ZKM | KARLSRUHE
© ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Uli Deck
The ZKM | Karlsruhe has extended the area of activities of a museum far beyond that of the traditional museum to create a cultural institution that is unique in the world. It is a house for all media and genres, a house for both the spatial arts, such as painting, photography, and sculpture, as well as time-based arts, such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater, and performance. ZKM was founded as a museum in 1989 with the mission to sustain classical arts in the digital age, which is why it is occasionally referred to as “Electronic or Digital Art Bauhaus.” Beyond that, ZKM houses institutes and laboratories that carry out scientific research, development, and production. Alongside the classic guiding principle of a museum, namely, to save artworks from disappearing, ZKM has also taken on the task of creating conditions under which works of art are created; for one, by guest artists and guest researchers, and for another, by the staff members. For this reason, it is termed a center and not a museum. In its work, the ZKM brings together production and research, exhibitions and events, and mediation and documentation. The ZKM is thus capable of a suitable response to the rapid development of information technology and transformation of social structures. As “Mecca of Media Arts” (Peter Weibel), the ZKM deals in theory and practice with innovations in communication and information technologies, the subsequently unleashed options for art, and the social transformations thereby set in motion. By combining archive and collections, exhibitions and events, research and production, the ZKM is able to aptly illustrate art’s development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; no least due to the symposia and other platforms for theoretical discourse between philosophy, science, art, politics, and the economy that accompany its collection, exhibition, and research activities.
“Combining business, science, media, and art at the new.New Festival is sure to deliver unexpected momentum and all-new perspectives. This was the idea behind our interior design – with elements such as expansive staircases standing on their own to fill the room.”
“The ZKM is a unique cultural institution the world over. It expands on ordinary museum activities in that it unites the arts over space and time. It’s ideal for the innovation festival since, strictly speaking, we represent digital artistry so in a broader sense we represent the greater digital world.”
Prof. Dr. Peter Weibel
Chairman of the ZKM