White Box - Project Space

Foto: A. Meichsner
Foto: A. Meichsner

The White Box is an exhibition and project space for the arts at Zeppelin University. The space is both a site for display and an experimental laboratory, one in which new curatorial formats are tested. The events at the White Box aim to create a dialogue between the arts, the scientific community and society that is both surprising and stimulating. To do so, the program engages with the university's research and teaching, or discusses wider social issues that are relevant for the institution.

People in charge
Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg, Academic Head of the artsprogram
Raehl Gloria Spöhrer, curatorial direction


The White Box exhibition space is sponsored by the Fränkel-Stiftung in the form of a Room Sponsorship and a regular support of the exhibition program.

Opening hours during the semester
The White Box opens this semester exclusively for events and on request.

Telephone: 0049 (0) 7541 6009 1302
Email: artsprogram@zeppelin-university.net

Current exhibition

Interdependence is central to a radical restructuring of power, Parachute by Carmen Papalia

Blueprints for Studies 

Katharina Pia Schütz

What could a university or an academy look like that does not consume itself, but is resolutely orientated towards a planetary future? What role does art play in the questioning and reorientation of educational institutions? What might spaces and practices look like that re-explore the relationship between art, learning and life?

The artsprogram will address these questions under the annual theme of "Academic Cannibalism" in 2024 with the interdisciplinary programme of events and the immersive environment "Blueprints for Studies".

15 | 03 | 2024 - 10 | 12 | 2024

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Previous exhibitions

Interdependence is central to a radical restructuring of power, Parachute by Carmen Papalia


Candice Breitz

Where does racism come from? What does it mean to be in a white skin? What privileges are associated with it? And what role do TV stars, comedians and bloggers play in mobilising resentment? In her video installation "Whiteface", created in 2022, Breitz deals with racist clichés, ways of speaking and patterns of argumentation as they circulate in the mass media every day and thus create poisoned resonance spaces and offers of identification.

16 | 09 | 2023 - 01 | 12 | 2023

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Pranayama Typhoon

Pranayama Typhoon 17 | 03 | 2023 - 05 | 05 | 2023

What does a post-heroic view of the tools and devices of war look like? Why are weapons so often named after animals and natural phenomena? What role do they play in the relationship of so-called civil societies to the world, and how civil are these societies in the first place? With her exhibition Pranayama Typhoon, shown at the White Box as part of the artsprogram's annual theme Being Wrong, Liverpool-born artist Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press (1966) approaches these questions from unexpected angles.

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Interdependence is central to a radical restructuring of power, Parachute by Carmen Papalia

Weaving Dreams into Realities 

Jeanne van Heeswijk

The interdisciplinary program Weaving Dreams into Realities , taking place at the White Box from 17.09. to 10.12.2022 focuses on the social transformational power of radical imagination and asks under what conditions it can become a catalyst for social and political change.

17 | 09 | - 10 | 12 | 2022

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© Markus Selg
© Markus Selg

Algorithmic Rituals – The Infinite Self 

Susanne Kennedy and Markus Selg

In the installation Algorithmic Rituals - The Infinite Self by Susanne Kennedy and Markus Selg, three robots perform a ritual. As moving parts in a machine tableaux vivant, they encounter the visitors and themselves.

10 | 03 | - 27 | 05 | 2022

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Plakatmotiv der Verstehende Blick - Fotografien von Pierre Bourdieu

Apocalypse and World Salvation

An exhibition project with Agnes Denes (USA), Arava Institute (ISR), Orkhan Huseynov (AZE), Michael Pawlyn/Exploration Architecture (GB), Oliver Ressler (A), Kateřina Šedá (CZ), Levi van Veluw (NL) & Pinar Yoldas (T/USA)

26 | 11 | 2020 – 01 | 02 | 2022

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Plakatmotiv der Verstehende Blick - Fotografien von Pierre Bourdieu

The Understanding Gaze - Photographs by Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu

The artsprogram of Zeppelin University, together with the Pierre Bourdieu Foundation and Camera Austria, has set up an interactive archive of photographs by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. There will be an event program on visual sociology and questions of visibility and invisibility.

10 | 10 | 2019 – 10 | 05 | 2020 (Extension until Fall Term 2020)

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„IMAPURA – What is the most serious problem for you?“ (Japan, 2015) | Foto: Kaihatsu

Martina Mächler - 71% (play)

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

Together with students, employees and external guests, Kaihatsu transforms the university exhibition space into an "island of freedom" that can be played on for ten weeks. In an environment of artificial polar bear fur, poster islands, and a Speakers' Corner, short lectures, readings, and performances will take place - free of any specifications about the content.

08 | 03 - 10 | 05 | 2019

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71% (play)

Martina Mächler

In the form of an audio installation, Martina Mächler deals with a decisive retreat space, of which capitalism critics in particular say that it is the only remaining area in which the subject remains inaccessible, vulnerable and unruly: the sleep.

09 | 10 | 2018 - 15 | 02 | 2019

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Forensic Arquitecture

Archaeology of the Present – Memory, Media, Matter

Forensic Architecture

The London collective Forensic Architecture (FA) around the Israeli architect Eyal Weizman showed three recent works in the university exhibition and project space "White Box".

16 | 02 – 15 | 09 | 2018

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New Eelam

Christopher Kulendran Thomas & Annika Kuhlmann

A cool-elegant, modular experience suite promotes the vision of a postnational and flexible life beyond a permanent residence and territorially bounded citizenship

07 | 09 - 01 | 12 | 2017

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Dan Perjovschi

Dan Perjovschi

Dan Perjovschi

Wall drawings on the blackboard walls of the ZF Campus & in the artsprogram White Box

03 | 03 – 30 | 05 | 2017

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Falsnaes White Box

Christian Falsnaes

Christian Falsnaes

Masculine demeanor as a consequence of social power relations between artist and audience

10 | 09 – 30 | 11 | 2016

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Learning Community

Project "Learning Community“

mit Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Margit Czenki, raumlabor berlin and Teilnehmenden

Künstlerische Leitung: Caroline Brendel & Luzi Gross

12 | 02 – 30 | 05 | 2016 

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Imaginary Archive

Gregory Sholette

Marcel Kalberer

mit Marcel Kalberer and Teilnehmenden

Imaginary Archive | Zeppelin University Edition

12 | 09 – 26 | 11 | 2015

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Archive of the artsprogram

All events by year (pages in German):

2019/20 | 2017/18 | 2016/17 | 2015/16 | 2014/15 | 2013/14 | 2012/13 | 2011/12 | 2010/11 | 2009/10 | 2004-2007

Archive of the Centre of Cultural Production

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