The Center for Arts and Media initiates research in several directions.
The Hertz-Lab focuses on artistic production and media technology research. At the laboratory, contemporary artistic-scientific concepts – for example, extended reality in AR and VR applications, artificial intelligence, immersiveness, or sensor-supported environments as well as research into artistic options in the electromagnetic field – are reflected on across media and genres, examined for artistic applicability and realized in productions.
The department »Wissen – Collection, Archives & Research« brings together the major parts of the collection – contemporary art, media art and video art - and accomplishes archival work. The Collection, Archive, Library, Media Library (audiovisual services) and Laboratory for Antiquated Video Systems together have the wide-ranging and highly specialist expertise needed for a technical and professional approach to the objects in the ZKM Collection and Archives. This expertise is enhanced by close cooperation with restorers and technicians from the »Museum and Exhibition Technical Services« department.