Director Bernd Scherer on the program Jan/Feb:

There are troubling signs on the horizon: In many places the freedom of art and science is under attack. This makes an examination conditions framing cultural production all the more necessary: How do artists create latitude for themselves? The exhibition Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War updates the history of art during the era of confrontation between east and west. Saving Bruce Lee – African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy describes how filmmakers refused to bow to the expectation of helping construct a sense of national heroism in their recently independent countries. transmediale explores possibilities of defying digital populism and radicalized web culture.