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. Mathematics and mechanics have created a new tool-based world, erected by engineers, physicists, and programmers.
More than 200 artworks and scientific works based on digital as well as on analog codes are presented in the exhibition ‘Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds’ at Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany). The works visualize and explain the complex dynamics of codes, and the way in which they are increasingly shaping the way we live and perceive the world. A section of the exhibition explores concepts of virtual reality conceived as experiences of and in spaces that do not physically exist and cannot be explored by touch.
The exhibition has set itself the objective of changing the approach to museum installations as an educational policy experiment in the area of »Audience Development«. If you usually won’t do museums because you feel bored, this exhibition might convince you of the contrary. At least you don’t have to pay for entry. Snacks and drinks are free. Open until 5 August 2018. Venue is the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), a place that expands classical art into the digital age.