Driving the Human - Opening Festival

20 Nov 2020 – 22 Nov 2020

Regular hours

Fri, 20 Nov
18:30 – 23:59
Sat, 21 Nov
10:00 – 23:59
Sun, 22 Nov
10:00 – 18:00

Timezone: Europe/Berlin


Hosted by: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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The festival will publicly discuss and condense questions and visions for shaping a sustainable and collective future by combining science, technology, and art.


In a digital broadcast accessible to all, the festival invites scholars, artists, designers, and other multidisciplinary participants to launch a debate on the themes currently defining our existence – from the human to non-human, from existence to co-existence, from digital to analogue. As a catalyst for experimentation, the festival formulates the questions that will orient the next phase of the Driving the Human investigation.

The festival takes place on the premises of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and will be broadcast to the world. Over the course of three days and inside a specially built scenography, the large-scale festival combines different formats, interweaving live programming with pre-recorded segments. The program brings inspiring speakers and visionary voices to the fore, in search of the constructive frictions that define our contemporary moment.

The awareness of an existential threat to our collective conditions of existence leads to the necessity of finding various ways of coping with Earth’s critical situation and reconfiguring how to orient ourselves. Exploring new modes of coexisting between all forms of life, the exhibition Critical Zones, currently on display at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, will provide an orientation with which to discuss the current ecological and sociopolitical challenges of our time. Similarly investigating local resources and sustainable possibilities to redesign and rethink production methods, the Bio Design Lab of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design will introduce several formats to discuss practical and sustainable visions for the future.

The event is accompanied by the Telegram chat group https://t.me/drivingthehuman – you are welcome to join and participate!

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