transmediale and CTM's Vorspiel is a program of distributed partner events in the field of digital art and culture and experimental sound and music, where a variety of partner venues invite local and international audiences to a series of exhibition openings, performances, interventions, artist talks and special events across the city of Berlin.

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

Image Credit: Andrés Nieto Porras


15.01.21 17:00 to
1.03.21 17:00
ZWEI ~ who's out there? w Cru Encarnação & Selma Lindgren
Format: artistPresentation
ZWEI’s theme this year is “who’s out there?”. The theme derived from the worldwide sensation of isolation due to the pandemic. The first lock down opened up questions, which we are now having to addre...
26.01.21 00:00 to
31.03.21 23:45
Format: artistPresentation
Nuño de la Serna present a series of film interviews that reflect a momentary snapshot in the life of Lacuna Lab and its members. These interviews take a record of the artworks presented by the member...
8.02.21 00:00 to
28.03.21 00:00
ABA Air Salon with Rhona Mühlebach
Format: artistPresentation
ABA AIR SALON WITH RHONA MÜHLEBACH -------------------------- WE ARE GLAD TO MAKE THE AUDIO WORK AVAILABLE AGAIN DURING VORSPIEL 2021 VIA THE ABA WEBSITE: https://airberlinalexanderplatz.de/event/Nptt...
9.02.21 00:00 to
28.03.21 00:00
ABA Air Salon with Andrés Villa Torres
Format: artistPresentation
25.02.21 19:00 to
28.02.21 23:00
K(not) a Conversation – Communication through knots and AI systems
Format: hybridEvent
K(not) a Conversation is an installation exploring the concepts of artificial intelligence, creativity and labour. Inspired by ancient indigenous communication systems of Quipu knots, it instigates a ...
27.02.21 21:00 to
28.02.21 01:00
Bopp Kogn #11
Format: onlineEvent
Bopp Kogn celebrates Panke Culture 10 Years Birthday 🙂 Let's meet again online, Chat, Connect and enjoy good music... 1LOV LINE UP: *MAL ELEVE *DERRON & FLASH TARZAN *DAYBEE DEE *DJ O *SORAH & INTARE...
5.03.21 18:30 to
5.03.21 19:15
EKHEO: Voyage Voyage
Format: performance
“Voyage Voyage” is a personal journey into the hidden parts of oneself. Based on C.G. Jung's theories, we use the performance’ space as a metaphor of the human’s psyche. In this work one can access th...
9.03.21 18:00 to
9.03.21 19:30
Panel Discussion: What is the nature of psychiatric auditory experience?
Format: panel
“Listening to the world is not an innate, universal capacity, the logical result of ears encountering sound waves. Rather, it is something we learn how to do, and we learn how to listen in an environm...
12.03.21 18:30 to
12.03.21 19:30
Chung Tat Sham & Hou Lam Wu: "Robots", an online collective decision making sound experience
Format: performance
Are we capable of driving the democracy vehicle? Robots is an online sound experience, in which discussions and decision-making among participants shall influence the course of the experience. We shal...
30.03.21 18:00 to
30.03.21 19:30
MELT (Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr): Heating Matters / Change Flux // Video Screening & Writing Workshop
Format: onlineEvent
///// The participation is free. Please register via mail@alpha-nova-kulturwerkstatt.de to receive the zoom link /////// Heating Matters/Change Flux is a video work that unlocks metaphors of melting i...


