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Following presentations at ZKM Karlsruhe, AdK Berlin and West Den Haag, the next stop of the exhibition »Without Firm Ground: Vilém Flusser and the Arts« is in Flusser’s native city, adapted and enriched with local ties. The unique project takes place at GAMU, Prague, and presents the life and thoughts of one of the most acclaimed Prague-born intellectuals of the 20th century through the combination of rare documents and artistic collaborations and inspirations. It aspires to weave the threads of Flusser’s private and professional life, marked by various migrations, with those of his thinking and writing through dialogues, influences and collaborations.
Vilém Flusser was born in the Bubeneč district of Prague in 1920 and was educated in a middle class Jewish intellectual family. In 1939, after the occupation of the Germans, he fled with his wife-to-be, Edith Barth, first to London, and eventually to Sao Paulo Brazil where he would live for over thirty years. Flusser brought his training in the classics, in Enlightenment Humanist philosophy and literature, to bear on his new environment, revelling in the utopian promise of the radically alien modernity into which he was thrown. Fighting through the despair of the extermination of his family and the horror of the Holocaust, Flusser carved out scintillatingly original, uncompromising philosophical insights into a world of scientific progress, automation and migration. During the 1980s he became one of the most respected philosophical guides of the upcoming electronic era. Even though he died only at the dawn of the Internet age his understanding of networks and communication is every bit as insightful to our contemporary condition as it was then. Through his life, Vilém Flusser sought a new utopian form of thinking, emerging from the crushing disappointment of modernity. He called this »synthetic thinking« using »technical images«. The exhibition will feature, beside biographical trajectories, objects from Flusser’s archive, his typoscripts and positions from artists who knew and loved him, some unique artistic collaborations where he would attempt to enact and elaborate the utopian modes of »synthetic thinking« he described. The selection of artists influenced by Flusser includes renowned personalities of Louis Bec, Michael Bielicky, Fred Forest, Harun Farocki, Joan Fontcuberta, Jiří Hanke, Dieter Jung, Martin Kohout, Andreas Müller-Pohle, Lisa Schmitz, Jiří Skála, among others.
The ZKM in India:
Under the motto »Art & Science«, the exhibition accompanied the two-day international conference »Delivering Change: Innovation, Transformation and Change in today’s world« in Mumbai. The exchange between advanced research projects, for example in the areas of technology, sustainability, globalization, biomedicine and start-ups was at the center of the conference. The ZKM has put together a relevant exhibition on the subject with installations from its own collection, as a platform for ideas and a source of inspiration.
- Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau, »Portrait on the Fly«, 2015
- Peter Weibel, »Data Music«, 2016
- Wolfgang Münch, Kioshi Furakawa, »Bubbles«, 2000
- Adam Slowik, Christian Lölkes, »ABC – Creatio Continua«, 2016
- Peter Weibel, »SoundART«, 2012
- Bernd Lintermann, Thomas Schwab, »VR ZKM«, 2016
The ZKM | Karlsruhe, with the »Albrecht Kunkel: QUEST. Photographs 1989–2009« exhibition, is giving an overview of the work of German artist Albrecht Kunkel (1968–2009) for the first time. His photographic works focus on landscapes places which are of historic, cult or social importance and thus search for hidden cultural practices and behaviours.
Albrecht Kunkel devoted himself to prehistoric caves and the archaeological excavations in Troy with the same interest with which he approached the Cannes Film Festival or Times Square in New York. Prehistoric and early forms of civilisation and culture are confronted, in his work, with their modern manifestations and their universal – or changing – principles are questioned as a result. He integrated unfamiliar photographic material into his oeuvre, including topographical aerial photographs or historical archive photographs. In large monochromatic copies which were created without a camera, he plumbed the conditions and possibilities of the photographic medium on the cusp of the digital age. As a portraitist, Kunkel photographed famous personalities such as Tilda Swinton and Peter Greenaway and designed conceptual portrait series’ of monks and nuns or expectant mothers. Kunkel’s works exemplify a broad cultural history and philosophical interest horizon and show the photographer as an artist which was aware of the paradigms of his medium.
Albrecht Kunkel studied with Thomas Struth, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and was a master scholar of Katharina Sieverding. He lived in Berlin, Paris and New York. His photographic estate was donated to the ZKM | Karlsruhe collection in 2013.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication »Albrecht Kunkel: QUEST. Photographs 1989–2009«, published by Peter Weibel with Andreas Beitin and Erec Gellautz, at Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, 2016, with text contributions from Jana Duda, Erec Gellautz, Ursula Frohne and Christian Katti, as well as Mirjam Lewandowsky.
What if Leibniz, the bustling polymath of the Early Enlightenment, had set himself the goal of imparting his knowledge to the general public in the clearest and most practical way possible, using natural produce and artefacts? What would the stockroom, in which he stored such items for subsequent teaching, look like? Which scientific instruments, technical achievements, everyday items, souvenirs from faraway countries, artwork and trivia would be contained in this store? Floris Neusüss and Renate Heyne answer these questions in their photogram exhibition which is designed as an intellectual game.
The exhibition »Leibniz’ Storehouse« is an imaginary walk through the fictitious stockroom, where the items are not always carefully sorted, but often have been simply put down. However, the exhibits are not actually artefacts. Instead, they are photograms of them, produced by the two artists in various museums since 2000. As part of the »Leibniz’ Storehouse« exhibition, the extensive photogram archive of Floris Neusüss and Renate Heyne is being presented for the first time. It illustrates the photogram in its medial and historic dimension with its historic and contemporary works and documents.
The photogram has had a great appeal to painters, filmmakers and, of course, photographers since the 1920s – as an experimental image between photography and bodies or sculpture. If Roland Barthes wrote about the indirect form of photography: »From a real object, which once was, rays are emitted, which reach me where I am here« (»Camera Lucida«, 1980), then in contrast, the directly tangible simultaneity of the present and reproduced item forms the basis of the photogram. As camera-less sculptures, photograms are created through direct exposure in a contact procedure of objects on photographical material. The photogram image oscillates between palpably authentic proximity and distancing absence. You could say: Between presence and absence, between exposure and concealment.
An approx. 230-page publication is being published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag on the exhibition including texts by Martin Kemp and Horst Bredekamp.
They inform, they surprise, they are full of science – and they are presented at the ZKM: The winning videos of the »Fast Forward Science« web video competition.
For »Fast Forward Science«, researchers, die-hard web video makers, artists but also anyone interested in science were asked once again this year to submit exceptional videos on current research topics, which are entertaining, scientifically substantiated and comprehensible all at the same time.
The jury has selected the prize-winners of three categories (»Substance«, »Scitainment« and »Vision«) and of the 48h challenge »Super Fast« from 116 submissions. The »MeerWissen« special prize for young people was also awarded for the first time, together with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG – German Research Foundation). The YouTube public were also able to award their own favourites with a »Community Award«. The prize-winners of the competition, which has a prize-fund of € 20,000, were honoured on December 6th 2016 as part of the 9th Forum on Scientific Communication in Bielefeld.
The web video award »Fast Forward Science« is a joint project by Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors' association for the promotion of humanities and sciences in Germany) and has been supported by ZEISS in 2016 for the first time. The Special Prize of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), »MeerWissen«, was initiated by »Fast Forward Science« and DFG.
Please note the following opening hours, as the exhibition is only accessible via the ZKM | Library:
|Tue–Fri||10 am – 7 pm|
|Sat–Sun||1 pm – 6 pm|
All winning videos at a glance:
The »Substance« category evaluates the depth of content of the video.
