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Application phase of the HfG Karlsruhe for the winter semester 2024/25

01. March 2024 — 30. April 2024

Apply now for communication design, product design, media art, exhibition design & scenography or art research & media philosophy!

Jardin Artificiel

30. November 2023 — 21. April 2024

The artwork by Heinz Mack in the EnBW Group headquarters.

Opening: Mack at ZKM

16. September 2023 — 07. April 2024

As part of the new exhibition, the atria 8+9 of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media will be turned into showcases for radiant light installations.



22. March 2024

The Kunstbüro der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg offers this workshop for artists who run project spaces or are planning to do so.


15. March 2024 — 14. April 2024

Fahar Al-Salih’s installation can be seen on Friedrichsplatz Karlsruhe during the International Weeks against Racism.

International Week against Racism Karlsruhe 2024

10. March 2024 — 24. March 2024

Under the motto “Human rights for all”, a variety of events are promoting awareness and mobilisation against racism.

Application phase of the HfG Karlsruhe for the winter semester 2024/25

01. March 2024 — 30. April 2024

Apply now for communication design, product design, media art, exhibition design & scenography or art research & media philosophy!

Making media artists visible! A Wikipedia edit-a-thon

24. February 2024

The workshop offers the opportunity to get an introduction into using Wikipedia in combination with working on media art content.

Kunstrauschen Karlsruhe – Night of the project spaces

23. February 2024

As part of art KARLSRUHE, selected project spaces and off-spaces from the independent art and culture scene open their doors.

Save The Date: Media Art at art KARLSRUHE

22. February 2024 — 25. February 2024

UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts Karlsruhe with media art presentation at international art fair for Classical Modern and Contemporary art at the Messe Karlsruhe.

Media Art at art Karlsruhe

22. February 2024 — 25. February 2024

UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts with media art works from ZKM and HfG at the International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art at the Messe Karlsruhe.

21. Silent film festival Karlsruhe

07. February 2024 — 10. February 2024

The Kinemathek and Co. show a wide range of outstanding silent films.

Hallenbau Open House 2024

04. February 2024

New date – new insights: this is the motto of the “Hallenbau Open House” 2024

Long Night of the PhonoLuxMaschine

27. January 2024

Media Art at the Kinemathek Karlsruhe – one night, four shows.

Tenki Hiramatsu & Peco Kawashima: Painting and installation

12. January 2024 — 25. February 2024

In this new exhibition, the two Japanese artists explore the relationship between people and the environment and time around them in different ways.


Short Film Day 2023

19. December 2023 — 21. December 2023

To mark the shortest day of the year, different short film days will be hosted in Karlsruhe for two days. The focus is on animated short films and films on the subject of “In der Schwebe”.

Project release “Greetings from the SchwarzwAId”

19. December 2023

Can analog documents and the latest AI-based technology be combined in a single work? This is the question posed by the artist collective “Francis Karat”.

Open Call: Viborg UNESCO Creative City Artist Residency Program

15. December 2023 — 05. January 2024

The open call provides the organizational framework for realizing an extraordinary work of art under excellent conditions in cooperation with Viborg.

Giga-Hertz-Festival for Electronic Music and Sound Art 2023

06. December 2023 — 10. December 2023

As part of the annual festival, the main prize is awarded at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. This year’s winner is the US-American Laurie Spiegel.

Jardin Artificiel

30. November 2023 — 21. April 2024

The artwork by Heinz Mack in the EnBW Group headquarters.


09. November 2023 — 11. November 2023

Experience transtraditional music in the most diverse forms of mediation at the Badisches Staatstheater

PRESENT TENSE – Working in Critical Times

26. October 2023 — 28. October 2023

How do current conflicts affect artistic and cultural production and what are possible (future) perspectives? These questions will be explored in the symposium.

30 years of PRIDE PICTURES queer film festival

21. October 2023 — 29. October 2023

To celebrate the festival’s anniversary, 15 international feature films, documentaries and 3 short film programs will be presented.


