breakthrough saturday 27th June 2009 [Berlin]

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Breakthrough is created as an experimental 12 hour event distributed across Berlin locations, inter-network and radio space from 12 to 24h. Self-organising nodes construct an event occupied with the dislocation of representation [language, software], time and space, and maintained with a strict scheduling and interrupt system backbone (micro-FM and Internet).

The term breakthrough describes a sudden shift in understanding or technologies, and, finally, a clearing (Lichtung), an entry into unknown and unmapped territories. An enclosure is breached allowing access to another, totally unforeseen state or space. Communication is thus implied, a new form of exchange, perhaps between two otherwise unconnected domains, between the living and the dead, between many worlds. What does the sheer possibility of a breakthrough imply for communication between the past and the future?

Breakthrough, as event, signals a change in direction, a pointing towards new ways of actively describing and creating the world. Within a complex mise en scene of workshops, lectures and performances, diverse artists, theorists, researchers, and hackers collaborate in the creation of a breakthrough which can rupture the enclosure of scientific rationalism and enlightenment without recourse to named magic.

Table of Contents


Benjamin Laurent Aman, Sam Ashley, backyardradio Berlin, Ana Buigues, Benjamin Cadon, Alejo Duque, Leif Elggren, Verena Friedrich, Baruch Gottlieb, Kathrin Guenter, Derek Holzer, Brendan Howell, Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp, Martin Kuentz, Bjørn Magnhildøen, Olga Panadés Massanet, PATO, Shintaro Miyazaki, Douglas Park, Thomas Ploentzke, Otto Rossler, Alia Scalvini, Der Tapeman, TeleKommunisten, Adam Thomas, Marcel Türkowsky, Danja Vassiliev


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practical endophysics, sound and radio wave transitions, diagrammatic formation, clustering and islanding, simulations coding and exploration, biologic interface, crashing, brain writing, construction, environmental steganography, data forensics, escape hatch literature, novel geometry description, life coding, interrupt theatre, pornographic coding, amateur radio astronomy

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Constructivist workshop

Breakthrough will be constructed and prepared within a three day workshop at ____microresearch [Berlin]

2PM 24,25,26 June 2009 2PM. Linienstrasse 54. Berlin 10119



Byrne: "I do not want to get a long half-hour involvement about Faraday cages, diodes, or transistors and so on. Ken, in very simple language and very shortly, have you been able to break this thing technically?"

Attwood: "Technically, no."

[Voices From The Tapes. Peter Bander. 1973]


Whatever you feed into the machine on subliminal level the machine will process–So we feed in 'dismantle thyself' […] We fold in writers of all time in together and record radio programs, movie sound tracks, TV and juke box songs all the words of the world stirring around in a cement mixer and pour in the resistance message "Calling partisans of all nation–Cut word lines–Shift linguals–Free doorways–Vibrate 'tourists'–Word falling–Photo falling–Breakthrough in Grey Room.

[William S. Burroughs. The Soft Machine. 1961]


Breakthough is supported by:

Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin 2009

With the assistance and collaboration of:

backyardradio Berlin

General Public

Mute Magazine

STYX Project Space

Skulpturenpark BerlinZentrum


A production of:

____-microresearch, pickledfeet, Linienstrasse 54, Berlin 10119

U2, Rosa-Luxemburg-Pl. U8, Rosenthaler Pl.

Telephone: 030 50187482.

Author: m <m@1010.co.uk>

Date: 2009-12-31 15:36:19 GMT

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