New publications by and about Peter Weibel
Two publications of Peter Weibel
Book presentation
Tue, March 05, 2024 6 pm CET, Lecture

As a curator, teacher, theorist and media artist, Peter Weibel (1944-2023) had a lasting influence on European art discourse. A comprehensive posthumous exhibition of his artistic work and the sixth and final volume of his Encyclopaedia of Media have now been published. We present the books.

The publication »Peter Weibel: Art as an Act of Cognition« is based on the exhibition »respektive. Peter Weibel«, which was shown at the ZKM (2019-2020) and the MMCA Seoul/Korea (2023). In English, the book provides the first comprehensive overview of Weibel's diverse artistic practice over the past sixty years. The editors are long-standing collaborators of Peter Weibel, who developed the structure of the publication together with him. In addition to the work illustrations, the publication contains 35 videos in which Peter Weibel himself has his say; these can be accessed via QR codes; as well as essays and contributions by Hans Belting, Bazon Brock, Boris Groys, Wolfgang Kemp, Friederike Mayröcker, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pamela C. Scorzin, Peter Sloterdijk, Terry Smith, Siegfried Zielinski and Peter Weibel himself.

In his Encyclopaedia of the Media, Peter Weibel has recorded his comprehensive thinking on the media world in six volumes. The encyclopedia has long since achieved the status of a central reference work. Now the sixth and final volume, »Encyclopaedia of the Media 6: Theory and Media« (original: »Enzyklopädie der Medien 6: Theorie und Medien«), has been published posthumously. In it, Weibel explores the question of how the media(-arts) constitute, simulate and change the world and our perception. Based on system-theoretical considerations, he outlines the media arts as a place of reflection on our access to the world. His essays provide tools for analyzing virtual worlds and images through to art in the age of artificial intelligence. In particular, they emphasize the social relevance of media art and its potential to enable an emancipated approach to digitalization in the 21st century.

A central player in European media art

Peter Weibel described himself as a multidisciplinary nomad between art and science. In his works and writings, he anticipated central developments in the art of the late 20th and 21st centuries. From 1999 to 2023, he was a board member of the ZKM | Karlsruhe. Peter Weibel would have been 80 years old on March 5, 2024.

Portrait of Peter Weibel
To the publications

Peter Weibel: Art as an Act of Cognition
Publishing institution: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Publisher: Jens Lutz and Philipp Ziegler with Clara Runge, Stephanie Stadler and Patrick Trappendreher
Design: 2xGoldstein 
Publishing house: MIT Press, Cambridge, MA / London, England 
Language: Englisch
Number of pages/illustrations: 576 S.; ca. 1200 Ill.; 35 embedded videos
In bookshops from summer 2024, available now in the ZKM Shop

Peter Weibel. Enzyklopädie der Medien 6: Theorie und Medien. Wahrnehmung und Wandel der Welt durch und mit Medien
Publishing institutions: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and University of Applied Arts Vienna
Texts by: Peter Weibel and Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Otto E. Rössler, Reimara Rössler, Gerhard Johann Lischka
Design: studio +fronczek grafikdesign
Publishing house: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2024
Language: Deutsch
Number of pages/illustrations: 672 S., ca. 350 Illustrations

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe