Sabine Faller and Barbara Kiolbassa

Research Associate and Trainee, ZKM | Museumskommunikation (Germany)

Sabine Faller (StExII) is a trainee with the department of Museum Communication at the ZKM | Centre for Arts and Media Karlsruhe, where her main focus is on projects and workshops with children, youth and adults. She studied Art and German in the teacher training programme of the University of Education in Freiburg. She has since worked as a freelance media educator and editor for ALEX Offener Kanal Berlin, Wissenschaftliches Institut des Jugendhilfswerk Freiburg e.V. and the Lernradio PH 88,4 Freiburg, in particular.

Barbara Zoé Kiolbassa M.A. is a trainee with the department of Museum Communication at the ZKM | Centre for Arts and Media Karlsruhe, where her main focus is on projects and guided tours with youth and adults. She studied History, Art History and Media Sciences at Tübingen University and spent one year at the Université de Aix-Marseille before interning at the Hafnarhús Art Museum in Reykjavík. In 2015 she helped organise the GENERATE!° Festival of Electronic Arts in Tübingen, and has co-organised several exhibitions and projects since.

Creative Coding: How Art Education and Code Go Together

The current exhibition “Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds“ at the ZKM | Center for Arts and Media attempts to unveil the hidden code behind daily life and make it accessible to the general public. This workshop aims to offer an insight into our creative coding and mediation programmes, to review our experience so far and maybe even do a bit of artistic coding. Code shapes our environment, be it as the basis of global data flows or behind the user-friendly interfaces of Google, Facebook, Instagram etc. Ubiquitous, it is restructuring power relations in society: those who know how to code have a clear advantage. Knowing how to code is increasingly becoming the key to freedom, empowerment and self-determination. This transformation poses a new challenge for digital education and mediation. As educators and mediators, it is our responsibility to disseminate knowledge and skills. Programming must become common knowledge. Can museums, relying on innovative programmes and experimental mediation, contribute to democratising code? And if so, how? The Department of Museum Communication stands for innovative and interdisciplinary art education. For “Open Codes“ we designed a diversified program that explores a different, art-driven approach to coding, while questioning age and gender stereotypes. In our work with a team of hackers and experts, we found coding and art education to be a promising combination.

Benefits for the participants

After a quick introduction into our work at ZKM | Museum Communication, we will plunge into a hands-on coding experience. Experimenting with a performative approach, we will discuss the possibilities of an art-driven understanding of code. The goal of this workshop is to further our understanding of how code and art education go together - and to open up new perspectives, knowledge and skills for educators, museums and institutions.

Format of the workshop

Short presentation, collective brainstorm, coding crashcourse