THE SYMPOSIUM for new media + electronic art

A 2-day event organized by TimeLab, featuring a series of talks, performances, and an exhibition that highlights new media projects and installations by upcoming artists and media researchers.
FEB 24 - 25

10:00hr: Yoga & Meditation
11:00hr: Talks and presentations
15:00hr: Exhibition opens
22:00hr: Performances

TimeLab x Alte Muenze

TimeLab is proud to partner with Alte Muenze to realize this event. Housed in the beautiful architecture of the Old Mint, the symposium will activate Alte Muenze’s gallery and CAGE Club with a weekend of artistic engagement, digital works and installations, and sound performances from learning artists. 

FULL schedule

FEB 24

10:00 am

Energizing Yoga for Body and Spine



Join Zarahlena in this accessible yoga class designed to activate and strengthen your body and spine, leaving you energized for the day ahead. Tailored for those who spend extended hours sitting, we'll delve into postures that specifically target spine strength, providing a soothing sensation throughout the body. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners, this class offers a dynamic start to your day, infusing you with a kick of energy. Zarahlena will guide you through different pose variations, allowing you to personalize your practice and enhance your overall well-being.

BYO mat

11:05 am

OUR: a story of war through photographs on meat


Elizaveta Bogachova

Elizaveta Bogachova is a photographer that pushes the boundaries of the medium in order to question and reflect on migration, identity, and existence. Through the project " OUR", Elizaveta sheds light on the harsh reality faced by individuals who become collateral casualties in the turmoil of their homeland's conflicts through a series of photographs printed on pieces of meat. This reflection underscores the anonymity and insignificance that often envelops those who fall victim to war, their individual sacrifices often overshadowed and forgotten within the broader scope of mass tragedy.  Elizaveta will discuss how she pushes the boundaries of photography, experimenting with photographic and printing techniques that blend the ephemeral relation between existence within natural objects and digital mass pressure.

11:15 am

Between Times: Encountering the Departed through VR and AI


Chantal Pisarzowski

Chantal talks about the impact of virtual realities and artificial intelligence on our connection to the past. In this technological context, Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) enable the connection of temporal boundaries, allowing direct interaction with deceased individuals. Her presentation highlights how these advanced technologies enrich our remembrance of the departed by creating a deeper, more personal connection with their stories and teachings.

11:40 am

Reimagining Persian Art Forms Through Modern Tools


Sohrab Samsam

Sohrab Samsam is an Iranian artist and designer in Berlin, with a background in Architectural Engineering and a Master's in New Media Design. His interdisciplinary work spans new media and spatial design, focusing on the relationship between digital and physical spaces. Sohrab's projects are informed by his Persian heritage, exploring traditional forms like Nastaliq Calligraphy, Persian miniature art, and carpets, reinterpreted through new media.

Sohrab will discuss his approach to blending traditional Persian art forms, including Nastaliq calligraphy, Persian miniatures, and carpets, with contemporary technologies and interactive media. The session will feature a detailed look his current project on Persian carpets.

11:50 am

How Machines Understand Behavior: Bridging AI with Social Communication


Khalil Kamal

Born in Jordan, Khalil Kamal endeavours to visually investigate how we collect and process information and probe what makes our minds tick. With a background in Computational Neuroscience and currently working in Artificial Intelligence research, Khalil investigates topics that span the domains of Neurodiversity, Social Communication, and Data Analysis.

12:20 pm

Spatial Media Lab: Conception, Construction, Community


Spatial Media Lab

We’re here to make spatial media easier to create, open to explore, and greater to enjoy. In this talk we will take you on our journey from ranting to constructively creating shared spaces. We invite you to join the community and shape the future of spatial media.

Welcome to the lab.

1:00 pm

Lunch break


Lunch break

2:00 pm

Radical networks in the history of Brazilian media arts


Keynote: Gabriel Menotti

Early in the 1960s, the German computer arts pioneers and the Brazilian concrete poets were brought together by their shared interest in new information technologies. Departing from this fortuitous encounter, Gabriel Menotti will explore the paths taken by media arts in Brazil from the postwar avant-gardes to the tactical media and FLOSS communities emerging at the turn of the millennium. This talk draws from an upcoming anthology supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

3:00 pm

*Exhibition opens


Main Hall

Series of interactive installations, VR experiences, spatial sound experiences in the main hall.

7:00 pm

TouchDesigner Roundtable XXIX


Caity Croft

This talk requires registration. Please sign up via The NODE Institute.

Caity Croft is an artist/musician, former venture capital investor and narrative designer. She has built her artist and business career around the desire to improve humanity through immersive technology, gamification and storytelling on the individual, community and global levels. She’s passionate about immersive tech’s potential for mixed and extended reality entertainment and educational experiences that “gamify” personal development, driven by a desire to identify a core body of knowledge and skill set that would make her or others valuable members of society would lend itself to a varied, rapidly changing world. In this talk Caity shares how she engages with TouchDesigner for modern, updated takes on classic critical art theory through the musical lens of “I, Object”, one of her songs in her upcoming release. Caity will discuss how she is exploring how TouchDesigner could be applied to her transmedia artist music world building experience.

