Datumsoria: The Return of the Real (english)

Black cover with white graphic grid, white and blue font.
Type of publication
Exhibition brochure
Publishing house, place
ZKM⎪Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe


Datumsoria: The Return of the Real

The arts (to employ an old word for an old institution) entertain only symbolic relation with the sensory fields they take for granted. On the contrary, media relate to the materiality with – and on – which they operate in the Real itself. (Friedrich Kittler)

An upright slab of monolith shines, radiating the prismatic shades of hues from outer space; an unidentifiable object of many elements suspended in the air, a living tree grows out of the torso of this mammoth being. Below, a colossal met- al tower studded with a plethora of 80 screens both large and small, rotating and alternating images and words from the cyber void. Three large canvases flank these creatures, spiderlike robots busily stroke the fabric, and over time, the blankness will be saturated by the traces of BMW car body constructions and the trajectories of traffic at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Enter »Datumsoria: The Return of the Real«. (...)



56 pp., ill., brochure
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe



Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst ; Stadt Karlsruhe


Editorial team: Sabiha Keyif, Bettina Korintenberg

Copy editing: Gloria Custance (E), Sabiha Keyif, Bettina Korintenberg (D)

Translation: D→E: Jane Yager / Translation: E→D: Tom Waibel /

Graphic design: 2xGoldstein+Fronczek