digital culture/new technologies

Dominique Cardon

Dominique Cardon is a sociologist working in France Telecom Usage Laboratory and associated researcher at the Centre for Research on Social Movements at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

His research focuses on relations between use of new technologies and cultural and media activities. The interconnection between sociability and the public arena is the starting point for his studies relating to cultural practices, alternative media, and ”interactive” television programmes. He is particularly interested in the use of new technologies by international militants in the counter globalization movement.

His research focuses on Internet use and transformations of the digital arena. His recent research concerns Internet social networks, online forms of identity, amateur production, and the analysis of forms of cooperation and governance in the big online collectives. He is currently engaged in a sociological analysis of the algorithms controlling the organization of information online. He has published, amongst others, Discipline but not punish: The governance of Wikipedia (2012), The Internet Democracy (2010) and Mediactivises (2010).

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Antonio Ariño Villarroya

Antonio Ariño Villarroya is a Professor of sociology at the University of Valencia. From 1997 till 2003 he was Head of Department of Sociology and Social Antropology. Presently he is a Vice-Principal for Culture and Equality at the University of Valencia. He was a VicePresident of the Federación Española de Sociología. The focus of his research interest is directed towards sociology of culture, social policies and the third sector.

Selected publications:

  • La ciudad ritual (1992);
  •  El calendari festiu a laValència contemporànea (1750-1936) (1993);
  • Sociología de la cultura (Ariel, 1998);
  • Larosa de las solidaridades. Necesidades sociales y voluntariado en la ComunidadValenciana (1999),
  • La ciudadanía solidaria. El voluntariado y las organizaciones devoluntariado en la Comunidad Valenciana (2001),
  • Diccionario de Solidaridad (2003);
  • Las encrucijadas de la diversidad cultural (CIS, 2005),
  • La participación cultural enEspaña (Fundación Autor, 2006),
  • Asociacionismo y voluntariado en España (Tirant loBlanch, 2007),
  • El oficio de estudiar en la Universidad (PUV, 2008)
  • AutonomíaPersonal en la edad avanzada (CAM, 2008),
  • El movimiento Open (PUV, 2009).
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Monika I.A. Fleischmann

Monika Fleischmann is a German research media artist, scientist, scenographer and a curator for new media arts. Her expertise covers multitude of disciplines – studies in fashion design, theatre studies, digital media and philosophy, plastic arts, visual communication, interface design, computer graphics – which made her an expert in combining art & technology. Her research interests lie in scenography, knowledge arts, new forms of communication, interface design, media staging, media theory and the development of critical and playful artistic objects on the basis of digital media. As a research artists she works in the field of knowledge arts at Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS).

Since 1987 Prof. Monika Fleischmann works on the concept of interactivity with interactive installations and knowledge discovery tools in partnership with Wolfgang Strauss. Since 1994 they built up the internationally recognized MARS – Exploratory Media Lab, 2001 – 2008 at Fraunhofer Society. In 2008 she was appointed Honorary Professor of Interactive Media Art & Science at University of Applied Sciences, Bremen. She has given numerous international lectures; seminars and workshops at University Siegen (DE), Donau-University Krems (AT), Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. She also developed successful artistic works such as Home of the Brain, Liquid Views, Rigid Waves, Virtual Balance, Murmuring Fields, Energy-Passages and research projects such as Semantic Map, PointScreen or the Interactive Poster. Her two succesful platforms, the, e-teaching portal for media art & electronic culture as well as the, a cultural laboratory for interactive media, deal with the transfer of experimental & artistic research, methods and results in artistic projects for museums, schools and the creative industries.

Additionally Monika Fleischmann edited Digitale Transformationen, an anthology for digital media art with 54 articles by authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the Digital Sparks booklets 2001-2008. She also published more than 100 scientific papers, artistic essays, theoretical articles and received 22 awards – amongst them the Golden Nica for Interactive Art of Ars Electronica for the Virtual Reality Installation Home of the Brain.

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Sanna Kangasluoma

Sanna Kangasluoma is a researcher, a co-ordinator and a performing arts producer with a long working experience in the field of arts and culture in Finland and Europe. She was engaged as an Executive Producer at the Helsinki City Theatre, project coordinator for special exhibitions and international events, information and marketing manager and tour administrator.

Her research interests embrace aesthetics, philosophy of art, philosophy of culture, new media and culture, cultural management, philosophy and sociology of culture and performing arts. Sanna has also been researching online communications. Her thesis covered how theatres and arts organizations use the internet in their marketing and communication. She is also translator and editor. Ms. Kangasluoma studied literature, communications, art history and theatre.

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m-cult is a non-profit  organization established in 2000 in Helsinki, Finland. The organization works to develop and promote new forms of media art and digital culture, with a focus on cultural and social innovations of digital media and technology. The main activities cover the fields of media and electronic art, community media and open source culture as well as urban and participatory media, on which m-cult has focused and gained expertise in a range of projects. m-cult also organized events, workshops, production and is engaged in publishing activitites. The research so far covered following themes:

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Bjarki Valtysson

Bjarki Valtysson is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and has a background in literature, cultural studies, and digital communication. His research interests include cultural, media, and communication policies and regulation, particularly in terms of the politics of social media and networked cultures. He also researches the application and reception of social media within the area of museums, archives, libraries, and social network sites as well as how these relate to production, distribution, use, and consumption in digital cultures. His research interests also include digital media and democracy, with a focus on digital public spheres, networked publics, and counterpublics. Valtysson recently published a book on Icelandic cultural policy.

