Digital Opening »BioMedia«. The new exhibition at ZKM

Sat, 18.12.2021, 6 pm CET

An virtual BioMedium opens an exhibition and a self-playing piano receives its melody from space – the age of BioMedia is here!

For centuries, humans have attempted to create machines that simulate life. Today, the idea of media simulating life is more realistic than ever before: we are entering the »Age of Media with Life-like Behavior« – the age of BioMedia!

BioMedia – or bio-mimetic media – exhibit life-mimicking characteristics, such as independent movement, adaptation and reaction to their environment. Just like a living organism. Beginning with the simulation of motion and progressing to kinetic art and cybernetic theory, the simulation of life and life systems through artificial intelligence and generative technologies have led 21st century humanity to reckon with machines on an existential level.

What will the coexistence of humans and artificial agents look like? And who or what defines what is alive and what is intelligent today, now that intelligence and empathy are no longer the exclusive preserve of humans?

More Information about BioMedia

Explore all these questions with us – the new exhibition opens its doors on Saturday, December 18!
On Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm CET, the exhibition can be visited free of charge in atrium 8+9 (2G+ applies)! The free tickets are available on site at the information desk. 

Meanwhile, a very special opening ceremony awaits you in the livestream on Saturday from 6 pm: 
A virtual BioMedium will give the opening speech, a self-playing piano will perform a piece based on the signals of a space telescope, and a live tour of the exhibition will introduce works and artists.


Livestream program (Saturday, 18.12.)

6 pm | Welcome speech by a BioMedium

6.15 pm | »Fantasie#4«, an audiovisual performance for space data and AI, by Quadrature in collaboration with Christian Losert; duration: 15 minutes

6.35 pm | Live tour through the exhibition (including interviews with artists)

Quadrature in collaboration with Christian Losert – »Fantasie#4«

    • Infos about the performance
Radio telescope at night.

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