17 SEPTEMBER 2011 - 5 FEBRUARY 2012

Globalization as a phase in the geo-political transformation of the world is at once a transformation of art—of the conditions of its production, and possibilities of its diffusion and dissemination and presence.

At the same time, artists, and above all the institutions of art, are faced with the questions as to the extent to which the concept “global” can and must be thought—and how this reflects back on its own methods of working. By means of artistic approaches and documentary materials, the exhibition “The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989” examines the way in which globalization, both with its pervasive mechanisms of the market and its utopias of networking and generosity, impacts upon the various spheres of artistic production and reception.

The critical analysis of the key institutions and dispositives of the art world seeks to illustrate the manner in which globalization has both shaped and itself become a theme in artistic production that intentionally creates and reviews its own conditions and parameters. With “The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989” the ZKM | Karlsruhe, as a utopian “factory” and work place in the best sense of the meaning, itself plans to thematize these conditions, which also influence everyday life beyond the art world: to make the museum itself a site of contemporaneity—a place in which local experiences of time subvert the unity of the new “universal time”.

At the same time, one of the integral aspects of the exhibition is its self-reflective dimension. In a specially organized artist-in-residence program more than twelve international artists discuss the issues surrounding the project, and help to throw critical light on the exhibition’s concepts.

This critical discussion will take place in the “studio” inside the exhibition space in which visitors, mediators and artists realize artistic-educative projects, workshops and temporary presentations, and thus together help shape and co-author. Lastly, the critical, scholarly discourse initiated at the inception of the research project “Global Art and the Museum” (GAM) will be pursued throughout the course of the exhibition before being published in a comprehensive catalog.

Curators: Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Weibel
Co-Curators: Jacob Birken, Antonia Marten
Curatorial Committee: N’Goné Fall, Patrick D. Flores, Carol Lu, Jim Supangkat
Curator for Education: Henrike Plegge
Academic Adviser: Hans Belting

Participating Artists:

Bani Abidi, AES Group, Halim Al-Karim, Halil Altindere, Francis Alÿs, Rasheed Araeen, Kader Attia, Yto Barrada, Richard Bell, Guy Ben-Ner, Tamy Ben-Tor, Michael Bielicky & Kamila B. Richter, Ursula Biemann, Zander Blom, Santiago Borja, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau, Erik Bünger, Roberto Cabot, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Chto delat?, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy & Baruch Gottlieb & Christian Hanussek, Com&Com, Minerva Cuevas, Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Manthia Diawara, Ala Ebtekar, Nezaket Ekici, Yara El-Sherbini, Elmgreen & Dragset, Erika & Javier, Doug Fishbone, Brendan Fernandes, Meschac Gaba, Thierry Geoffroy/Colonel, Ghana ThinkTank, Matthias Gommel, Josh Greene with Yangzi, Anawana Haloba Hobøl, Hong Hao, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Mona Hatoum, Antonia Hirsch, Pieter Hugo, Ashley Hunt, IRWIN and NSKSTATE.COM, David Jablonowski, Melanie Jackson, Christian Jankowski, Anna Jermolaewa, Cai Yuan and Jian Jun Xi, Jin Shi, Jompet, Martin Kippenberger, Agung Kurniawan, Surasi Kusolwong, Will Kwan, Moshekwa Langa, Ben Lewis, Liu Ding, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, James Luna, Pooneh Maghazehe, Tirzo Martha, Gabriele di Matteo, Miao Xiaochun, Mirza/Butler, Nástio Mosquito, Krisna Murti, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Ni Haifeng, Eko Nugroho, Mattias Olofsson, Adrian Paci, Leila Pazooki, Pavel Pepperstein, Pinky Show, Tadej Pogačar, Elodie Pong, Steward Smith, Robert Gerard Pietrusko & Bernd Lintermann, Nusra Latifa Qureshi, Raqs Media Collective, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Navin Rawanchaikul, RYBN.ORG, Ho-Yeol Ryu, Ruth Sacks, Chéri Samba, John Smith, Sean Snyder, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, SOSka group, Michael Stevenson, Hito Steyerl, Mladen Stilinović, Jens M. Stober, Jim Supangkat, SUPERFLEX, Stephanie Syjuco, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Tintin Wulia, The Xijing Men, Xu Bing, Zhou Tiehai