20. October 2023

How is media art mediated outside Europe? Fanny Kranz and Barbara Kiolbassa tried to find the answer to this question and present their results in the ASIA TRIP TALK.

Open Call dm Award „connecting worlds“ 2024

19. October 2023 — 15. December 2023

The award is given for innovative projects that combine the digital space of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE projection mappings with the analogue space in front of the Karlsruhe Palace.

Open call for the BBBank Award Projection Mapping

16. October 2023 — 20. November 2023

The award will again be offered to national and international artists in 2024.


14. October 2023 — 29. October 2023

The interactive installation created by Holger Förterer mixes the apparent protection of shelter with a subtle ominousness that puts visitors in a state of uncertainty.

Das Grüne Erinnern

13. October 2023 — 14. October 2023

This immersive light installation and live performance addresses climate change from a future perspective on our present.


13. October 2023

Renowned speakers and representatives from the business world will present the latest developments in the field of AI and its application.

ZeitGenuss – The festival for music of our time

12. October 2023 — 15. October 2023

Contemporary music resounds over the stages of the city for the 10th anniversary edition.

KIT Science Week 2023: Shaping a sustainable future together!

10. October 2023 — 15. October 2023

Internationally renowned scientists present the latest research on sustainability and climate protection to citizens interested in science.

7×7 seven creatives – seven minutes

09. October 2023

Experience innovative business models and exciting ideas from entrepreneurs who shape Karlsruhe’s cultural and creative environment.

Opening: Mack at ZKM

16. September 2023 — 07. April 2024

As part of the new exhibition, the atria 8+9 of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media will be turned into showcases for radiant light installations.

Concert-special: Sounds of Life

02. September 2023

With a concert in the rotunda of the Vierordtbad, composer Kris Felix Bauer presents the new pieces from his soundtrack at this concert special.

Symposium: Natural City

01. September 2023 — 02. September 2023

The Ideal Spaces Working Group questions concepts of modern urbanity and hosts discussions about the relationship between space and community.

Media Art Is Here

16. August 2023 — 17. September 2023

UNESCO City of Media Arts presents impressive media and light art at numerous locations in Karlsruhe’s city center throughout the summer.


16. August 2023 — 17. September 2023

The façade of Karlsruhe Palace will once again become a canvas for impressive projection mappings by international media artists.

zwischenräume: Ulla von Brandenburg – It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon

28. July 2023 — 22. October 2023

As part of the new exhibition series “zwischenräume,” the central atrium of the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe will become the stage for an installation that combines film, performance, and architecture.

Sign up now! Digital Q&A session Funding Program 2023

04. July 2023

Until July 2, applicants and interested persons can sign up for a digital Q&A session on the project funding program for media art.

today is tomorrow

24. June 2023 — 04. February 2024

To honor Ulrike Rosenbach’s 80th birthday, the ZKM | Karlsruhe is exhibiting a comprehensive exhibition of the media artist’s work.

Isle of Coding

22. June 2023 — 05. August 2023

As part of the Hallenbau summer program, the ZKM, together with the HfG, the Städtische Galerie and the Kunsthalle, invites you to a session of live coding afterwork.

Driving the Human – Seven Prototypes for Eco-Social Renewal

17. June 2023 — 26. November 2023

In three parts, the exhibition presents seven prototypes for sustainable coexistence that were developed within this framework.

Open Call: Funding Program for Media Arts

15. June 2023 — 29. September 2023

Artists, cultural workers and institutions from Karlsruhe can apply for funding for media art and international networking projects until September 29.

Strudel – Live Coding Workshop

10. June 2023

Workshop to learn how to code live with Strudel from Tidal Cycles as a follow-up to the iterative ßpace event of the Karlsruhe TOPLAP community.

