With the AppArtAward, the ZKM has been presenting an annual award for the best artistic developments in the field of applications for smartphones and tablets since 2011. The idea came about in view of the fact »that AppStores do not fall under the category ‘art‘, and that consequently, artistic and highly innovative developments enjoy only marginal value.«

The AppArtAward was initiated by the ZKM in collaboration with the software-cluster partners CAS Software AG and CyberForum e.V., the biggest regionally active hightech business network in Germany, and was presented for the first time in 2011. The AppArtAward bestows awards for works of art which combine creative software solutions and artistic innovation in App format. Since 2012, the AppArtAward has itself become part of the software-cluster, which, based in southwest Germany, is considered the Silicon Valley of Europe.

»The App phenomenon is an unbelievable success story. The development of smartphones and the applications designed for this device gives new definition to the future of mobility.«

Christiane Riedel, Chief Operating Officer of the ZKM | Karlsruhe