smARTplaces | INNOVATION in Culture conference

01.03.2018 - 02.03.2018

On the 1st and 2nd of March 2018, the conference smARTplaces | INNOVATION in Culture takes place at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Registration is required, participation in the conference is free of charge. Registration under:

Digital renewal within culture and audience development

Not only is digitization now in art’s DNA, cultural institutions are beginning to embark on disruptive paths in order to facilitate and support innovative processes. smARTplaces | INNOVATION in Culture analyzes possibilities, and also necessities, of digital renewal within culture and spotlights audience development.

The relationship between visitor, institution and technology

The first of three conferences, smARTplaces | INNOVATION in Culture investigates the relationship between visitor, institution and technology. Over the course of two days, innovation talks, experience flights, fishbowls, workshops, and seminars engage with themes connected with and deriving from cultural work at the beginning of the twenty-first century: Who are our visitors? How can we get to know more about them? And what are we permitted to know about them in order that we, as a cultural institution, do not lose our corrective function vis à vis social developments? Of what relevance are technologies such as games, AR and VR – which art is already utilizing – for dialogue with the visitors and what scenarios – with regards to AI – will be on their way in the upcoming years?

The museum as a place of exploring, discovering and developing

With the experience design of cultural offerings, design thinking in work processes, and change management of institutional structure, the conference aims to accompany the cultural institution during its development into the ‘museum as a source of experience’, a place of exploring, discovering, and developing.


Speakers scheduled for the conference are amongst others Christian Ulrik Andersen (Aarhus University), Alain Bieber (nrw Forum, Düsseldorf), Björn Bohnenkamp (Karlshochschule International University Karlsruhe), Lourdes Fernandez (Azkuna Zentroa Bilbao), Michela Magas (Music TEch Fest/European Woman Innovator of the Year), Jivka Ovtcharova (KIT University Karlsruhe), Oliver Rack (Open Government Partnership Germany), Margit Rosen (ZKM | Karlsruhe}, Paula Susaeta (Mapfre Foundation, Majadahonda/ Spain), Peter Weibel (ZKM Karlsruhe), Martin Zierold (Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg).