The Deutsche Designer Club e.V. (DDC), Museum Angewandte Kunst and THE ARTS+ organise a joint event on June 16

We are living in the age of intelligent machines. Where it once used to be possible to distinguish between technological pioneers and intellectuals, today the analogue and digital realms are growing increasingly intermeshed. Every day, creative and culture professionals are being confronted with new technological developments. Smart algorithms write, film, draw, compose and even plan our whole lives for us. We find ourselves in an era in which the opposing future concepts of utopia and dystopia are closer to each other than ever before.

In our Frankfurt Machine Talk we would like to delve deep into the question of how digital technology influences culture and creativity. And an even more pressing issue: What culture does with technology.


Title:          Frankfurt Machine Talk: Creative Machines – How Are Culture and Creativity Changing?

Date:         Saturday, 16 June, 5-8 p.m.

Place:        Foyer, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt



Mark Mattingley-Scott, PhD, IBM quantum computing ambassador

Holger Volland, Frankfurter Buchmesse

Matthias Wagner K, Museum Angewandte Kunst


The event is a cooperation between the Deutsche Designer Club e.V. (DDC), Museum Angewandte Kunst and THE ARTS+. Due to limited seating, registration is required:


About the speakers


Prof Georg-Christof Bertsch is the owner of BERTSCH.BRAND CONSULTANTS and honorary professor of intercultural design projects at the Offenbach University of Art and Design in the German state of Hesse. He founded the Designinstitut für Mobilität und Logistik (Design Institute for Mobility and Logistics) und is an advisor to the Deutsche Designer Club e.V. In addition, he has published numerous publications on the topics of branding, design theory, architecture, mobility and logistics.


Mark Mattingley-Scott, PhD, is an IT architect for the quantum computing initiative IBM Q, chair at Bitkom and visiting professor at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. His research – reflected in numerous publications – focuses on topics such as cognitive theory development, developmental psychology and media anthropology.


Holger Volland is Founder of the digital culture festival THE ARTS+ and Vice President of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Previously, he has held leadership positions in national and international companies. He was also Director of the New Economy Business School, taught design at Wismar University and curated contemporary art exhibitions in Argentina and Germany. He recently published a book about artificial intelligence.


Matthias Wagner K is Director of the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Using changing constellations of objects, his completely revised approach to exhibiting and participation constantly raises new questions. As a result, the Museum Angewandte Kunst serves as a model for contemporary museum concepts in the 21st century and offers a platform for an open dialogue about the conflicts between forms, norms and ideas.