Since 2013 the Office medienwerk.nrw is hosted by Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) in Dortmund. The office organises and coordinates discursive events for medienwerk.nrw partners as well as workshops for media artists and international conferences and festivals. It advises media artists in NRW on grants, opportunities for cooperation and production sites while informing the Ministry for Culture and Science of NRW on the latest developments in the realm of media art. The office is also in charge of the advertisement and awarding of the NRW Grant for female Media Artists as well as the jury procedure for the NRW Award for Emerging Media Artists and informs the public about its activities.
Through its discursive events and international conferences and festivals, medienwerk.nrw encourages a public dialogue on contemporary aesthetic tendencies in the context of media art as well as on the social consequences of digitisation and networking. The aim of the networking events is furthermore to expand and reflect on various artistic and cultural-political practices and spheres of activity beyond the respective programmes of its partners. The various events and topics developed by its office aim to articulate a space for a lively critical dialogue.
The series of workshops organised by medienwerk.nrw are aimed at young media artists who live and/or work in NRW, more particularly at graduates from the State’s art and design schools. The workshops aim to provide participants with practical tools and abilities as well as insights in contemporary art practices and discursive topics. These workshops will benefit from the expansive experiences and knowledge of the partners of medienwerk.nrw, which are actively involved in shaping their content.