Is it working? | Conversations and presentations, 1st part


The event is part of the international art, science and technology festival Is it working?.

Yannick Hofmann: The Intelligent Museum | Presentation

The aim of the four-year project The Intelligent Museum is to implement an AI-supported exhibition concept developed in cooperation with the Deutsches Museum in Munich and the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, Systems Technology and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in Karlsruhe.

Within the project, novel approaches in the domain of AI will be critically examined. Experimenting with new digital aesthetics and forms of expression simultaneously enables new museum experiences and thus new ways of museum communication and mediation; the museum space becomes a forum, a place of experience and critical exchange.

The project aims at realising new computer- and AI-based artworks. The cooperation between ZKM and Deutsches Museum together with the IOSB opens up possibilities to create additional aspects in the view of technologies beyond the focus on technology, to reach new target groups for the topic and to create a new kind of (museum) experience.


Ludger Brümmer: Why Spatial Sound? | Presentation

There are several good reasons why a composer should choose to compose and present one’s composition in a multichannel format using arrays of loudspeakers. Some of them are caused by the way human perception works, some are aesthetic decisions and others are caused by the fact that the technology and software are out there and make it reasonably achievable.

Spatial environments enable the listener to perceive a perspective or a layering of all the sounds in the depth of space. Multiple speaker environments enable the perceptive system to perceive more details of complex music. They even support multiple observation points leading to different experiences of the same musical work. Finally, they create an immersive field surrounding the listener completely, making him part of the acoustic scenery intensifying the experience of sound and dynamics. This talk is intended to introduce this topic, show the perceptive context, and discuss available technical solutions in this field.

Produciton: ZKM Hertz-Lab, osmo/za

The event will be held in accordance with the instructions and recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health.


Yannick Hofmann

Yannick Hofmann lives and works in Karlsruhe as an artist and curator. He is the deputy head of ZKM | Hertz-Lab and teaches at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Using methods of the maker and hacker scene, his conceptually motivated artistic work is often concerned with aspects of social disruption or technological bias. It has been internationally presented in Europe, Russia, North America, Southeast Asia and India.

Ludger Brümmer

Ludger Brümmer is a composer and professor of composition. Since 2017, he has been working as director of the Hertz-Lab at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. From 2003 to 2017, he was head of the former Institute for Music and Acoustics. His music focuses on the use of the computer both as an artistic means of composition and for electronic sound production.

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