ZKM goes India

ZKM has been active in India since January 2017. With its expertise in digital change, it is acting as a driving force, an idea platform and important communicator between culture and new technologies.


An overview of ZKM activities in the country of technologies:


Delivering Change Forum
As part of the first »Delivering Change Forum« in Mumbai, ZKM participated as a partner in the conference »Delivering Change: Innovation, Transformation and Change in today's world« with contributions from digital art and culture.
Black and white shot of a busy street in Mumbai.

The conference focused on the exchange between advanced research, for example in the areas of technology, sustainability, globalization, bio-medicine and start-ups, as well as on representatives of venture capital, who are developing new economic models in this field.

The conference also brought the start-up regions of Maharashtra, Baden-Württemberg and Israel into a lively dialogue and offered a platform for young Indian startups and artists to network with international companies. 

With its contributions, the ZKM provided impulses for innovative questions from the perspective of art and creativity in connection with technology. As part of the conference, it organized the exhibition »Art & Science« in the Nehru Center Mumbai with thematically corresponding installations from the ZKM collection. 

The picture shows ¬Art & Science« at the Delivering Change Forum in India


In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Mumbai, the ZKM organized a »Coding Culture Hackathon« in Mumbai from February 1–2, 2018, which connected established Indian cultural institutions with the local coder scene.

Coding Culture

A cultural data hackathon

The hackathon built a pre-running event for the exhibition »Open Codes. Digital Culture Techniques«, already addressing this topic of the exhibition of digital code as a new cultural technique.

Participants of the Coding Culture Hackathon in Mumbai.


Award ceremony
On April 7, 2018, the winning team of the »Coding Culture Hackathon«, »Morpheus« was awarded at the Goethe-Institut in Mumbai.From May 10–13, 2018, the team will travel to the ZKM for Europe's second largest hacker meeting.
The picture shows the winners of the Coding Culture Hackathon in Mumbai.
The proud winning team of the Coding Culture Hackathon with Christiane Riedel, Chief Operating Officer of ZKM, in Mumbai


An adapted version of the ZKM exhibition experiment »Open Codes. Living in Digital worlds« will be on display at the Goethe-Institut Mumbai until June 2, 2018.

A travel version for India

A total of fifteen installations were selected for the exhibition in the Goethe-Institut Mumbai.

The works relate to India and have been partially adapted, for example the ZKM production »Genealogy of Digital Code« additionally contains important Indian developments and events. Language-based works, such as »Lost in Computation« by Jonas Eltas, are now available not only in digital codes and in English, but also in Hindi. 

Exhibition view »Open Codes. Digital Culture Techniques«, Mumbai

In Mumbai, too, admission to the exhibition is free as well as the diverse program of events and workshops in cooperation with numerous local players.