- 1st place: »Migräne? Hab ich im Griff!« (Migraine? It’s under control!) by Boris Zernikow & Team, Deutsches Kinderschmerzzentrum (German Paediatric Pain Centre)
- 2nd place: »Attention Schema Theory« by David Peter & Team, Peter & Partner, Mainz
- 3rd place: »Gravitationswellen erklärt« (Gravitational waves explained) by Finn Dohrn, YouTube channel »BYTEthinks«, Tornesch
In the »Scitainment« category, the focus is on the entertainment value of the scientific videos.
- 1st place: »Trust me, I’m a Scientist« by Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, YouTube channel »The Secret Life of Scientists«, Mannheim
- 2nd place: »Gefangen im Blitzeis?!« (Trapped in black ice) by Stefan Busse & Team, ZDF, Unterföhring
- 3rd place: »Magnetismus hoch 4« (Magnetism to the power 4) by Daniel Laumann & Team, University of Münster – Institute for Didactics of Physics, Münster
Videos, which develop their own vision of the future, feature in this category.
- 1st place: »Virtual Insanity« by Adam Maj & Team, Berlin
- 2nd place: »Kerzenwachs-Rakete« (Candlewax rocket) by Simon Wenkelewsky & Team, Image in Motion, Bremen
- 3rd place: »Little Green Bags: Was ist echte unternehmerische Nachhaltigkeit?« (Little Green Bags: What is real corporate sustainability?) by Andri Hinnen & Team, Zense GmbH, Zürich
DFG MeerWissen special prize
The special »MeerWissen« prize is awarded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for videos by young people on the subject of marine and ocean research.
- 1st place: »Kein Plastik Meer!« (No plastic sea!) by Tobias Djuren, Berlin
- 2nd place: »Rohstoffförderung im Meer« (Raw material extraction in the ocean) by Max Heckmann, Bergisch Gladbach
- 3rd place: »Warum schmecken Salzwasserfische eigentlich nicht salzig?« (Why don’t saltwater fish actually taste salty?) by Lilith Diringer, Waldbronn
SUPER FAST: 48H BAUCHGEFÜHL
Videomakers were given exactly 48 hours, to come up with an idea, produce their video and upload it to YouTube!
- 1st place: »Unser zweites Gehirn« (Our second brain), by Finn Dohrn, YouTube channel »BYTEthinks«, Tornesch
- 2nd place: »Bauch vs. Hirn« (Stomach vs. Brain), by David Peter, Peter & Partner, Mainz
- 3rd place: »Das Bauchgefühl in den Zeiten der Cholera« (Stomach feelings in times of cholera), by Lars Fischer, scientific videocast »Wir werden alle sterben« (We will all die), Heidelberg
These are the awards for the public favourites of the YouTube community.
- 1st place: »DIAMANTEN VERBRENNEN! Für die Wissenschaft!« (BURN DIAMONDS! For science!) by Marcel H., YouTube channel »Techtastisch«, Pforzheim
- 2nd place: »Wie sieht die Zukunft aus?« (What does the future look like?) by Cedric Engels, YouTube channel »Doktor Whatson«, Cologne
- 3rd place: »Gravitationswellen erklärt« (Gravitational waves explained) by Finn Dohrn, YouTube channel »BYTEthinks«, Tornesch
The exhibition »Beat Generation«, presented in cooperation with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, was chosen as »Best of 2016: Our Top 15 Exhibitions Around the World« by the art and culture magazine »Hyperallergic«!
In the last few years, the ZKM has already shown the leading figures of the Beat Generation, such as William S. Burroughs (»the name is BURROUGHS − Expanded Media«, 2012) and Allen Ginsberg (»Beat Generation. Allen Ginsberg«, 2013). In this new exhibition, an overview of the literary and artistic movement, which was created at the end of the 1940s, will now be provided for the first time. If »beatniks« were viewed back then as subversive rebels, they are now perceived as actors in one of the most important cultural directions of the 20th century.
The Beat Generation, which developed in the years after the Second World War, at the start of the Cold War, shocked the Puritan America of McCarthy. It anticipated youth culture, sexual liberation (Queer, Gay Pride, etc.) and the psychedelic drug movement of the 1960s as well as creating new cultural forms in literature, music, painting, photography and film. The exhibition shown in the ZKM displays the geographic benchmarks of the movement, which range from New York to San Francisco, Tangier to Paris and London. It traces both the various geographical focuses of the movement and their ever-changing artistic forms.
The germ cell of the Beat Generation was the Columbia University in New York. William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac met here in 1944. Later, the movement moved to the West coast of the USA, where it revolved around the City Lights book shop, the publishing house of Lawrence Ferlinghetti in San Francisco and briefly around the Six Gallery as well – on 7th October 1955, the celebrated reading of the poem Howl by Ginsberg took place here. It triggered a lawsuit – with the accusation of obscenity – and immediately brought a paradoxical fame to the poets of the Beat Generation. From 1957 to 1963, its sphere of activity concentrated on Paris: William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Brion Gysin and many others regularly stayed in the »Beat Hotel« at 9 Rue Gît-le-Coeur. The Paris of the post-war years became a laboratory for experiments in sound and image. Subsequently, the literary »cut-up« technique expanded influentially into England, Germany and from there into other countries. The virus of subversion, which led to a collapse of old palaces, spread from New York into the entire world and provided the first model of counter-culture, which are echoed today in the utopian visions of the cyber culture, e.g. back in San Francisco in the Silicon Valley. A large proportion of contemporary mainstream art forms such as rap is infected by the alternative underground culture.
»A long display cabinet welcomes the exhibition visitors – in it Kerouac's unrolled manuscript from 1951 as a long paper web, glued together from single sheets: yellowed, torn at the edges. A showpiece that also opens up an impressive cosmos of associations, which constantly transcends the boundaries of the art forms.«
– Gunther Reinhardt, in: Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 20.01.2017
»The Beat Generation exhibition resurrects the saints of intoxication, who paid for their lifestyle with stays in psychiatric clinics and jails.«
– Carmela Thiele, in: monopol, 08.01.2017
»The exhibition makes it clear that the ‘Beat Generation’ is not just poetry, but also painting and film, experimental and revolutionary.«
– Ralf Rättig, in: 3sat Kulturzeit, 28.11.2016
»And in Karlsruhe, it is disclosed that the ‘Beats’ didn’t just write: A whole wall is dedicated to the images and drawings of Jack Kerouac and we can marvel at a shotgun picture by William S. Burroughs.«
– Manfred Heinfeldner, in: SWR KUNSCHT!, 24.11.2016
Computer games transport real-world references, meanings and ideologies and can therefore be political and social media, in a positive, educational or ensnaring, propagandistic manner. The GLOBALE »Global Games« exhibition, between August 2015 and April 2016 at the ZKM, showed the scope of the computer game as a politically and socially relevant medium. From November, you will be able to view the »Games and Politics« exhibition, developed by the Goethe Institute with support of the ZKM, as a travelling exhibition in several Goethe Institutes around the world.
Whether computer games are seen as a political issue, as an entertainment medium or – even – as art, they all have to be viewed in a contextual manner. Every game positions itself in a society and picks it out as the central issue at the same time. A political relevance can be postulated for all computer games, even and especially if they seem to evade any kind of political action. Because the following holds true even in these games: The players issue directions but must play by the rules of the game in order to be able to play at all. At the other end of the spectrum are games which are consciously used for the purposes of political education or propaganda objectives in view of an otherwise hard-to-reach target group. The “Games and Politics” touring exhibition is now investigating how computer games develop their political potential.
