ZKM residencies

The sphere of influence of the ZKM extends far beyond Karlsruhe and the region. The ZKM acts in a global way with its exhibitions. This is also reflected by the numerous residency programs initiated by the ZKM: The ZKM invites international artists and academics to work at the ZKM and to develop and realize their own artistic productions and research projects here.


/////// Web-Residencies by Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM

In 2017, the ZKM became partner of the »Web Residencies«, a program that was launched in 2016 by the Akademie Schloss Solitude: Young talents from the international digital scene are invited to experiment on selected themes with digital technology and new art forms at the interface of digital art and communication. The Residency program is set up in the digital sphere in order to try out new ways of artistic practice outside of institutional constraints. The works submitted to the three calls will be presented via www.schloss-post.com and web-residencies.zkm.de.


/////// Archivists in Residence

The »Archivist in Residence« research program looks back into the past and at the prospective archaeology of the arts and media: The invited researchers deal academically and artistically with practices and theories of the archive. The project is closely linked to the research projects of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), with which the ZKM has realized the program.

Back of a computer screen.
Restauration of Herbert W. Franke's series »ABROLL3«, »ORCHID«, «RAHMEN4«, »TROPIC« and »WALDWOHN«, documentation photograph, 2010–2012
© ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
  • Residency Program: VERTIGO

    The ZKM | Music and Acoustics Institute offers a range of Residency programs, particularly working with the Paris Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique (IRCAM). As part of the EU research project VERTIGO, the Institute is realizing various research stays over the next three years.

Six dancers during their performance
Sahra Huby, Michele Meloni, Quindell Orton, Jascha Viehstädt, Damiaan Veens, Viviana Defazio
© Franz Kimmel

/////// Interdisciplinary Laboratory for new music, contemporary dance, theater and new media

As part of the »Interdisciplinary Laboratory for new music, contemporary dance, theater and new media«, the »wah-wah« dance performance by choreographer Anna Konjetzky with music by Brigitta Muntendorf is being presented at the ZKM on April 22, 2017. The performance marks the prelude to a one-month artist residency of Anna Konjetzky, Russian composer Nikolay Popov and three dancers, which is being funded by the Goethe-Institute in St. Petersburg. The results of the artist residencies will be presented as part of a performance evening at the ZKM.


  • CULTUREX program

    The ZKM also awards grants to young talents in the field of culture management each year, as part of a collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The CULTUREX program, which sent as scholarship holder Blanca Giménez from Spain to the ZKM in 2016, will also be continued this year.

  • German Chancellor Fellowships

    In addition, the ZKM welcomes scholarship holders of the German Chancellor Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In this framework, the »Virtual Bridges: Art and Technology between Brazil and Germany« project was developed with Caroline Menezes, to strengthen the knowledge transfer between Brazil and Germany.


/////// Beyond Einstein's Dream: Fabrizio Tamburini

The High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart (HLRS) has founded the Media Solution Center (MSC) in collaboration with the ZKM, the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and Stuttgart Media University. As part of the MSC programme, Dr. Fabrizio Tamburini has obtained a scholarship to research the quantum theory of light and its use in terrestrial frequencies.


Since 2015, the ZKM has also been the associated partner of the international »Media Arts Cultures Erasmus Masters Programme« of the Danube University Krems, Aalborg University (Denmark), the University of Łódź (Poland) and the City University of Hong Kong. As part of this cooperation, the ZKM was the guest institution for the Brazilian media theorist Lia Carreira, among others.

The ZKM considers its residencies as a contemporary format of artist support in the globalized art scene which is characterized by digitalization. The visiting academics and artists are integrated into the existing research structure of the ZKM. As a result, they also contribute to expanding the program range of the ZKM and further encouraging international exchange.