• SK Stiftung Kultur

    The SK Stiftung Kultur was founded in 1976 by Sparkasse KölnBonn on the occasion of the bank’s 150-year jubilee celebrations. The organization today pursues its operative goals by offering to the general public and specialists an extensive programme relating to the subjects of photography, dance, the Kölsch (Cologne) dialect, and arts education and communication. A focus lies on the promotion of literature and reading skills as well as on communication and education in the areas of film and media art. The foundation further views its role as one of providing encouragement and support to the arts.

    Promotion and communication of media art

    In 2008, a project series for communicating media art to children and teenagers was launched. Entitled “Kopf einschalten und do it yourself”, the project aims to encourage media skills and creative potential. Since 2012 there are also intergenerational projects within the mediation of media art. Under the extended name “Kopf einschalten, do it yourself and do it together” the open workshops and projects at schools aim to encourage the dialogue between the generations. Youngsters and elderly people spend time together and work creatively with media. Outfitted with professional equipment and accompanied by experienced media artists, they learn from each other, gain insight in digital culture, explore media art and discover the perception of the other generation.

    The foundation also displays its commitment to education in the area of film and media art by regularly showing film programmes reflecting interdisciplinary approaches with a challenging as well as entertaining mixture of shorts films, video art, commercials and music videos.

    At the same time, efforts are dedicated to promoting the production of media art in order to heighten social awareness of the genre and enhance the applicable cultural-political structures. Examples are the initiative for a laboratory for media art production (“LABnrw”) which leaded to the foundation of “Die Kunstproduzenten. Agentur für Kunst und Medien” and the talk series “Collecting Video Art” which was hosted in cooperation with the Videonale and Olaf Stüber in 2013.


    SK Stiftung Kultur
    der Sparkasse KölnBonn
    Im Mediapark 7
    50670 Köln

    Birgit Hauska
    Cultural Education
    Media Art / Film
    Phone +49.(0)221.888 95 107
    Fax +49.(0)221.888 95 101


  • Schauspiel Dortmund

    Since 1968, the Schauspiel Dortmund has its own performance house at the Hiltropwall. There are several venues in the theatre. Combining the big theatre stage, the smaller studio and the theatre bar Institut, the Schauspiel Dortmund can hold 600 audience members in total.

    Since the season 2010/11, Kay Voges is Artistic Director of the Schauspiel Dortmund. Under his administration, the Schauspiel Dortmund has developed a reputation as a leading theatre laboratory. It is responsible for unconventional outdoor theatre formats in social hotspots (“Leonce und Lena” at the Phoenix-West area in Dortmund-Hörde or “Crashtest Nordstadt” in the north of the city), for picking up social and political topoi (“Stadt ohne Geld”, “Nach Manila”, the “Weisse Wölfe” exhibition”) and for the artistically tight integration of theatre and film imageries (“Einige Nachrichten an das All”, “Das Fest”, “Hamlet”).

    For Kay Voges and his team, there have been several accolades in the last seasons, e.g. several invitiations to and the first place at the NRW Theatertreffen, two nominations for the German Theatre Prize “Der Faust”, several movie prizes for the production “Einige Nachrichten an das All” as well as awards for younger artists from the Bundesland NRW. From 2015 to 2017, the Schauspiel Dortmund had to move to the “Megastore” in Dortmund Hörde due to renovations of the theatre workshops. This new, unconventional venue with two huge, variable hangars was an ideal location for successful theatrical experiments. Thus, the Schauspiel Dortmund was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen for the first time in more than 20 years for the production “Die Borderline Prozession”.

    With the plans of founding an academy for theatre and digital life, Kay Voges and the Schauspiel Dortmund attracted nation-wide attention. The academy was founded in 2018.


    Schauspiel Dortmund
    Intendant: Kay Voges

    Theater Dortmund
    Theaterkarree 1-3 / ehemals Kuhstraße 12
    44137 Dortmund

    Public Relations:
    Tel.: 0231 / 50-22 390
    Fax: 0231 / 50-26 252

  • PACT Zollverein

    Since it was founded in 2002, PACT Zollverein has clearly positioned itself as an initiator, catalyst and venue for seminal developments in the fields of dance, performance, theatre, media and fine arts. The former pithead bath of the World Heritage site Zollverein colliery has created a space for lively encounters and exchange between actions, experience and theoretical discourse.

