Is it media? Is it art?
Is it creativity? – It is Karlsruhe.
Media art is universal, it illustrates social and technological innovation, creativity, connectivity, interdisciplinarity and combines art and science in many ways.
Numerous festivals, exhibitions and events in the field of media art characterize Karlsruhe’s lively, creative and diverse cultural landscape.
The exhibition »Writing the History of the Future« focuses on the major topics the ZKM has dealt with over the past 30 years: artistic and social change against the background of digitization.
The exhibition and educational project »Open Codes« reflects on the world we live in today: a world that is created and ruled by codes.
Digital technologies are ubiquitous. Applied to opera they open up countless possibilities to offer unusual experiences and to make this art form accessible to the audience in a new way.
The art KARLSRUHE trade fair offers its approximately 150,000 visitors a wide collection of exhibits, from the classic modern era of art to contemporary artworks. More than 200 international galleries present their programs, flanked by a diverse supporting program, and there are special exhibitions, too.
Until the end of the twentieth century media were divided into »old« media, such as photography and film, and »new« media, such as video and computer. The concept of media has gradually expanded with the emergence of new disciplines and fields of research in the 20th century, i.e. information and communication technologies and artificial intelligence.
Since its foundation in 1715, the city of Karlsruhe has been at the forefront of innovation in various fields, such as urban planning, technological research, IT and media art. The timeline presents cultural highlights in the city’s long history.
Karlsruhe is not only regarded as a pioneer, but also as a »cradle of modern media communication«: in 1989, visionary citizens of the city initiated the foundation of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media. Renown personalities and experts share their opinion on Karlsruhe, and its ongoing devotion to media arts.
An abundance of institutions in the field of media art, civic initiatives and diverse organizations related to media art and digital culture as well as a diverse cultural and creative industry characterize the urban fabric of the city of Karlsruhe.
The interdisciplinary cooperation in the city highlights Karlsruhe as a creative city. An executive board and an advisory board have been established to support and carry out the application process for the nomination as a »UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts«.
Karlsruhe considers itself a sustainably developing »Digitally Connected City of Media Arts« on a local and global level. In the coming years, the city will implement a number of newly conceived projects and further develop existing formats accordingly.
Karlsruhe is increasingly striving to establish more transparency and direct opportunities for citizen participation in the city, and to become even more open and technologically advanced.