Art of Coding

Art of Coding is an initiative to enlist the demoscene as first digital culture on the list of UNESCO intangible world cultural heritage. Echtzeit – Digitale Kultur has worked at various levels to achieve recognition in Switzerland – the main aim was to be mentioned on the list of Switzerland’s living traditions. This goal was achieved in August 2023: The demoscene was recognized by the Federal Office of Culture as the first national digital cultural form and tradition in Switzerland.

Press release from the Federal Office of Culture (German)

Further informationen about the Art of Coding initiative can be found on

«The Demoscene, which is born at the heart of the home computer revolution, has been showing how skills and creativity can be stimulated and implemented in a dynamic cultural practice adopted to digital contexts. Many of its techniques and mindsets became core techniques and influences of the digital change, and are still vibrant today. Seven decades after the invention of computers we think it’s time to push for the next step to take born-digital culture seriously as part of our cultural heritage, starting an initiative to bring the demoscene onto the list of the UNESCO intangible world cultural heritage. So we invite all sceners and non-sceners to join us and support the initiative in the upcoming years.»

Andreas Lange & Tobias Kopka
Initiators of the campaign “Art of Coding”