As a researcher at ZKM Institute for Visual Media working with its then director, following the departure of its Jeffrey Shaw, the Institute for Visual Media has been among the world’s leading research and production sites at the interface of digital art and information technology. At ZKM I worked on the exploration and re-interpretation of the shift of emphasis from production to post-production, static presentation to circulation, physical and temporal dimensions of the contemporary through the artworks in the ZKM media art collection that includes video, film, slide, audio, or computer-based technologies, referred to as time-based median media art or new media artworks because they have duration as a dimension and unfold to the viewer over time.— all connected to digital technologies and media art through the ZKM media art archive.
Often referred to as the “Electronic or Digital Art Bauhaus,” the ZKM captures the development of all media relevant to our digital age — may it be through painting, photography, video, performances, installations, and other time-based creations.
Thanks notably to the incredible work of curator Peter Weibel, the ZKM has provided with some of the earliest and most relevant exhibitions on digital art: net condition (1999), Ctrl [Space], Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother (2001–2), Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary after Film (2002), Algorithmic Revolution. On the History of Interactive Art (2004), and The Algorithm of Manfred Mohr. 1963 — now (2013). Open Codes — focusing on programming and the output of data through electronic devices like TV, smartphones, and computers — and a solo show of Dieter Jung with concern for light and holography. The centre also displays part of its permanent collection of media art built over thirty years and which contains works of Lynn Hershman Leeson, Bill Viola, Dennis Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Paul Garrin, Marina Abramović, Masaki Fujihata, and Frank Fietzek, amongst others.
On top of its role in curating, collecting, and preserving media works, the centre houses artistic residencies, institutes, and laboratories to undertake scientific research, development, and production.
Image: Nam June Paik, Li Tai Po Color Barred, 1984
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