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ZKM Open Codes: Understand the World we Live in

Oct. 20, 2017 Aug/ 8, 2018- Karlrsruhe (Germany). More info

With the »Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds« exhibition, the ZKM | Karlsruhe is once again addressing the subject of digitalization and the recording of the world through the binary code.

To understand the world we inhabit
To understand the world we live in
To understand the world that sustains us
Today we live in a globalized world that is controlled and created by digital codes. From communication to transportation (of people, goods, and messages), everything is guided by codes that use electromagnetic waves and computers. Mathematics and mechanics have created a new tool-based world, erected by engineers, physicists, and programmers.

From the binary code (Leibniz) to Morse code, from cosmic code to the genetic code, we live in a world of codes. This exhibition, a collection of artworks and scientific works gives you the opportunity to get an insight into this world and to better understand it. The exhibition will be a mix of a laboratory and a lounge, a »Club Mediterranée«, and a learning environment.

We would like to test new and perhaps unusual education and learning formats with our visitors, and create new approaches to knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere that stimulates learning. Programming, learning with bots and other new technologies should no longer pose a limit to education. Everyone should have the chance to understand what lies behind today’s digital world. Whether with free entry to the exhibition, snacks and drinks at the museum or natural work in the museum field – the exhibition will change the approach to museum installations as an educational policy experiment in the area of »Audience Development«. The museum will, in the true sense of the word, be well worth a visit.

Artworks and scientific works based on digital as well as on analog codes are presented in the exhibition. The works visualize and explain the complex dynamics of code, and the way in which they are increasingly shaping the way we live and perceive the world.

Exhibition Program »Open Codes«

From film screenings, artist talks, conferences, workshops and guided tours up to meet-ups open to the public – the exhibition features a rich program accompanying the exhibition, which allows you to approach the complex dynamics of digital codes in a playful manner!

// Sat–Sun, October 21–22, 2017, 11 am–6 pm
»Unity3D for Visual Artists«: Workshop on the most popular cross-platform game engine Unity.

// Thu, October 26, 2017, 6 pm
»All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace«: Documentary about how humans have been colonized by the machines they have built.

// Sat, October 28, 2017, 11 am–6 pm
»Cryprolab«: Hands-on-workshop on cryptocurrencies.


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