Monitoring – Exhibition for Time-Based Media Art

The exhibition Monitoring presents artworks which include film, audiovisual, digital or media-critical approaches into Installation. It provides a forum for media art and presents well-established artists and promising up-and-coming talents. The thematic focus and the curatorial concept of the exhibition are composed based on received submissions of an open call by a Jury of cultural workers, artists, and curators. All works in the exhibition are nominated for the Golden Cube for the best media installation, which is endowed with 3,500 €. The award is donated by the software company Micromata GmbH.      

Golden Cube

All works selected for the exhibition Monitoring compete for the Golden Cube, the prize for the best media installation, endowed with 3.500 € and sponsored by the software company Micromata GmbH, located in Kassel. Next to the “White Cube” of the showroom of contemporary art and the “Black Cube”, the room of film presentation painted black, the “Golden Cube” takes in an in-between position and explicitly promotes the interaction of spatial and audio-visual aspects of media installations. The jury 2021 consisted of Paula Ábalos, Daniela Arriado, Mario de Vega, Wolfgang Jung and Jeanne Charlotte Vogt.

Monitoring: Myth and Microgravity took place from November 17 to November 21, 2021.

Erfan Aboutalebi, Sinemsu Ateşoğlu, Fritz Eggenwirth and Josha Lohrengel, Elisa Jule Braun and Moritz Stumm, Johanna Brummack, Zhu Changquan, Nadia Granados and Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Sophie Hoyle, Yuk­Yiu Ip, Yuyen Lin­Woywod, Ralf Lüddemann, Lukas Marxt and Michael Petri, Lotte Meret, Bernd Oppl, Anna Ridler, Aykan Safoğlu, Isabell Spengler in collaboration with Neo Hülcker, N. B. Spiders, sriram srivigneswaramoorthy, Mahardika Yudha

ARTIST TALKS (in English)

can be found as a DokfestChannels from November 17 at

Anna Ridler: Beauty is a Virus. Moderation: Verena Kuni

Sophie Hoyle: Chronica (Body of Evidence). Biomedical Technologies and Abstractions of Experience. Moderation: Andara Shastika

Note: Further information on the exhibition can be found in the festival catalog starting on page 144.

Selection Committee 2021

Diana Barbosa
LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International

Lisa Dreykluft
Head of Monitoring

Kerstin Honeit
Artist / Assistant Professor, Kunsthochschule Kassel

Holger Jenss
Artist / Assistant Professor, Kunsthochschule Kassel

Paula Mierzowsky
Technical Management Monitoring  

Franz Reimer
Artist / Curator

Anna-Lisa Scherfose

Andara Shastika
Artist / Curator

Olaf Val
Artist / Board Member, Kasseler Kunstverein / Associate Professor, Kunsthochschule Kassel

Gerhard Wissner Ventura
Head of Kassel Dokfest

Head of Monitoring: Lisa Dreykluft
Technical Management: Paula Mierzowsky
Assistant: Annagenia Jacob 

Exhibition review 2019

2020 Monitoring unfortunately could not take place as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about the planned exhibition and an overview of the artists* and works can be found on the archive page of the festival.

36. Kasseler Dokfest | Monitoring – Ausstellung für Medieninstallationen

The award winners of the past editions

2020: Paula Ábalos DIARIOS DE TRABAJOS 2019: Kapwani Kiwanga THE SECRETARY'S SUITE 2018: Grace Philips, Laurie Robins REAL PERFORMANCE 2017: Ralph Schulz TESTIMONIALS 2016: Lotte Meret SURFACE GLACE 2015: Gerald Schauder SKULPTUR21 2014: Bertrand Flanet: UNMANNED DISTANCES 2013: !Mediengruppe Bitnik: DELIVERY FOR MR. ASSANGE 2012: Emanuel Mathias NEBAHATS SCHWESTERN 2011: Anu Pennanen LA RUINE DE REGARDE 2010: Lukas Thiele / Tilman Hatje WELTMASCHINE

Honorable mention of the past editions

2020: Mazen Khaddaj THE ARTISTS ARE NOT PRESENT 2019: Clarissa Thieme Can't You See Them? – Repeat. 2018: Wermke/Leinkauf 4. HALBZEIT 2017: Marlene Maier FOOD ONLY EXISTS IN PICTURES 2016: Jolander Gsponder / Yves Netzhammer / Annette Brütsch / u.a. PETER LIECHTI – DEDICATIONS 2015: Kerstin Honeit Talking Business 2014: Daniel Laufer REDUX 2013: Franz Christoph Pfannkuch γαλαξίας (GALAXIS) 2011 Ryota Kuwakubo THE TENTH SENTIMENT 2010: Anthony McCall LEAVING [WITH TWO-MINUTE SILENCE]


Lisa Dreykluft 

Head of Monitoring

Exhibition Locations

Kasseler Kunstverein
Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz 18

Kulturbahnhof Kassel
Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1

Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1


Monitoring archive