New season of “Media Art Is Here”

31. July 2023


From August 16th to September 17th 2023 the department of cultural affairs Karlsruhe presents nine artworks of local and international media artists and collectives in the urban and digital space – free of charge and accessible for everyone.

Since 2019, the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe has been presenting digital, interactive and virtual art in public urban space in close cooperation with the ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe with the aim of making media art an experience for everyone. Streets and squares, building facades, parks, public institutions and shop windows will once again become a digital stage for light and media art for four weeks in 2023. On display will be installations, videos, projections and performances from Karlsruhe’s UNESCO funding program for media art, as well as interdisciplinary projects that enable creative exchange at the interface of art, technology and science.

The artworks by Holger Förterer, Eva Judkins, Isabella Münnich, Anna Manankina, Jung Eun Lee, Rihards Vītols, Jurgis Peters, Daria Mille, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Fangchao Bi, Anna-Lina Helsen, Gerardo Nolasco-Rózsás, Eva-Maria Lopez, Michail Rybakov, Sarah Degenhardt and the VOLNA collective show a cross-section of current media art work. The focus, both in terms of content and through the media and methods used, is on addressing the sustainability aspects of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030.

“With the festival Medienkunst ist hier we’ll invite all people of the city to interact playfully with works of media art in public spaces. Media art can reveal things in a wonderful way that may stay hidden in our daily lifes”, states Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup.

“Once again, Medienkunst ist hier with diverse positions impressively proves that Karlsruhe as UNESCO City of Media Arts is a mecca of media arts in public space”, says Alistair Hudson, scientific-artistic director of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

The works „Sonos Mineralis“ by Anna-Lina Helsen and “SensUs”, curated by Rasa Smite and Ratis Smits, can already be experienced at the Karlsruhe Museum Night (KAMUNA) on August 5, 2023 at and in the Natural History Museum.

Karlsruhe was the first and so far only city in Germany to be designated a Creative City of Media Arts by the UNESCO in 2019, and has been incorporated into the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

Against this backdrop a network of over 40 institutions of art, culture, science, creative economy, the digital scene, urban societies and departments have made it their duty to create a sustainable city society with special focus on creativity and culture.

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City of Karlsruhe, Kulturbüro
Angela Hartmann-Eckstein,
Tel. 0721 133-4032


Bi, Fangchao
Degenhardt, Sarah
Förterer, Holger
Helsen, Anna-Lina
Judkins, Eva
Lee, Jung Eun
Lopez, Eva-Maria
Manankina, Anna
Münnich, Isabella
Nolasco-Rózsás, Gerardo
Peters, Jurģis
Rybakov, Michail
Smite, Rasa
Vītols, Rihards


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