(from left) Andrea Spieth, Kinder- und Jugendhaus, Dejan Simonović, Stadtmedienzentrum, Andreas Pohl, AKI, Isabel Huber, MoMO contact person, Martin Fritz, Merz Akademie, Iris Loos, vhs

“Mobile Medienschule Stuttgart Ost (MoMO)”

There is a great demand for educational opportunities in the fields of film, media and digital cultures. Children and teenagers should learn an active and critically-reflected way of dealing with each other, which gives them opportunities to access and shape their lives. However, despite a large number of individual initiatives, there are still too few regular contact points. With the initiative “Mobile Medien Schule Stuttgart Ost” (MoMO), Aktivspielplatz Raitelsberg e.V., Stadtmedienzentrum Stuttgart (SMZ), Kinder- und Jugendhaus Ostend and Merz Akademie, supported by vhs stuttgart, are pooling their skills, resources and infrastructures and from 17 October 2019 will be offering regular, open and free media education courses on topics such as film, web, social media, software and hardware for children and young people between the ages of 8 and 16.

“The linchpin of all offers is the immediate urban neighbourhood. In this way, the direct surroundings of schools and the neighbourhood can be used as a creative ‘playground’. The familiar surroundings offer security and at the same time provide the creative potential to be rediscovered and viewed from a different angle,” explains Martin Fritz, Rector of the Merz Akademie and co-initiator of the MoMO, explaining the idea.

Hans-Jürgen Rotter, director of the SMZ, adds: “The children and young people can work together on short-term as well as long-term and interdisciplinary projects and contribute their own topics and ideas. We use the synergies and spatial proximity of all participating institutions to locate an unusually dense, accessible and attractive media education offering in the district”.


Prof. Peter Ott stellt das Projekt "100 Sekunden Kunst" beim SWR Doku Festival 2018 vor

In cooperation with the Merz Akademie, the SWR television culture magazine “Kunscht!” wants to retell the stories of 50 works of art in public space and from public collections in the German Southwest. “100 Seconds of Art” is supervised by Jana Gührer and Steffen König from the “Kunscht!” editorial team and Film and Video professor Peter Ott. Students created a 100-second clip for each artwork. The visual language is fresh, the narrative approach innovative. “100 Seconds of Art” is above all an online project and will be shown on SWR2’s Facebook page and on its own website. Since November 8th 2018, the short films have been shown on television at the weekly cultural magazine “Kunscht!”

The Merz Akademie also regularly presents short films and panels at the SWR Doku Festival.


The Merz Akademie regularly collaborates with the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart for symposiums and events. In November 2017, Martin Fritz was elected as Chairman of the Board of the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.

SMZ Stuttgart

The Merz Akademie cooperates with the Stadtmedienzentrum and the ComputerSpielSchule Stuttgart on events and workshops. Students of the Merz Akademie also have access to media and equipment rental.

Stadtbibliothek is a series of events about net culture organized by the public library of Stuttgart, presenting current positions on net art and net culture for discussion. New Media professor Olia Lialina regularly invites artists and theoreticians to the public library.

Campus Gegenwart

CAMPUS GEGENWART is a center for networking in practice and reflection. The Centre is part of the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, and functions in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart and Merz Akademie. CAMPUS GEGENWART focusses on integrating current topics and artistic practices into everyday university life, which is often characterized by a focus on specialization in each subject.

In the field of teaching, the CAMPUS GEGENWART team cooperate with colleagues from both universities to initiate the opening up of previously fixed boundaries between disciplines. This gives students the opportunity to study beyond the borders of their own subjects and to integrate influences from other fields of study into their own discipline. The planned Master’s Degree Program in Performance Studies combines artistic work and research, placed at the heart of experimental and transdisciplinary practice.

Haus für Film und Medien

In the first step of the planning assignment, possible locations were examined

In May 2011, an initiative was founded that strives for a new communal, publicly funded cinema in Stuttart that is also a space for debate of current film and media practice and discourse. The founding members are the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, Film Commission Region Stuttgart, Forum der Kulturen, Haus des Dokumentarfilms, Landesverband Kommunale Kinos Baden-Württemberg, Linden-Museum, Merz Akademie – Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien, Stadtteilkino Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Jugendhaus, VHS Stuttgart and Wand 5.

Vielfalt: 0711 für Menschenrechte

Foto: Alexander Köhler

Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on 10 December. The Diversity: 0711 campaign for human rights therefore wants to set a sign for human rights and against discrimination from 11 November to 10 December 2018. The project, in which around 220 institutions, groups and parties are now involved, was initiated by the citizens’ project Die AnStifter and the Geißstraße Foundation.