Potential Spaces
A picture-typo collage with the inscription »Potential Spaces«, lines and a staircase can be seen.
How can Art and Design be Studied and Researched in the 21st Century?
Thu, February 16, 2017 – Sat, February 18, 2017, Panel Discussion

The conference »Potential Spaces – How can Art and Design be Studied and Researched in the 21st Century?« from February 16–18, 2017, is organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

As with the founding of the school in 1992, the most important gesture is not retrospective, but prospective: The conference is dedicated to questions and challenges towards a possible future of studies and research in art and design, with a focus on the university and its connections to the ZKM.

To discuss the boldest ideas, intellectuals and artists from all over the world were invited, such as Rakhee Balaram (India, USA, France), Andrea Buddensieg (Germany), Andrés Burbano (Colombia), Tsong-Zung Chan und Gao Shiming (People’s Republic of China), Angela Harutyunyan (Lebanon), Echo Ho (Germany), Karla Jasso (Mexico), Marcello Mercado (Argentina), Julian Murphet (Australia), Yvette Mutumba and Julia Grosse (Germany), Stephanie Njerenga (Fondi Workshop, African collaborative design & engineering), Jacqueline Nsiah (Ghana), Julian Oliver (New Zealand, Germany), Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia), Miklós Peternák (Hungary), Ebadur Rahman (Bangladesh, USA), Irit Rogoff (Great Britain) and Jeffrey Shaw (Australia, People’s Republic of China/Hong Kong). Input presentations on potential spaces in research and teaching in art and design will be held, followed by open discussions.



Thursday, February 16, 2017


6.00 pm:

Opening night:

Hans Belting, honorary chair of the conference,

will deliver an opening speech. Together with

Peter Weibel and Siegfried Zielinski he will guide

the international dialogue.

HfG, Big Studio

Friday–Saturday, February 17–18, 2017


Conference sessions accompanied by

artistic interventions.



The conference is conceived and organised by Siegfried Zielinski, Daniel Irrgang, Ali Gharib, and colleagues of the university and of ZKM. It is supported by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts as well as by the EU-founded project IMAGIT. The conference results will be published as an English reader.

Organization / Institution
HfG Karlsruhe & ZKM | Karlsruhe