    Key areas: artists’ centre, platform, stage

    The house boasts a working structure which is unique nationwide, consolidating three key areas of activity which all contribute to the standing and appreciation of dance and performance as independent art forms. In its residency programme, which is open to artists from around the world, PACT operates as an artists’ centre offering space for concentrated working processes. Under the rubric platform, it initiates exchanges between artists, academics and students from diverse disciplines. Its third main focus is on presenting an innovative and high-calibre stage programme featuring premieres, co-productions and guest performances.


    PACT Zollverein
    Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Gmbh
    Bullmannaue 20 a
    D-45327 Essen

    Stefan Hilterhaus
    Artistic Director
    Phone +49.(0)201.289 47 00
    Fax +49.(0)201.289 47 01


  • NRW-Forum Dusseldorf

    NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is an international exhibition centre spotlighting photography, popular and digital culture and since 2016 partner in the medienwerk.nrw

    In group and solo exhibitions, festivals, symposia, workshops, fairs, film screenings and other innovative formats, we find high-energy, dialogue-based ways to address the issues currently shaping our society. The interdisciplinary programme is distinguished by artistic quality and cultural relevance on the highest level, while remaining intellectually accessible and engaging.

    NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is an agora of contemporary culture, a social setting, and a place for experimentation and dialogue – in the real world as well as the virtual realm.


    NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
    Ehrenhof 2
    D – 40479 Düsseldorf
    Tel. +49 (0)211 – 89 266 90


  • Netzspannung.org

    netzspannung.org is a platform for interactive art and media art education. Netzspannung.org has been online since 2001, and defines itself as a tool for researching, reflecting upon, and imparting electronic culture. The platform for the theory and practice of media art offers over 2,500 work descriptions, texts, images and videos for the purpose of interdisciplinary education in art, design and informatics. Every month, between 100,000 and 150,000 international visitors take advantage of the cost-free access to over 200 hours of lectures and experimental teaching and learning modules for schools and universities.

    Thematic Content Areas

    The focus of netzspannung.org lies on interactive media art in the context of interdisciplinary artistic-researcharchiving and publication, as well as in the participation of the digital media › community. Netzspannung.org includes editorial and open channels. Peer-reviewed content, editorial contributions and user contributions generated a growing pool of information in the period of 2001-2009. Media Artists from around the world use the platform through an integrated translation tool.

    Interfaces and Data Performers

    Netzspannung.org connects structure and content of the archive with innovative interfaces. Classic search with the Archive Browser is complemented by intuitive tools for finding and discovering knowledge. Navigation through data space is supported by Semantic Maps. The Media Flow orchestrates the database as a stream of images and voices: The archive speaks.

    Authors, Partners, Funding

    Netzspannung.org was developed by the MARS – Exploratory Media Lab of the › Fraunhofer IAIS under the direction of artists and scientists Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss. Partner were authors, academics, media-art institutions, museums, the KUBIM project, the Burda Academy and other publishers.
    Sponsors of netzspannung.org were the BMBF: Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Senator for Economy and Ports Bremen and the Fraunhofer Society. More about the evolution of netzspannung.org (1998 – 2009).
    As of 2010, the action radius of netzspannung.org widens through cooperation with an exhibition space, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.




    netzspannung.org was being developed at the MARS Exploratory Media Lab, Fraunhofer Institute for Communication in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, Germany as one of the first e-teaching platforms based on semantic structuring of information under the direction of Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss.

  • Museum Ludwig

    The Museum Ludwig, in the immediate vicinity of the main train station and the Cologne Cathedral, is perhaps Cologne’s most famous museum and enjoys international renown.

    It was founded in 1976 with a donation of some 350 works of modern art to the city of Cologne by Peter and Irene Ludwig. Conceived by the Cologne architects Peter Busmann and Godfrid Haberer, in 1986 the “double museum” consisting of the Wallraf Richartz Museum and the Museum Ludwig opened. In 1994 it was decided to separate the two institutions. From this point on, the building on Bischofsgartenstraße would be entirely dedicated to the Museum Ludwig.


