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xxxxx-workshops and performance: [in]tolerance

[foto credit: Jan Rohlf]

29 January - 2 February 2008

Club Transmediale, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin

see also: http://www.clubtransmediale.de/club-transmediale/xxxxx-workshops.html




[with thanks to Ilze Black}






[in]tolerance presents a series of constructivist workshops specially programmed for the Club Transmediale 2008 festival, emphasising making and connection within the field of the existent. Workshops are led by international, field-expert practitioners, extending over realms of environmental code, noise, signal transmission, reception, and electromysticism. The workshops will utilise household materials and chemistry, readily-available electronics components, free software and the GNU toolbase.

Over the course of five days, participants will have the opportunity to construct a set of various electronic audiovisual artifacts (being either code or hardware) with which a final presentation/performance will be made. In learning how to create complex sound and image generators from the most basic elements, the participants will explore liminal electronic experiences and intriguing phenomena where carefully-engineered borders and parameters are twisted and transgressed, producing unexpected results in performance.


29.1. NOISE_PRODUCE by Martin Howse (UK) & Martin Kuentz (DE)

30.1. ONE BIT MUSIC by Frederik Olofsson (SE)

31.1. DIGITAL THEREMIN WORKSHOP by Andrei Smirnov (RU) & Derek Holzer (US/NL)

01.2. CHAOS IN NODES AND NETWORKS by Jessica Rylan (US)

02.2. BASTARD NATURES by Alejandra Perez Nuñez (CL)

The series takes inspiration from and continues the development of the (semi)weekly xxxxx workshops held at the Pickled Feet space in Berlin over the last year. It is supported by Arduino.


"...in the good old days of Shannon's mathematical theory of information, the maximum of information coincided strangely with maximal unpredictability or noise..." [Friedrich Kittler: There is no software]

Engineers and scientists are concerned with prediction and thus predictability. Inside black-boxed apparatus the faint markings of tolerance, deviations from a predictable scenario towards the encryption of noise, can well be observed by the wily artist. Technology is thus exposed as a material expressing a certain chaos, pure noise of all voices. In return, materiality and an artistic concern with the matter of technology allows for the entry of the unpredictable, environmental noise within an otherwise closed circuit or economy.


xxxxx-workshops is open to anyone, from novice to experienced electronic artist. The workshops will be held in English. You can register for single workshops or for the whole series. In addition to the actual daily workshops, a free open work-area gives everyone opportunity to pursue projects begun in one of the workshops over the course of five days. The registration fee for a single workshop is 10.- EUR, the fee for the series of all five workshops is 30.- EUR.

For descriptions of the workshops and workshop leaders go to: http://www.clubtransmediale.de/club-transmediale/xxxxx-workshops.html

You can register till January 14, 2008, by sending an email to: xxxxx@clubtransmediale.de

Please don't forget to indicate which of the workshops you wish to attend.


The workshop venue is Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Naunynstraße 27, Kreuzberg D- 10997 Berlin, which can be reached by public transportation: U-Bahn Kottbusser Tor (U1, U8) Bus: M 29, 140 + N 8

The workshops will run from 12:00-18:00, with a short public presentation each day from the workshop leaders at 18:00. A variety of drinks and chili-based dishes will be available to purchase from a kiosk at the Ballhaus during lunch times, or other food can be found cheaply and quickly in the immediate vicinity.

More information can be found at:


xxxxx-workshops: [in]tolerance is curated by Martin Howse and Derek Holzer, and produced by Jan Rolf and Anke Eckardt for Club Transmediale.