The Electrification of the Brain

Transdisciplinary media festival

This festival was based on Soviet-era avant-garde films that attempted to study the mechanisms of our sense organs using cinematic montage techniques and develop new models of perception. The concept of mobilizing and manipulating human perception is the common link between "revolutionary cinema" and positions of media art and media theory of the 21st century. In addition to installations, a concert and event programme, a symposium and two seminars, the festival featured an extensive film programme that included classics by Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, movies by the legendary Kinozug initiator Alexander Medvedkin and the creator of compilation films Esfir Schub. The directors of the festival are cooperating closely with various event organizers and artistic groups in Dresden, such as repertory cinemas and the Transmedia Akademie which works with electronic sounds and virtual images also in the context of contemporary art. The programme also demonstrated the link between the sciences and arts with the presentation of psychological research projects based on perception and current scientific studies in the area of control of perception (mood management).

Artistic directors: Nils Werner, Frank Eckhardt
Participants: Christiane Post, Gruppe Chto Delat (RUS), Thomas Tode, Erwin Stache, Andrej Ujica (RO), Klaus Theweleit, Viola Stephan, Viktor Kossakovsky (RUS), Artavazd Pelehjan (RUS), Wolfgang Mende, Michael Schwarz, Boris M. Velichovsky (RUS/D), Florian Rötzer, Transmedia Akademie Hellerau

Venue and schedule:
Motorenhalle Dresden; 21 September - 3 November 2007


Kulturverein riesa efau e.V.

Adlergasse 14

01067 Dresden (external link, opens in a new window)