#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


Annual exhibition of the Academy of the Avant-Garde

9th June - 8th July 2018 
Opening: 8th June, 7 pm
Graduation ceremony: 8th June, 8 pm  

Quo vadis photography, pop and digital culture? The Academy of the Avant-Garde would like to invite you to an annual tour and presents the work and results of students and professors. The official #ADA final semester exhibition will open on Friday, June 8, at 7 pm. At 8 pm the diploma award ceremony will take place, at which all #ADA graduates will be honoured.

On Sunday, June 10, at 4 pm, the Academy will hold a matinee: the film for the exhibition "Planet B" documents the artistic utopias for the 22nd century developed as part of the exhibition project.

#ADA - Workshops

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber: Whose City is this. Photography and Zine Workshop 

Dates: Sat 23.6. & Sun 24.6., Sat 30.6., Sat 7.7. & Sun 8.7., 2-5.30 pm

Cities change. What is good for everyone and what is good for some? What do I like about my city? What am I missing? Together with the artists Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber, the participants explore and photograph the city and create photo zines, which are produced in small editions.

Photography is digital, participants should know and master their cameras. The participation is free, for paper/printer material costs of approx. 20 euros/participant result.

The number of places is limited, please register until 15.6. at

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber
© Harry Walter

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. 

Download course book

Manifest Ada
Bullshit Bingo

„Art is shit. Art galleries are toilets. Curators are toilet attendants. Artists are bullshitters.“ (Martin Creed, british artist, 2014)

This is a call to think for oneself. Please consider your own opinion and question what you see. Thank you! The Academy of the Avant-Garde is dedicated to a new way of looking at art and discussing it. Who says that art can only be understood by art people? What are art people? What is art? We do not claim to have the answer to all questions. We just want to create the space to ask these questions. With you, from you and for you, for: Anyone can think - you just have to want it.

Tickets are available at the box office of the NRW-Forum.

#ADA - Academy of the Avant-garde is made possible with the support of the Prof. Otto Beisheim foundation.

past education projects

Digital Workshop

In our new digital workshop, in collaboration with students of computer science from Düsseldorf University, children and adolescents will be able to concentrate on simple programming languages, robotics and interactive hardware. They will leave behind the role of simple consumers and learn how to work actively and creatively with digital technologies.

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. 

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.


NRW-Forum Düsseldorf · Ehrenhof 2 · D - 40479 Düsseldorf
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