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 and or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on 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?

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.