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A man in a red jacket and black hat. His left eye is connected. He wears glasses and looks at something he holds in his hands. In the background, a large number of people.

global aCtIVISm

14.12.2013 – 30.03.2014, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art


The exhibition »global aCtIVISm« is dedicated to the field of artistic form of expression as politically inspired by actions, demonstrations and performances in the public sphere, which draw attention to socio-political grievances and call for changes to existing conditions. By means of objects, photographic, cinematographic, videographic and mass medial documents, the exhibition presents global activism as the first novel art form of the 21st century.

global aCtIVISm serves as prelude to the exhibition marathon »GLOBALE«, scheduled to be held on the occasion of the 300-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe 2015.

Exhibitions team

Dietrich Heissenbüttel, Sabiha Keyif, Sarah Maske, Linnea Semmerling, Joulia Strauss, Tatiana Volkova, Philipp Ziegler

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie
  • Das Buchcover zeigt einen Tigerkopf in rot, grau, schwarz und weiß sowie den Titel »Global Activism« in weiß.
    • Daniel Mützel and Joulia Strauss (Eds.)
    • Global Activism. Krytyka Polityczna Special Issue
    • Autonome Universität Berlin, 2014
    • Anthology
    • Language: English
    • “This special issue of »Krytyka Polityczna« is designed to complement the exhibition »global aCtIVISm« at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. While the team of ZKM presents a view of recent revolutionary events through an institutional...

  • Das Buchcover von »Global Activism« zeigt ein Foto: Ein Mann kniet auf der Strasse und macht mit beiden Händen das Victory-Zeichen. Er blickt auf eine Truppe uniformierter Männer.
    • Peter Weibel (ed.)
    • Global Activism
    • The MIT Press, Cambridge/Mass., 2015
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: English
    • Today political protest often takes the form of spontaneous, noninstitutional, mass action. Mass protests during the Arab Spring showed that established systems of power—in that case, the reciprocal support among Arab dictators and Western...

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