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Thank you to 316,000 visitors during the 2019 season

"SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE lend international glamour to the media art venue of Karlsruhe"

After a season lasting 39 days, the fifth SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe have come to an end. Under the motto "A summer of love and life. Hate comes late. Love comes first", the spectacular light shows and stunning projection mappings ensured that 316,000 enthusiastic visitors experienced unique and emotional moments together every evening. An average of 8,100 visitors from all over the world visited the Schlossplatz in Karlsruhe every day to watch the media spectacle.
We are already looking forward to the sixth edition of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE in the summer of 2020.



A reviev of all artists you can find under "Artists"


In 2019 we presented five new shows

And many hightlights of the last seasons of SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE

  • Maxin10sity "300 Fragments" (2015)
  • Maxin10sity "LEGACY" (2016)
  • Maxin10sity "Structures of Life" (2017)
  • Global Illumination "The Object of the Mind" (2018)
  • Xenorama "Oneironaut" (2015)
  • Jonas Denzel "Hands on" (2018)
  • László Szolt Bordos / Bordos.Art.Works "Reverb" (2015)
  • Jesper Wachtmeister / Solaris Filmproduktion "Reflections" (2015)
  • Hauslaib Lichtwelten "Paperlife" (2016)
  • Eyal Gever "CLEANSING" (2017)
  • Urbanscreen "INHOMOGENEOUS" (2017)
  • Playmodes Studio "Dazz" (2015)
  • "noise3" (2015)
  • DSG animation + vfx "Defilee zum 100. Geburtstag der Avantgarde" (2016)

More informations you can find in our program booklet.

New shows of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2019


»Our only blue One« (2019)

With their new show “Our only blue One”, the artist group Maxin10sity takes its audience on a one-of-a-kind journey, starting with the Big Bang and leading viewers through the mists of the universe, through black holes and mystic worlds, all the way to our solar system and planet Earth. We must preserve this unique place, this treasure in an otherwise hostile, infinite space. With stunning, immersive images, the artists remind us of the significance of our habitat and our responsibility to preserve and maintain it. The images have an overwhelming effect that evokes love for this planet in its full intensity. Maxin10sity is a Hungarian artist collective that has taken part in the last three editions of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE and has become a real crowd pleaser. In the past, the group has implemented projection mapping projects for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Brandenburg Gate, and the parliament building in Bucharest.

In cooperation with: KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt

Maxin10sity on the web:

Official Website




Global Illumination

»Evolution of Life« (2019)

This year’s new commissioned works also include “Evolution of Life” by Global Illumination. The spectacular show is devoted to the origins of all life. From the cosmic dimension, to microscopic formations of the first organisms, bacteria, cells, and DNA, the artists present the primordial soup and the unique development of Earth’s species and life-forms. With a spectacular combination of narration and projection, Global Illumination manages to transform the palatial building into a teeming Noah’s Ark. Acoustic design plays a particularly important role: Every geological era and every evolutionary stage is underlined by a perfectly designed soundscape in which all visual impulses are synchronised with the music, and innovative, audio-reactive, generative animations are blended to reinforce the connection between sound and image. Global Illumination is a collective formed of visual artists and filmmakers, focusing on short films, animations, video mapping, and AV performances. The collective’s shared vision is to combine breath-taking, original visuals with messages that help spread knowledge. They have created numerous short films, animations, music videos, advertisements, stage sets, and VJ performances for festivals in Hungary and Portugal.

Global Illumination on the web:




»Walls of Perception« (2019)

Inspired by psychedelic art and the philosophy of the 1960s, the projection show “Walls of Perception” by the artists belonging to the group XENORAMA describes the consciousness-expanding journey of a fictitious protagonist. Kaleidoscope-like spaces, displays as if from another world, and seemingly impossible scenes culminate in an atmospheric representation of infinity displayed on the façade of the castle.