Based on computer games from the last twelve years which have had obviously political ambitions, it asks about the opportunities and limits of the genre to design a counter-position within the entertainment industry. On one hand, this counter-position can be formulated in simulation of the contingency of political decision making itself, or in the explicitly critical illustration of social conditions and grievances, which unifies all the games shown in the exhibition. Within the games, precarious working conditions can be the central theme in the same manner as gender issues, the surveillance state, the consequences of war, the handling of refugees or revolutions against totalitarian systems.
But can the game still be a political game in the art institution museum? And is the computer game a suitable medium for dealing with such complex political themes? »Games and Politics« would like to show examples for all these political levels within games. Most of these games can be played as part of the exhibition. The exhibition curators also ask experts from media and cultural sciences and game developers about the political potential of computer games. Their answers will be incorporated in small documentaries and an introductory film for the exhibition as well as in the catalogue being published for the exhibition.
|November 16–January 15, 2017||Goethe Institut Mexico-City, Mexico|
|February 2–March 3, 2017||Goethe-Institut San Francisco, USA|
|April 7–May 21, 2017||Goethe-Institut Boston & MIT Game Lab, USA|
|April 7–8, 2017||German American Conference at Harvard|
Film history without pictures: Gideon Bachmann’s interviews with cinema personalities were broadcast on New York radio between 1955 and 1964. During his »Film Forum« and »The Film Art« broadcasts, Bachmann presented film personalities, many of whom are world-famous today but were not yet discovered back then.
»Film Art on Air« presents a selection of 44 of the approximately 500 interviews that Bachmann conducted: documentary filmmakers such as Jean Rouch and Leni Riefenstahl, representatives of experimental film such as Maya Deren and Hans Richter, greats of new European films such as Jean-Luc Godard and Federico Fellini and actors such as Jean Seberg and Rod Steiger can be heard.
In his half-hour interviews, conducted solely in English, Bachmann did not delve into the technical details, gossip or success and failure of films. Instead, he posed the simple question: »Why do you do that?«
Bachmann (1927–2016) lived in Heilbronn until 1936, before settling in Palestine, the USA, Italy and England. Since 1996, he was living in Karlsruhe. Bachmann considered his extensive audio archive, collected from all over the world, as part of his »Vox Humana« project, an archive of human voices, the medium for which is radio.
The Vox Humana Archive
Gideon Bachman's collection of interviews – »Vox Humana« – belongs to the archival collections of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and is currently being indexed in cooperation with the State University of Art and Design Karlsruhe (HfG).
The exhibition aims at introducing new perspectives on the work of Frei Otto as well as formulating present-day questions concerning the future of our built environment involving architecture, technology, sustainability and society. The exhibition opening takes place on Friday, November 4, 2016.
Frei Otto (1925-2015) is among the most internationally celebrated and innovative German architects of the 20th century and is a central figure in building the culture in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In March of last year, he received the Nobel Prize for Architecture, the Pritzker Prize, for his work, which is the most highly recognized award for architecture in the world. On the occasion of this honour, the »Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau« (saai) and the Wüstenrot Foundation are planning the biggest exhibition to date of the work of Frei Otto in cooperation with the ZKM.
The exhibition will showcase well-known and completely unknown projects. The material on display comprises over 200 design models, objects, tools and instruments, more than 1,000 photos, drawings, sketches, plans and films, as well as various large-scaled media projections. The exhibition is made up of four central positions, which extend scenographically through the two atriums and guide visitors through the extensive archive material, which the Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau (saai) has prepared specifically for this exhibition:
Frei Otto’s model landscape
All models are sorted by scale, correlated in terms of content and history and presented on an approx. 50 metre long table structure. Further plans and images relating to the historical, technical and constructive context of individual models and projects are supplemented by original plans and small display screens. In this way, the questioning character and aesthetic continuity in Frei Otto’s thought processes become visible. Visitors get the impression that they are floating through a »horizontal cabinet of wonder«.
Frei Otto’s open archive
A central component of the exhibition is the »open archive«. It consists of 18 oversized filing racks, which are built around both courtyards and which provide the exhibition with its scenic stabilisation. On the basis of selected original plans, photos, books and reproductions, visitors are guided through the most important biographical stations of Frei Otto – the development centre of lightweight construction in Berlin, the world-famous institute for light-weight surface structures in Stuttgart and his studio in Warmbronn through to pioneering projects such as the German Pavilion for Expo 67, the Multihalle Mannheim and the first studies for Stuttgart 21. The circular filing racks act as a freely accessible viewing warehouse and place of knowledge between presentation and storage.
Frei Otto’s cosmos
During the course of his life, Frei Otto collected and classified images of the structures of nature. They served him equally as inspiration and free association and as specific objects of investigation. The central focus here is that Frei Otto recognised the model character of nature and tried to make this useful for architecture and civil engineering. At 18 tables – which are based on the workbenches of Frei Otto in Warmbronn – visitors can study large-scale images of nature studies, spider’s webs, sand structures and soap bubbles. It opens up a complex imagery for them, establishing an insight into the poetic but scientific cosmos of Frei Otto’s world of thought.
Frei Otto’s projection
The innovative potential of Frei Otto is based on the radical multidisciplinarity of his thought processes between architecture, technology, science and society. The technical imaging and media dimension play a major role here. In a projection measuring over 25 m, this thought process is conveyed in its aesthetics and medial imagery.
»Frei Otto is missing. And you can only recommend to all those who are staring at their monitors right now to take a trip to Karlsruhe and to think, yes to take in the models.«
– Gerhard Matzig, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 03.01.2017
Amber Sayah writes in the Stuttgarter Zeitung: The Frei Otto exhibition is an »abundantly adorned and brilliantly designed show covering 2000 square metres.« Other architecture galleries are »matchboxes in comparison to the virtually endless sequence of rooms at Karlsruhe’s ZKM.«
– Amber Sayah, in: Stuttgarter Zeitung, 10/11.12.2016
»The tremendous panorama of the Karlsruhe exhibition outlines the image of a relentless researcher, based on models and tools, on over a thousand photos, drawings, sketches, plans, films and an open archive.«
– Karin Leydecker, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 06.01.2017
»The exhibition offers a new look at the cultural connections and historical links between the European nations. Through the historical retrospect, it opens up new perspectives to a future Europe and shows what a strong and positive effect art and culture can have to overcome the current crisis.«
– Winfried Kretschmann
Together with the A. S. Puschkin-Museum, the ROSIZO in Moscow and the BOZAR in Brussels, the ZKM is organising the large-scale exhibition project entitled »Art in Europe 1945-1968: Facing the Future« – curated by Eckhart Gillen and Peter Weibel. The exhibition focuses on the connecting cultural forces on the Eurasian continent and takes into account a central cultural region, which has been repeatedly shattered and disrupted by wars and crises in the 20th century. The period of 1945 to 1968, which is highlighted in the exhibition, stands in many ways for artistic and political perspectives, which were forward-looking in contradictory ways. After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the political and cultural boundaries hardened increasingly, until a decisive turning point for shaping the future in European post-war history in the East and West was marked ultimately in 1968 through the Anti-American student revolts and the new Ostpolitik introduced by Willy Brandt.
For the first time since 1945, the concept of retrospectively tracing the history of art in the whole of Europe can now be realised. To date, the attention of historiography was largely focussed on abstract expressionism as a symbolisation of the free West, while the socialist realism embodied the conservatism of the Communist East. But today, we know that this dominant model of art history was a product of the Cold War. For this reason, the exhibition attempts to reinterpret the development of art in Europe from a pan-European perspective and accounts for a specific renaissance of European art and culture in the period of 1945 to 1968. Whilst the exhibition project brings together the neo avant-garde from the East and West, it becomes evident that many new art forms (produced after the war) – from media art to conceptual art, from performance art to sound art – originated in Europe or were formulated simultaneously in Western Europe, the USA, Russia and Eastern Europe in parallel developments.
