About ICAM

With its four core areas Cultural Informatics, ((audio)) Aesthetic Strategies , Media Theory & Media History and Media Culture, the institute follows an historically and epistemologically oriented program characterized by a special interest in technological and techno-aesthetic interrelations. 

The ICAM pursues the question of how (digital) media technology impacts research, cognition, and culturalization processes. It additionally researches the changes in production and product strategies in generating electronic communication and the attendant, new methods of audiovisual aesthetic design. The Institute aims at bolstering media competence as an essential cultural technique. It is dedicated to research and teaching and to promoting young scientists in the fields of digital media/computer-based cultural studies, digital media and audio design, media theory and media culture.

The ICAM’s interdisciplinary research approach grasps media studies less as a discipline constituted by a subject area (e.g., pop music, mass media, computer history) than as the engagement with the respective media-related possibilities and conditions of cognition, description, or research. As the first media studies institute at a university in Germany, it is mainly concerned with digital media. In research and teaching, it deals with a variety of themes ranging from the media history of the computer and the Internet to techniques of digital sound generation and music production, from the sociopolitical effects of social networks to aspects of digital image production and ‘postmodern’ theory formation, to mention a few examples.

Faculty members at the ICAM are engaged with projects such as the knowledge and technology history of computer simulation, cybernetic perception machines and biological computers, supercomputers. micro-macro relations in social networks, the media history of media theory, media dispositifs of audio design, a technological-cultural knowledge history of musical instruments, discourse techniques of digital images, and theories of the Internet.