XENORAMA on the web:

Official Website




Antonin Krizanic according to a concept of Peter Weibel

»Evolution of Love« (2019)

In the face of the infinite universe and the Earth as the only place where life as we know it exists, we grasp the uniqueness and preciousness of life. The ZKM, which is contributing its own work to the Schlosslichtspiele for the first time this year, conceived the work “Evolution of Love” in collaboration with Antonin Krizanic (Global Illumination). The work celebrates the miracle of love that brings together the forces of life, making life on Earth possible in the first place. On a scientific basis, the ZKM shows the emergence of life and love as guarantors of life in several phases. The Earth as a garden of Eden becomes a paraphrase. Again and again, ideas of paradise emerge, in which Earth is transformed into a garden of Eden, in which hate, destruction, and enmity cannot have a place.

ZKM on the web:

Official Website





Antonin Krizanic und Christina Zartmann

»Woodstock Vision« (2019)

50 years ago, in 1969, Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld organised the legendary Woodstock Festival: Three Days of Peace and Music. Michael Lang says, "But ultimately, however, Woodstock was about freedom: the freedom to be yourself in a place of creativity and tolerance. Celebrate that freedom every day." Photographer Elliott Landy captured the festival in stiking pictures. You will see the exhibition "Elliott´s Landy Woodstock Vision - The Spirit Of A Generation" at the Schlosslichtspiele in Karlsruhe and a photo exhibition in the stop windows of selected shops in the city centre.


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With its 170 meters of projection surface, the castle of Karlsruhe is perhaps the largest, but definitely the most beautiful screen in Germany. 24 high performance projectors make the castle shine in a different splendor every night – available for everyone free of charge, in the center of Karlsruhe. Already during the first year of the “Schlosslichtspiele”, the “Schlossplatz” – the actual heart of Karlsruhe – was rediscovered by the people of Karlsruhe and enjoyed great popularity among all ages and income groups every night. Over the course of the summer, the “Schlossplatz” became the meeting point for everyone in Karlsruhe as well as tourists. It is a success story that continues in 2017.

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Wir lassen das Schloss leuchten!

Das besondere Geschenk zu jeder Gelegenheit!
Das ZKM | Karlsruhe startet in Kooperation mit der Karlsruhe Event GmbH seine Spendenaktion »Wir lassen das Schloss leuchten!«. SpenderInnen können selbst Teil der Schlosslichtspiele werden: Gegen eine Spende von 50 Euro für die Schlosslichtspiele 2016 erhalten Sie ein individuelles Zertifikat, auf dem Sie einen Code für den Upload Ihres Portrait-Fotos auf finden. Ein Foto-Upload ist noch bis zum 26. August 2016 um 9 Uhr möglich!
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Spenden Sie in 50 €-Schritten (50 €, 100 €, 150 € etc.)
- im ZKM | Shop (bis 25.08.2016) zu den normalen Öffnungszeiten
- per Überweisung an (bis 23.08.2016)
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
IBAN: DE10 6605 0101 0108 0634 21
Verwendungszweck: »Spende SLS16« (und Ihre E-Mailadresse oder Ihre Postadresse für die Zusendung Ihres Zertifikates)
Eine Spendenbescheinigung wird ab einem Betrag von 200 € ausgestellt.

Events at the castle during the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE

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Impressions of Schlosslichtspiele 2019

Photos: Uli Deck



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The ZKM | Center for Art and Media is a cultural institution that is unique worldwide, because it is a place that expands the original purposes of a museum. It is a place of all media and genres, of room-based arts, such as paintings, photography, and sculptures, as well as of time-based arts such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater, and performance. The ZKM was founded in 1989 as a museum with the mission to perpetuate classic arts with the digital age. That is why it is sometimes also called the “electronic or digital Bauhaus” – an expression that is ascribed to Heinrich Klotz. Furthermore, the ZKM is also home to institutes and laboratories, in which people do scientific research, develop, and produce. Besides making sure that the original main idea of a museum, namely that works of art do not disappear, the ZKM has also taken over the task of creating the conditions for the creation of works of art – by guest artists and also by its employees. That is why it is called center and not museum.