Eternally imagining to escape history, nature, the human, and technology, we are coming up with evasive strategies, elusive procedures and evacuation plans. Technoculture promises many ways out of our problematic modernity and we keep running away from ourselves in iteration. But is escape truly possible?

At this year’s anniversary edition of transmediale festival in Berlin, the Critical Media Lab Basel will present Impossible Escapes. The project consists of an escape and evasion map developed and distributed in collaboration with Neural magazine and transmediale. The map addresses illusive tendencies to escape – be it from power, society, or earth – and tries to interrogate how to handle the impetus for escaping. During the related event on February 5th at 3PM, researchers from IXDM together with invited contributors Paolo Patelli & Giuditta Vendrame and Leanne Wijnsma will facilitate distributed discussion sessions across the exits of the festival venue.