UNESCO City of Media Arts: Time for new projects!

19. March 2022 — 15. July 2022

Kulturamt der Stadt Karlsruhe

Until July 15, 2022, a series of current art works by local and international artists are on display in public spaces and the digital realm. Installations, videos, projections, and performances funded by the city’s project funding program for media art will be presented, as well as interdisciplinary projects that foster creative exchanges at the intersection of art, technology, and science. The works show a contemporary cross-section of the Karlsruhe art and culture scene in the field of media art. The participating artists and projects are:

Trinity Twins – Michael Saup, Kinemathek Karlsruhe
Where in times past cinema painters would have put up huge film posters, there is now a platform for media art projects called the PhonoLuxMaschine in the foyer of the Kinemathek Karlsruhe. Michael Saup’s artwork Trinity Twins is a cinematic installation on the subject of radioactivity and its global effects on our planet, which is on show until May 22, 2022. Further information: https://phonolux.kinemathek-karlsruhe.de/.

Seriosität – Benjamin Breitkopf und Kilian Kretschmer/ato, Schaufenster Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Shop Window)
From April 22 to May 29, 2022, this successive artwork will be on display in the Schaufenster (shop window) Karlsruhe at the Marktplatz. In this installation, artists Kilian Kretschmer and Benjamin Breitkopf explore the means of expression that convey serious content and messages today. Seriosität was brought to reality by ato, an online platform for artists and exhibition makers. Further information: https://ato.vision/seriositaet.

Ballet of the City – Jonas Denzel, at changing locations in the city
The dancers of the State Ballet of Karlsruhe sally forth and make the city their stage. With his beambike, media artist Jonas Denzel projects a number of different choreographies onto surfaces all over the city and stages them artistically. From April 28 to May 26, the projections will be on view every Thursday at various locations throughout Karlsruhe. The work was created in collaboration with the ballet ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater. Further information: @beam.bike at Instagram.

Algorave, jubez
For several years now, parties and events have been organized all over the world under the umbrella of the label Algorave, which focuses on algorithmically generated music. The Digitale Kunstfabrik (Digital Art Factory) and the Jubez cultural center for children, youth, and young adults, both in Karlsruhe, will jointly organize an Algorave on May 21, 2022, at which both local and international artists will perform. Further information: jubez.de.

Time is now – Célin Jiang und Nygel Panasco, jubez
Time is now is a new series of exhibitions by the Jubez Gallery, in which both local and international artistic standpoints are on display that engage with current social and cultural challenges in a cross-media approach. In its first edition, from June 24 to July 15, 2022, artists Célin Jiang and Nygel Panasco will present their works at the intersection of performance, digital media arts, and transcultural aesthetics. The exhibition will open its doors on June 24 with a performance on the Kronenplatz in the south of the city.

Media art projects can be experienced during the upcoming months not only in Karlsruhe’s urban public spaces — an artwork has also been created for the digital realm within the UNESCO City of Media Arts framework:

Earth We Are and Shall Return – Ingrid Cuestas, online
This multimedia artwork by Colombian artist Ingrid Cuestas was selected from 15 international submissions to the call for proposals on Visions of Transformations to Sustainability, which was initiated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2021. Cuestas combines ancient knowledge with technological change to create an immersive work that critically reflects on the rampant consumption of resources and creates a future scenario which dates back to the origins of humankind. Available only online at: https://hub.link/J2kDMxd

Artworks

Trinity Twins, 2022

Seriosität, 2021

Ballet of the City, 2022

Algorave

Time is Now, 2022

Earth we are and shall return, 2021-2022