We are glad to present a whole range of new research projects that just recently started off at the institute. These include three projects funded by the SNSF, two KTI-funded projects as well as a self-initiated project by the Critical Media Lab.

Designed Immediacy is a pilot project, funded by the SNSF, that explores the notion of atmosphere in technological environments from a theoretical as well as experimental-artistic perspective. It is lead by Christiane Heibach, who researched and published on the concept of atmosphere before. Furthermore, Jan Torpus and Andreas Simon provide an artistic approach to the inquiry as well as the technical expertise to develop a computational augmented space that serves as the central experimental setting for the research.

— As well funded by the SNSF, the project Machine Love? investigates transformations in practices of cultural production induced by contemporary visions of creative industries. It is led by Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis and post-doc Johannes Bruder who will look into the field of underground electronic music production, joint by junior researcher Felix Gerloff who’s interest is in the field of software engineering. In the context of cultural studies and social science the two subprojects seek to find new ways of researching contemporary cultures of creative production.

Times of Waste is a further SNSF-funded project led by Flavia Caviezel looking into contemporary notions of “waste” from an artistic-scientific perspective. It aims at tracing material transformations and their economic, social, aesthetic or rhetorical reassessments from a local context to a global network. The research explores different media-aesthetic approaches to translate and map out exemplary material flows, their value changes, representations and involved actors.

— The applied KTI-funded project Ubiquitous Computing for knowledge transfer, exhibition design and museum operations fathoms the possibilities of applications of Ubiquitous Computing in the context of museum and exhibition design. In the long run, it aims at developing a toolkit in cooperation with local industrial partners and cultural institutions.

— The project OVIK – Places of virtual-informal communication, also funded by the KTI, will examine how in the context of distributed work settings informal communication between sites can be enabled “virtually”. Different spatial as well as media arrangements, together with guidelines for workplace organization are developed within the project that aim to support informal communication and enable successful collaboration.

— Just recently ixdm’s Critical Media Lab together with transmediale 2015 CAPTURE ALL hosted a Critical Media Salon at this years festival for art and digital culture in Berlin. Under the title Three Questions On Media Criticality we invited colleagues from different backgrounds to provide statements on the past, present and future of critique with, through and in “media”. The responses resulted in a Field Notebook that was presented during the festival and served to initiate an intensive discussion session on the final day of the event.

Please feel free to browse through more detailed project descriptions via the links on the side.

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