For the third year Berliner Festspiele is presenting the Immersion program, consisting of various events and exhibitions. Later this month, this year’s program will kick off with a three-day conference titled ‘INTO WORLDS. The Craft of Blurring Boundaries’ at Martin-Gropius-Bau. Parts of the venue will be transformed into a space that fosters creative exchange between scholars, artistic interventions, and the audience. Three areas of the immersive arts will be explored: entertainment formats, spiritual practices, and manual techniques.
During the opening evening on January 19, ongoing artistic installations will be unveiled, including ‘Notget’, a virtual reality experience by Björk; ‘Whitebubble’, a sound installation with works by Julius Holtz, Sven König, Richard Scott, and others; and rooms of video art by Jon Rafman, Jeremy Shaw, Trisha Baga, and more. These exhibitions will remain on view for the duration of the conference, plus on Saturday and Sunday, Samson Young will present a series of field recordings and !Mediengruppe Bitnik will present video interventions.
Other highlights of the conference’s program include a panel discussion with Enno Park, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger and Inge Hinterwaldner about the experiences and knowledge that can arise in technically manipulated environments; an artist’s talk with Jon Rafman; a keynote address by artist and filmmaker David OReilly; a discussion about the ability of immersive journalism changing the public’s perspective; the recurring performance ‘Speak Up!’ by Martina-Sofie Wildberger; and a roundtable conversation about how one can lose or find oneself within fictional scenarios.
Berlin Art Link is giving away two tickets to one lucky reader. The winner will receive three-day passes to ‘INTO WORLDS. The Craft of Blurring Boundaries’ from January 19-21. To enter, follow our Facebook and/or Instagram page, like the related post and tag a friend. We will notify the winner by the end of the day on Tuesday, January 16.