21. Gulaschprogrammiernacht

08. June 2023 — 11. June 2023

Four days of hacking, goulash, lectures, chunk, workshops, lounge, mate and fun on the device.

Open Call: Karlsruhe x Cali

01. June 2023 — 23. June 2023

The exchange program is aimed at artists from the two UNESCO Cities of Media Arts. The goal is to create a media artwork for public space in joint collaboration during two residencies.

10 years of dokka

17. May 2023 — 28. May 2023

The Karlsruhe Documentary Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and is once again presenting diverse documentaries and audio documentaries.

Media art @ art KARLSRUHE 2023

04. May 2023 — 07. May 2023

UNESCO City of Media Arts with a strong presence at the international fair for classical modern and contemporary art at the Messe Karlsruhe.

International Filmfest Karlsruhe

19. April 2023 — 23. April 2023

Start of ticket sales. A total of 123 features from 36 countries will be screened at the SCHAUBURG cinema during the the five days of the festival.

Iterative space

16. April 2023

Algorithmic music alongside experimental and hybrid live coding away from massive dance rhythms at ßpace.

Algorave at jubez

15. April 2023

This year’s Live Coding Edition will feature both local and international artists.

THIRST – PhonoLuxMaschine

14. April 2023 — 31. May 2023

The exhibition will feature the video installation by artist Justin Koch, and will be presented alongside screenings of a series of films on the topic of water.

Renaissance 3.0

24. March 2023 — 25. February 2024

»Renaissance 3.0« establishes a Base Camp for New Alliances of Art and Science in the 21st Century and is Peter Weibel’s final exhibition.

Anti-Racism awareness weeks

20. March 2023 — 02. April 2023

The International Weeks against Racism have started. For a fortnight, there will be events all over Karlsruhe on the subject of racism.

Creative WEIBS – Creative women to the top!

16. March 2023

Creative Weibs is the first series of events for female founders and entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative industries in Karlsruhe.

Jonas Denzel. Ballet of the Cities

17. February 2023 — 19. February 2023

The video installation Ballet of the Cities by Jonas Denzel will be the artistic contribution from the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe in Timisoara – European Capital of Culture 2023.

Open Call: Media Arts Film Scholarship

15. February 2023 — 31. May 2023

Applications for the Media Arts Film Scholarship 2023 are open until 31 May.

Go Public!

11. February 2023 — 16. February 2023

The art action shows current works by young media artists at the Badisches Staatstheater. Entrance is free.

The Future of Gestaltung

09. February 2023 — 10. February 2023

To mark the end of its 30th anniversary year, the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe will be hosting a symposium to discuss the future of the university and its contribution to society.

©, photo Felix Grünschloß


08. February 2023 — 04. June 2023

What can the museum of the future look like? The project has been developing artistic AI prototypes for new exhibition concepts since 2020.

Analivia Cordeiro. From Body to Code

28. January 2023 — 23. April 2023

A pioneer of video and computer art, Analivia Cordeiro has been exploring the relationships between the body, movement, visual and audiovisual art, and media art since the early 1970s.

Film meets art

14. January 2023

As part of the exhibition Drawing Rooms: Marcel van Eeden | Karl Hubbuch, the Städtische Galerie and the Kinemathek Karlsruhe will show films selected by the artist with a short introduction to his artistic work.

Open Call: Sonic Spaces 2023

09. January 2023 — 29. January 2023

With Sonic Spaces 2023, the ZKM | Hertz-Lab awards 5 scholarships for composers having a focus area in the field of electronic music and sound art as part of its artist-in-residence program.


ole scheeren: spaces of life

10. December 2022 — 04. June 2023

The exhibition showcases the work of architect Ole Scheeren, born in Karlsruhe in 1971, and explores the question of how today’s architecture creates prototypes for living tomorrow.

Open Call: Video Mapping Contest

23. November 2022 — 24. December 2022

Karlsruhe artists and creatives watch out! The Video Mapping Contest offers the opportunity to participate in a video mapping competition in Lille, France.

Pop-Up-Store 2022

17. November 2022 — 19. November 2022

The showcase of the cultural and creative industries.

Marijke van Warmerdam. Then, now, and then

29. October 2022 — 05. February 2023

The ZKM exhibition Then, now, and then consists of fourteen new films that the Dutch artist made during a residency in Rome in 2017 and subsequent visits to the Italian capital.


28. October 2022

The literary-performative art project by Nils Menrad, Ann Cotten and Andreas Kohlbecker will be presented as a preview at the Ursula Blickle Lab.

Hallenbau-Festival 2022

28. October 2022 — 30. October 2022

Three institutions – one building: under the title The Anniversaries! the Hallenbau Festival celebrates 25 years of the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe and the ZKM | Karlsruhe in the Hallenbau as well as 30 years of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

Pride Pictures Queer Film Festival

22. October 2022 — 30. October 2022

Diversity, acceptance and respect for queer lifestyles. Unique festival starts with pre-opening party and panel discussion.

Minimal Carbon Internet

20. October 2022

A project by Michael Saup in cooperation with, the ZKM | Karlsruhe and UNESCO City of Media Arts.

Walter Giers. Electronic Art

14. October 2022 — 16. April 2023

The ZKM exhibition presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of all the phases in the oeuvre of this pioneer of electronic art.

Open Call: BBBank Projection Mapping Award 2023

05. October 2022 — 04. November 2022

The BBBank-Award Projection Mapping is again inviting international artists to bring in their ideas and be a part of it in 2023.

Rainer Kehres. Globenbogen

29. September 2022 — 15. January 2023

An arch of illuminated globes over the Via Triumphalis as a gateway and bridge to the world. as a guest at ZKM

28. September 2022

When Language Is Lost: Possibilities of Art in the Face of War.

The Sound is the Message

23. September 2022 — 02. October 2022

The sound installation by Hendrik Vogel will be presented during the art weekend Karlsruhe at the Luis Leu art space.

Soun-Gui Kim. Lazy Clouds

09. September 2022 — 05. February 2023

The ZKM exhibition is the first solo exhibition in Germany of Korean-French artist Soun-Gui Kim.

Join the Street Design Challenge 2022!

09. September 2022 — 18. September 2022

A joint project of the UNESCO Creative Cities Curitiba, Querétaro und Wuhan.

Visual Groove

05. September 2022 — 06. September 2022

Jazz, Groove and Hiphop live at the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE.

Color The World

01. September 2022 — 28. October 2022

Participatory light installation transforms the Karlstraße with a fascinating play of colours.

Media art is here,Vol.2

01. September 2022 — 07. November 2022

Only here: Media and light art to discover in the city, free of charge and accessible to all.

SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2022 “music4life”

18. August 2022 — 18. September 2022

The facade of Karlsruhe’s palace becomes a canvas for impressive projection mappings by international media artists.

Media Art is here

18. August 2022 — 18. September 2022

Karlsruhe as UNESCO City of Media Arts presents six media artworks in the city center at the plenary assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe.

A Place in the Woods

06. August 2022 — 31. October 2022

An exhibition and event platform online and in the Hardtwald, Karlsruhe.

Anniversary edition with media art at the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe

23. July 2022 — 25. September 2022

The fair, which takes place every two years, gives artists from Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Alsace the opportunity to present their work to the public.

John Sanborn. Between Order and Entropy

08. July 2022 — 30. October 2022

The ZKM exhibition Between Order and Entropy presents the work of the artist John Sanborn, one of the most prominent protagonists of the American video art scene in the 1970s and 1980s.

Media art @ art KARLSRUHE 2022

07. July 2022 — 10. July 2022

Karlsruhe as UNESCO City of Media Arts is the emphasis at this year’s international Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art.

Come by and see us in Hall 3!

