The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
is a museum for all media, but also an interdisciplinary research and production center. In groundbreaking exhibitions like “Iconoclash. Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art” (2002) and “Making Things Public. Atmospheres of Democracy” (2005) it displayed its competence for scientific topics of social relevance which also attract utmost public attention.
Freddy Paul Grunert
born in Ludwigsstadt/ Oberfranken in 1959
studied philosophy and anthropology in Stuttgart and Rome.
Since the mid-1980s, his trans-genre works have been presented internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including: Biennale de Sao Paolo, Brazil (1994), Ludwig Forum, Aachen (1995), art fair, Cologne, Biennale di Venezia, and ZKM | Karlsruhe (all 2003).
He has received several awards, among others, in 2005 from the President of the European Parliament for the urban planning project “selph2” in Potsdam, and a commendation for “Philosophie des Hydrogens” at the media press conference for the Third Industrial Revolution in Brussels.
In 2008, Freddy Paul Grunert founded the organization “selph2,” an institutional interface for the promotion of immaterial values. Likewise in 2008, he was named executive member of the society for the construction of an ecologically-sound airport in Viterbo and since 2009, is vice president of the European Society of the Third Industrial Revolution, Jeremy Rifkin, Rome. In collaboration with architectural offices, such as Centola & Associati, Salerno and di-Zain, and Sutri, Grunert has worked on the realization of ecologically-sound projects for residential living spaces and environments. He teaches numerous seminars, among others, at the universities in Rome and Frankfurt, and is frequently summoned to international conferences, most recently, “Global contract based on climate justice,” European Parliament, Brussels, “German - Italian Cooperation for the Development of Renewable Energies in the Mediterranean,” Italian Embassy Berlin, and “Art and Climate Change,” Council of Europe, Strasbourg. Since 2010, Freddy Paul Grunert is coordinator for the International European Environmental Criminal Court, Venice, and member of the International Academy of Environmental Sciences, together with (among others), Nobel Peace Laureates Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Shirin Ebadi. In 2011, he will be co-curator of the exhibition and research platform “Climate Anomie. Climate Turn. Change It. 2011”, and of “Francesco LoSavio und Tano Festa”, at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, together with Peter Weibel.
Freddy Paul Grunert lives and works as a freelance artist and intellectual in Grotte di Castro (I) and Aachen (D).
born 1944 in Odessa
Chairman and CEO, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Peter Weibel studied literature, medicine, logic, philosophy and film in Paris and Vienna. He became a central figure in European media art on account of his various activities as artist, media theorist and curator. Since 1984 he is professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, from 1984 to 1989 he was head of the digital arts laboratory at the Media Department of New York University in Buffalo, and in 1989 he founded the Institute of New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt-on-Main, which he directed until 1995. Between 1986 and 1995, he was in charge of the Ars Electronica in Linz, he commissioned the Austrian pavilions at the Venice Biennale from 1993 to 1999. From 1993 to 1998 he was chief curator at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria, and since 1999 he is Chairman and CEO of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. In 2007 he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate by the University of Art and Design Helsinki and in 2008 he was awarded with the French Order “Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Order of Arts and Literature). Also in 2008 he was the Artistic Director of the Biennial of Sevilla (Biacs3). In 2009 he was awarded with the “Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge-Preis fuer unkonventionelle Kunstvermittlung” of Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung and with the “Verdienstmedaille des Landes Baden-Wuerttemberg”. Also in 2009 he has been appointed as full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts Munich and from 2009 to 2012 he is Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.