Seasons of Media Arts

11. September -31. Dezember 2020 | kuratiert vom ZKM Karlsruhe: | Seasons of Media Arts 2020

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

From September to December 2020, a variety of media-based artistic projects will be on show in the urban space of Karlsruhe. These projects, accompanied by special programs designed by various institutions and initiatives in Karlsruhe, invite the public to interact and explore our information- and media technology-based reality.  Here, “media” are understood literally as expressive tools that open up artistic access to current issues such as the climate crisis or democracy in the age of social media.

Seasons of Media Arts as an essential event of the UNESCO City of Media Arts

In October 2019, Karlsruhe was the first and so far only city in Germany to be awarded with the title of City of Media Arts by the UNESCO and became member of the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). As one of the Cities of Media Arts, Karlsruhe is now in close contact with other UNESCO media and creative cities worldwide. Being part of this network, Karlsruhe will render the universal artistic expression of media art visible in urban space and thus accessible to a broad public with this year’s second Seasons of Media Arts festival.

A variety of media art from the centre to the periphery

The art works shown at the Seasons of Media Arts include video, sound and light installations, a participatory video game, motion-based research, apps, and the incorporation of virtual reality in contemporary dance. The artworks are, in part, the projects selected by an expert jury in the newly instituted UNESCO-Project Funding Program for Media Art established by the City of Karlsruhe, and in part works by internationally renowned media artists selected by the ZKM.

Participating artists and institutions

Aram Bartholl I Michael Bielicky I Jonas Denzel I Holger Förterer I Walter Giers I Mira Hirtz I Eva Judkins I Ulf Langheinrich I Alexander Liebrich I Christian Lölkes I Didi Müller I PONG. Li Studios I Betty Rieckmann I Sabine Schäfer I Ulrich Singer I Marie Sester I Marc Teuscher I Xenorama I Marco Zampella

Events and activities within the framework of Seasons of Media Arts take place at: Independent Days | Internationale Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe des Filmboard Karlsruhe, Jazzclub Karlsruhe, jubez Stadtjugendausschuss Karlsruhe, Kulturzentrum Tempel und im ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien


Peter Weibel und Susanne Asche

Project Team ZKM
Peter Weibel (Curator) | Philipp Ziegler (Curator) | Jessica Menger (Projektkoordination) | Jan Gerigk (technische Projektleitung) | Teresa Retzer (Projektassistenz) | Hanna Jurisch (Projektassistenz)

Project team Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe
Susanne Asche (Management) | Anastasia Ziegler | Mathias Reich | Ulrike Settelmeyer |
Diana Haddad

Jury of the project support program for media art of the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe
Susanne Asche, Head of Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe (Chairwoman), Michael Bielicky, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG), Anja Casser, Director Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe e. V., Christiane Riedel, Executive Director ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe and Honorary Professor at Karlshochschule International University Karlsruhe, Martin Wacker, Managing Director, Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH (KME)

Project partners
KME Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH

Organised by
Stadt Karlsruhe, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe – UNESCO City of Media Arts

Funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe

Institutions involved:
Filmboard Karlsruhe, Jazzclub Karlsruhe, jubez Stadtjugendausschuss Karlsruhe, Kulturzentrum Tempel and ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien

With the kind support of
Karlsruhe Local Court, Die Anstoß, Cinemo GmbH, burger inneneinrichtung, Schick-Stephan – Teppiche & Trends, KOHI Kulturraum e.V., Tourist-Information Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe Central Station, Piano repair shop, Swapfiets