07. July 2022 — 10. July 2022

art KARLSRUHE starts soon. Come by and see us in Hall 3!


Time is now

24. June 2022 — 15. July 2022

In the exhibition Time is now the artists Nygel Panasco and Célin Jiang show their work at the intersection of performance, digital media arts and transcultural aesthetics.

Embrace Platform: Panel discussion

02. June 2022

Feminst, trans and non-binay alliances: How to build a future together?

Media arts goes public

02. June 2022 — 30. June 2022

Presentation of media art within the Reallabor Passagehof.

“Space for More”: Living Labs with Media Art

23. May 2022 — 31. October 2022

Starting on 23 May, the Passagehof and Nördliche Karlstraße Living Labs will be used to test new mobility practices, use scenarios and the redistribution of street space. The city invites you to participate.


21. May 2022

Festival with Live-Coding and audiovisual performances.

Media Art in focus

20. May 2022 — 25. September 2022

With a view to its exhibition program and the further development of its collection, the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe is strengthening its media art section.

20. Gulaschprogrammiernacht

19. May 2022 — 22. May 2022

Hacking, programming, lectures, workshops – and of course goulash.

“BioMedia” at the Centre des Arts in Enghien-les-Bains

13. May 2022 — 10. July 2022

The current exhibition showing at the ZKM Karlsruhe BioMedia: The Age of Media with Life-like Behavior will be presented at the Centre des Arts, Enghien-les-Bains, France.

KreativStart 2022

12. May 2022 — 13. May 2022

Congress for creative companies at the Tollhaus Karlsruhe.

Coding da Vinci Kick-Off

07. May 2022 — 08. May 2022

Germany’s most successful hackathon for open cultural data.

The Artwork as a Living System

07. May 2022 — 31. July 2022

The exhibition at ZKM provides an overview of the work of the Austrian-French artist duo Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau.

Ballet of the City

28. April 2022 — 26. May 2022

Dance projections in urban space.


22. April 2022 — 29. May 2022

Under the title Seriosität – INFO, the third part of the sequential work can be seen from 22 April 2022 in the shop window Karlsruhe (Schaufenster Karlsruhe).

Earth We Are and Shall Return

12. April 2022 — 15. July 2022

An interview with artist Ingrid Cuestas, winner of the Open Call Visions of transformations to sustainability.

The Beauty of Early Life

26. March 2022 — 24. July 2022

A ZKM exhibition in cooperation with the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe about the origins of life.

Call for Submissions

24. March 2022 — 30. November 2022

Filmmakers can submit their films until 30 November.

Trinity Twins

19. March 2022 — 22. May 2022

Trinity Twins, Michael Saup’s interactive art work for the PhonoLuxMachine, explores the cultural quality of radioactivity.

UNESCO City of Media Arts: Time for new projects!

19. March 2022 — 15. July 2022

With spring we start a new season of showing current media art in Karlsruhe.

Hacking Identity – Dancing Diversity

27. February 2022 — 15. May 2022

The ZKM collaborates with Esch2022 – European Capital of Culture.

Institutions and Resistance – Alliances for Art at Risk

11. February 2022 — 12. February 2022

Online Symposium – a collaboration between Artists at Risk (AR) and the ZKM Karlsruhe.

Embrace Platform

10. February 2022 — 06. June 2022

The exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe shows artistic positions by invited Polish artists and local artists with a biographical connection to Karlsruhe.

“City to City” presents digital media artworks by international artists

09. February 2022 — 30. June 2022

Under the motto “PLAY!”, five artworks that were created as part of the award-winning City to City project will be presented to the public at a digital vernissage starting on February 9, 2022.

Open Call: Funding Program for Media Arts

04. February 2022 — 20. April 2022

Artists, initiatives, and institutions from Karlsruhe can apply for funding for media art and international networking projects until April 20.

Go Public!

