The multimedia projects from each issue of TRANSIT are brought together here to present a critical mass of the visual and interactive engagement with the topics of TRANSIT's inquiry: issues of mobility, travel, cultural transfer, and translation in the German speaking world. Look for this section to expand as we receive more submissions that engage these topics through multimedia.
Where Europe Continues... Translingual
Writers and the Cosmopolitan Imagination
In this project, the Internet becomes simultaneously the medium and the object of exploration. picidae delivers clickable images of HTML web pages. The images circumvent censorship, as well as redirects, ranking, rating, and filtering. TRANSIT is participating in this project by hosting a pici-server: click on the image above to try out the pici server and see how it allows web users to circumvent censorship. Since its release in Fall 2007, picidae has been used in China, Iran, Dubai and North African countries to view web pages. In Europe, too, the project has become a touchstone in debates surrounding the increasing control and manipulation of the Internet, and as an art project it makes things visible in a new way.
Biemann in Conversation: A Screening and Discussion of Black
Sea Files (2005)
Ursula Biemann came to Berkeley as a guest of the Strategic Working Group on “Cultural Forms / Local Stakes / Global Circuits,” funded by the Townsend Center and the Mellon Foundation and co-organized by Charles L. Briggs and Deniz Göktürk. On April 30, 2009, she participated in a seminar with the group, followed by a screening and discussion of Black Sea Files (2005).
Hugo Loetscher, "Plea for a Mobile Identity" at UC Berkeley, December 4, 2008
This lecture focuses on the conception of identity from both a Swiss and an international perspective, debating the conflict between personal, national and global identity on the basis of personal experiences. The focus is on variation and on the multiplicity of identities instead of uniqueness. As such, identity is not seen as fixation or as an orthodox uniform, but rather as a field of tension and a possibility of interaction with others.
Michel Abdollahi and Sulaiman Masomi at UC Berkeley, October 3, 2008
Michel Abdollahi, born in Tehran in 1981, has been living in Hamburg, Germany, for more than 20 years. He studied law, then entered the slam poetry scene in Hamburg where he has been active as an award winning poet and as a political voice fighting aggression in public schools and building bridges between Orient and Occident. He writes and performs in German and Farsi.
Sulaiman Masomi, born in Kabul in 1979, moved to Germany with his parents a year later to escape the war against the Soviet Union. He has been active in Germany's slam and hip hop scene, winning numerous prestigious awards for his politically charged texts and performances that often focus on the plight of foreigners in Germany. He writes and performs in German.
Sponsored by the Department of German and the Goethe Institut
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