    Today the collection of the Museum Ludwig includes the most important artists of the twentieth century and contemporary art. The Cologne lawyer Dr. Josef Haubrich (1889–1961) laid the foundation of the collection. Immediately after World War II, in May 1946, he donated to the city of Cologne his collection of works of Expressionism (including Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, and Otto Mueller) and other representatives of modernism (Marc Chagall, Otto Dix).

    After Barcelona and Paris, the Museum Ludwig is home to the world’s third-largest Picasso collection. The museum also holds Europe’s most extensive Pop Art collection (including paintings, objects, and environments by Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, Warhol, and Wesselmann). The museum’s collection of over 600 Russian avant-garde works from 1905 to 1930 is also renowned. Less well known and not represented in the same numbers, but nonetheless important for the museum’s profile, are the works by artists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


    With Gerhard Richter: New Paintings (February 9 – May 1, 2017) and Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism (February 18 – May 14, 2017), the Museum Ludwig is presenting important exhibitions. Over the coming years, works from the collection of Wolfgang Hahn as well as the artists Reena Spaulings, Trisha Donnelly, Werner Mantz, and James Rosenquist will be shown.


    Museum Ludwig Fotografie und Medienkunst
    D-50667 Köln

    Anne Niermann / Sonja Hempel
    Telefon +49.(0)221.221 23491
    niermann@museum-ludwig.de / hempel@museum-ludwig.de


  • mex – intermediale und experimentelle Musikprojekte e.V.

    mex was founded in 1992 as an initiative for experimental and intermedia music projects, and was registered as a nonprofit association in 1994. Since that time, mex has provided curious, alert audiences and countless musicians and artists from around the world with a platform to present works ranging from soft to loud, from improvised to concept-based.

    Experimental concerts in the context of media art

    mex combines experimental concerts with the performance, video, intermedia, dance and visual arts in order to develop a crossover programme. While venues vary according to the context of scheduled performances, the main base is mexKeller in Künstlerhaus Dortmund. The association also acts as a guest curator; fundamental to its artistic concept with like-minded initiatives such as cuba-cultur (Münster), freies rheinland e.V. (Cologne), Voorkamer (Lier), Het Appolohuis (Eindhoven), Metrònom (Barcelona), CAS (Osaka), and Experimental Intermedia Foundation (New York).

    Projects and funding

    Outstanding projects to date have been PREVISIONS – open systems, Zehn and lento – Eigenzeit. The nonprofit association receives funding from Kulturbüro der Stadt Dortmund and ProJazz e.V.


    mex – experimentelle und intermediale Musikprojekte e.V.
    mexKeller im Künstlerhaus Dortmund
    Sunderweg 1
    44147 Dortmund

    Maija Julius
    Phone +49.(0)211.779 46 92

  • Lehmbruck Museum

    The Lehmbruck Museum is characterised by a collection of international modern sculpture that is singular in Europe, the unique combination of outstanding museum architecture and a sculpture park as well as its sculpture in the cityscape.

    In one of the outstanding museum buildings of the post-war period, the Lehmbruck Museum presents a unique collection of modern sculpture. Based on the work of Wilhelm Lehmbruck, primitivism and cubism, abstraction and expressionism, constructivism and minimalism meet here. In addition to around 100 sculptures, 40 paintings, 900 drawings and 200 prints from Lehmbruck’s estate, which was acquired permanently in 2008, the museum gathers works by Pablo Picasso, Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz, Constantin Brâncusi, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Joseph Beuys, Henry Moore, Niki de Saint Phalle and Richard Serra on around 5000 square metres. The museum also has Germany’s most important group of works by Alberto Giacometti and an exquisite collection of German paintings, from the turn of the century to the 1960s, from Brücke artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Max Pechstein and Otto Mueller to Emil Nolde, August Macke, Heinrich Campendonk and Ernst Wilhelm Nay to Alexej von Jawlensky, Oskar Kokoschka and Johannes Molzahn. This collection is regularly expanded by donations and permanent loans and the indispensable commitment of the Friends of the Museum.

    The museum is surrounded by a 100-hectare Kant Park with more than 40 large sculptures by such important artists as Henry Moore, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Meret Oppenheim. This connection between inside and outside, which continues through the museum’s sculpture courtyard, is an expression of the motto “Art is for everyone”, which characterizes the house in groundbreaking temporary exhibitions and events such as the “plastikBAR” on Thursday evening, but above all in its nationally acclaimed art education. For more than two decades, programmes have been developed here for groups, families and school classes as well as for people with special needs such as the hearing impaired, the visually impaired or people with dementia.

