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ZKM I Center for Art and Media

The ZKM I Center for Art and Media is a cultural institution that is unique in the world. With its art collection, publications, archives, and artistic, scholarly and scientific research on the electronic arts, the ZKM stands for a program of interdisciplinary projects and international collaborations. In its exhibitions, symposia, concerts, and workshops, the ZKM communicates the theoretical discourses of philosophy, science, technology, politics, and economics from a contemporary artistic perspective.


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.

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.

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.

Hallenbau Open House 2024

04. February 2024

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

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.

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.

InnovationFestival @karlsruhe.digital

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

© intelligent.museum, photo Felix Grünschloß

the intelligent.museum

08. February 2023 — 04. June 2023

What can the museum of the future look like? The intelligent.museum 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Antiwarcoalition.art as a guest at ZKM

28. September 2022

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coding da Vinci Kick-Off

07. May 2022 — 08. May 2022

Germany’s most successful hackathon for open cultural data.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


06. January 2021 — 27. June 2021

Presentation of the artwork Crawlers at the ZKM I Karlsruhe.

Computable – Incomputable

30. October 2020 — 30. September 2021

ZKM in the Digital Art Hall of ZDF.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's on

Press Impressive media art at art KARLSRUHE
News Cali x Karlsruhe – cooperative artwork exhibited at the Museo La Tertulia
News Media art provides a change of perspective in Karlsruhe’s city center. VOLNA artists at “Media art is here”
News Alistair Hudson becomes new Scientific-Artistic Chairman at the ZKM
News Purchase of artworks and archival materials by Peter Weibel
News SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE – The Karlsruhe Light Festival fascinated a quarter of a million people!
Press Media Art Is Here: The UNESCO City of Media Arts presents impressive installations during the plenary assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe in public spaces
News Alistair Hudson appointed Chairman of the ZKM | Karlsruhe
Press Dandelions, Advertising Sign, and an X-Ray Imaging Apparatus: The Media Arts City Presents Itself at Art KARLSRUHE 22
News Opening of the “BioMedia” Exhibition at the Centre des Artes
Press The Seasons of Media Arts Festival has been extended


Wie können wir terrestrisch sein? (How can we be terrestrial?)
19. December 2023

The Temptation of St. Anthony (or Tony‘s trouble), 2016
10. August 2022

Handshake, 2020
27. July 2022

One Line Series, 2022
27. July 2022

STREAMERS – a COVID Sculpture, 2022
26. July 2022

Les Pissenlits, 1990
29. June 2022

Klangkanal, 2012 + 2019 + 2021
5. January 2022