Deep Work | Writing and Coding

The term 'deep work' originally comes from the field of computer science and describes a state of deep concentration. We also know this kind of immersion in a subject from artistic work processes, especially literary writing.
With our exhibition Deep Work | Writing and Coding we explore the connection between writing and coding, between human language and machine language. Both have a syntax, i.e. certain rules and patterns, and both work with the alphabet as an ordered set of basic characters.

On the second floor of the Rüschhaus we discover: As early as the 19th century, there were crucial developments that made our digital present possible. An augmented reality app allows us to experience this in Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's writing room with virtual exhibition objects: we meet Ada Lovelace, who is considered the first programmer and thought about a 'poetic science'. We get to know the Jacquard loom and the punch card system as the first software and approach the connection of the cultural technique of knitting and weaving with coding.

One floor up, a 'Coding Room' presents exhibition contributions by contemporary artists and scientists. Films, 3D videos and performances deal with gender relations in coding, text machines and artistic writing in the digital.

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Preview zu Deep Work

In addition to our digitally based special exhibition at Haus Rüschhaus (Münster), there is a project page online that provides insight into the connection between writing and coding.

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Opening Hours

Special exhibition Deep Work | Writing and Coding.
Saturday and Sunday as part of an escorted visit:
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Droste Museum
April 1-October 31, 2022:
Wednesday through Sunday - guided visit only:
11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30.

Garden freely accessible
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closing hours
In the period from June 15 to 19, 2022, we cordially invite you to the Droste Festival 2022. The Museum im Rüschhaus will be closed during this time.


Tickets for the visit of the special exhibition in Haus Rüschhaus are available on site.

5 € special exhibition Deep Work | Writing and Coding.
5 € regular / 3,50 € reduced for visiting the Droste Museum

Admission for people up to 18 years and accompanying persons of people with disabilities is free.

To the project site

The special exhibition Deep Work | Writing and Coding, an in-house production of Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature, is funded by the LWL Cultural Foundation and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the program "Digitization in Culture and the Media".

Overall artistic direction: Dr. Jörg Albrecht
Curation and project management: Sonja-Anna Lesniak and Kerstin Mertenskötter
Curatorial advice: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Sybille Krämer
Programming exhibition app: DroidSolutions
Exhibition scenography: Studio mimese
Technical support: Brigitte Hamar and Seif Nabih
Graphics: Kruse & Müller