With the collaborative efforts of three internationally-renowned museums, the exhibition unites approx. 500 loans from over 200 artists into a panorama of pan-European art development on both sides of the historic Iron Curtain.
At the ZKM, which is focussing on the experimental artistic developments of the 1950s and 1960s in one of its programme lines, the exhibition is experiencing independent prioritisation and expansion. Representatives of Western neo avant-garde – like the ZERO group – are now appearing at the ZKM for the first time in the context of new Eastern European and Russian trends that have developed in parallel – such as the Nove Tendencije and the Dvizhenie group.
A new narrative about Europe is developing with the exhibition and the catalogue accompanying it. The separation of Europe as a result of the Yalta Conference in 1945 and the resulting Cold War gravely impacted on both Eastern Europe and Western Europe. The fact that Western Europe accepted this separation until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 amounts to auto-amputation. The exhibition aims to retrospectively bring closer together what grew apart and became distanced during the time of divided Europe and thus further suture the gaping cultural wound that still exists between Eastern and Western Europe. The image of this »suture« itself can be documented multiple times in the artistic manifestations from the time between 1945 and 1968.
This reunification of Eastern and Western Europe, as put into place by the exhibition in the name of art, not only closes a gap within art history. It should also be taken as an active pleading for Europe – to face the future. The exhibition contrasts the current economic and political accounts, which are propelling Europe towards the right and back into the former nationalism, with a committed, alternative narrative. It is the task of art to show alternatives and facilitate change.
»If Armando’s painting of a black head is replaced by a black board with barbed wire and eventually with scorched objects, this is a captivatingly linear rationale. (...) The ZKM in Karlsruhe celebrates the healing power of art.«
– Ursula Scheer, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche, 50/2016
»The Karlsruhe exhibition prepares nothing less than a mental map of manifests and artistic factions all occurring at almost the same time (...). From an artistic surrounding, which directly involves realities and visitors, machine-controlled movement and illuminations arise, which you can take – in the ZKM – as building blocks for media art.«
– Andrea Gnam, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 31.12.2016
Marc Adrian, Yaacov Agam, Kurd Alsleben, Gábor Altorjay, Hans Peter Alvermann, Eric Andersen, Giovanni Anselmo, Marina Apollonio, Karel Appel, ARCHIGRAM, Arman, Armando, Art & Language, Roy Ascott, Enrico Baj, Vojin Bakić, Mario Ballocco, Paolo Baratella, Gianfranco Baruchello, Georg Baselitz, Max Beckmann, Otto Beckmann, Alfred Graßl, Joseph Beuys, Remo Bianco, Alberto Biasi (Gruppo N), Ely Bielutin, Max Bill, Hans Bischoffshausen, Agostino Bonalumi, Davide Boriani (Gruppo T), Václav Boštík, Van den, Guy Branden, Robert Breer, Jacques Brissot, Bazon Brock, Marcel Broodthaers, Günter Brus, Tadeusz Brzozowski, Bernard Buffet, Erik Bulatov, Daniel Buren, Victor Burgin, Alberto Burri, Hal Busse, Reg Butler, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Anthony Caro, Enrico Castellani, Jorge Castillo, Karel Černý, Ennio Chiggio, Christo, Inge Claus-Jansen, Ettore Colla, Compos 68, Constant, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Fritz Cremer, Roberto Crippa, Almir da Silva Mavignier, Dadamaino, Hanne Darboven, Gabriele de Vecchi (Gruppo T), Herman De Vries, Guy Debord, Alexander Deineka, Hugo Demartini, Gérard Deschamps, Bruno di Bello, Lucia di Luciano, Braco Dimitrijević, Milan Dobeš, Piero Dorazio, Gianni Dova, Jean Dubuffet, François Dufrêne, Umberto Eco, Equipo 57, Equipo Realidad, Miklós Erdély, EXAT 51, Valie Export, Agenore Fabbri, Luciano Fabro, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, Jean Fautrier, Stano Filko, Robert Filliou, Constantin Flondor, Piero Fogliati, Lucio Fontana, Lucian Freud, Krisztián Frey, Bulat Galeyev und Prometheus-Büro, Ivo Gattin, Poul Gernes, Karl Gerstner, Stefan Gierowski, Hermann Goepfert, Gorgona Group, Zbigniew Gostomski, Tomislav Gotovac, Karl Otto Götz, Lily Greenham, HAP Grieshaber, Franco Grignani, Groupe de recherche d’art visuel, Hans Grundig, Milan Grygar, Renato Guttuso, Hans Haacke, Dieter Hacker, Raymond Hains, Matjaž Hanžek, Haus-Rucker-Co., Bernhard Heiliger, Wilhelm Hein, Jan Henderikse, Maurice Henry, Eva Hesse, Gerhard Hoehme, Oskar Holweck, Miljenko Horvat, HP Zimmer, Alfred Hrdlicka, Francisco Infante-Arana, Isidore Isou, Asger Jorn, Nam June Paik, Ilya Kabakov, Tadeusz Kantor, Lajos Kassák, Ilona Keserü, Yves Klein, Julije Knifer, Milan Knížák, Viacheslav Koleichuk, Július Koller, Béla Kondor, Gyula Konkoly, Arthur Køpcke, Dezső Korniss, Edward Krasiński, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Radoslav Kratina, Kurt Kren, Norbert Kricke, Vlado Kristl, Erkki Kurenniemi, László Lakner, Edoardo Landi (Gruppo N), Carl Laszlo, John Latham, Le Corbusier, Julio Le Parc, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Fernand Léger, Maurice Lemaître, Alfred Lenica, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Karel Malich, Frank Josef Malina, Mangelos, Edgardo Mannucci, Piero Manzoni, Gerhard Marcks, Adam Marczyński, Enzo Mari, Gino Marotta, Manfredo Massironi (Gruppo N), Lidia Masterkova, Almir Mavignier, Hans Mayer-Foreyt, David Medalla, Christian Megert, Teresa Mellerowicz-Gella, Albert Mertz, Mario Merz, Gustav Metzger, Harald Metzkes, Manuel Millares, Henry Moore, Marcello Morandini, François Morellet, Tony Morgan, Gabriele Mucchi, Otto Muehl, Bruno Munari, Frieder Nake, Paul Nash, Georg Nees, Ernst Neizvestny, Werner Nekes, Hermann Nitsch, Jerzy Nowosielski, Marek Oberländer, OHO, Roman Opalka, Meret Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Mihovil Pansini, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ervin Pátkai, Henk Peeters, A.R. Penck, Vladimir Petek, Pablo Picasso, Ivan Picelj, Otto Piene, Pierluca, Yuri Pimenov, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Dmitri Plavinsky, Stanislav Podhrázský, Marko Pogačnik, Uli Pohl, Sigmar Polke, Giò Pomodoro, Viktor Popkov, Charlotte Posenenske, Enrico Prampolini, Heimrad Prem, Oskar Rabin, Andrea Raccagni, Carol Rama, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Martial Raysse, Antonio Recalcati, Alain Resnais, Gerhard Richter, Hans Richter, Bridget Riley, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Peter Roehr, Mikhail Roginsky, Mimmo Rotella, Dieter Roth, Georges Rouault, Roland Sabatier, Zorka Ságlová, Hans Salentin, Beatrice Sandomirskaya, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Antonio Saura, Paolo Scheggi, Alfons Schilling, Niklaus Schilling, Tomas Schmit, Nicolas Schöffer, Eugen Schönebeck, Jan Schoonhoven, Emil Schumacher, Duro Seder, Vadim Sidur, Willi Sitte, Zdeněk Sklenář, Kjartan Slettemark, Ed Sommer, Jesús Rafael Soto, Karel Souček, Daniel Spoerri, Aleksandar Srnec, Klaus Staudt, Graham Sutherland, Zdeněk Sýkora, Alina Szapocznikow, Tamás Szentjóby, Takis, Paul Talman, Antoni Tàpies, Vladimir Tatlin, Hervé Télémaque, Gyarmathy Tihamér, Joe Tilson, Jean Tinguely, Endre Tót, Werner Tübke, Günther Uecker, Timm Ulrichs, Giuseppe Uncini, Jiří Valoch, Paul van Hoeydonck, Josip Vaništa, Grazia Varisco (Gruppo T), Victor Vasarely, Ben Vautier, Emilio Vedova, Vladimir Veisberg, Aleš Veselý, Nanda Vigo, Jacques Villeglé, Tibor Vilt, Daniela Vinopalová, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Vostell Vostell, Franz Erhard Walther, Peter Weiss, Ludwig Wilding, Stephen Willats, Gerd Winkler, Gil J. Wolman, Andrzej Wróblewski, Vladimir Yankilevsky, José Maria Yturralde, Yvaral, Rimma Zanevskaya, Herbert Zangs, Alexander Zhdanov, Yuri Zlotnikov und Gilberto Zorio.