8:00 pm

TouchDesigner Roundtable XXIX


Jun Suzuki & Nicolas Michel

This talk requires registration. Please sign up via The NODE Institute.

Flying in from France to talk and perform live, join us for an insightful artist talk with creative developer and singer Jun Suzuki, along with his collaborator, AI enthusiast and generative artist Nicolas Michel, as they delve into the making of their first-time collaboration process and philosophy. Centered around their A/V performance “Is this not real?”, their talk will explore how narrative and technological frameworks intertwine to create art that resonates on a personal level. Jun will reflect on his Japanese origins and how his exploration of cultural identity is given a new dimension through Nicolas’s insights on AI and the concept of dehumanization. Expect a conversation that moves beyond the technicalities, focusing on the emotional and conceptual aspects of their work.

9:00 pm

TouchDesigner Roundtable XXIX


Stephen Bontly

This talk requires registration. Please sign up via The NODE Institute.

Stephen Bontly is a new media artist and experience designer, currently based in Berlin. In his talk, Stephen will make the case for reusable components that drastically reduce the amount of time spent on preparing, calibrating and making a UI. Imagine a full time TD developer just following your footsteps and cleaning up after you. It’s about keeping things fun and moving, with a little initial investment.

10:00 pm

Face of Universe


Tatsuru Arai

Audiovisual screening

The principle of our ecosystem was born from the nuclear fusion energy of the sun. At the beginning of the earth's birth, atmosphere contained a lot of carbon dioxide and nitrogen and was high Temperature.After that, over hundreds of millions of years, earth's surface cooled, and the water vapor turned into rain and fell on the earth's surface, forming the sea. About 4 billion years ago, plants were born in the sea.Long after that, our human civilization formed urban. There are several papers, through NASA's observation that plants on Earth are increasing as plants that require carbon dioxide absorb carbon dioxide emitted by humans. Here we can find principles and tips for how Urban city and ecosystems can coexist.

The wild flowers that coexist in the Urban are part of the history of the ecosystem born from the nuclear fusion energy of the sun, and may be the "face of the universe".

The development of human science and technology, which we call artifacts, affects our view of the universe.Today, we imagine a different universe and civilization from 100 years ago.The shape of Seoul's flowers is reproduced with an algorithm, and the images and music are generated by artificial intelligence simulation. Flowers are part of the Earth's ecosystem of solar origin and are able to absorb matter expelled by humans and work as part of their ecology.

In this Installation work “Face of Universe”,these Visual and music by are generated by music, algorithmic analysis, and A.I. systems.

10:20 pm

Is this not real ?


Jun Suzuki & Milkorva

Witness the debut collaboration of creative developer and singer Jun Suzuki and generative artist Milkorva: "Is this not real?". This A/V performance skillfully blends digital artistry with vocal expression, navigating the realms between the organic and the artificial.Milkorva's generative landscapes set an immersive digital stage, where technology fuses with creative expression. Jun Suzuki complements this with his vocals, harmonizing with an AI-clone of his voice (and more). The resulting soundscape is a combination of abstract expressions and glitchy nuances, evolving from ambient, ethereal textures to high-energy beats.

The performance also ventures into Jun's exploration of his half-Asian heritage. His Japanese mantras navigate the dichotomies of his fading, incomplete, imperfect background, reflecting on themes of diaspora and cultural identity. This personal narrative resonates with broader societal questions, bridging gaps and understanding one's place in a categorized world.

"Is this not real?" is a conversation with the self and society, questioning our place in the digital age and the intricacies of cultural identity.

11:15 pm

A Loop Where Time Becomes


Howlround + Kunal Singh

Howlround celebrates the release of their retrospective compilation 'A Loop Where Time Becomes' with their first ever performance in Germany, a semi-improvised performance of new and old works, each created purely with magnetic tape, field recordings and feedback. Expect tape loops, ambient drift, blistering noise, primitive techno.

The Howlround sound has indeed changed quite a lot since coming to prominence with the hugely acclaimed 2012 LP The Ghosts Of Bush, but the basic ethos remains the same as it did back then. All tracks are created by manipulating field recordings dubbed onto analogue tape, with all digital effects and artificial reverb strictly forbidden - no synths, no samples, no pedals, no plugins. It's a process that has been described by Electronic Sound magazine as ‘conjur[ing] magic’ and the quartet (four slightly battered machines, one slightly battered operator) have to date released ten albums and played all over the UK, Europe and beyond. Newly released retrospective compilation A Loop Where Time Becomes marks the gradual evolution of Howlround from the earliest days conjuring 'aural ectoplasm' from nocturnal field recordings to increasingly spurning the external world altogether by creating blistering no-input noise and raw analogue feedback.

FEB 25

10:00 am

11:05 am

11:30 am

11:55 am

12:35 pm

1:15 pm

2:30 pm

4:00 pm

4:00 pm

4:20 pm

5:00 pm

7:00 pm

8:45 pm

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11:45 pm



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