Is it media? Is it art?
Is it creativity? – It is Karlsruhe.
Media art is universal, it illustrates social and technological innovation, creativity, connectivity, interdisciplinarity and combines art and science in many ways.
The media art festival "Seasons of Media Arts" presents digital, interactive and virtual art in the public space and is turning Karlsruhe into a stage for innovative ideas, of creative and networked media art.
Numerous festivals, exhibitions and events in the field of media art characterize Karlsruhe’s lively, creative and diverse cultural landscape.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network Media Arts Cluster
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.
Along with eight other 8 Cities of Media Arts Karlsruhe’s Department of Cultural Affairs invited artists to work together to create digital media arts pieces around the theme "Human Responsibility”.
The exhibition »Writing the History of the Future« focuses on the major topics the ZKM has dealt with over the past 30 years: artistic and social change against the background of digitization.
For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, but in recent times with the protest movement Fridays for Future climate crisis has moved into public consciousness. The thought exhibition »CRITICAL ZONES« invites us to deal with the CRITICAL situation of the Earth.
In context with the Initiative UNITED DANISH APPEAL FOR FUNDS* the UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts Viborg invites the world to sharpen its pencils and together with Denmark draw for children affected by Covid-19 across the world
International short film competition
The Filmboard Karlsruhe, together with the INDEPENDENT DAYS | International Film Festival Karlsruhe, invites creative professionals from all over the world to the short film competition "UNDERGROUND FILM AWARD".
Until the end of the twentieth century media were divided into »old« media, such as photography and film, and »new« media, such as video and computer. The concept of media has gradually expanded with the emergence of new disciplines and fields of research in the 20th century, i.e. information and communication technologies and artificial intelligence.
Since its foundation in 1715, the city of Karlsruhe has been at the forefront of innovation in various fields, such as urban planning, technological research, IT and media art. The timeline presents cultural highlights in the city’s long history.
Karlsruhe is not only regarded as a pioneer, but also as a »cradle of modern media communication«: in 1989, visionary citizens of the city initiated the foundation of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media. Renown personalities and experts share their opinion on Karlsruhe, and its ongoing devotion to media arts.
An abundance of institutions in the field of media art, civic initiatives and diverse organizations related to media art and digital culture as well as a diverse cultural and creative industry characterize the urban fabric of the city of Karlsruhe.
The interdisciplinary cooperation in the city highlights Karlsruhe as a creative city. An executive board and an advisory board have been established to support and carry out the application process for the nomination as a »UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts«.
Karlsruhe considers itself a sustainably developing »Digitally Connected City of Media Arts« on a local and global level. In the coming years, the city will implement a number of newly conceived projects and further develop existing formats accordingly.
Karlsruhe is increasingly striving to establish more transparency and direct opportunities for citizen participation in the city, and to become even more open and technologically advanced.