Daily 11 am to 6 pm
Throughout the world biennales have been literally mushrooming over the last two decades. Whereas, in the mid-1980s there were six Biennales of contemporary art, today over 150 of them form a densely-knit network spanning across the world, which constitutes what is influential, interesting and relevant in today’s art scenes. Hence, commissioned by the ZKM Institute for Visual Media, Stewart Smith, Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Bernd Lintermann have collected and evaluated data on the temporal and spatial development of the Biennale system before going on to visualize it in trans_actions: The Accelerated Art World 1989–2011 (2011) on an eight- meter wide, three-meter high panorama screen. With this, trans_actions makes it clear that what we today call the global art world is, in fact, a conglomeration of globally recruited artists, globally active curators, disparate art markets and a concurrently emerging biennale landscape.
Bombastic in size, frequently divided across several events locations in a city, locally tied though global in ambition, accompanied by symposia and publications and centered around a group exhibition presenting a panoramic view on a new artist generation: this is how the reader of Elena Filipovic and Marieke van Hal defines the typical biennale. Its characteristics provide a hint as to why, in reference to biennales, Thomas Fillitz makes reference to »Worldmaking«. And the dynamic diagrams in trans_actions convey the impression that, in fact, what emerges is less places than transnational »zones of contact« where artists and curators travel from all regions of the world to Moscow, Istanbul or Sydney. Today, almost half the biennales are realized in countries at great distance from the West, and non-western biennales, such as the ones in Sao Paolo, in Havana, but also the Johannesburg biennale, realized only twice, are concieved to be central initiators for a globalized art discourse. But trans_actions also throws up questions: is there really no longer any center in the decentralized world of the biennales? What of the well-known Venice biennale or the Documenta in Kassel – are they no longer spokesmen in art? And why is it that, until today, the Dak’Art Biennale is the only one of its kind on the African continent?
The cinematic panorama projection was produced for the exhibition »The Global Contemporary - Art Worlds after 1989« (17.09.2011 to 19.02.2012) at the ZKM and in 2013 in the exhibition »Nothing to declare? - World Maps of Art '89« shown in the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
The »CODE_n« Festival at the ZKM | Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe University of Design (HfG) will be accompanied by an exhibition conceived especially for this three-day event: »dataspheres. The ZKM CODE_n Exhibition«. »Dataspheres« presents interactive media artworks from the ZKM collection and works from the »Infosphere« exhibition which was part of last year’s GLOBALE, a major event celebrating the 300th anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe and interrogating the role of art in the age of the digital revolution and its social consequences. The selection of artworks is complemented by a number of art projects by HfG students. Additionally, a special highlight of »dataspheres« is a preview of the ZKM exhibition »Hybrid Layers« which will take place in the summer of 2017. The preview features works by young artists belonging mainly to the 1980s generation, which are integrated in the main »CODE_n« Festival. The young artists’ works show the effects of the new media on our aesthetic categories and our everyday perception. In addition to the varied program of the innovation festival, these works provide visitors with an opportunity to look at digital technologies, branding, and net identity from a fresh and very different perspective.
Artists & Scientists
Bárbara Acevedo Strange & Eva Tatjana Stürmer, Riccardo Bennassi, Michael Schmid, Jörn Müller-Quade & Thomas Beth, Enrico Boccioletti, David Bowen, Emma Charles, Sterling Crispin, Rohini Devasher, Ed Fornieles, Adam Gawel, Jonathan Harris, Daniel Keller, Christian Lölkes, Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer, robotlab (Matthias Gommel, Martina Richter & Jan Zappe), Scenocosme (Gregory Lassere & Anais met den Ancxt), Adam Słowik, Superflux, Fabrizio Tamburini & Freddy Paul Grunert, Unknown Fields Division, Benoît Verjat & Ricci Donato, Anne de Vries Guan Xiao and Konrad Zuse.
»Datumsoria« is a neologism that conjugates datum and sensoria, denoting a new perceptual space immanent to the information age. The exhibition is consisted of three idiosyncratic works. Pushing boundaries of his documentary style of live painting, LIU Xiaodong reinvents himself by penetrating into the digital now. In »Weight of Insomnia«, the artist has created an automated system to continuously paint monumental canvases using streaming data from three distinctive locations, generating at each moment a new sediment of emotional residue as if the painter, reincarnated in a robotic consciousness, wrestles through an endless, restless insomnia to piece together an ever-evolving jigsaw of amorphous desires and anxieties, fleeting nightmares and ruptures. In contrast, Carsten Nicolai’s installation »unitape« offers an examination of perception on graphic structures that resemble punch cards of the early computing era. »unitape’s« immaculate images and sounds manifest pure mathematical precision that illuminate an algorithmic sublime while at the same time addressing issues related to the socio-psychological aspects of the interaction between human and machine. In addition, a 1993 robot sculpture titled »Rehabilitation of Genghis-Khan« by the media art pioneer Nam June Paik lends a historical footnote to the evolution of artistic imaginations prefiguring a new reality elicited by the technical construct of space and time.
»Weight of Insomnia« is a specially commissioned work and the inaugural presentation of Chronus Art Center (CAC) initiated Art & Technology @ program conceived and curated by ZHANG Ga, artistic director of CAC. The Art & Technology @ program facilitates leading artists working in conventional media to critically experiment with new potentials enabled by digital technologies. »Datumsoria« is co-presented by Chronus art Center, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, and the Nam June Paik Art Center.
Note: The exhibition will be on display at the ZKM from
September 9th 2017 till November 12th 2017.
Daily from nightfall till midnight
The large-scale panoramic projection »More Sweetly Play the Dance« by South African artist William Kentridge shows a procession of shadowy figures, accompanied by the sounds of a brass band. The dancing skeletons are reminiscent of a mediaeval death dance. Workers swinging flags and carrying banners awake associations with a political demonstration. Musicians and dancing clergymen make one think of religious processions. Last but not least, the procession of people nearly collapsing under the weight of their luggage and personal belongings and who are marching towards an uncertain future and, all too often, death, is reminiscent of the images of refugees we see on a daily basis.
Thus, the motif of the procession becomes a general symbol of movement, the course of history, political change as well as the global flows of refugees. This motif plays a central role in Kentridge’s oeuvre. It appears for the first time in 1989/90, at a time when the apartheid system in South Africa began to be dissolved. The political transformation was accompanied by mass demonstrations, in which Kentridge also participated. The title »More Sweetly Play the Dance« is an allusion to Paul Celan’s famous Todesfuge (Death Fugue) and the line »Play death more sweetly – this Death is a master from Deutschland«. However, Kentridge does not show a mere dance of the dead, but rather shadows passing by Plato’s cave.
