Creative Bridge between Karlsruhe and India

ZKM Karlsruhe at Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in Mumbai

Code and culture are heavily connected: Through the increase of availability in broadband networks and thus apps and social media, we share and spread our culture with unprecedented simplicity and intensity. Between April 6 and June 2, 2018, ZKM Karlsruhe will be showing a satellite exhibition of “Open Codes. Life in Digital Worlds” in the gallery of the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in Mumbai.

"Open Codes. Life in Digital Worlds"  Photo: ZKM

The exhibition is set up by the ZKM Karlsruhe – in Mumbai. Concept and idea of “Open Codes” remains, but the selection of the works is of course adapted to the location and topic. “The linked cities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, Pune and Mumbai, play an important role in this process” says Prof. Christiane Riedel, Managing Director of the ZKM.

The aim of the event, “Coding Culture”, is to bring together people with programming skills and people with access to and great knowledge of culture for the purpose of discovering what they can create. Codes take an even larger role in sharing and shaping culture, and bring them to life through visualizations, connectivity and experiences.

Whether it's an exhibition, workshops or events: "Involved are local artists, the hacker scene and also universities", says Prof. Riedel: A future-oriented project that fits perfectly also with the IT city of Karlsruhe."

Participation is possible

As a kick-off event, ZKM Karlsruhe and Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai are organizing a cultural Hackathon on 1 and 2 February with funding from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg (MWK). In addition many programming, major institutions also participate, including the CSMVS Museum. These museums provide parts of their collection and cultural data to programmers accordingly.

"Open Codes. Life in Digital Worlds" Photo: ZKM

Code is an integral part of our culture, “we use it continuously through digital media. Code, however, also contributes to the transformation of our society through its manner, function and possibilities: Code is a tool that leaves clear traces in our culture”, explained Prof. Riedel. Code and culture are closely intertwined and highly influential. The aim of the Hackathon is to bring together programmers and cultural institutions, to promote synergies and thus to exchange cultures in the light of the digital transformation. (red)

Quick facts:
Code with cultural data: Create, share & enhance arts and culture
Sign up: Free, but mandatory!
Food and Drinks? Yes and it's free. We even have “Club-Mate” (most hackers and coders in Germany drink it)

1st – 2nd of February 2018: Opening event
February 2018: Code at your own space from anywhere you like
4th of March: Submission deadline (online)
7th of April: Award ceremony at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

Join on 1st and 2nd of February and win a 5 days trip to the IT-Hub Karlsruhe, Germany and visit the ZKM | Center for Art and Media as well as related institutions in the first half of May.


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Anlaufstelle in Pune


Die Kooperation zwischen Karlsruhe und dem indischen Pune ist einen Schritt weiter: Im Januar 2014 wurde im "MCCIA Trade Tower", 403, Senapati Bapat Road, eine direkte Karlsruher Anlaufstelle mit den Repräsentantinnen Iris Becker und Winnie Kulkarni von "Let's Bridge IT" in Pune eröffnet.

Durch Erfolg und Ausbau der vielfältigen Aktivitäten - ob Infos rund um den Standort Karlsruhe, aktiv Kontakte zu indischen Firmen halten oder deutsche Firmen aus der TRK in und um Pune bekannter machen - erfolgte im März 2018 ein Umzug in neue Räumlichkeiten, auch durch die Erweiterung um die Repräsentanz des Landes Baden-Württembergs in Maharashtra sowie das Marketingbüro der „Hochschul Föderation Südwest“. 


Karlsruhe Cooperation & Marketing Office
Let's bridge IT, Ms. Iris Becker
9th Floor, Sunit Capital, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016
Tel: +91 75 0782 7033