28. January 2022

On Friday, January 28, 2022, students of the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) will realize a pilot project on the market square in Karlsruhe. From about 18:00 experimental light and media art works will be shown.

on-the-fly: Live-Coding Hacklab

28. January 2022 — 30. January 2022

From January 28-30, 2022, all coding enthusiasts can program collaboratively with international experts at the ZKM Karlsruhe. The weekend will be opened by a variety of exciting live coding performances.

Seriosität – 24/7

10. January 2022 — 23. January 2022

Under the title Seriosität – 24/7, the second part of the sequential work can be seen from 10 January 2022 in the shop window of cc99.


Seriosität – und der hohle Zahn der Zeit

18. December 2021 — 09. January 2022

The project by Kilian Kretschmer and Benjamin Breitkopf will start on the 18 December 2021 in the shop window of the ßpace project space. Further venues are planned in the urban space of Karlsruhe up to May 2022.


18. December 2021 — 28. August 2022

Who or what defines on what is alive and what is intelligent? The exhibition BioMedia invites visitors to learn about and discuss possible forms of cohabitation between organic and artificial forms of life.

The collection of the ZKM as a guest of the Gwangju Museum of Art

17. December 2021 — 03. April 2022

In the exhibition Writing the History of the Future. Signature Works of the Singular ZKM Media Art Collection at the Gwangju Museum of Art in Gwangju, Korea, the ZKM presents key works from its media art collection.

International Conference on Art and AI

02. December 2021 — 03. December 2021

The tenth edition of the international conference of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) ArtsIT will take place from 2 to 3 December in 2021 in Karlsruhe as an online conference. The main topic is the use of artificial intelligence in the field of art and culture.

Sounds of Life

19. November 2021 — 31. May 2022

With SOUNDS OF LIFE there is a fascinating and unique series of events going to enrich Karlsruhes cultural scene for the next years.

Funkelnder Kubus

10. November 2021 — 30. January 2022

Stroboscopic lights suddenly flash on the glass facade of the ZKM building, transforming it into a sparkling light sculpture visible from far way.

Open Call for Embrace Platform

30. October 2021 — 26. November 2021

The regional Open Call will take place in the context of the first edition of Embrace, an exhibition that will be on show at the Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe from February to April 2022.

Gamification Congress bizplay #10

14. October 2021

bizplay #10 – the 10th edition of the Gamification Congress will take place on 14.10.2021 with the motto KEEP ON PLAYING as Online Congress from Karlsruhe. This year UNESCO City of Media Arts is partner.

Seasons of Media Arts – Connected Future

17. September 2021 — 17. October 2021

The media art festival Seasons of Media Arts – Connected Future presents digital, interactive and virtual art at various locations in the city’s public spaces.


11. September 2021 — 30. November 2021

As a presentation platform for media art works, the PhonoLuxMaschine enables a variety of uses. In addition to sound and video installations, the “machine” can also broadcast lectures, films or concerts.


18. August 2021 — 03. October 2021

The SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe return from August 18 and let the Karlsruhe Palace illuminate with breathtaking projections.

BBBank Newcomer Projection Mapping Prize 2021

01. August 2021 — 31. August 2021

UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts will present the international BBBank Newcomer Projection Mapping Prize.

Jury decision Underground Film Award 2021

13. July 2021

Filmmaker Patience Mitumwesiga wins 2021 Underground Film Award.


10. June 2021

Congress for Creative Companies.

Interactivity, Virtualization & Artificial Intelligence

01. June 2021 — 17. June 2021

10th EAI International Conference ArtsIT takes place in the Media Arts City

Summer of Culture in Karlsruhe

01. June 2021 — 17. October 2021

Unter dem Motto „Dezentral. Divers. Draußen“ bringt die UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts Karlsruhe kulturelles Leben „zurück“ in die Stadt. Die Besucher*innen erwartet ein einzigartiges, sparten- und genreübergreifendes Kulturprogramm.


31. May 2021

International short film competition.

