Opening: Matter. Non-Matter. Anti-Matter.

Based on the case studies of Les Immatériaux (Centre Pompidou, 1985) and Iconoclash. Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion, and Art (ZKM, 2002) and within the framework of the practice-based research and international co-operation project Beyond Matter. Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality (2019-23), two art institutions – ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the Centre Pompidou in Paris – have committed themselves to examining the possibility of exhibition revival through experiential methods of digital and spatial modeling.

Matter. Non-Matter. Anti-Matter presents the digital models of the aforementioned past exhibitions on the newly developed Immaterial Display, a hardware created specifically for the exploration of virtual exhibitions. Furthermore, a selection of artworks and artifacts, mainly from the collections of the Centre Pompidou and ZKM | Karlsruhe and many of which were showcased in Les Immatériaux and Iconoclash, attest to a conceptual dematerialization and digital re-materialization of artworks. Examples of digital curatorial and exhibition reconstruction techniques that were implemented within Beyond Matter offer a broader and contemporary approach to the subject.



Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás, curator



Sybille Krämer, Professor (emer.) at the Free University of Berlin

Olga Sismanidi, Representative Creative Europe Program of the European Commission (EACEA)

Arne Braun, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg

Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe

Peter Weibel, Director of the ZKM | Karlsruhe

Xavier Rey, Director of the Centre Pompidou, Paris


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Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
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