William Kentridge, who was born in 1955 and whose parents campaigned for the abolition of apartheid, aims to fight for justice using the means of art, which becomes very clear in his work. The presentation of the work in public space, on the "Platz der Menschenrechte" [“Square of Human Rights”], adds a further important level of significance to it.
The projection is a massive 22 metres long and six metres high. In addition to the superimposition of the media of drawing, shadow theatre, performance, dance, music, film and projection, William Kentridge also employs computer animations in »More Sweetly Play the Dance« for the first time in his artistic work.
The work was produced at the invitation of Peter Weibel and with the support of the lichtsicht 5 Projection-Biennale in Bad Rothenfelde and the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.
To mark the 150th birthday of the cultural scientist Aby Warburg (1866–1929), the ZKM is exhibiting a complete reconstruction of his Mnemosyne picture atlas in its original size. Warburg developed this comprehensive and unusual instrument in his last years. All 63 panels are presented for the first time with a detailed commentary, combining the findings from Warburg’s writings with an analysis of his visual language. Due to his sudden death, it was long assumed that the work was a fragment. Even at the end of the 20th century, after the panels were first published as a book, the »Mnemosyne Atlas« remained a legend. Warburg examined the »Afterlife of the Antiquity« with its foundation in European culture. In the open structure of his picture systems, he showed how images and gestures — that he called »Pathosformeln« [expressions of pathos] — were passed on across cultures and periods of time.
The atlas lists the »Wanderstrassen of culture« and follows the long voyages of images on their »vehicles«, called »Bilderfahrzeuge«: Calendars, carpets, graphics. As the first »media scientist«, he extended the art history of masterpieces to fashion, advertising and everyday culture. Pinning black and white photographic reproductions on black-strung boards, Warburg created constellations that made cross-epochal inferences visible.
In addition to Warburg’s Atlas, an artistic update of the instrument »Bildertafel« will be shown, 12 panels created specially for the exhibi- tion by Linda Yasmine Fregni Nagler, Andy Hope 1930, Albert Oehlen, Tal R, Elfie Semotan, Sarah Lehnerer, Olaf Metzel, Christian Vind, Jannis Marwitz, Jochen Lempert, Matt Mullican, and Peter Weibel.
Artists and scientists
Andy Hope 1930, Linda Fregni-Nagler, Sarah Lehnerer, Jochen Lempert, Jannis Marwitz, Olaf Metzel, Matt Mullican, Albert Oehlen, Tal R, Elfie Semotan, Christian Vind, research group MNEMOSYNE (represented by Axel Heil, Roberto Ohrt, Christian Rothmaler, Philipp Schwalb and Regine Steenbock) and Peter Weibel.
In summer 2016, people can look forward to the Schlosslichtspiele again: the facade of Karlsruhe Palace with its almost 3,000 square metres will be set in motion every evening from 7th August to 25th September.
Once again this year, the pieces create spectacular visual forms and narrations between the past, present and future: With the palace staged piece by Alexander Stublic, the facade of the palace will rotate like a revolving stage around an imaginary central axis. The Paperlife projection by Hauslaib Lichtwelten will create a new facade from paper: Like the pages of a book, it is folded, torn and creased. Artist collective Xenorama, which also took part last year, is working with the materiality of paper too: They are filming a true-to-scale model of the palace from paper and casting it onto the real, physical surface of the palace in a digitally manipulated manner. With his DSG animation + VFX studio, Dragos Stefan is organising a parade of iconic pieces from the classic avant-garde about the palace with their Defilee zum 100. Geburtstag der Avantgarde projection (Parade for the 100th anniversary of the avant-garde). Maxin10sity will also be looking back into the past with their new piece: They will be casting new light on exhibits of the Badisches Landesmuseum by using a time lapse to retell our cultural history from the prehistory and early history through to the cultures of the ancient world.
This year’s special: Everybody can let the castle shine! For the new edition of the Schlosslichtspiele, ZKM and Karlsruhe Event GmbH initiated a fundraiser campaign. The campaign donors each receive an inidividual certificate so they can become a part of the show itself, their portrait photos will be projected on the castle’s facade. Further, support for Schlosslichtspiele 2016 can be given by buying a button with the inscription »Ich lasse das Schloss leuchten!« (»I let the castle shine!«). The buttons are available at ZKM | Shop and can be purchased for 5 Euros each.
The light show was the highlight of last year’s 300th anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe: 400,000 visitors gathered in the evenings in front of the castle to watch the fascinating projections of renowned artists from all over the world.
Due to the great success of Schlosslichtspiele 2015, the city council of Karlsruhe decided to continue the project this summer.
||August 7–11||August 12–14||August 15–19||August 20 – Sept 1||Sept 2–25|
|8:00 pm||Maxin10sity: LEGACY|
|8:25 pm||Hauslaib Lichtwelten: PAPERLIFE|
|8:45 pm||DSG animation + VFX: DEFILEE|
|9:00 pm||Präsentation der Spender-Portraits|
|9:10 pm||Xenorama: TRANSKUTAN|
|9:30 pm||Alexander Stublic: PALACE STAGED|
|9:45 pm||Maxin10sity: LEGACY|
|10:10 pm||Hauslaib Lichtwelten: PAPERLIFE|
|10:30 pm||DSG animation + VFX: DEFILEE|
|10:45 pm||Präsentation der Spender-Portraits|
|10:50 pm||Xenorama: ONEIRONAUT|
|11:15 pm||Maxin10sity: 300 FRAGMENTS|
|10:00 pm||Maxin10sity: LEGACY|
|10:20 pm||Hauslaib Lichtwelten: PAPERLIFE|
|10:35 pm||DSG animation + VFX: DEFILEE|
|10:50 pm||Präsentation der Spender-Portraits|
|10:55 pm||Xenorama: ONEIRONAUT|
|11:15 pm||Maxin10sity: 300 FRAGMENTS|
|8:00 pm||Maxin10sity: LEGACY|
|8:25 pm||Hauslaib Lichtwelten: PAPERLIFE|
|8:45 pm||DSG animation + VFX: DEFILEE|
|9:00 pm||Präsentation der Spender-Portraits|
|9:15 pm||Xenorama: TRANSKUTAN|
|9:30 pm||Maxin10sity: LEGACY|
|9:55 pm||Hauslaib Lichtwelten: PAPERLIFE|
|10:15 pm||DSG animation + VFX: DEFILEE|
|10:40 pm||Xenorama: ONEIRONAUT|
|Präsentation der Spender-Portraits|
|Maxin10sity: 300 FRAGMENTS|
|11:30 pm||Alexander Stublic: PALACE STAGED|
|11:50 pm||DSG animation + VFX: DEFILEE|
|12:15 am||Maxin10sity: LEGACY|
Einen übersichtlichten Spielplan mit allen Projektionen und deren Aufführungszeiten, können Sie sich hier als PDF herunterladen.
Weitere Informationen unter www.schlosslichtspiele.info
For the first time, the exhibition will present the unique works by Milan Grygar outside of the Czech Republic consisting of visual and acoustic elements, and will document performances based on his musical scores.
Since the 1960s, the artist Milan Grygar from Prague has been engaged with the mutual relationship of image and sound. In 1965 he started recording the sounds created whilst drawing, that from then on became an integral part of his works. He calls these works that comprise acoustic and visual elements »Akustická kresba« [acoustic drawings]. He repeatedly conducts performances, for example in 1986 on invitation by Jan Hoet at the SMAK in Gent, during which he produces drawings with various objects that put out sounds or musically interprets his drawings in collaboration with musicians. In addition, he created drawings and pictures, that he considers as basis for musical performances such as the »Prstová partitura« [finger score] of 1972, that was conceived for percussion instruments.
