Wrapped in Code          
the Future of the informed Body
NODE15 Forum for Digital Arts

Festival Direction & Program
April 2015

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm & Naxoshalle
Frankfurt, Germany

NODE15 Forum for Digital Arts was the 4th edition of the Frankfurt based biannual design and technology festival, which I founded back in 2008.

Under the theme Wrapped in Code, the Future of the informed Body NODE15 was dedicated to the negotiation of the human body throughout current technological developments and how this is being expressed in our present projects; utopias; and fictions.

We reflect on processes of embodiment; the integral role of the body in perception and interaction; as location of implicit knowledge; and as a tool we constantly try to extend and optimize.  

Design is focussed on the creation of intelligent surroundings which free us from the necessity of physical effort.  Critical tasks such as health and mental care are being undertaken by robots while wars are being fought by remotely controlled drones. Roles formerly performed by human beings have undergone a process of disembodiment.
We have reached a critical point and have to wonder if this process has started to run independently from actual human needs and nature. And in fact, we find spheres in which the human body slowly reclaims the attention it deserves.

NODE15 focused on this revival of the body. The festival addressed the relation of flesh and consciousness in the interdependent evolution of humankind and technology. NODE15 invited projects that investigate how these processes shape our perception and consciousness; how they alter communication and interaction with humans or machines. Coders, artists, scientists and developers will quarrel with the question, which significance to give to our flesh and shell called body.

Excerp of exhibiting artists          Aram Bartholl, Antoni Rayzhekov & Katharina Köller, BeAnotherLab, Carolin Liebl & Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, Chris Sugrue, Depart, Georg Scherlin & Amir Bastan, Golan Levin, Gregor Woschitz, Herwig Turk, IOCOSE, Jeremy Bailey, Jörg Brinkmann, Lauren McCarthy & Kyle McDonald, Lisa Bergmann, PanGenerator, Schnellebuntebilder & Kling Klang Klong, Simon Renaud & Véronique Pêcheux, Stefan Tiefengraber, Susanna Hertrich, Woeishi Lean & Quadrature, Davide Quayola ... and many more.

Excerp of speakers           Session          The Invisible Interface and the Future of Politics and Power with Kyle McDonald, Anna Biselli, Matthieu Cherubini.
Session         Wearables, Prosthetics and the Future of Fashion with Verena Kuni, Zack Freedman, Hannah Perner-Wilson, Janine Häberle
Session         Virtual Realities & the Future of Interaction Design with Mirco Becker, Mark Farid, Pedro Lopes, Mark Lukas
Session          Repetitive Beats, Repetitive Conditionals & the Future of Dance and Music Making with Peter Kirn, Robert Henke, Gregor Schwellenbach, Sam Aaron

About NODE        
NODE is an international reowned festival for digital arts and culture. The Forum emerged from the community around the multipurpose toolkit vvvv. It’s a week long rush of A/V performances and exhibitions by artists of the digital and analog media scene from all around the world. For more information please visit:


Program Credits          
Direction: David Brüll.
Curation: David Brüll, Jeanne Charlotte Vogt, Alexandra Waligorski, Sebastian Oschatz, Joreg, Rosi Grillmair. See details here︎︎

Studio Brüll
Berlin / Frankfurt