Guest Artists & Guest Scholars

Shadow of a persons in front of a panorama screen which is showing trans_actions

The ZKM is a place of research and production. Here, both artists and scientists are given the opportunity to realize works and research ideas, and are provided with support at all levels – technically, organizationally, and financially.

Since the founding of the ZKM in 1989, there have been over 600 guest artists and scientists. For over twenty-five years, artistic works (concerts, operas, performances, interactive installations, films, and computer games, etc.) and scientific works (essays, books, symposia, and exhibitions), have been produced here and technical innovations made in the fields of software and hardware.

The program aims to support all genres of artworks that involve electronic media. At the same time, it promotes scientific research that critically examines electronic arts, media technology, and their theory and history, and the changes in culture, everyday life, and politics in the face of technological transformation. 

The numerous projects arise in collaboration with festivals, museums, universities, and businesses throughout the world.


Artist in Residence at the Hertz-Lab
The ZKM | Hertz-Lab operates as a transdisciplinary research and development platform at the interface of media arts, science and society and regularly announces residence and production scholarships.


Archivists in Residence
The »Archivists in Residence« programme is aimed at researchers who deal scientifically and/or artistically with practices and theories of the archive in a broader sense.

Further Residencies


Adam Słowik has created a geometric structure, with whose rotations the 26 letters of the alphabet can be reproduced in the room. Using special software that was developed at the ZKM by Christian Lölkes, the motion sequences between the individual letters resulting from the rotation of the ABC Object are formed as new objects.

Throughout the world biennales have been literally mushrooming over the last two decades. Whereas, in the mid-1980s there were six Biennales of contemporary art, today over 150 of them form a densely-knit network spanning across the world, which constitutes what is influential, interesting and relevant in today’s art scenes. Hence, commissioned by the ZKM Institute for Visual Media, Stewart Smith, Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Bernd Lintermann have collected and evaluated data on the temporal and spatial development of the Biennale system before going on to visualize it in »trans_actions: The Accelerated Art World 1989–2011« (2011) on an eight-meter wide, three-meter high panorama screen.

The project »40+4 Art is Not Enough! Not enough« is a co-production of curator Davide Quadrio, filmmaker Lothar Spree and video artist Xiaowen Zhu. The work is based on interviews with 40 artists who live and work in Shanghai. It examines the role of artists in relation to their environment, the social impact of their work and the effects of an international market on traditional forms of artistic production.