    In its temporary exhibitions, the LehmbruckMuseum is committed on the one hand to its internationally renowned collection and its historically grown claim, and on the other to supporting local and regional artists. Stars such as Nam June Paik, Tony Cragg and Alberto Giacometti are juxtaposed with young artists in solo exhibitions. This mixture makes the house an extraordinary place of communication between man and art and enables a journey through the history of modern sculpture, from the greatest sculptors of the 20th century to the present day.


    Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum – Zentrum Internationaler Skulptur
    Düsseldorfer Straße 51
    47049 Duisburg
    T: +49 (0)203 283-2630 / -3294
    F: +49 (0)203 283-3892

  • Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln / Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)

    The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), founded in 1990, promotes an interdisciplinary approach to media arts. The academy concept networks and integrates the areas of film, art and science within the nine semester degree course in Media and Fine Art. In addition, a two-year postgraduate course offers specialized qualification in the above areas. The option of obtaining doctoral degrees was introduced in 2004.


    Annual attendance at KHM averages 350 students. Working in studios and laboratories, undergraduates are intensively tutored by an international team of professors and assistants in the course of lectures, seminars, workshops, and individual and group tutorials. The degree courses focus on artistic practice: video art, experimental film, photography, sound/acoustics, feature and documentary film, animation film, experimental informatics, performance, painting, sculpture, set-making, design, art in public space. In-depth consideration of the theoretical aspects underlying artistic projects is fostered by courses examining the theory, aesthetic and history of film, the arts and the media. The resultant projects are unconventional and experimental, denying rigid definitions and genres. 

    Public events 

    Public events such as the “Heimspiel” series of screenings featuring debut films by KHM graduates, the “Soundings” concert series, weekly lectures, or the programme in the GLASMOOG exhibition space – a platform for presenting contemporary artistic discourses – place contemporary production at KHM within the context of international artistic questions. At the end of every summer semester, the academy opens its doors to interested parties wishing to visit the annual show with the very recent developments in contemporary art.


    Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
    Peter-Welter-Platz 2
    D-50676 Köln

    Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Reck
    Phone +49.(0)221.201 89 111

    Heike Ander
    Curator of Contemporary Art & Public Programmes
    Phone +49.(0)221.201 89 213
    Fax +49.(0)221.201 89 49213


  • Kultur-Initiative Emscher-Lippe (K.I.E.L.)

    The cultural initiative K.I.E.L was founded in 2003 by H. Peter Rose, a retired city councillor formerly in charge of Culture, Education, Youth and Social Affairs in Gelsenkirchen, and by Heinz H. Meyer, who was for many years project manager at the Adolf-Grimme-Institut in Marl. The initiative pursues the goal of making tangible the structural transformations undergone by the society and landscape of the Ruhr and of making these changes politically configurable as objects of art, culture and education. Viewing itself as an initiator and promoter of civil-society engagement, K.I.E.L. cooperates closely with initiatives, societies and associations in the Ruhr district, and likewise with communal institutions and bodies, providing assistance in developing projects and workshops.

    Projects: accents in education and culture

    The activities of K.I.E.L. aim to further the understanding and communication of ideas relating to art, culture and the future of the northern Ruhr, a region embedded between the Emscher and Lippe rivers. The projects of the initiative emphasize aspects of education and culture: the “Emscher-Lippe Forum for Economics and Culture” is staged in cooperation with the communal enterprise “WiN Emscher-Lippe – Gesellschaft für Strukturverbesserung mbH” in Herten. The course leading to the tour-guide qualification “Regioguide RUHR.2010 – Wissen für Führungen zum Strukturwandel” is implemented together with the further-education institution “Arbeit und Leben – DGB/VHS – Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft NRW”. In addition, K.I.E.L. curates the literary competition “Wasser.Werke” of the Regionale Initiative Fluss-Stadt-Land.


    Grothofsweg 12 A
    45894 Gelsenkirchen

    H. Peter Rose, Heinz H. Meyer
    Phone +49.(0)209.396025
    Mobile +49.(0)175.2020722