BarabásiLab. Hidden Patterns

01. May 2021 — 03. April 2022

Visitors to the exhibition are offered a comprehensive overview of the highly topical fields of application of network science.

CIE GILLES JOBIN I La Comédie Virtuelle

23. April 2021 — 24. April 2021

Real time performances in a virtual theatre.

Blank Canvas

13. March 2021

A room, two performers, three perspectives. How can interaction be created if the public only looks through the digital lense and is not in the performing space?

UNESCO City of Media Arts – Call for Submissions: Funding Program for Media Arts

01. March 2021 — 31. May 2021

The City of Karlsruhe supports local and public media art projects that take place in Karlsruhe, as well as projects that enhance international networking, exchanges, and collaboration within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


06. January 2021 — 27. June 2021

Presentation of the artwork Crawlers at the ZKM I Karlsruhe.


Opening virtual exhibition – City to City: Human Responsibility

10. December 2020

On Thursday December 10th, 2020 at 3:00 PM CET the opening of the virtual exhibition City to City: Human Responsibility will take place as a zoom event and livestream via Facebook.

jubezmediale 2020

17. November 2020 — 19. November 2020

Three days full of artistic and playful workshops in which nearly 1000 students, pedagogues and workshop instructors try out and practice themselves on different media levels.

Computable – Incomputable

30. October 2020 — 30. September 2021

ZKM in the Digital Art Hall of ZDF.

7×7 – Seven Creatives in Seven Minutes

05. October 2020

Seven creative people from Karlsruhe have seven minutes to present themselves and their company. Slide presentation, speech, unplugged concert or small show – everything is allowed.

Artificial Empathy – International Conference

25. September 2020 — 27. September 2020

In the context of the international conference on Artificial Empathy and Affective Computing, the ZKM invites to discuss the field of emotion in the machine from the perspective of the arts, the sciences, and computer history in an interdisciplinary way.

Seasons of Media Arts 2020

11. September 2020 — 31. March 2021

Monumental light installations, media projections on facades, artistic interventions, and experimental events will transform Karlsruhe during the Seasons of Media Arts into a stage for innovative, cooperative, and networked media art.

International Online Collaboration Project – City to City: Human Responsibility

02. September 2020 — 31. December 2020

Together with 9 international cities of the Media Arts Cluster of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, the cultural office of the city of Karlsruhe had invited to apply with project proposals. Media artists from all over the world responded to the call.

Schloss­lichtspiele Karlsruhe

05. August 2020 — 13. September 2020

The Karlsruhe SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will take place again this year

BEYOND Filmfestival – Climate Change

23. July 2020 — 26. July 2020

Humanities biggest challenge of the 21st century is nearing: With this years BEYOND FILM FESTIVAL CLIMATE CHANGE we shed the limelight on the current climate crisis and the impending ecological collapse.

BEYOND Symposium – Future Design

23. July 2020 — 25. July 2020

BEYOND Symposium takes place online from July 23–26.

26. May 2020 — 27. May 2020

Am 26. Mai 2020 findet die erste virtuelle statt: die Konferenz mit spannenden Sessions zu brandaktuellen Marketing-Themen mit Hands-on Charakter.

Critical Zones

23. May 2020 — 09. January 2022

The ZKM exhibition CRITICAL ZONES invites us to deal with the cirtical situation of the Earth in various ways and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.

INDEPENDENT DAYS – International Film Festival (postponed)

01. April 2020 — 05. April 2020

The international film festival INDEPENDENT DAYS celebrates its anniversary.

Open Data Day

07. March 2020

The »Open Data Day« is a day of activities where local groups organise their own events. Last year (2019) there were more than 400 events worldwide. 

art KARLSRUHE – Art from over the last 120 years

13. February 2020 — 16. February 2020

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.

Symposium Opera and Media Arts

24. January 2020 — 25. January 2020

The STAATSTHEATER together with the ZKM Karlsruhe invites media artists and theatre producers to attend this symposium in the Opera and Media Arts series.


