By extending the original duties of a museum, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media has become a cultural institution unique throughout the world. It is a house for all media and genre, a house for both spatially-based arts, such as painting, photography and sculpture as well as time-based arts, such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater, and performance. ZKM was founded as a museum in 1989 with the mission to perpetuate classic arts in the digital age, which is why it is occasionally referred to as “Electronic or Digital Art Bauhaus,” an expression that can be traced back to Heinrich Klotz. Beyond that, ZKM houses institutes and laboratories where scientific research, development, and production is carried out. Alongside the classic guiding principle of a museum, namely, to protect the disappearance of artworks, ZKM has also taken on the task of creating conditions under which works of art arise; for one, by way of guest artists, and for another, by way of the staff members. For this reason, it is called a center and not a museum.
about raster noton
“raster-noton.archiv für ton und nichtton” is meant to be a platform — a network covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art, and science. emerged from the fusion of rastermusic, founded by olaf bender and frank bretschneider in 1996, and the sublabel noton which was run by carsten nicolai, it realizes music projects, publications and installation works. the common idea behind all releases is an experimental approach — an amalgamation of sound, art, and design, which is not only apparent in the music, but also visible from the artwork and cover design.