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Thursday, August 5th at Skulpturenpark Berlin from 19:00 - 00:00
The park is located between Alte Jakobstrasse / Kommandantenstrasse / Seydelstrasse in Berlin-Mitte.
Public Transportation: U2 Spittelmarkt / U6 Kochstrasse

On 5 August 2010, Upgrade! and transmediale arrange this year’s Midsummer’s Night Berlin Art Exiles BBQ in the Skulpturenpark in Berlin-Mitte. Featuring Somaya Langley, Daniel Massey and Philip Pocock as speakers, the Upgrade! Summer BBQ edition is a chance to get together with this year’s Berlin art summer guests and to meet up friends, parters and collaborators from transmediale and the Upgrade! network.
Everyone is invited to bring along snacks and drinks.

Christoph Ziegler: Camp Exodus, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum 2009 (Photo Nici Wegener)


Somaya Langley:
Somaya Langley is a sound and media artist whose arts practice focuses on embodied and immersive experiences mediated by technology, to initiate socio-political dialogue. She has worked in the field of digital preservation and online delivery for organisations including the National Library of Australia and the Australian Music Centre. She was Production Manager of the 2010 International Society of Contemporary Music World New Music Days festival and was a Director of the 2008 and 2009 Electrofringe festival in Australia. More infos here: http://www.criticalsenses.com/

Daniel Massey:
Daniel Massey is a media artist based out of San Francisco, CA. His projects take on varied forms, from immersive installations and web-based work, to live visuals and music. Daniel earned his MFA in Digital Arts & New Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was part of the Yahoo! Design Innovation Team and is a recent resident artist at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. More infos here: http://www.oddsympathy.com

Philip Pocock:
Philip Pocock is a Canadian artist and researcher. For the past decade he has developed projects collaboratively at the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, most recently installing “Aland: Scopic Regimes of Uncertainty” at the Seville Biannual, Spain, and the Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea. His network-based sculpture and cybercinema pieces have been widely exhibited, such as  the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (”Arctic Circle”), The Banff Center, Canada (”Unmovie: Exit Gallery”), the Museum of Modern Art, Paris (”Humbot”), Venice Biannual, Italy, (”Black Sea Diary”), Documenta X and Art Cologne (”A Description of the Equator and Some Øtherlands”)  and the ZKM (”Spaceplace: Art in the Age of Orbitization”. More infos here: http://datatecture.blogspot.com/

More infos about Skulpturenpark:
Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is located on an urban wasteland, part of which was formerly the ‘Mauerstreifen,’ the military zone within the Berlin Wall. It remains vacant to this day. With approximately 5 hectares of open lots, it offers a vast space and unique history to host various socio-cultural activities. Skulpturenpark often rents spaces in adjacent buildings in order to provide a different perspective of the park.

With special thanks to the team of transmediale and Skulpturenpark!

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22.07.2010, 20h – 24h
MMX Open Art Venue e.V.
Linienstr. 142/ 143, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

22.07.2010, 20h – 24h
MMX Open Art Venue e.V.
Linienstr. 142/ 143, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Upgrade! Berlin is glad to present the makers and a preview of the artworks of the upcoming Media Facades Festival Europe 2010: From 27 August to 12 September 2010, seven European cities will be connected through the medium of urban screens and media facades.
FESTIVAL EUROPE 2010 (MFF 2010) is a pilot project for artists and media designers. It will employ the networked urban screens infrastructures in ‘Joint Broadcasting Events’ throughout Europe for transnational circulation of artistic and cultural exchange.  A project initated by Public Art Lab Berlin, in cooperation with Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, FACT / Liverpool, iMAL / Brussels, m-cult / Helsinki, Medialab-Prado / Madrid and Kitchen Budapest.


Programm of the evening:

21:00-21:15 - Ela Kagel introduces the guests and the idea of the festival.
21:15-22:00 - Susa Pop, artistic director of MFF 2010, will talk about the curatorial concept, the strategies and the artworks that will be presented from August 27th on.
22:00-00:00 - Screenings, videoworks, drinks and conversations at the bar and in the MMX garden.

You will also have the opportunity to talk to some of the artists who will present their works during the Media Facades Festival in August.

