The ZKM | Center of Art and Media is a place of scientific and artistic research. Here, research scholars and artists from around the world discover unique conditions for realizing theoretical and practical projects, and the opportunity for presenting them to a broad public.
In the near future, the Project Archive, which is currently under construction, is to provide information on all completed ZKM research projects.
ArtOnYourScreen (AOYS) is ZKM's innovative online exhibition platform. It is a place for artistic production and education under the conditions of the networked world.
First of all, it intends to dissolve the boundaries between art genres such as painting, sculpture, literature, music, dance, theater, opera, performance, video, and also those between spatially-based and temporally-based arts.
Second, it intends to transform the public space by way of the Internet, which presents a technology and affiliated economy that not only facilitate worldwide distribution and presentation of time-based arts, but also immediates feedback processes between works of art and viewers.
With AOYS, the ZKM has created a digital exhibition space that provides an overview of the creative work of different generations of artists. Art works are produced whose full effect unfolds only on the internet. The spectrum ranges from purely screen-based art works to performative projects to generative, typographically-oriented literature, from interactive film and participatory formats through to activist approaches. Here, young software artists encounter established artists who until this time have worked exclusively offline. For AOYS, they now collaborate to create digital works for public-virtual space.
The project regularly launches artistic approaches and is planned for the long-term. In an initial phase, planned for one year, twelve works were produced and published, accompanied by art-historical contextualization and an online educational program.
//////////fur////, Mark Amerika, Roberto Fassone, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Martine Neddam, Robert M. Ochshorn, Paul Panhuysen, Jirka Pfahl, Rafaël Rozendaal
Ziel war es, im Wissenschaftsjahr 2014 »Die Digitale Gesellschaft« die Gesellschaft, die an den Vermittlungsprogrammen des ZKM Interessierte einzuladen, sich in ihren Interessensgebieten und darüber hinaus weiterzubilden und dies möglichst barrierefrei. Die Förderung durch das Wissenschaftsjahr 2014 ermöglicht eine Auswahl von mehreren Workshop-Programmen kostenfrei für die TeilnehmerInnen im Zeitraum von April 2014 bis Januar 2015 anzubieten.
Weitere Ziele aller Angebote ist die Vernetzung von Kunst und Wissenschaft vorzustellen, die TeilnehmerInnen für das angebotene Thema zu begeistern, mit ihnen zu diskutieren und sie zur Partizipation anzuregen.
Während die Digital Newcomers möglichst in ihrer Peer-Group einen niederschwelligen Einstieg in die digitale Welt und ihre Möglichkeiten erhält, sollen die Digital Natives und Immigrants gemeinsam neue Themengebiete entdecken – um diese in einem weiteren Stadium den Digital Newcomers eigenständig vermitteln zu können.
Familien-Kurse sollen das „digitale Wir” im eigenen Kreis stärken und zeigen, dass die virtuelle Welt auch gemeinsam erlebt und erforscht werden kann.
Since Autumn 2014, the ZKM has been instigating the »Kopf Über« [Overhead] project, which is sponsored as part of the »Von uns – für uns! Die Museen unserer Stadt entdeckt« [By us – for us! Discover our city’s museums] project. The German Museum Association contracts out the action plan as the project partner of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research: For the years of 2013 to 2017, agencies from the German cultural landscape – including the ZKM – will be given the opportunity to provide measures in the field of extra-curricular cultural education for educationally disadvantaged children and young people.
The »Kopf Über« project turns the conventional idea of a museum on its head: Karlsruhe children and young people, aged between 12 and 18, cast a glance behind the scenes of the ZKM and discover the museum operations from another perspective. Starting with a journey of discovery through the ZKM, the first participants experience the background to the exhibition and projection facilities. Supported by art organizers from the museum communications team and artists and crafts people, they explore the museum and experience the interrelated technology of media and culture. Then, they can put their new knowledge into practice as well as acting as »professionals« to pass it on to their contemporaries, at eye level.
In a total of two project modules, the museum communications team works with different partners and groups of young people, always leaving plenty of room for the question “What might a contemporary museum of the future look like?”. The aim of the project is to open the door to cultural offerings for young people, who have rarely or never coming into contact with the subject of museums before and to transport a piece of this place of discovery into their world.
