Funkelnder Kubus, 2020

Giers, Walter
© Walter Giers, © ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Video: Elias Siebert

Walter Giers is one of the pioneers of media art from Baden-Württemberg. The artist, who died in Schwäbisch Gmünd in 2016, created complex light and sound art works using simple electronic components at the intersection of art, design, and technology. Through randomly controlled generators, his works appear as autonomous systems with an unpredictable life of their own. Since the 1970s, Giers worked on light installations for public spaces. He was not only interested in producing spectacular effects, but wanted to create pleasing atmospheres and impressions. The light installation at the ZKM Cube is a reconstruction of a work from the 1990s, which was presented on the tower of Stuttgart’s central station. Stroboscopic lights suddenly flash on the glass facade of the building, transforming it into a sparkling light sculpture visible from far way. In 2022, the ZKM will present an extensive retrospective of this artist.

Funkelnder Kubus was selected for the Seasons of Media Arts 2020 by ZKM | Karlsruhe.

Time: 11.11.2020 – 28.02.2021
Location: ZKM Cube, Platz der Menschenrechte