Traditional theatre and
performative test arrangements
in presence need the uncompromising dictatorial individual vision.
: formatLabor thinks itself as laboratory of medial
formats, as a physical and virtual space of medial exploration and as
an open experiment of the artistic-scientific crossover; it is linked
to the platform Diskurs: M.E.D.I.E.N. and the open Internet-Colloquium
"Toward an Integral Theory of Media". In the
formatLabor new forms of media use and of communication are put to the
test and experimental formats in different media are developed.
The formatLabor explores communications
and of the use of media: social and media formats, and investigates their
epistemological, cognitive and aesthetic meaning.
In particuliar we
are interested the relationship between author and method, in formations
of knowledge and the consequences of the universal media convergence.
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The forms of communication and of the use of media limit
and guide the possibilities
of our knowledge, determine our doctrines (cognitions) and the forms
of our aisthesis and aesthetics:
Social and media formats therefore present an important part of the [historical
In modern age the media formats were determined by
systems of writing down : the historical a priori was strongly determined
by the media hardware and was understood as [medial a priori].
The formatLabor is neither about developing new formats
for the mass media in the first place nor only about creating artistic
advanced forms but about pure research of media and social formats in
epistemological, cognitive, aesthetic and structural-practical dimension.
Together with the universal media
convergence and the digitalisation of nearly all cultural data, and
the monopoly of data transfer by networked computers in the process of
formation a new media space of [communicative] differenciation comes into
being, which is to be investigated in theoretical and practical ways.
Besides the book, the one-to-many transfer media (Radio, TV), the press
and the interaction in presence a new area is coming into being in which
social and medial formats mix and differenciate. We are talking about
a “media supported public” in which social togetherness and
cultural production coincide (clubs, mailing lists, alternative video
projects, Wikis, blogs, free radio stations, interactive TV projects,
The formatLabor represents an invitation to joining the
project work. The events arranged by the formatLabor are often more like
open work meetings. They are places of shared production, of live-recombination
of material, a think tank, and a place of contact for artists, musicians,
concepters und other creative people.
The formatLabor experiments with
different formats like video and audio installations, open screenings,
radio sessions, live TV, theory disco, scenic readings, mini radio, narrative
Vj-ing, temporary architecture and sound arrangement, with New Music as
palm court music or with theory theatre. In our events we also present
or perform format experiments, which in the traditional sense do not belong
to any kind of theatre (i.e. book-, journal-, radio and collective writing
projects) or which are hold in other places (i.e. performances in public
space, passer-by interviews a.o.).
The group formatLabor is a collective of
theorists and artists of different areas who work with interventions in
public and half public space since the 1990s. One of its best known actions
kurzes Stück für Bankdirektoren“, which was performed
in banks, was always – although sponsered by the ministery for science,
research and culture – finished by a police operation. Today the
formatLabor is especially about connecting scientific and artistic methods.
are working on projects and some of them are still looking for people
who want to take part. There will be installed a data bank for Berlin
where as well projects present their concepts as individuals may enter
Important projects: Realisation of the internet platfo:
Diskurs: M.E.D.I.E.N., the publication project
„Wozu Medientheorie?“ and cooperation on the conception
for the formatLabor.
Meeting. The formatLabor organizes events
in irregular rota. The formatLabor is not a closed group. The formatLabor
doesn’t have a fixed program, but every evening has a topic. The
formatLabor forms itself by the events. If you want to take part in the
planning, please register here. [sign
Experimental formats. The formatLabor focusses
on the spring open experimenting with alternative formats.
and conversations Rosehill - feature film
by Mari Cantu Besides Marci - documentary film by Gusztáv
Followed by discussion with the director of Rosehill
Thursday | March 16th 2006 | 20:30 | TESLA Salon
Soundart in public loos a project of the formatLabor.net
„We live in a world of colourful surface, a
world of acceleration and of sensation. In this world we have quicker
and quicker to differentiate betweenthat what is of any interest
for us and that what is not. The area which is hidden by that is
growing. In our installations we try to make the invisible to be
seen and the not-heard to be heard.” (Sophia Nabokov)
In the Gemäldegalerie (Kulturforum, Berlin) from
November 17th 2005 to February 15th 2006 the sound installation
„Ja“ by Michaela Caspar, Sophia Nabokov, Till Nikolaus
von Heiseler and Dolly Tschad could be heard.
The installation „Ja“ consists of a nearly
uncut take and represents a subjective acoustic part of the life
of the single parent, Michaela Caspar. Besides other actions she
visits her mother in hospital. Her mother suffers from aphasia,
caused by a stroke, and is only able to say one word: Ja.
The installation makes the „not heard“,
the excluded, that what falls through all grids, to be heard by
the visitors of the Gemäldegalerie. It takes place on the loos
and is part of the project In-KLO-sion / Exklusion.
