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Digital Platforms (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Carolina Dalla Chiesa

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 04.04.2022 - 08.07.2022 | C 12.111

Inhalt: Attention: this course is held in-person only. Studying forms and processes of social organization is key to an understanding of contemporary digital cultures, their structures, and the emergence of new intermediaries. The course “Digital Platforms: forms of online cultural production” is dedicated to understanding the various facets of the contemporary digital economy for independent creators, cultural creators, and the development of digital cultures. Theoretical approaches derive from organization and media studies, economic sociology, and cultural-theoretical perspectives that support current developments in the study of the so-called "platform economy". First part: The course will start with general conceptualizations about what the platform economy entails, examples, historical development, types of intermediaries, forms of cultural production, and organizations emerging out of the digital economy. Second part: Furthermore, the course will address specific themes and cases from an interdisciplinary perspective based on group-work: a) cases from the cultural sectors; b) funding and patronage; c) labor and gig work; d) streaming model; e) new intermediaries and gatekeepers. The course will address the transformations taking place within traditional and non-traditional organizational forms as well as the perspective of the individual often highlighted in current academic debates. The students will be able to contrast mainstream and critical perspectives based on concrete examples as a way to develop their analytical capabilities and reflect upon digital culture, platforms, and contemporary forms of organization in a multifaceted manner. The structure of the course is a seminar-based style, based on articles and chapters both theoretical and case-based examples analyzed by students. Students are expected to engage in reading, group dialogues, group discussions and actively respond to inquiries posed in class. Students are expected to previously read the materials indicated to each seminar and guide their reflections based on a set of questions previously shared by the lecturer. These will help guide the seminars in a constructive manner. After a series of seminars conducted by the teacher, students will be guided to produce a group work presentation where a specific cultural sector will be addressed (e.g., music, visual arts, publishing, performing arts, online content creation, etc.) based on specific examples chosen by the group and literature indicated in the bibliography. Each week, one group will be responsible for facilitating the discussions in class and presenting the case example of the week. Other groups are expected to engage in the collective discussion and pose questions to the presenters. The Group Work is to be delivered in the form of a report.

Media Organize... the City (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Ilia Antenucci, Armin Beverungen, Maja-Lee Voigt

Einzeltermin | Do, 02.06.2022, 08:15 - Do, 02.06.2022, 11:45 | C 9.102 | Methods Session
Einzeltermin | Fr, 10.06.2022, 10:00 - Fr, 10.06.2022, 18:00 | extern | Field Trip (Hamburg)
Einzeltermin | Sa, 11.06.2022, 08:00 - Sa, 11.06.2022, 16:00 | extern | Field Trip (Hamburg)
Einzeltermin | Do, 30.06.2022, 08:15 - Do, 30.06.2022, 11:45 | C 9.102 | Student Conference

Inhalt: This project-driven seminar focuses on how media organize the city. Even before Friedrich Kittler famously suggested that the city is a medium, theorists such as Lewis Mumford observed the media technological constitution of cities and their organization. The city has always been organized through and with media technologies, while more recently the technologies of ubiquitous and environmental computing, the field of urban informatics and approaches to smart cities have promised to turn cities into computers. While the city is thoroughly infused with infrastructures of sensing and calculation, with Shannon Mattern we insist that the city is not a computer and ask what constitutes the ›smartness‹ of cities. The seminar will revolve around a set of different group projects exploring how media organize the city, focused on the city of Hamburg, with groups having an input on what aspects they would like to focus on. This could involve e.g. ›data walks‹ in which the sensory media in the city are explored, or ›deep mappings‹ of urban infrastructure to explore their histories and developments, or ›countermappings‹ of alternative urban media. An introductory session where groups are constituted and methods are discussed is followed by two days of fieldwork in Hamburg. The seminar is part of a double seminar on »Media Organize«. You are joining a cohort of students from the new MA programs for the second part of their seminar. You are encouraged to attend one theoretical session from that seminar, but this is not a requirement. The project concludes with presentations jointly with another project-led seminar on »Media Organize… the Arts«.