welt Performance, Installation

Sun, 06.02.
12:00, Solaris Exhibition

16:00, Solaris Hybrid Event, Lecture

19:00 Finissage, Online Event

20:00, Vierte Welt Performance, Installation

Tue, 08.02.

VOOV H4MM Exhibition, Installation

Thu, 10.02.
18:00, Vilém Flusser Archive Performance

Sat, 12.03.
19:30, PITCH SHIFTING series at Kühlspot Social Club Concert, Performance

Mon, 31.01.
VOOV H4MM Exhibition, Installation

Liebig12 Performance, Installation, Online Event

Wed, 02.02.
TOP Transdisciplinary project space Exhibition



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Signs of the Times. Karolina Żyniewicz

Signs of the Times Artist Residency/ Artistic Reesearch Karolina Żyniewicz

Public access Thu–Sun 14:00–18:00 (by appointment) through 15.02.2022 Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to support Berlin based artist Karolina Żyniewicz in her new ongoing project Signs of the Times. After having hosted artist designer Fara Peluso in our spaces in spring 2020 and artist Sarah Hermanutz in early 2021, we are glad to offer another residency now to Karolina Żyniewicz. For her new project the artist invites everyone to come into contact with her, either on-site or online.

Signs of the Times – Collecting Biological Traces and Memories

Masks (medical/ textile) became symbols of the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic – confinement, uncertainty, and fear. Pictures of people wearing masks will be historical documents of this period. With time, they will have different meanings. Masks are meant to protect us from the virus, but used for too long they can also be dangerous for our health, accumulating everything coming from our nose and mouth while breathing and talking. After a few hours of wearing, they are soaked with body secretions and individual micro-flora. We should not absorb it back. Besides pictures of masks being worn, there are also masks lying in the streets. After usage, they become trash, bio-hazardous trash. They are then anonymous; we can’t know who was wearing them. Maybe it was a coronavirus carrier or a person being sick with various illnesses.

Stage I: Collecting Anonymous Biological Traces

In Spring 2021, I decided to collect masks from the streets of Berlin to use them as laboratory samples in the future. It was a specific activity of dealing with masks understood as an abject and a possible place of the virus location. Collected masks have been placed in laboratory test tubes.

Stage II: Collecting Individual Biological Traces and Memories

At a certain moment, I realized that anonymous masks were not enough for my pandemic archive. I was curious about the people behind the face covers. I wanted to listen to individual stories, collect masks contaminated by personal biological material and memories from the Covid-19 pandemic. To do that, I had to organize meetings in person. It was essential after such a long time of confinement. Every participant was asked to sit in front of the camera and share a memory from the time of the pandemic. I did not ask questions; it was crucial to leave space and freedom for the stories. I gave the person a fresh medical mask to contaminate it while talking and breathing. After the talk, I took the mask to place it in the laboratory test tube and added it to the existing collection.

Realized events of the project Signs of the Times: Liebig19, Berlin, August 2021 Łaźnia Gallery, Gdańsk, October 2021 TOP (Transdisciplinary Project Space), Berlin, November 2021

Stage III: Biological Traces Examination

The laboratory stage of the project is planned for 2-3 years from now. I plan to investigate biological remains from the collected masks. They came from the body and the environment contaminating the sample. I am less interested in human genetic material but more in nonhuman agents, human life collaborators.

Appendix: Creating collective memory

During the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, between March and June 2020, I participated in online meetings with the working title Viral Culture Bio-art and Society. An academic curator at Pomona College Gallery, Claire Nettleton, initiated the series to put together the international art & science community and exchange experiences and support each other in the global crisis. The meetings were also an occasion to discuss professional issues such as creativity in the pandemic period, virtual exhibiting, online education, the role of bio art in the discourse around the pandemic. There is a collection of notes, chats, transcripts and video recordings. I see them as a meaningful archive that will be good historical documentation for the future. That is why I decided to work on them, doing video transcription, ordering collecting references. My goal is to prepare a publication complemented by short interviews with people participating in the meetings. I would ask them mainly the question about the meaning the series had for each of them individually.

Karolina Żyniewicz

Please book a slot if you want to communicate with the artist (on-site or online is both possible): https://pretix.eu/artlaboratoryberlin/Signs-of-the-Times/

Visit and conversation upon appointment Currently we apply the 2G rule.