SABINE FALLER (StExII) is a Research Associate in the Department Museum Communication at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Her main focus lies in designing and developing workshops, projects and educational programs in the digital arts. Here she is co-project manager of various student scholarship programs and co-creator at the Makerspace BÄM.
Recently, she is giving further training courses in media art & theory as an Educational Consultant.

Prior to that, she studied Art and German in the teacher training program of the University of Education in Freiburg. After her studies she worked as an art teacher and freelance media educator and editor for ALEX Offener Kanal Berlin (Girlsattack Radioshow) and the Lernradio PH 88,4 Freiburg.

As a speaker Sabine Faller led workshops in several conferences such as Wear It Festival, Women in Tech Session (2018), The Futurological Congress – City Theatre Ingolstadt (2018), We Are Museums (2018), re:publica (2018), Technarte Bilbao (2018), CODE {affair} | Code Your Life (2017), as well at the symposium The Future of the Cultural Sector in the Digitised Society
(2017) and the Maker Faire Berlin (2016). So far she has published the article Museum Sector of the Future – participatory Model: The BÄM (University Regensburg, 2018).

She is also involved in the event series “Salon Riot” (Slow Club Freiburg), where she gives women in the art and culture sector as well as female bands and DJanes a platform to perform. In her free time she works as a DJane and musician.

Creative Coding: How Art Education and Code Go Together

Code shapes our environment, be it as the basis of global data flows or behind the user-friendly interfaces of Google, Facebook, Instagram etc. Ubiquitous, it is restructuring power relations in society: those who know how to code have a clear advantage. Knowing how to code is increasingly becoming the key to freedom, empowerment and self-determination. This transformation poses a new challenge for digital education and mediation. Can museums, relying on innovative programmes and experimental mediation, contribute to democratising code? And if so, how?

The current exhibition “Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds“ at the ZKM | Center for Arts and Media attempts to unveil the hidden code behind daily life and make it accessible to the general public. This workshop aims to offer an insight into our creative coding and mediation programmes, to review our experience so far and maybe even do a bit of artistic coding.

The Department of Museum Communication stands for innovative and interdisciplinary art education. For “Open Codes“ we designed a diversified program that explores a different, art-driven approach to coding, while questioning age and gender stereotypes. In our work with a team of hackers and experts, we found coding and art education to be a promising combination.

After a quick introduction into our work at ZKM | Museum Communication, we will plunge into a hands-on coding experience. Experimenting with a performative approach, we will discuss the possibilities of an art-driven understanding of code. The goal of this workshop is to further our understanding of how code and art education go together – and to open up new perspectives, knowledge and skills for educators, museums and institutions.