More infos about MFF 2010:

MEDIA FACADES FESTIVAL series reflects the worldwide increasing presence of massive-infrastructures with digital visual elements in urban public space. As a counter movement against the primary commercial use of urban screens and media facades, the festival focuses on content in the context of the reinvention of public sphere based on a wellbalanced mix of functions. Representing the idea of the resident as an active citizen instead of a well-behaved consumer, it zooms into the cultural and participatory potential of digital moving images as a new urban communication format.

Let‘s reclaim the Screens - as a new urban communication format for the creation and exchange of culture, strengthening local creative economies, and providing local identity! Let‘s create Vision Panels between the virtual and real public spaces based on new cooperation models between sociopolitical, cultural, architecturally aesthetic and economic

Interests. Please visit http://www.mediafacades.eu for the full festival program.

More infos about Upgrade! Berlin:

Upgrade! Berlin was initiated in Berlin by Public Art Lab in 2006. This event series is part of a large international network of different nodes in various countries in Europe, the United States, South America and Africa. The Upgrade! International network exists since 2009, with the aim of showcasing and producing artistic projects which reflect on media arts and digital culture. Upgrade! Berlin is organized as a nomadic event series, hosted by different venues. Each event is a unique opportunity to meet a broad range of people, get to know latest developments in media arts and discovering new and exciting places in the city.

Upgrade! Berlin is organised by Ela Kagel - with the support of the transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture.



With special thanks to the MMX team: http://www.mmxberlin.com/

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st 2009, 8pm at BETAHAUS Berlin, Prinzessinnenstrasse 19-20, directly at Moritzplatz.

On our Upgrade! Helloween edition Aram Bartholl and Tobias Leingruber will present The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab.

FAT Lab is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. Release early, often and with rap music. This is Notorious R&D. The entire FAT network of artists, engineers, scientists, lawyers, musicians and Bornas are committed to supporting open values and the public domain through the use of emerging open licenses, support for open entrepreneurship and the admonishment of secrecy, copyright monopolies and patents.

FAT Lab is nominated for the transmediale award 2010.

Aram Bartholl and Tobias Leingruber are both members of the FAT Lab collective and will talk about their own artistic practice, too.

On the same night Tobias Leingruber will present Artzilla.org including the opening of his “Skate The Web” solo show at Betahaus.

Artzilla.org is dedicated to the development of experimental browser software. The platform collects and exhibits creative works, shares code and tutorials, and publishs news from the scene.
Internet artists, street artists and skateboarders are using public architecture in ways, the creators didn’t expect it to be used. Artzilla.org is a collection of browser modifications which challenge our online society by pointing out cultural clashes, remixing existing structures in uncommon ways, and using public online services to create art work. Let’s SKATE THE WEB!

Artzilla was presented at WORM Rotterdam and ROFL-Con New York.

Aram Bartholl:
Aram has been working in Berlin since 1995. In his art work he thematizes the relationships between net data space and every day life. “In which form does the network data world manifest itself in our everyday life? What returns from cyberspace into physical space? How do digital innovations influence our everyday actions?” His artworks have been shown at international art festivals such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale Berlin and Futuresonic Manchester. He has also participated in exhibitions at TENT Niederlande, VOORUIT Belgium, Eyebeam New York, Enemy Gallery Chicago, Total Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul, Australian Centre for Photography Sydney, eARTS Shanghai, LABORAL Spanien and Videotage Hong Kong. Aram Bartholl has presented his work in more than 30 lectures and workshops at conferences and universities.

More about Aram’s work can be found here: http://www.datenform.de

Tobias Leingruber:
Tobias is a diploma student at the New Media programm of the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart (Germany).  He is a designer and programmer, in love with the internet - It’s culture, technologys and endless creative possibilities. In 2008 he spent one semester at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in New York. Tobias is part of the artist collective Free Art and Technology Lab ( F.A.T. Lab) and he used to hang out as an Intern at the Rocketboom internet video start up. He did an exchange semester at the Piet Zwart Institute for Media Design MA in Rotterdam, and he is a scholarship student of the German Student Foundation. At the moment Tobias is travelling with his latest project artzilla.org, a platform for experimental browser software.