Light Art Installation Kaskade

10. December 2019 — 16. February 2020

The light art installation Kaskade was designed by the light artist Rainer Kehres specifically for the façade of the Town Hall to mark Karlsruhe becoming a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.

Giga Hertz Award 2019

23. November 2019 — 24. November 2019

This year’s Giga Hertz Award Festival will take place at the ZKM from 23 to 24 November 2019.

ZKM hosting TANZ Karlsruhe 2019

13. November 2019 — 17. November 2019

Welcome to Dance! In November 2019, Karlsruhe is transformed into a venue for contemporary dance.

ARD Radio Play Days 2019

06. November 2019 — 10. November 2019

Listen up! In 2019, the ZKM will once again be the venue for the ARD Radio Play Days – the most important festival for radio plays and sound art in Germany. 


24. October 2019 — 27. October 2019

The seventh ZeitGenuss-Festival is all about musical media art.

Open Codes. We are Data in Bilbao

23. October 2019 — 26. January 2020

The exhibition and educational project Open Codes reflects on the world we live in today: a world that is created and ruled by codes.

The Rule of Algorithms

17. October 2019

The conference of the Karlsruher Forum deals with artificial intelligence.

Ausgeschlachtet 2019

Ausgeschlachtet 2019 – Open day at the Creative park Alter Schlachthof

16. October 2019

Since 2006, the former slaughterhouse in the east of Karlsruhe has been transformed into an area of cultural and creative industries.

Michael Bielicky Perpetuum mobile

13. October 2019 — 08. March 2020

In einem Zeitraum von fast vierzig Jahren schafft der Medienkünstler Michael Bielicky innovative Arbeiten in den Bereichen Fotografie, Video sowie netzbasierter Installation.

Colorful night of digitization

11. October 2019 — 12. October 2019

Making digitization in Karlsruhe visible and experienceable for everyone – that is the aim of the »Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung« [Colorful Night of Digitization].

Open Codes in Berlin

02. October 2019 — 17. October 2019

We live in a world that is generated, controlled and regulated by data. Digital codes are the access to this world, they determine how we perceive our environment.

respektive Peter Weibel

28. September 2019 — 08. March 2020

On the occasion of his 75th birthday, the exhibition »respektive Peter Weibel« is showing for the first time an overview of the entire oeuvre of this internationally important media and concept artist.

Di bin ezmanekî de | Under the Same Sky

06. September 2019 — 08. September 2019

The exhibition Di bin ezmanekî de | Under the Same Sky brings media artists from Turkey, Europe and Canada to Karlsruhe.

Schloss­lichtspiele Karlsruhe

08. August 2019 — 15. September 2019

Under the motto »A summer of love and life. Hate comes late – Love comes first«, the façade of Karlsruhe Palace will again be used as a canvas for projection mappings by international light artists.

Seasons of media arts 2019

Seasons of Media Arts 2019 – City of Participative Visions

08. August 2019 — 15. September 2019

Within the framework of Seasons of Media Arts, media art installations distributed throughout the entire urban area will be presented decentrally in the urban space, which address the issue of public access to data and thematize the development of the smart city.

© Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Foto: Andreas Sieß.

La Remise – guest appearance at Badisches Staatstheate

21. July 2019

Media art meets classical ballet

Beethoven Pastoral Project

Beethoven Pastoral Project

19. July 2019 — 21. July 2019

The BEETHOVEN PASTORAL PROJECT will offer events on five main themes as part of DAS FEST

Writing the History of the Future

23. February 2019 — 09. January 2022

In an extraordinary compilation, ZKM presents the main works from its globally unique media art collection.


Images of hope: International drawing competition for children affected by Covid 19

21. January 2021 — 11. March 2021

The UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts Viborg invites the world to sharpen its pencils and draw for children affected by Covid-19 across the world.