A warm welcome to Sabine Himmelsbach to CIMAM!

1 December 2023

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"A membership with CIMAM will allow me to reach out more to colleagues from all over the world to discuss issues that are relevant for museums today, especially on topics like inclusivity, diversity, and environmental concerns."

"Something that is also very important for me is the development of the museum as an institution. How does the institution stay relevant? How does digitization change the institution?"

Sabine Himmelsbach, Director, HEK (House of Electronic Arts), Muenchenstein/Basel, Switzerland.

Since 2012, I am director of HEK (House of Electronic Arts) in Basel. After studying art history in Munich I worked for galleries in Munich and Vienna from 1993–1996 and later became project manager for exhibitions and conferences for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria. In 1999 I became exhibition director at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. From 2005–2011 I was the artistic director of the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany. In 2011 I curated the exhibition "gateways. Art and Networked Culture" for the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 program. My exhibitions at HEK in Basel include "Ryoji Ikeda" (2014), "Poetics and Politics of Data" (2015), "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Preabsence" (2016), "unREAL" (2017), "Lynn Hershman Leeson: Anti-Bodies", "Eco-Visionaries" (2018), "Entangled Realities. Living with Artificial Intelligence" (2019), "Making FASHION Sense", "Real Feelings. Emotion and Technology" (2020) and "Collective Worldbuilding. Art in the Metaverse" (2023). In 2022 I curated "Earthbound – In Dialoge with Nature" for the European Capital of Culture Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg. As a writer and lecturer I am dedicated to topics related to media art and digital culture.


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Thank you Sabine Himmelsbach for becoming a member of CIMAM!