And here is more information on Tobias: http://tobi-x.com/

About Betahaus Berlin:
Betahaus Berlin
will host this event. Betahaus is a unique place dedicated for creative people and new ways of collaboration. Active since 6 months only, the Betahaus team around Christoph Fahle and Tonia Welter have already managed to create a place which is alive and kicking.
Come and see for yourself.

About the program of the evening:
20:00 Upgrade / Betahaus Welcome
20:15 Presentation “Release early, often and w/ Rap Music” by FAT Lab (Aram Bartholl, Tobias Leingruber, Evan Roth (Skype))
21:00 Presentation “Skate the Web” by Tobias Leingruber + Jamie Wilkinson (Skype)
21:30 Schmuse’n'Booze with FAT Tunes (presented by DJ TBX)

Free entry.

This event is a cooperation with the transmediale festival for art and digital culture in Berlin.

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© Medwed 2009

Ela Kagel, curator of Upgrade! Berlin, is speaking at the opening of the Vienna node on September 12th 2009. Congratulations, Ursula and Rosa who started Upgrade Vienna!

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Upgrade! Berlin’s Summer BBQ @ Skulpturenpark takes refuge within Christoph Ziegler’s ‘Camp Exodus’. Featuring Drew Hemment (artist, curator, weather forecaster / Manchester), Amanda Steggell (artist / Oslo), Perry Bard (artist / New York) and Elena Veljanovska (curator, Upgrade! Skopje), the Upgrade! summer BBQ edition is a chance to get together with this year’s Berlin art asylum seekers.

Monday July 27, 19.00 @ Skulpturenpark. Everyone is invited to bring snacks and drinks.

And here is how to get to Skulpturenpark: http://www.skulpturenpark.org/
‘Camp Exodus’ is located between Seydelstrasse & Beuthstrasse. Public transportation: U2 Spittelmarkt

Short Bios:

Drew Hemment - Director FutureEverything / Manchester
- Drew is Director and founder of the FutureEverything festival (previously named Futuresonic), Associate Director of the ImaginationLancaster research lab at Lancaster University, and one of
the founders of the The Pervasive and Locative Arts Network. His artistic work includes Loca: Set To Discoverable, an artist-led interdisciplinary project on mobile media and surveillance, and
Environment 2.0, which has explored participatory mass observation on the environment, biodiversity and local climate, by which Drew has recently adopted a new role as artist and weather forecaster.

Amanda Steggell - artist/ Oslo
- Amanda has a background in dance and choreography and has worked with digital and communications technologies since 1995. She founded the Motherboard Project (1996-2008) with Per Platou to explore the potentials of the net as a creative, mediating and modulating instance in performance, installation, social, site specific work and live art happenings. For the Upgrade! she will describe her practice by weaving a web of connections between some seemingly disparate solo and collaborative works that appeared in the ocean, dark room, desert and city square.

Perry Bard - artist / New York

- Perry is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York, with a practice exploring media and urban interventions. Her current web and public space project “2008: Man With A Movie Camera” is a
participatory global remake of Vertov’s 1929 classic where people can upload their own unique footage to become part of a worldwide montage.

Elena Veljanovska - curator / Skopje, Macedonia
-Elena Veljanovska is an art historian and independent curator. Elena has curated several projects focusing on the urban topics and different aspects of documenting the city dynamics in the period of 2006 – 2007: exhibitions, lectures and a workshop, and has published texts for artist’s exhibitions. Since 2006, she is a co-founder of Line Initiative and Movement (www.line.org.mk), platform for new media art and technology related arts, based in Skopje, Macedonia. In 2008, she was the program coordinator of the “Chain reaction”, 3rd meeting of the Upgrade! International.
Currently working as a guest- curator at the Stefreund gallery in Berlin (www.stedefreund-berlin.de) and as a co-curator of the Macedonian pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennial

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Upgrade! Berlin and Transmediale presents eXgae from Barcelona:

Multiply and share forth. For the free sharing of knowledge and culture –
A workshop night on free culture

Klubraum Podewil, June 4th 2009, starting from 6 pm – 12 pm
Adress: Podewils’sches Palais, im Klubraum Klosterstr. 68, 10179 Berlin
Free entry

The program:
6-8 pm: Workshop
8-9 pm: presentation of the documentary movie “the oXcars”
9-10 pm: Debate
9-12 pm: DJ set

Multiply and share forth. For the free sharing of knowledge and culture
The Internet allows the horizontal exchange of information and culture between everyone. Over the course of the last decades we have reached a level of equality between original and reproduction. Because of this, mediums of production need to adapt themselves to this new type of democracy and not the other way around.

