a cultural institution, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe holds
a unique position in the world. It responds to the rapid developments in information
technology and today's changing social structures. Its work combines production
and research, exhibitions and events, coordination and documentation.
For the development of interdisciplinary projects and promotion of international collaborations, the Center for Art and Media has manifold resources at its disposal: the Museum for Contemporary Art, the Media Museum, the Institute for Visual Media, the Institute for Music and Acoustics and two new departments - the Institute for Basic Research and the Institute for Web Developments.
Under the direction of Prof. Peter Weibel since 1999, the Center for Art and Media probes new media in theory and practice, tests their potential with in-house developments, presents possible uses in exemplary form and promotes debate on the form our information society is taking. Working closely with the State Academy for Design in Karlsruhe and other institutes, the Center for Art and Media provides a forum for science, art, politics and finance.
In a spacious ambiente, visitors can enjoy events and tours, view public exhibitions or visit the Mediathek. The Center is a platform for experimentation and discussion, with a mission to participate actively in working towards the future and engage in the ongoing debate about the sensible and meaningful use of technology.
Peter Weibel: born March 5, 1944 in Odessa, lives in Karlsruhe/Germany and Vienna/Austria
Studies of literature, medicine, logics, philosophy and film in Paris and Vienna. Doctoral thesis on mathematical logic (modal logic).
Polyartist, art- and media theoretician, exhibition curator
1976 - 1981 Lecturer for "Theory of Form" and
1981 - 1984 Visiting professor for Design and Art education at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna
1981 Visiting professor at the College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada
1979/80 Visiting professor for "Media art" and
1981 lecturer for "Perception theory" and
1982 - 1985 Professor for photography at the Gesamthochschule Kassel
1984 - 1989 Associate Professor for Video and Digital Arts, Center for Media Study, State University of New York at Buffalo
1989 - 1994 Director of the Institut für Neue Medien at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt/M.
1984 - 1998 Professor for Visual Media Art at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna
1986 - 1995 Artistic advisor and since 1992 artistic director of the Ars Electronica in Linz / Austria.
1993 - 1998 Chef curator of the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz / Austria
1993 - 1999 Austrian commissioner of the Biennale di Venezia
since 1999 Chairman and CEO of the ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe / Germany