#ADA - Akademie der Avantgarde / Gestaltung: Drasdos

What do Bitcoin and digital photography, artificial intelligence and pop-culture, cyborgs and internet culture have in common? Everything #ADA! The Academy of the Avant-garde is the NRW Forum’s new mediation project, offering presentations and workshops from the fields of photography and popular as well as digital culture.

All events and workshops are free of charge. Everyone is welcome to actively participate, no matter their age. Everyone is welcome to give their own presentation and become a part of a growing movement. The academy involves sharing knowledge, cultural education, and active participation for a self-assured, yet critical interaction with the cutting-edge of cultural technology in an effort to both further discourse and, naturally, have a ton of fun!


Christine Stender / Bernadette Färber 
E-mail: vermittlung(at)
Tel.: 0211-8926678


Man-machine, don’t be upset!

Explore the relationship between man and machine at the first #ADA-Workshop with artist, designer, and lecturer Merlin Baum as well as music producer, coder, and sound-generator Sebastian Kleff. What makes a collection of electronic components fulfill their functions? Participants will invent, develop, and meticulously work through the workshop under the direction of the two professionals and out-of-the-box thinkers. Every participant will receive a production-set (including a laptop, smartphone and the appropriate quantity of cables, plates, and sensors). Participation is free of charge, but a fee of 10€ per person for materials will be collected at the first meeting.

7 meetings: fr,6-8pm (12/8, 12/15, 1/15, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9), 10 participant maximum capacity, ages 8-88

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Phat Kat Club Unique 20041

Introduction to Analogue photography

Over 95 million images are uploaded every single day on Instagram alone. At the same time, a return to forms of analogue photography with old school cameras, Instax and Co has become a trend. Why are so many people returning to classical photography? And what is classical photography in the first place? These questions will be answered by Düsseldorf artist Foto Schiko. He will teach you everything from photographic history and technology to practical techniques for photographing, developing, and editing your own images. Please bring an analogue camera with you and purchase a developing tank. You should also bring a contribution fee of 40 to cover the cost of chemicals, production, and printing. At the end of the workshop, you can, of course, take your photos with you!

Dates: sat 1/6 2-6pm, sat 1/20 2-6pm, sun 2/4 10am-6pm, sat 2/17 2-6pm, sat 3/3 2-6pm, from age 16, 8 participant maximum capacity

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#ADA - Lectures and Events

Augmented Photography 
Vortrag mit Joël Vacheron 
12/8/17, 6 pm 

Go fail yourself. On the political humor of Jan Böhmermann 
Lecure with Christoph Bieber 
1/19/18, 6 pm

Post-internet Arts Education
Lecture with Torsten Meyer 
1/26/18, 6 pm

The Wow Slide Show #2: Josefine Raab
2/2/18, 6 pm

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Download your study material

Students of the academy of the avant-garde can download their course book for free. Seminar and workshop certificates will be handed out after successful participation at the end of every session and are to be collected in the course book. 

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#ADA - Academy of the Avant-garde is made possible with the support of the Prof. Otto Beisheim foundation and in cooperation with Kulturliste Düsseldorf.

past education projects

Creative Coding I - with MaKeyMaKey (6-8 years)

Play the piano with bananas, or steer Super Mario with play-dough - MaKey MaKey is a technology that turns everyday things into touch-sensitive surfaces with which you can operate programs, games and websites. A circuit board is connected to a computer, your own body and all possible conductive objects via a cable, USB and crocodile clips. When you touch the object that has been hooked up the circuit is completed and thus the object works like a keyboard or a mouse and sends instructions to the computer. Workshop participants will invent their own MaKey MaKey musical instruments. They will develop the functions of their instruments by themselves, become acquainted with the physical laws and principles of programming and playfully explore creative exchange processes between the body and technology.

Creative Coding II – Build a robot (9-14 years)

Lego comes alive. Tinkerbots are small robots that can be put together however you choose using various building blocks. The robots can be controlled via an app and you can teach them all possible movement sequences. Workshop participants will experiment with the modular building set, build their own Tinkerbots and learn something about robotic technology, sensorics and programming while they themselves teach their Tinkerbots how to walk.

Babel in Revers 

As part of the "Kultur und Spracherwerb“ [Culture and Language Learning] programme, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will be the venue for the BABEL IN REVERS project for young refugees aged between 9 and 17 years. Together with the artist Angelika Vienken, the young people will design smartphone blackboards and create multimedia installations based on memories, personal impressions and wishes, in various languages and using different technologies. At the end, the works will be assembled into a tower that will be a symbol for overcoming language barriers - Babel in Reverse. 

With the kind support of

Art Stalker

Children become art protagonists. Within the framework of the NRW federal state programme "Kultur und Schule" [Culture and School] and in cooperation with the Gymnasium Gerresheim and the artist Angelika Vienken, at present, the ART STALKER project is taking place at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. In the course of guided tours of the current exhibitions, the fifth graders and seventh graders engage with the art works in order to then try out the respective genre themselves.  Previously, after a visit to the "Wackerbarth:" exhibition, they painted their own red sofas so that they could then roam around Düsseldorf as little Wackerbarths and take photos. Within the framework of the "Bling Bling Baby!" exhibition they will really be able to reach into the kitsch box and figure out what art can and may do and how much fun this can be.


Mobile Photography Partner

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf · Ehrenhof 2 · D - 40479 Düsseldorf
Tel.: +49 (0)211 – 89 266 90 ·