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



27.03.21 00:00 to
25.06.21 00:00
Format: exhibition
synthesis gallery and Pylon Lab present RECOLLECTING FUTURES: a digital exhibition of works by three artists. The exhibition will go live on Mozilla Hubs March 27, 2021 and run through June 25, 2021. ...


Panel Discussion: What is the nature of psychiatric auditory experience?

9.03.21 18:00 to
9.03.21 19:30
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 environment that is already shaped by and coursing with power.” - J. Martin Daughtry, 2015 A sound’s salience and emotional charge depends upon the life histories of the people who hear it, and upon the comparative backdrop against which they listen to the sounds that are emplaced in a particular time and location. As starting point of an attempt to find new vocabularies, new theoretical models and new arguments about listening in general as well as about psychiatric institutions, Kim Wichera will be asking a range of panelists who work in psychiatric institutions or who have been users of these services: • How they have been identifying sounds, interpreting their significance, and mapping them onto their knowledge of the institution • Who influences the act of listening in the psychiatric system? • Who is responsible for sounding in the psychiatric system? • How is the environment designed and built to affect sound? • Which objects mediate sound for listeners? _____Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpdumrpjgrGdIRbjF99XWqzdNOs4cc7xUU . ______ This online panel will be moderated by Kim Wichera: a sound artist and activist based in Berlin, Germany. Kim works at the runaway house "Villa Stöckle", an anti-psychiatric institution and are co-editor of books on psychiatric critique. The discussion will feature the following panelists: Karin Jervert (She/Her) something-wonderful.net Labeled Bipolar at 21, Jervert identifies as a psychiatric survivor. She is an artist and author working on a memoir exploring the medicalization of suffering and the parallel loss of language around emotional pain. Her work focuses on the transformation of trauma, normalization of suffering and empowerment through art-making. Jervert currently works for Mad in America. Dr Tom Rice is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Exeter in the UK. His special interest is in sound. Tom's monograph, Hearing and the Hospital, is an ethnographic study of the auditory culture of a London hospital and he has since written about the sound cultures of other institutions such as prisons and, most recently, zoos. He also makes documentaries about sound for radio Dr. Kristina Eichel is a researcher, systemic psychotherapist in training and sex counsellor in Berlin. Kris’ research topics include critical perspectives on meditation, mindfulness, and empathy. In February, Kris finished a one year internship in the acute inpatient ward. Kris is working on a graphic novel about pelvic pain and engaging in feminist and antiracist climate/ecojustice activism. Kristel Jax works in music as Brigitte Bardon’t, a multifaceted sound project including Drone Therapy, where drone music tracks comedic, sincere explorations of mental illness in a podcast and live, where Jax plays “drone therapist.” Kristel runs Instagram mental health meme account @dyingbutfine, crowdfunds her therapy via Patreon, and lives in Toronto with her mini pug, Lana. _____ This event is part of SoundsAbout's first season for 2021, 'OTIUM' as well as CTM/Transmediale's Vorspiel Festival. Find out more about OTIUM and see the full schedule here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1287902378247344/ ?