Common Media Lab

The Common Media Lab (CML) is exploring the notion of the common as the democratic potential immanent in practices that yield new kinds of self-managed resources and infrastructural media spheres that are neither private nor state-owned. Hence, the common as material good (i.e. the commons) and immaterial social relation (i.e. equal open access) poses the question of democracy in such a way that it is possible to root it in specific local, historical, and social contexts.

As integral part of the Centre for Digital Culture at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, the Common Media Lab investigates and builds collaborative resources that provide the basis for our Digital Cultures. Questioning the newness of new media, the lab is interested in everyday media practices, their history, and multiplicity. The aim is to scrutinise alternative infrastructures for media production and to actively engage in these autonomous media spheres.