/// 2007 /// Interactive User Installation
/// the SLatelliterates [Dagmar Füchtjohann/ Stefan Gebhardt/ Axel Heide/ Bastian Hemminger/ Herwig Hoffmann/Felix Kratzer/ Torrid Luna/ tx_Oh/ Philip Pocock/ Linus Stolz/ Udo Walker/ Peter Weibel]




With ZKM_YOUniverse the ZKM presents its Dependence in Second Life, an outlook for the digital museum of the future. With extended 3D, Web 2.0 as well as mobile platforms, the aim is to provide users everywhere with an extended discursive virtual environment which clarifies in advance, the role of the “active visitor” to the museum. Unlike the conventional representative forms in Second Life, the ZKM Universe does not function as a three-dimensional mirror image of the physical ZKM in the “first world“: the analysis of current questions relating to art, media and technology which are posed by the ZKM think factory both in theory and practice are made accessible to the “prosumer (pro-ducer, con-sumer) beyond regional borders and can be designed by them. The particular media architecture of the ZKM satellites provide space for participative media events, trans-local E-learning as well access to contents from audio-visual archives of the ZKM and its partners worldwide. The user can introduce pictures into the symbolic universe of the ZKM either directly into Second Life or via mobile telephones on site at the ZKM, from which a data stream for the various project’s platforms can be generated. With their avatars, Second Life users can also participate “in world”.
(Text: Petra Kaiser)


Stefan Gebhardt, software developer (Java and other web applications) at the company Abas, Karlsruhe

Axel Heide
, media artist, web developer and programmer

Bastian Hemminger
, programmer in the field of mobile applications and media art

Herwig Hoffmann, painter and director of the 3D Studios at the State Academy of Design (HfG) Karlsruhe

Thomax Kaulmann, media artist and freelance programmer for cultural projects (among others co-author of the ZKM “Open Video Archive”, 1999)

Felix Kratzer, founder and director of vQuantor, a company which develops 3D internet solutions as well as member of staff of the FZI Research Center for Informatics, Karlsruhe

Torrid Luna, Linux hacker, Linden-Scripting-Language-Guru and founder of the SL-Firma Primforge

Linus Stolz studied industrial design at the University of Pforzheim and specializes in the design and programming of virtual environments

Philip Pocock (*1954, Ottawa, Canada) the focus of Philip Pocock’s work is internet based platforms and installations. In addition to collaboratively emerging media projects, his work comprises photography, drawing and painting as well as the analysis of media and art theory. His works are exhibited internationally, among others, at the Musée d‘art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, documenta X and at the Rotterdam DEAF Festival.

Peter Weibel (*1944 in Odessa) In addition to his activity as an artist and curator, he became internationally recognized through his writings on art and media theory. Weibel has taught at numerous universities in Austria, Germany and in the USA and, in 1989, founded the Institute for New Media in Frankfurt/Main. As Art Director of Ars Electronica in Linz, which curated the Austrian contribution to the Venice Biennale from 1993 to 1999, he has been director of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe since January 1999. He received the title of Honorary Doctor of the University of Art and Design Helsinki in January 2007.

Concept: Peter Weibel, Philip Pocock
Project direction: Philip Pocock
Realization: the SLatelliterates: Dagmar Füchtjohann, Stefan Gebhardt, Axel Heide, Bastian Hemminger, Herwig Hoffmann, Felix Kratzer, Thomax Kaulmann, Torrid Luna, Philip Pocock, Linus Stolz.
Production: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, 2007

the SLatelliterates, ZKM_YOUniverse, 2007, interactive user installation, computer networks comprises 11 PCs, 5 flat-screens, measurement of the main installation 6 x 6 m, measurement of the webstation 1 x 2 m, loaned by the artists