By Ole Scheeren
Architecture is both an expression of reality and a vision of possible future lifeworlds. »ole scheeren : spaces of life« the ZKM | Center for Art and Media is presenting the first comprehensive solo exhibition of Ole Scheeren, and explores the question of how today’s architecture creates prototypes for living tomorrow.
The exhibition is organized in five distinct parts, each of them offering a different insight into aspects of Ole Scheeren's work.
At the centre of the gallery is the Sculpture Garden, a collection of large-scale semi-abstract models that take on the quality of sculpture, mostly representing completed projects. They are brought to life through Augmented Reality and have a photographic backdrop, an Urban Panorama, that provides the real-life context in which they were built.
The Timeline, a chronology of Ole Scheeren’s projects, presents a sequence of selected works over the past 30 years, going back to his student days.
A cluster of four thematic pockets is distributed around the Sculpture Garden: 3D Living, Cultural Hybrids, Collaborative Environments, and Spatial Ecologies. Each of them addresses one or more of the architectural concepts on which the work is based through a deeper exploration of specific projects. They form the starting point for creating Spaces of Life.
At the centre of the gallery the Media Dump, a continuous stream of online social- and mass media, explores the way in which architecture relates to and is shaped by popular culture.
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is a worldwide unique cultural institution, which was founded in 1989 with the mission of taking the classical arts into the digital era and expanding the traditional remit of a museum. The ZKM is a home for all media and genres that combines space-based and time-based forms of art. At the intersection of art, science, technology, and society, the ZKM combines research and production, exhibitions and events, collections and archives, education and documentation; for this reason it is also referred to as “the digital Bauhaus.”
Organization / Institution
The exhibition is a cooperation between ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien and OS ARCHIVE gGmbH, in partnership with KME Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, City of Karlsruhe.