Generative Art Summit
Fotos of an oscilloscope screen with white lines
From Camera to Artificial Intelligence 1954–2024
Wed, July 03, 2024 – Sat, July 06, 2024, Conference
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg
Cost: Festival pass: € 80, day tickets: € 20
Language: English

Website: Generative Art Summit

The art meets science - Herbert W. Franke Foundation and the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe invite you to the first »Generative Art Summit«. The conference and accompanying events will take place from 3 to 6 July 2024 at the Akademie der Künste Berlin and Schloss Wolfsburg.

The »Generative Art Summit« connects seven decades of ‘generative art’ - from the photographic and electronic experiments of the 1950s to current digital projects that explore the potential of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology for the arts. The event enables an extraordinary meeting of several generations: Pioneers of digital art and young artists, art theorists, curators and collectors discuss the origins and future of generative art. The inspiring starting point of the event is the groundbreaking work of Herbert W. Franke (1927-2022), whose archive has been preserved and made accessible at the ZKM since 2017.

Susanne Paech, founder of the Herbert W. Franke Foundation, initiator and organiser of the event: ‘It's great that so many guests of honour from all over the world are accepting the invitation and coming together for a few days in Berlin and Wolfsburg. Many members of the large generative art community will be meeting in person for the first time. The Foundation is delighted to be able to facilitate these encounters."

Alistair Hudson, Scientific-Artistic Director of the ZKM: ’We are delighted to be a partner of the Herbert W. Franke Foundation and its first Generative Art Summit in Berlin. Guests from all over the world will report as contemporary witnesses from many decades and provide unique insights into the development of generative art. ‘



3. July 2024Academy of Arts 

Hall of Fame


Generative Art: The Beginnings

   With Caroline Csuri, Hans Dehlinger, Stefan Gronert, Benjamin Heidersberger, Frieder Nake, A. Michael Noll, Susanne Paech, Margit Rosen, Reiner Schneeberger and Grant Taylor.   

From Algorithms to Virtual Reality

   With Geoff Davis, Wulf Herzogenrath, Mechthild Schmidt Feist, Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss, Bill Kolomyjec, William Latham, Catherine Mason, Tom Mikulic, Felix Mittelberger and Andreas Kohlbecker, Margit Rosen, Christa Sommerer, Anne and Michael Spalter and Joan Truckenbrod.    
4. July 2024Akademie der Künste 

From Algorithms to Artificial Intelligence


Generative Art: Pioneers of Science and Art

   With Eric de Giuli, William Latham, P1xelboy and Joerg Stelkens   

Generative Art: Blockchain and Web3 - Shifting the Borders of Art?

   With Peter Bauman, Stefano Contiero, Jonas Lund, Le Random & thefunnyguys, Marcel Schwittlick and Travess Smalley.  

  The Pioneers of Web3 and the Future of Blockchain

    With Wassim Z. Alsindi, Ciphrd, Jeff Davis, Alexander Grasser, Clara Herrmann,  Aleksandra Jovanovic, Anna Lucia, Anika Meier and Bernhard Nessler (CryptoWiener).    

The Pioneers of AI and the Future of Art

   With Ana Maria Caballero, Sougwen Chung, Ernest Edmonds, Simon Hembt, Sabine Himmelsbach, Mario Klingemann, Catherine Mason, Operator (Anaia Catherine & Dejha Ti), Ivona Tau, Aaron Penne, Sasha Stiles and Harry Yeff (Reeps 100).    

Special Events

3. July 2024, 8 pmAkademie der Künste 

Film Screening
‘Computer Animation: Art in the 20th Century and beyond’,  curated by Larry Cuba.

With films by Loren Carpenter, Larry Cuba, Charles Csuri, Ed Emshwiller, Herbert W. Frank, Peter Foldes, Manfred Mohr, Lillian Schwartz, Karl Sims and others. 

Late Night Special
»Yoichiro Kawaguchi's Intelligence of Life«
With animations by Yoichiro Kawaguchi.

5 July 2024Schloss Wolfsburg 

Excursion to Wolfsburg

Visit to the Heidersberger Institute and the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg for the opening of the exhibition ‘Code - Art - Constructions. About the History of Generative Art".

6. July 2024Akademie der Künste 


Kaleidolux presents ‘Sandfiction 4K: The Orchid Cage’, a pictorial-concert theatre piece based on the novel ‘The Orchid Cage’ (1961) by Herbert W. Franke.




The art meets science - Herbert W. Franke Foundation was established in autumn 2022 shortly after the death of Herbert W. Franke. It is dedicated to cataloguing and communicating Franke's extensive oeuvre and archive - in cooperation with the ZKM | Karlsruhe, among others. The foundation also promotes the connection between art and science through research projects, exhibitions and events.

Registration & Tickets

Tickets for the event can be purchased via the Akademie der Künste website.  


For further information, press contacts or accreditation, please contact Susanne Paech: 



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