Nowadays, new ways of protecting and promoting creative outcomes emerge and need to be investigated.

The goal of this workshop is to familiarize a public (not expert but interested) with the new possibilities of cultural diffusion that is offered by the digital era and its collaborative culture.

What the workshop will be about:

- Practical examples: viral events, attitudes, DIY, nets|networks, P2P.
- Answers to the most recurrent questions on copyrights, licenses, canon and entities of management for artists, producers, stores, bars, cultural spaces, etc.
- Tools of self-defense: legal perspectives on our rights.

Addressed to: creators, trades, artists, programming cultural producers, distributing commissioners, cultural centers and citizens in general.

From 8pm on, there will be a film screening:

-Presentation of the documentary “The oXcars: the movie” on the great event of free culture that has been carried out in Barcelona with over 100 participants.

This workshop night is organized in collaboration with Upgrade! Berlin, Transmediale, eXgae and the Institut Ramon Llull.


Simona Levi, 1966
Multidisciplinary artist born in Italy and established in Barcelona since 1990. She is the Director of Conservas, a cultural activity centre. She has worked as an actress in reputed physical and performance
theatre groups all over Europe. Her multidisciplinary creations are currently on tour with festivals around Europe. Since 2000, she has directed the scenic and visual arts festival IN MOTION which takes place
at the CCCB during the Grec festival. She is an outstanding activist in European social movements in the area of free circulation of knowledge, the right of housing and the use of public areas. She is also involved
in several artistic and activity platforms.

Miguel Gozalbo, 1981, Spain
is a member of La Màquina de Turing, a live band music that composes experimental electronic music  with a critical sense in addition to audiovisual elements. He also participates in telenoika, a platform for
artistic and experimental fullbet interventions related to new technologies in the digital era.
Miguel is part of the citizens movement of eXgae and an activist for defending civil rights in the network. He also works as a technician in the audio-visual sphere .

Gala Pin, 1981, Spain
has studied philosophy in Barcelona. Galia is involved in different citizens initiatives for defending civil rights in the public sphere. She also works on the intersection of rights in the public space and free access to culture. Her artistic work is based on the correlation between specific technical aspects and the mainstream language.

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On Sunday, April 26th 2009, Upgrade! Berlin and Upgrade! Skopje will host a dinner together. Elena Veljanovska from Line Initiative and Movement runs the program of Upgrade! Skopje. During the dinner, she will present various projects that have been realized by Upgrade!Skopje over the past two years, both on a local and international basis.

Everyone who is interested and seeks an opportunity for collaboration is invited to join!
Just send a mail to: info [at] mobile-studios.org, to confirm your presence!
Depending on the weather, the dinner will be either in the Weinbergspark (Berlin-Mitte), starting from 7 pm or at a private location. We will send you all the information via mail additionally.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Elena Veljanovska is an art historian and independent curator. In order to reach all her interests, she always makes a balance between the need for individual development and working in a collective. Consequently, Elena has curated several projects focusing on the urban topics and different aspects of documenting the city dynamics in the period of 2006 – 2007: exhibitions, lectures and a workshop, and has published texts for artist’s exhibitions. Since 2006, she is a co-founder of Line Initiative and Movement (www.line.org.mk), platform for new media art and technology related arts, based in Skopje, Macedonia. In Line, she is responsible for the overall program development and coordination. In 2007 she co-curated the educational project Consumer vs. User; in 2008, she was the program coordinator of the “Chain reaction”, 3rd meeting of the Upgrade! International, held in Skopje in September, 2008.

Currently working as a guest- curator at the Stefreund gallery in Berlin (www.stedefreund-berlin.de) and as a co-curator of the Macedonian pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennial.

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Gallery Art Claims Impulse hosted this Upgrade! artist talk with jonCates, new media artist, organizer and educator from Chicago:

Saturday, March 21st 2009 // 8pm // free entry

jonCates makes, organizes and teaches experimental New Media Art. His projects have been presented internationally at various events in locations such as Beijing, Madrid and Mexico City; nationally in Chicago, New York and Boston and are widely distributed online. Art Games, video, experimental Machinima, Computer Witchcraft, digitalPunk and Noise music are some of the unstable categories that his work playfully moves through.

jonCates teaches in the New Media path of study of the Film, Video & New Media Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research and writings are on Media Art Histories and related subjects. In 2007, he initiated the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive to archive and freely distribute the Media Art work of Phil Morton and associated research. He writes on these topics for Furtherfield.org as well as in other online and offline publications.

For more information about Jon please see here: http://systemsapproach.net/

ART CLAIMS IMPULSE is a gallery and a label specialised in video-, performance- and multi-media art. The galerists Melanie Zagrean and Pierre Wolter are interested in art pieces that follow an uncommon approach, that are innovative in terms of content, technique, or aesthetics, and that stimulate discourses.
Please find more information here: http://www.art-claims-impulse.com/en/index_en.html

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Media Facades Festival Berlin 2008 by Public Art Lab Berlin and the Media Architecture Group Wien.

Myths and Potentials of Media Architecture and Urban Screens:

Exhibition: October 16 - December 12 2008
Conference: October 17 - 18, 2008
Urban Screenings: 17. October - 3. November 2008
Discussion at the Art Forum Berlin: 1. Nov , 15:00
Opening party: 18.10.2008 / 19:30 at the CHB


The MEDIA FACADES FESTIVAL BERLIN 2008 is an innovative project, engaging a wide range of stakeholders with distinctive interests in the public space. Through round tables, a workshop, panel sessions, lectures, urban screenings on media facades and an architecture exhibition the event promotes a multi-disciplinary action research approach to technology, architecture and media art in modern cities.Exhibition at the German Architecture Centre (DAZ)

This exhibition explores the integration of moving images into the building facade as a communicative element, and its effect on Urban Space. A selection of innovative projects that have been realized in various cities will demonstrate possible connections between architecture and screens and highlight different artistic and architectural strategies. Practical technical information give architects a deeper insight into the challenges and possibilities of utilizing new media in architecture.

Conference at the DAZ

The conference is featuring and exploring media architecture as urban screens, a relevant issue for experts as well as for the concerned general public. Architectural issues and visions will be discussed especially in the context of the interconnected issues of content, infrastructure and financing/cooperation models. Considered reflections shall help prevent the emergence of a visual overload of our future cities. The conference fosters face-to-face contact and deepen the theoretical background of the issues addressed in the exhibition and workshop.

17.10.2008 – 18.10.2008 at the Deutschen Architektur Zentrum (DAZ)

Urban Screenings at five Media Facades in Berlin

Media facades are a new kind of exhibition format. Media artists and interaction designer gain temporary use of four media facades and one interactive city terminal in Berlin and explore their cultural, political and social roles. These screenings serve as a demonstrative test platform for the public. They invite a wider audience to get hands-on experience in this special connection of content, format, and site-specificity, and to take part in a new interactive infrastructure. The  O2 World, SAP facade, Gasometer, CHB window and one multimedia terminal in central Berlin will serve as test areas for creative contents.

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Friday, April 25th 2008
8 pm

Torstrasse 94
10110 Berlin


Heike Wiermann, Holger Mader and Alexander Stublic are a Berlin-based media art group with a focus on video art installations, media facades and art in the public sphere.
Their latest projects cover for example the spectacular media facade design (”twists and turns”) of the Uniqua tower in Vienna, where they have managed to transform the structure of the architecture into an ever-changing, fluid state of transition.
Furthermore, they co-initiated OSRAM’s new light platform Seven Screens, which they launched with their LED-piece “Reprojected”. This installation focuses on the shadows of computer-simulated people.
The group engages in a site-specific and medium-specific way with visual perception.

Upgrade! Berlin is currently also involved in the development of the media facades festival Berlin and is thus taking the opportunity to invite Alexander Stublic and Holger Mader for a public talk about their media facades and other collaborative works in the public sphere.

More infos on Mader | Stublic | Wiermann here: http://webblick.de

Our host for this Upgrade! talk is REDESIGN DEUTSCHLAND / aka System Lüftung - the association for the collective decimalisation of Germany. You will find the video interview with the curators of this place soon on this site!