What relations exist between medium and theory? Are media
in principle ready for theory? Is the medium audio-visuality able to
reflect itself as a medium in medium? What relations exist between knowledge
and aesthetics? Can video be an instrument of theory and reflection?
What will the audio-visual media be like twenty or thirty years later?
How stands video to other static picture giving processes? Which possibilities
present themselves for an aesthetic which rather focusses on the process
than on the result?
Wolfgang Ernst, Bernd Ternes, Oliver Lerone Schultz and
Till Nikolaus von Heiseler discuss the ability of theory of media and
present German and international video artists. The singer and performer
Michaela Caspar and Séan D.C. Marquardt show “Without title
23”. This work breaks up the redundancy of picture and sound track
with the help of live elements and accident operations.
Manuel Bonik, Mic Mikina e.a. organize the theory disco
on the topic, where the stage situation as well as the aesthetic and
topic concentration of the production of the first part deconstruct
themselves by and by and finally dissolve. In the second part the before
taken materials are manufactured and feedback and redemption loops created
in which not only the taken persons but the medium itself appears as
an element of forming and is becoming an protagonist.
The event is also like an open work meeting, it is a
place of joint production, of live recombination of material, a think
tank and a place of contact for artists, musicians, concepters and other
creative people. Guests may bring video and audio tracks relating to
the topic as well as videos which put to the test new ways of production
or experimental formats.
formatLabor is a place, where you may present or develop further model-like,
artistic or scientific, media practical or theoretical projects and where
you may win comrade-in-arms." snab
permanence of the Crisis in Relation to the Whole of its Petrification
The platform Diskurs: M.E.D.I.E.N. is a local internet platform
for Berlin/Brandenburg with global orientation. It is a resource
for the storing and retrievability of materials relevant for discourse.
The platform shall have the function of common, topical centered
public archives and grant the accessibility of knowledge. It puts
information about discoursive events in Berlin and Brandenburg at
disposal and opens lectures taken in a professional way free of
charge on open-source-basis.
21:30 "Martyrs and mercifulness"
tour with Prof. Dr. Bernd Lindemann (Director of the Gemäldegalerie)
with the sound art installation “Ja” which could be
heard for three months in the Kulturforum, the Gemäldegalerie
presents the performance “Untitled ”. The installations
taking place on the loos of the Gemäldegalerie (part of the
series In-KLO-sion/Exklusion) as well as the performance are interventions
of the artists’ and theorists’ collective formatLabor
into the museum space of the Gemäldegalerie. In this approximately
45 minutes lasting performance the Chicago sound artist Séan
D.C. Marquardt meets the Berlin singer and performer Michaela Caspar
and both for their part meet the not-heard tape of the installation
and a text random program especially programmed for the performance.
”The specifique composition,“ writes Prof. Dr. Wolfgang
Ernst, ”of theory discourse, media art, operative transfer,
feedback by the guests/the public, real time projections of the
discourse ... can be described as very successful on the whole.”
In the performance ”Untitled “ the relationship
between text and body, theory and narration, language and aphasia,
signal and sensorial nature is reflected. With the help of live
elements and automated accidental operations in the forming and
the acoustic recycling of sounds and noises, which engage with each
other, the redundancy of picture and sound track is broken up.
The performance takes place in artistic as well as
in scientific contexts.
sense does it make to combine two formats?
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develops new artistic scientific and mass medial formats. These
formats can be situative (consisting of different constellations of presence)
or medial, all of them can be interactive or implement a one-to-many-structure.
The creative being on his
own is often confronted with the alternative either to fit into a given
cliché or not to find any connection or possibility of realizing.
"Untitled " by and with Michaela Caspar,
Séan D.C. Marquardt, Dolly Tschad and Till Nikolaus von Heiseler
on 17 | 11 | 05
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Songs & Sounds of Love &
Michaela Caspar & Séan D.C. Marquardt in the
King Kong Klub
In irregular intervals the formatLabor arranges open production meetings.
Every evening consists of two parts. The first part is about the performative
aspect of media, it is about integrating - with the help of media - the
absent, the usually excluded in a medial production, it is about the discoursive
linking of presence and absence, of immediacy and medially arranged, it
is about linking theatralic and medial elements. In the second, the operative
part the materials taken in the performative part are manufactured and
feedback and redemption loops are created, in which not only the taken
persons but the medium itself appears as an element of forming and is
becoming a protagonist. That is why the operative part consists less in
medial arrangements but rather in the arrangement of the media themselves.
In the dynamic of shifting between and inside the different representation
schemas and medial routines the stage situation as well as the aesthetic
and topical concentration of the arrangement of the first part is by and
by deconstructed and dissolved.
You should be prepared for surprises.
"Each form of distribution will usually
be linked with a possibility of contribution." dolly
Individual authors and groups of authors may on their own
authority occupy slots in space and time. It would be possible that in
the framework of an event or in its context a regular format develops.
Every individual evening has its topic and gains its form
substantially through the people involved.