Centre for Digital Cultures
The digital shift re-shapes the cultural and creative sectors, and, indeed, everyday life, politics, law, and economy. Media formats, production and distribution processes, and regimes of value get reconfigured. Whole industries and societal tasks such as publishing or public service media have to be constantly re-thought. New forms of participation, organisation and citizenship arise. Media have become ubiquitous, persistent and pervasive, and the mediated social produces new forms of connecting, relating, sharing and competing. The question is: How can we understand and shape this epochal shift?
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The Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC), affiliated to Leuphana University of Lüneburg and evolved in 2012 from the research concentration on Digital Media within the Lüneburg Innovation Incubator, scrutinises this shift through research in disciplines such as media, cultural and social studies, through knowledge creation and transfer, as well as through experimental and interventionist media practices. It sets up a network and an experimental space, where partners from industry, academic research, and civil society not only talk and think with each other, but also cooperate and develop new concepts, formats, applications, and interventions.
We believe that we need to create a conducive, productive and, in many instances, experimental research environment in which researchers and practitioners, activists and theorists, artists and producers, hackers and designers broker and live dynamic connections between digital cultural practices, and new forms of knowledge production. This includes the development of advanced theory and innovative courses, as well as the creation of software, media formats and digital platforms, which unleash new forms of collective expression and experience. Our research is placed in regional, national and international contexts alike, and traverses boundaries between academia, art, industry, activism and civil society – not by neglecting differences of visions and traditions, but by staging encounters, debates and cooperation, making them productive for multiple agendas.