Together with the Friends of the ZKM, the ZKM | Museum Communication initiated the »Masterclass am ZKM« student scholarship program in 2014.
This one-year scholarship is aimed at students aged between 14 and 18 from secondary schools with an academic focus in the city of Karlsruhe and the surrounding area. A jury of ZKM employees and members of the sponsorship association select six scholarship holders from the applicants, and these six will receive the opportunity to get to know contemporary art movements and the ZKM’s program through the course of a school year. As part of this interaction, they will experience media-literate support from the ZKM – especially in the sectors of analog and digital photography, sound and video – and will then have the opportunity to create a piece of artwork themselves. Experienced artists and curators will be by your side as mentors, who will be able to support and advise you with their expertise.
This scholarship focuses particularly on talented students from educational facilities with a strong academic focus (a Gymnasium in Germany). These students will have experienced little or no artistic encouragement to date and would like to gain access to an art institution or deepen their interaction with art.
The results of the scholarship holders will be presented to the public at the end of the school year as part of an exhibition in the ZKM.
»Du hast Rechte!« [You have rights!] is a large-format art-media project for primary school students and teachers, initiated by the Deutscher Kinderschutzbund, Landesverband Baden-Württemberg and ZKM Karlsruhe.
With innovative teacher workshops and through new artistic strategies, the aim is to expand the discourse about and implementation of the subject of »children’s rights« in schools. Six further educational concepts for teachers have been developed, which are based on parallel exchange with primary school students and an artistic research approach. The (media) artistic practices such as photography, video, performance and design with iPads are investigated and the concerns of primary school teachers and children about this subject will be visualised with media-artistic means and documented for sustained development. In addition, participatory concepts for primary school classes will be developed and tested together.
We would like to find out and highlight the issues that are important to children. The connected media art and educational provision will be developed by the speakers of ZKM | Museum Communication and carried out professionally in the ZKM_Workshops.
Since the 2014/2015 school year, three Karlsruhe secondary schools have been offering an inter-school seminar course entitled “NS in Karlsruhe”. The course participants view documents about local history in the City and State Archives, supported by students and lecturers of the “History of the State Ministries in Baden-Württemberg at the Time of National Socialism” research project. The academic results are displayed in artistic format in cooperation with the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) and in the digital sightseeing tour of the Stadtjugendausschuss Karlsruhe e.V. As part of the seminar sessions and based on the documents in the State and City Archives, students will learn about the classic methods of historical studies and can apply the theoretical findings in a topic-related manner. They are accompanied by students from the University of Heidelberg.
New forms of commemoration: The interrelation between art and historical studies
Memories though are subject to changes. While the academic processing of the local history is the initial focus, the cooperation with the ZKM Karlsruhe also opens up the opportunity to translate the themes artistically.
In a second step, the art mediators of the ZKM | Museumskommunikation invite the participants to artistically implement their experiences, findings and associations and to seek out the forms of expression appropriate to them. Working with various media and technology is an integral part of the reflection about forms of knowledge and awareness in art and science and about the possibilities and limits of conveying. Because if history wants to be present in the here and now, it must gain importance in the everyday life of young people, it must be confronted by this, be re-questioned and communicated repeatedly and be deconstructed and reconstructed in order to keep memories alive.
At the end of the process, an extraordinary symbol of the successful collaboration of those involved will be presented in the form of an exhibition.
EFFEKTE – das kommt von den lateinischen Wörtern „effectus“ und „efficere“ und heißt so viel wie „Erfolg“ und „bewirken“. Genau das ist das Ziel des Wissenschaftsfestivals: Es soll Synergien freisetzen zwischen den Wissenschaftseinrichtungen, Menschen für die Forschung begeistern und der Wirtschaft die großen Potentiale der Karlsruher Wissenschaftslandschaft aufzeigen.
Vom 21. bis zum 30. Juni 2013 verwandelte sich Karlsruhe in ein Mitmach-Labor, in dem jeder forschen, staunen und entdecken konnte. Die EFFEKTE waren ein Wissenschaftsfestival der neuen Generation. Erstmals bündelten die wissenschaftlichen Institutionen ihre Aktivitäten zur Wissenschaftskommunikation, brachten wichtige lokale Akteure aus dem Wissenschaftsbereich mit der Bürgerschaft zusammen und setzten nachhaltige Impulse für die Profilierung als Wissenschaftsstadt.