Blanca Giménez


    Open Codes. We are Data 

    23.10.2019 – 26.01.2020, Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao, Spain)

    Co-curated with Rakel Esparza, Fernando Pérez y Jaime de los Ríos


    The exhibition and educational project »Open Codes« reflects on the world we live in today: a world that is created and ruled by codes. Digital codes determine how we perceive our surroundings, they influence our financial systems, our legislations and our business models; in essence, they shape and create new horizons for social, economic, or cultural activity.

    »Open Codes« is conceived as an experimental space for creative encounters, where knowledge production on understanding computer codes and artistic approaches take place at a single venue. It is an attempt to engage with today’s realities and point out perspectives and lines of development for the future in order to better understand the world we live in: a world that has become a field of data.

    An extensive supporting program with lectures, workshops and film screenings will accompany the show. We invite visitors to experience the exhibition room as a thinking space, a co-working space and an assembly, as a new form of congregating to exchange and acquire knowledge, and a new form of collaboration.

    »Open Codes. We are Data« at Azkuna Zentroa is a satellite exhibition of »Open Codes« at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, which was shown from October 20, 2017 to June 2, 2019.


    Further information here

  2. © Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Foto: Akshay Sawant


    Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds

    01.10.2019 – 17.10.2019, Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Berlin (Germany)


    We live in a world that is generated, controlled and regulated by data. Digital codes are the access to this world, they determine how we perceive our environment and have a profound impact on all areas of our lives – economy and society, politics and justice.

    The exhibition and educational project »Open Codes«, which attracted more than 200,000 visitors to the ZKM | Karlsruhe from October 2017 to June 2019, opens on October 1, 2019 in Berlin, in the Baden-Württemberg State Representation. The travel version of the exhibition presented by the ZKM focuses on technological advances in Baden-Württemberg.

    Many important technical developments in the field of computer science have taken place in Baden-Württemberg, from the completion of the calculating machine by Philipp Matthäus Hahn in 1774 in Kornwestheim to the invention of the »Learning Matrix« by Stuttgart computer science pioneer Karl Steinbuch in 1969, which was one of the first technical realizations for adaptive systems. In the exhibition, the interactive augmented reality installation »Genealogy of the Digital Code« provides an overview of important milestones in computer technology from 1800 to the present day. On iPads, videos can be accessed in which, for example, the development of the binary code, early calculating machines, the first neural network – and, of course, the reception of the first e-mail in Germany at Karlsruhe University can be experienced. In addition to this installation, numerous works will be shown that deal with the social and cultural effects of current technologies. In the installation »YOU:R:CODE«, for example, visitors experience different kinds of digital transformations of themselves, in which their own mirror image is increasingly transformed into a digital data body. The two films »3/78 (Objects and Transformations)« and »Calculated Movement« by the artist Larry Cuba show exciting experiments of the 1970s and 1980s on the visual perception of movement and mathematical structures.

    »Open Codes« is more than an exhibition: the project also sees itself as an experimental space for creative encounters, in which knowledge production takes place to understand our artificial, man-made data world. »Open Codes« in the Baden-Württemberg State Representation is an attempt to deal with today's realities and to reflect on the current social effects that this digital data world brings with it.

    The exhibition is complemented by a rich program of lectures, workshops and film screenings. We invite visitors to experience the exhibition space as a space for thinking, cooperation and meeting, as a new form of gathering and exchange for the acquisition of knowledge and cooperation. »Open Codes« aims to show perspectives and lines of development for the future in order to better understand the world in which we live.


    Further information here

  3. Seasons of Media Arts © ZKM | Karlsruhe.


    Seasons of Media Arts. City of participative visions

    08.08.2019 – 15.09.2019, ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany)

    Co-curated with Peter Weibel, Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás and Olga Timurgalieva


    A city in keeping with the times is subject to constant – if invisible – change as thousands of data streams are created, captured, and distributed every day. The rise of the »smart city« phenomenon raises important questions: What kind of future city do we want and what is our position within it? How can we influence the urban landscape through new digital technologies, data streams, and information? What happens to all the data collected in our smart cities by sensors and smart technologies?

    Possible social effects of the emergence of a »digitally connected city« will be made tangible at various locations in the city by means of augmented and virtual reality works, as well as interactive and media art installations. In association with local groups, internationally active media artists will transform the city of Karlsruhe into a place of participative visions within the framework of Seasons of Media Arts. 


    Further information here

  4. BarCamp © ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Elias Siebert.


    Learning Takes Place

    09.11.2018 – 02.12.2018, ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany)


    »Learning Takes Place«, a cooperative project between ZKM and KIT, deals with places of learning, working and exchange of knowledge under the conditions of digital change. What can these places look like – and how can we rethink them?

    How do spatial conditions influence our learning, and what other techniques of thinking exist? What role does digital space play – and what can the museum's location contribute to these questions? From October to December 2018, the ZKM, in close connection with the »Open Codes« exhibition, will become an experimental space for alternative spatial concepts, new learning techniques and the networking of already developed projects.

    In various formats, »Learning Takes Place« will bring together actors from the university, the museum, the city and other institutions to discuss together: How do we want to learn? Where do we want to learn?


    Further information here.

  5. Open Discussion: What is Open Codes? © ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Anne-Sophie Stolz.


    Open Codes II. The World as a Field of Data

    01.09.2018 – 02.06.2019, ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany)

    Co-curated with Peter Weibel, Yasemin Keskintepe and Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás


    While the first phase »Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds« presented many varied examples of codes, from Morse code to genetic code, the second phase »Open Codes. The World as a Field of Data« focuses on a world that is increasingly driven by data.

    We live in a world that is not solely generated, driven, and controlled by things, words, and images, but above all by data. A vast number of electronic interfaces, like smartphones, computers, TVs, and data displays, accompany us 24/7. Fields of Data are indispensable and omnipresent.

    The second phase of the exhibition is also accompanied by an extensive supporting program with lectures, conferences, symposia, workshops and film screenings. We invite visitors to experience the museum as a thinking space, as co-working space and as an assembly, as a new form of congregating to exchange and acquire knowledge, and a new form of collaborating.


    Further information here

  6. Film still from Sinofuturism (1839 - 2046 AD) by Lawrence Lek.


    Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds

    20.10.2017 – 05.08.2018, ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany)

    Co-curated with Peter Weibel, Yasemin Keskintepe and Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás


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

    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.

    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 events, 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«. 

    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.


    Further information here

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