Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media

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The ICAM researches the conditions, effects and aesthetics of digital media in connection with processes of culturalization, the technologization of social and economic relations, and the generation and archiving of knowledge. Our studies reflect on how (digital) media always also contribute to shaping the signs and objects they store, transmit or process in a specific way. At the same time, we are interested in how certain cultural techniques contribute to shaping the usage and areas of application of digital media.

Researchers at the ICAM explore the cultural and technological history of digital media—from cybernetics and the beginnings of the computer all the way to present-day network technologies, from textual and acoustic to visual forms of media representation, and from the classics to current concepts of media theory formation.

Research Activities

((audio)) Aesthetic Strategies
Apl. Prof. Dr. Rolf Großmann 

Digital Cultures
managed by Dr. Lisa Conrad (ISKO)

Media and Digital Cultures
Managed by Prof. Dr. Jan Müggenburg 

Cultural Informatics
Apl. Prof. Dr. Martin Warnke 

Media Culture and Media Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Erich Hörl 

Media Theory and Media History
Prof. Dr. Claus Pias

History of Media and Science
Prof. Dr. Jan Müggenburg 

Research

The ICAM researches the conditions, effects and aesthetics of digital media in connection with processes of culturalization, the technologization of social and economic relations, and the generation and archiving of knowledge. Our studies reflect on how (digital) media always also contribute to shaping the signs and objects they store, transmit or process in a specific way. At the same time, we are interested in how certain cultural techniques contribute to shaping the usage and areas of application of digital media. Click here to see the ICAM's Reserach & Projects.

Teaching

To a special degree the ICAM is responsible for the following programs of study:

Minor Digital Media / Cultural Informatics

Major Cultural Studies

Major Digital Media

Master Cultural Studies: Media and Digital Cultures

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