Between 1970 and 1981, Grygar cooperated with the German musician Erhard Karkoschka and professional musicians in various performances, such as the »Partitura směru zvuku« [score for sound direction] of 1970, the »Archtektonická partitura« [architectonic score] of 1971 as well as the »Partitura krajiny« [landscape score] of 1973. They were performed in Stuttgart, Gent, Saarbrücken, Warsaw, Paris, Lodz, New York, Stockholm and Prague. In 1976, Karkoschka realized a recording based on the 1971 »Partitura krajiny pro E. Karkoschka« [landscape score for E. Karkoschka] in the studio for electronic music in Santa Clara. In 1981, Karkoschka recorded Grygar’s 1973 »Partitura pro trvající zvuk« [score for sustained sound] in the BMS studio of computer music in Stockholm.
At the opening of the exhibition on Friday, July 22, 2016, the »Architektonická partitura« [architectonic score] from the year of 1971 was re-performed by professional musicians.
Each year, during the hot summer months, cityscapes are transformed by fountains and jets of water. This year, two such artistic settings have been created as Digital Water Games in Karlsruhe: »RainDance« and the »3D WATER MATRIX« combine various creative approaches with modern technology. Together, they create a living water feature scene for the modern city, where recreation, amazement at the possibilities of water and pleasure in one’s own experiences are all condensed together.
In addition the ZKM shows the interactive installation »Liquid Views – Narcissus’ Virtual Mirror (1992)«, in which digital effects deform a videoprojection of the viewer like a water mirror.
»RainDance« is an interactive sound installation by American artist Paul DeMarinis, where water is experienced as the transmitter of sound vibrations. A series of patented computer-controlled modulation nozzles fastened to a scaffold shoot out streams of water as rain. The installation will be in place at the Karlsruhe Marketplace until 24 September.
The monumental »3D WATER MATRIX« in the ZKM_Foyer alternately shows »waterworks« by Shiro Takatani (Japan) and Christian Partos (Sweden). It heralds the beginning of a new generation of digital water technology. As you enter the black cube of the installation, a theatrical atmosphere unfolds before the spectator’s eyes: Accompanied by mechanical sounds, as if drawn in the air by a ghostly hand, figures and patterns appear in the middle of the darkened room and linger for a moment before evolving to be replaced by surprising new shapes. The »3D WATER MATRIX« will be shown in the ZKM_Foyer until 4 September.
Liquid Views, by Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss, is a simulation of water in which the viewer’s reflection is portrayed as in real water. A finger tip on the touch-sensitive screen releases waves and causes the self-portrait to dissolve. The interactive installation translates the parable of Narcissus in a visual and intellectual reflection of the relation of image and effigy. A horizontal screen shows the simulation of a blue shimmering water surface on which the viewers see their own reflection. The artificial nature is steered by artificial intelligence. Accompanied by dripping and gurgling sounds the realistic appearance of simulated water draws the observer to touch the screen so that the image blurs. The more demanding the touch, the more the reflexion disappears. If the waves calm down, the virtual reflexion seems untouched.
Water Games and new media
The history of fountain architecture ranges from simple water wells to mediaeval allegorical waterspouts, or from technically elaborate Renaissance and Baroque water productions (e.g. the water theatre and cascade installation at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel) to the thermal springs enjoyed in the 19th century spa culture. Now, digital technology is the natural progression in the artistic use of water. From a computer, every water drop is controlled individually, allowing the creation of pictures and sounds. Programmed water drops become pixels, fountains become real 3D video and water games become a new art form: Ephemeral water films, water writing, water music, water paintings, walk-through and interactive water sculptures, and water architectures produce entirely new kinds of experiences.
In the current digital culture, more than ever, water fascinates us as an aesthetic material and medium: Both voluminous and surface-forming, as fine microscopic droplets, viscous and shimmering, it encodes a plurality of symbols. Its symbolism of change, re-creation, motion, variability and cleansing has been artistically expressed for centuries. A technical, innovative control of water can in turn be discerned as a thread throughout cultural history, as a narrative of progress from the aqueducts of the Roman culture to water-saving innovations in sanitation. This summer, following the huge success of the campaign The City is the Star 2015 – Art at the Construction Site in Karlsruhe, artistic director of the Digital Water Games, Peter Weibel, wants to make art once again accessible to the public for free. In two temporary technically and artistically advanced walk-through water installations, citizens and visitors of Karlsruhe can experience the possibilities of international water art. His curatorial idea, realised in cooperation with the Marketing Council of the City of Karlsruhe, combines new trends in digital art with the living urban water culture of the city: Karlsruhe has not only 204 fountains, of which 46 offer fresh drinking water, but also a Museum of Water and Fountains, dedicated to the cultural history of wells and fountains. Also based in Karlsruhe is the European Well and Fountain Society, whose members are dedicated to the preservation of wells and fountains in the city.
3D WATER MATRIX
- ST\LL – Shiro Takatani (J)
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice – Christian Partos (SE)
- Original idea: Shiro Takatani, Richard Castelli
- Concept: Richard Castelli
- Project Director: Juan Carretero
- Technical Manager: Francis Carretero (Lumiartechnia)
- 3D Water Matrix software developers: Joan Chaumont & Pierre Laborde
- ST\LL software developer: Ken Furudate
- Light Consultant: Ulf Langheinrich
- Production: Epidemic
- Commissioned by Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris
For twenty years, various forms of artistic, experimental, media-reflective as well as ‘serious’ types of computer games have been developed. New strategies in gaming are based on artistic research in the growing fields of audio-visual media. Computer games reflect and analyze the function and structure of our societies...
The exhibition »New Gameplay« comprises six sections, presenting works of game art ranging from art that has computer games as its subject to computer games designed by artists. Classic media art and video games will also be a part of this engaging dialog.
The six sections are:
- Homage à Nam June Paik
- Hacking/Modifying Technology
- Media Art in the Context of Games
- Society and Games
- Urban Play
- Games and Apps
Devices that work in a similar way to modern computers have a long history. One of the prominent founders of logical machines in the European Middle Ages was Catalan monk, missionary and philosopher Ramon Llull (Latinised as Raimundus Lullus). He died 700 years ago in Mallorca. In honour of Llull, the CCCB – the Centre for Culture and Communication of Barcelona – organises a great event, where not only is the “Great Art” shown, the “Ars Magna” of combining, which Llull composed in magnificent books. From Athanasius Kircher to Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and contemporary art, the Catalan has inspired and influenced many intellectuals and artists in their thoughts and poetic acts. Llullism has become a proper movement that can be followed across the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The co-initiators of the exhibition include the director of the ZKM (Centre for Art and Media Technology), Peter Weibel, and the rector of the HfG Karlsruhe, Siegfried Zielinski. Together with Catalan professor for aesthetics and philosophy, Amador Vega, they opened the event on Wednesday 13 July in Barcelona.
In the Catalan capital, the llullist network that is presented in the exhibition has a strong Spanish emphasis. At the end of 2017, the project will be presented in a significantly extended form in Karlsruhe at the ZKM and prepared via seminars at the HfG. One special treasure plays an important role, to be preserved in a new context for the public. The Baden state library in Karlsruhe houses one of the most important and splendid written works of the llullism movement, the “Electorum parvum seu Breviculum” from the 14th century.