15.01.21 00:00 to
31.03.21 23:45
Scattered Partners
Format: exhibition
In the midst of the global pandemic caused by covid-19, and due to the lockdown conditions, Lacuna Lab proposes an entirely digital program. ////// Artists: Nuño de la Serna, Nayeli Vega Vargas, Sarah...
15.01.21 16:30 to
21.03.21 01:00
Liebig12 Covid19 Diaries: window interface #8 & itinerant interlude #8
Format: exhibition
window interface#8 is the 8th window intervention presented at Liebig12 since the start of the lockdown in march 2020. Jana Linke presents REPETITIVE DIFFERENTIAL a site specific and in progress insta...
16.01.21 16:00 to
31.03.21 23:30
router.gallery: Advance - Stay put / idle, works by Lauren Lee McCarthy
Format: exhibition
The artworks are distributed by the router through its local network with no Internet connection, accessible at the local site around and in front of panke.gallery only. The exhibition will continue u...
22.01.21 00:00 to
21.03.21 21:00
Open Sesame - A Photophobic Experiment
Format: exhibition
»Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment« invites six artists - all of whom of BIPOC, queer and/or trans* experience - to display mixed-media installations that intrinsically and critically react to the...
22.01.21 10:00 to
28.02.21 18:00
Format: exhibition
designtransfer features in the outside showcase Einsteinufer 43, UdK Berlin the installation "Engaging with e-static textiles" by Ramyah Gowrishankar in the outside showcase UdK Berlin, Einsteinufer 4...
28.02.21 16:00 to
26.03.21 18:00
Cluster#14: I miei ricordi sono più duri delle rocce / Alessandro Massobrio and Valentina Besegher audiovideo / solo exhibition
Format: exhibition
Alessandro Massobrio is a new music composer, electronic musician and guitarist. Valentina Besegher is an avant-garde filmmaker, live video performer and visual artist. They collaborate since 2002, ha...


Okta Collective presents two moons by James Benning

21.02.21 20:00 to
21.02.21 21:00
Format: screening
Okta Collective
Launching Okta Collective’s online exhibition and event programming for Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM 2021, we will present James Benning’s two moons, from 2018. James Benning is an independent filmmaker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Benning has been making films and installations for over 40 years and has made a considerable contribution to American experimental cinema. Prior his REDCAT screening in 2019, Benning gave a sneak preview to the audience: “For two moons, you see the same thing twice. But it’s not the same.” This isn’t the first time Benning, who studied Math prior to Filmmaking, has captured a repeated phenomena. Benning’s films have included, 10 Skies, 13 Lakes, and Two Cabins, among other collections. In two moons, Benning films both a full moon and a gibbous moon rising. Though filmed only one night apart, the first full moon rises in an initial cloudy blue and a final pink twilight and the gibbous moon rises, more directly, up through darkness. Benning, described in an email to us: Each night the moon on the average rises 45 minutes later than the night before. And each night the moon rises in a different place, as much as 30 degrees. The two shots were filmed from the exact same location, but the camera was pointed at slightly different angles due to the moon's shifting positions. Though the moon, dependable, rises according to schedule, Benning’s film illuminates how the moon is constantly transformed by the nebulous environment that cradles it. Claude Monet painted, twenty five times, haystacks at different times of day and in different seasons. In Les Meules à Giverny, this constant subject, without variation, is portrayed through endless variation in its surrounding light and weather. The moon is also an object dependent on forces outside of it, in order to rise and fall according to the mathematics described by Benning. Perhaps, now, during this time of physical distancing, this constant cycle of sun and moon rising and falling in day to day life feels relentless. However, cosmic relationships are no doubt more complex and fragile than they seem. We know now more than ever that cannot underestimate our interconnectedness. To attend this screening, it is best to RSVP to lucykerr@alum.calarts.edu with the subject two moons. We will subsequently send details on how to best experience the film within your home. The livestream will also be available on this Facebook event page and on our website, which will launch soon, www.okta-collective.com Okta Collective is an international artistic research and curation group focused on the realms of weather and emotions, indigenous histories, and somatic practices in a time of climate change and ecological degradations. Okta, in meteorology, is a unit used to measure cloud cover, equivalent to a cloud cover of one eighth of the sky, which raises the question of the objectification of nature. As a collective, we are interested in exploring how the unquantifiable has attempted to be reconsidered and re-evaluated.