Karlsruhe is UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts

globe-light art installation “Kaskade” by the Karlsruhe light artist Rainer Kehres
A visible sign of media art in urban space is the globe-light art installation “Kaskade” by the Karlsruhe light artist Rainer Kehres, which can still be seen on the Karlsruhe town hall facade until the end of art KARLSRUHE.

Welcome to the city of media art!

In October 2019, Karlsruhe was the first and only German city to be honoured and included in the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network as City of Media Arts. The cities of the network selected by UNESCO have recognized culture and creativity as a crucial part of their own identity and one of the central pillars of a sustainable future strategy.

In addition to the world-renowned ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe there are numerous other media art projects in the Karlsruhe cultural scene that deal with the subject in an interdisciplinary manner, for example with dance, opera and creative industries.

Local media art projects and international network activities - action plan with support program from the beginning of the year

Media art in Karlsruhe's public urban space, for example the “Schlosslichtspiele” in summer or the media art festival “Seasons of Media Arts”, is already of great importance with enormous radiance. From mid-January 2020, the city will consequently support Karlsruhe art and media professionals, initiatives and institutions for local media art projects and the strengthening of international exchange.

The internationally renowned ZKM | Center for Art and Media is expanding its existing worldwide cooperation network and, among other things, will be presenting its exhibition format “Open Codes” in other creative cities such as Shanghai, Bilbao or Seoul from 2020. Specific partnerships are planned with partners from countries in the Global South.

UNESCO City of Media Arts during art KARLSRUHE

At the fair, the ZKM I Center for Art and Media will present itself with top-class media art in Hall 1 and an information stand will introduce Karlsruhe as the Creative City of Media Arts.

A visible sign of media art in urban space is the globe-light art installation “Kaskade” by the Karlsruhe light artist Rainer Kehres, which can still be seen on the Karlsruhe town hall facade until the end of art KARLSRUHE. The work was created on the occasion of its inclusion in the global UNESCO network. All globes hang upside down. "With the global south upwards, the perspectives in the proverbial world view change," is the artist's intention.

The 99 globes are installed in a matrix, which can be individually controlled, also shine with recurring play of light and messages from the town hall balcony into the city and around the world.

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