The exhibition of the [MASTERCLASS] 2015/16 Birke Beyer, Moritz Brachmann, Roman Freiberg, Lara Melinda Hasic, Luca Kristina Schnepp-Pesch and Erik Weiss presents mainly works from their own creative work phase. The contributions are complemented by insights into the results of previous workshops on media practice.
We cordially invite you to the exhibition opening of the second [MASTERCLASS] on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm.
As part of the GLOBALE, the audiovisual installation »raster-noton.white circle« was presented for the first time. Next station of the installation is Halle Am Berghain in Berlin. It will be presented from April 28 till 30, 2016. Further places in the world will follow.
In 2016, the artistic platform raster-noton will be presenting »raster-noton.white circle«, an acoustic, architectonic space, designed as an audio-visual installation, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary in conjunction with the ZKM. Four of the label’s artists are invited to develop an exclusive audio-visual composition: alva noto, byetone, Frank Bretschneider and Kangding Ray.
Each composition will present an independent, self-contained concept of the artist in question. All works are multi channel compositions, a music which aims to make acoustical space and visual stimulus directly tangible:
- Frank Bretschneider: »circle in the round« [8:20]
- byetone: »argon array« [10:11]
- Kangding Ray: »systemic deconstructions in D« [10:10]
- alva noto: »white circle sequence« [11:20]
- alva noto: »white circle dual« [4:08]
»raster-noton.white circle« has been designed exclusively for the ZKM_Sound Dome. This consists of 47 loudspeakers distributed through the room, which can be played using Zirkonium control software in such a way that the sound itself becomes a vivid spatial experience.
raster-noton. archiv für ton und nichtton
is an artistic platform, an open network in the interplay between music and visual media, performing arts and science. The label was started in 1996 by Olaf Bender, Carsten Nicolai and Frank Bretschneider and is still located in Chemnitz today. For more than two decades, raster-noton has mainly created musical publications and book projects, installations and performances, presenting these internationally.
Today, raster-noton is considered one of the leading labels in the electronic music sector. As well as the founders of the label, about 30 other internationally renowned artists are currently represented exclusively by raster-noton.
The »Vienna Circle – Exact Thinking in Demented Times« exhibition curated by mathematician Karl Sigmund and science historian Friedrich Stadler (both University of Vienna) is being opened to end the GLOBALE. The exhibition was organized for the University of Vienna’s 650th anniversary celebrations in 2015. The ZKM is showing a reduced version of this successful exhibition called »Vienna Circle – Digital Logic and Scientific Philosophy«.
As part of the exhibition the symposium »The Vienna Circle – Currentness in Science and Art« takes place on July 1 and 2, 2016.
The Vienna Circle was founded in the 1920s by the philosopher Moritz Schlick, the social reformer Otto Neurath and the mathematician Hans Hahn. The members of the Vienna Circle met once a week to philosophize and in doing so laid the foundations for important fields of research in the 20th century. Its members’ main concern was to counteract the irrationalism taking hold around them in politics and culture with a system of empirical, rational and scientific thinking and action. These meetings were attended by reputable scientists: besides the famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, the logician Bertrand Russell and mathematicians Olga Hahn-Neurath and Olga Taussky also valued the group. The philosopher Karl Popper and Oskar Morgenstern, who co-founded the mathematical field of game theory, drew important inspiration from the Vienna Circle’s discussions.
This exhibition communicates the exceptional intellectual and cultural ideas of these remarkable thinkers that still reach deep into our lives today. For example, some of the Vienna Circle’s interdisciplinary analysis formed the basis that scientists used later on to develop algorithms, computer programs and pictograms. However, besides these kinds of achievements, the exhibition also highlights the dark sides of that time, which members of the Vienna Circle were confronted with in their everyday lives. As it was the excesses of political fanaticism and anti-Semitism that ultimately led to the dissolution of the circle.
Vienna Circle’s work and impact
The Vienna Circle played a crucial role in the philosophy of science in the 20th century: the developments within philosophy at that time were largely based on events in Vienna, Prague and Berlin, which then spread out from there. The Vienna Circle’s themes were quickly picked up on by leading minds and intellectuals in Europe and the USA. The Vienna Circle’s public impact started in 1924. The meetings were always held on Thursdays at the University of Vienna’s Mathematical Seminar in Vienna’s Boltzmanngasse. The political and social developments throughout the country also spread rapidly at the University of Vienna. It became increasingly difficult for the Vienna Circle to appear and work in public due to anti-Semitism and racism. The co-founder Hans Hahn died in 1934 and Otto Neurath was forced into exile in the same year.
The meetings finally ended with the murder of the founder Moritz Schlick in 1936. The philosopher was shot out of personal and ideological rivalry on the steps of the University of Vienna’s philosophy faculty by one of his former students. A memorial plaque still commemorates Schlick today at the spot where he was assassinated. After the Second World War the Vienna Circle was not revived at its place of origin for a long time. But its ideas still found acclaim on an international level though. As a result, the Vienna Circle continued to have an impact after the war and influenced 20th century intellectual history.
Preparation of content
The »Institute Vienna Circle« was founded in 1991 to prepare and document the works and impact of the Vienna Circle in science and national education and it became a University of Vienna institute in 2011. The Scientific Director of the Institute is Friedrich Stadler, Professor at the Institute for Philosophy and Contemporary History at the University of Vienna.
The installation »CloudBrowsing« developed for the »PanoramaScreen« by ZKM provides a multimedia interpretation of the Vienna Circle. A roughly 20 square meter circular projection screen invites visitors to interact with pictures and text documents. The objects from twelve topic areas are continuously automatically generated by a computer algorithm from Wikipedia and provide links to more information.
A detailed catalogue has been published by LIT Verlag for the exhibition. Current publications by the two curators also supplement the exhibition providing more in-depth knowledge:
Karl Sigmund, »Sie nannten sich Der Wiener Kreis. Exaktes Denken am Rand des Untergangs« (SpringerSpektrum, 2015) as well as Friedrich Stadler, »The Vienna Circle. Studies in the Origins, Development, and Influence of Logical Empiricism« (German and English. Springer, 2015).
For »The Appearance of That Which Cannot Be Seen«, scientists and theorists were invited to engage with Armin Linke’s photographic archive. In close cooperation with the artist, different images have been selected to be presented in the exhibition in various combinations.
At the interface between the physical and digital world, between exo-evolution and infosphere, Linke’s contribution focuses our attention on such pivotal GLOBALE topics as smart technology, big data, climate change, and Industry 4.0. For the GLOBALE, scientists, theoretists, and cultural anthropologists have separately selected pictures from Linke’s photo archive, now comprising more than twenty thousand images, and have commented on these in texts and interviews. By making their image-selection process transparent, the project thematizes both the readability of photographic archives and the subjective treatment of GLOBALE themes, considering the individual nature of research approaches and interests. The modules by Armin Linke are presented in the exhibitions Infosphere and Reset Modernity!, which is curated by Bruno Latour.
For more than twenty years now, Armin Linke’s photographs have documented the effects of globalization, the transformation of cities into megacities, and the interconnectedness of post-industrial society resulting from digital information and communication technology. In his pictures, Linke captures in an exemplary way the profound economic, ecological, and geological changes our highly technologized world is undergoing in the Anthropocene Age.
As with Armin Linke’s interactive installation »Phenotypes / Limited Forms«, which was exhibited at the ZKM in 2007 and invited visitors to independently arrange photographs into an online archive, in »The Appearance of That Which Cannot Be Seen« the legibility of photographic archives can be experienced spatially through display systems created specially for the exhibition.
First, the module was part of the exhibition »Infosphere«
- Venue: ZKM_Atrium 1 + 2
From April 2016, it is part of the exhibition »Reset Modernity!«
- Venue: ZKM_Atrium 8 + 9