The TRANSIT LOUNGE is the archetypal transit space, the point where the hyper-global + hyper-local coincide; a location which blurs traditional conceptions of geo-political boundaries, creating pockets of international space within the borders of individual nation-states. An in-between space, it exists relative to a fixed departure and arrival point, not to the area that surrounds it.
Listen-in to what took place between collaborations; trances of conspiring, actions and on-line
conferences, eavesdropping on conversation and practice, remixed through feedback loops, aural
displacment and secret codes. Exhibition, Program Gallery, 2008 Partner Event Transmediale
In 2008, TRANSIT LOUNGE begins in TRUDE, Calvino’s ubiquitous city of tourism. From the 16th
of January, TRUDE will be found between the cities of Berlin, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney,
as 13 artists collaborate remotely on the evolution of a complex, emergent structure.
The platform for this trans-disciplinary exchange is the TRANSIT LOUNGE website, powered by open-source, wiki software. An organic structure, the site grows in multiple directions as the content is layered and interlinked, tracing remote interactions and local interventions between artists. The latency of these dialogues across time zones and locations creates feedback loops (local interventions – web – local interventions) opening up spaces for mistranslation resonating between the different cities.
Complementing this formal exchange of ideas, the online forums provide a venue for the informal exchange of ideas between artists and locations - a place where initial concepts are proposed and debated, before being fed into the formal space of the wiki.
The multitude of inputs, exchanges, displacements and disruptions will be distilled in an exhibition which opens in Berlin at PROGRAMon the 31st January, 2008 to coincide with transmediale.08. Here the variations will continue to multiply as the process is augmented by the actions of visitors to the space.
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