Anne Nigten , Dr. Rudolf Frieling, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst, …

Media Art Network Lectures: Mapping

Final discussion given at the symposium "Mapping"

Final discussion

Final discussion

Media Files


Moderation by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst and Dr. Rudolf Frieling

A project for »Media Art Net« [], funded by ZKM, Goethe-Institute and the German Ministry of Research and Education BMBF. Artists have long been interested in their specific view on maps, on their quality as cartographers and on the impossibility of mapping the world. Nevertheless, especially the advent of the Internet boom and our growing awareness of living in a networked society have stimulated research from media artists as well as scientists and programmers to develop a new topography of the information society. There are mailing-lists and websites dedicated to this phenomenon, see the »Atlas of Cybergeography«, which puts forward the question of the function and interest that is embedded in theses new cartographies.
But there is also a wealth of Internet projects that reflect our attempt at breaking the conditions of browsers, commercial codes and traditional structures of representation to confront us with alternatives, new sensations or critical reflections. To name just a few projects that have inspired this symposium: Ingo Günther’s almost classical work with globes, »Webstalker«, »1:1« by Lisa Jevbratt, Futurefarmers‘ project »They Rule«, the »Carnivore« project by the Radical Software Group, Benjamin Fry and Casey Rea’s software »proce55ing«, Daniela Plewe’s work on linguistics and semantics and many others. But also the more theoretical work by scholars specifically in California [c5 projects or Lev Manovich’s reflection on Database as a Cultural Form] have influenced the ideas behind this symposium.

Artists / Authors



Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM)


Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstr. 19, 76135, Karlsruhe, Germany

Partners / Sponsors

Goethe-Institute and the German Ministry of Research and Education BMBF




, Apr 28, 2004