Bjarki is also a Compendium author for Denmark’s cultural policy and has a blog dedicated to writings on digital culture and communication.

He holds  a PHD from Institute for Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University,  a MA in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication from University of Copenhagen and a BA in Comparative Literature from University of Iceland.  His PhD thesis, Access Culture – The Remixable Culture of Prosumers and the Cultural Policy of the European Union, focuses on the notion of access culture (policies, copyright, etc.), digital public spheres, networked publics (and counter-publics) and prosumers (producer-consumer). Objectives of analysis include internet art, the Europeana digital library, EU directives on the audiovisual sector, databases such as the Internet Archive and BBC’s Creative Archive, and collaborative open source inspired projects like Elephants Dream.

Valtysson is a member of the Digital Culture and Mobile Communication research group at ITU, and a member of the Center for Network Culture at ITU.

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Danish Agency for Culture

The Danish Agency for Culture is an agency under the aegis of the Danish Ministry of Culture. It was established on January 1, 2012 by merging three former agencies: The Danish Arts Agency, the Heritage Agency of Denmark and the Danish Agency for Libraries and Media. The integration aims to improve professional synergies, create a greater impact in other policy areas and make it easier for Danish Ministry of Culture to handle future economic challenges. The objectives are:

  • To bolster the interplay among art, cultural heritage, libraries and media,
  • To improve the coordination of national and municipal efforts in cultural fields,
  • To promote the development and exploitation of an increasingly digitalized culture and media landscape,
  • To develop new proposals and forms of communication for citizens,
  • To strengthen international cultural collaboration within all professional fields,
  • To increase cooperation among, inter alia, education, teaching, research, the environment and nature, and business development, including architecture and tourism.

The Danish Agency for Culture consists of four centers; Libraries, Media and Digitalization, Cultural Heritage and Architecture, Cultural Institutions and Operational Support and Arts Funding. It is also an administrative arm of the Danish Arts Council, the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish International Cultural Panel that dispenses funding for these bodies.  The international collaboration is supported within the areas of:

  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Film, Architecture, Crafts and Design
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Centre for Media and Communication Research

The Centre for Media and Communication Research has emerged as the first university center for the study of media and communication in Croatia. It was established in 2007 as a scientific research centre of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb. The Centre aims to become the central research and education institute in Croatia, capable of collecting, analyzing and evaluating information and processes with regard to the media and communication in their social, political, economic, cultural, scientific and technical aspects. It is a non-governmental and non-profit organization seeking to undertake scientific analysis from different paradigmatic and methodological approaches.  Its range of research activities includes media policy, digital media policy, media pluralism, media diversity.  Some of the relevant realized research projects were: Media culture in contemporary Croatia: media diversity and pluralism in policy and mediascape  and  UNESCO Media Development Indicators in Croatian Media Landscape and Policy.

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Costis Dallas

Costis Dallas is Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage Management and Advanced Technologies at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University, Athens. He is also Research Fellow of the Digital Curation Unit, Athena Research Centre and Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage Informatics at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.  He holds Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford, and has two decades of research and professional experience in the field of cultural management and cultural heritage informatics. For about ten years he worked in the consulting and professional services sector, as a Vice-president and Head of innovation of PRC Group SA, and earlier as Chairman of Critical Publics SA, working on knowledge organisation, digital collections and virtual exhibits projects and R&D work in digital heritage.  Since 2003, Costis is the author of the Compendium report on Greek cultural policy published by ERICArts and the Council of Europe. He is also involved with the Compendium authors ‘Enabling Creativity’ Working Group. Dr Dallas served as Special Advisor of the Greek Foreign Minister on information and cultural affairs (1996-2000), Special Secretary for libraries and archives in the Greek Ministry of Education (1996), General Director of the Foundation of the Hellenic World (1994-1996), and Head of Documentation and Systems of the Benaki Museum. He has also been a member of Steering Committees and of Management Boards of major cultural heritage informatics  projects  such as: Digicult, Digicult Forum, ERPANET and CALIMERA.

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Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies

Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies is a public research institution established and funded by Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine.

The Centre includes:

  •  Institute of cultural policy – focuses its research activity on public cultural policy analysis, particularly on legal, economic and social issues of cultural sector in Ukraine, on studies and forecasts in contemporary cultural developments in Ukraine, with special attention on post-communist cultural transformation and national/cultural identity (re-)shaping. The institute also drafts policy proposals and provides culture-related legislation recommendations for Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  •  Institute for problems of traditional folk culture and amateur arts- studies Ukrainian traditional culture, contemporary amateur theater, music, dance, decorative arts, as well as cultural heritage issues.
  •  Institute for cultural legislation – is focused on analyzing strengths and weaknesses of Ukrainian culture-related legislation and designing recommendations or new legal acts and regulations for cultural sector.
  • Laboratory of technologies for cultural sector- focuses its work on issues of the use of new technologies in cultural sector and in creativity, as well as on the design of technology-related regulations and recommendations for public cultural organisations.



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