As a worldwide unique institute of culture, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media is both museum and more than a museum. It is house for all media and genre, a house for both spatially-based art such as painting, photography and sculpture as well as for time-based arts such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater and performance. The ZKM was founded as a museum in 1989 with the mission to perpetuate classic arts in the digital age – the reason for its also being referred to as »Electronic or Digital Art Bauhaus«. The ZKM also houses institutes and laboratories in which research and development is carried out. Alongside the classic guiding principle of the museum, namely, to protect works or art from deterioration and finally disappearing, the ZKM has also taken on the task of creating the conditions under which works of art arise. It achieves this, firstly, by way of the »artists-in-residence« program, and secondly, by way of the house’s colleagues. This is why it is called center and not museum. Due to its high-profile technical development and production work, the ZKM is considered the »Max Planck Institute of Arts«.
With the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Media Museum, the Media Library, the Institute for Visual Media, the Institute for Music and Acoustics, and the Laboratory for Antiquated Video Systems, the ZKM has at its disposal a multiple range of possibilities for developing interdisciplinary projects and international collaboration. In its work, the ZKM unifies production and research, exhibitions and events, education programs and documentaries. The ZKM is, therefore, capable of responding adequately to the rapid development of information technology and the transformation of social structures. As »Mecca of Media Arts«, the ZKM treats the innovative communications and information technologies along with the options these opens up for art and the resulting social transformations, at both theoretical and practical levels.
By combining archive and collections, exhibitions and events, research and production, the ZKM is in a unique position to adequately illustrate the development of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and not least because the ZKM‘s collection, exhibition and research activities are accompanied by symposia and other platforms of theoretical discourse in philosophy, science, art, politics and the economy.
The New Art Event in the Digital Age
An actual cloud in the ZKM museum? An uprooted house suspended by a crane in Karlsruhe city center? Spectacular installations, innovative works of art at the interface of natural science, urban area performances, concerts, lectures and conferences – come and experience 300 days of GLOBALE – The New Art Event in the Digital Age. Step into the all-encompassing, otherwise invisible infosphere in the museum-scale, audio-visual installation by Japanese media artist Ryoji Ikeda. Though perhaps not »sitting on a cloud« then by means of a conversion – you can experience the way in which art and science complement one another and, with new tools, transform things into a reality that one had previously thought as impossible.
And this is just the beginning... From June 19, 2015 till April 17, 2016, the ZKM offers exhibitions and events on central twenty-first century themes: globalization and digitalization. The new art format thematizes their effects and shows the decisive tendencies of the twenty-first century by way of the most recent art productions that go beyond the art market.
There can be no doubt about it – it’s definitely worth a visit! For our guests within Germany there is also a fabulous, low-cost Deutsche Bahn Travel Deal that will take you to the GLOBALE! Or use the culture pass KULTURmalVIER [Culture four times], which is also linked with an attractive Deutsche Bahn Offer. We look forward to welcoming you!
May 4, 2015
100 - 500
2.3.3 and up
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