KW Institute for Contemporary Art sits at the intersection of virtual and material worlds, and the creative use of emerging technologies. We understand that the digital is not just online or onscreen—but increasingly conditions analog or ‘real’ space. For this reason, we consider the continuum between digital and physical domains to be a key issue in contemporary culture. Exploring, criticizing, or reinventing it through art is in the public interest.
The KW Digital Program showcases cutting-edge developments in line with this vision. The program does not place the virtual in a subordinate role to the physical (or vice versa). As everyday life becomes more saturated with tech, one’s experience straddles both. Addressing this condition, our program plays out across various platforms—rather than being proprietary to any particular device or location.
Throughout, we train a close eye on the relationship between culture and innovation. We are guided by dialogue with artists and scholars. We also pursue meaningful engagement with the tech sector—to better discover the implications of applied science, and intellectual frameworks for the future.
The program is curated by Dr. Nadim Samman, Curator Digital Sphere at KW.