12 Lug 2024 17:00

Media Artivism: Towards Postdigital Rebellion

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Carolina Fernández-Castrillo is Associate Professor of Transmedia (Eco)Literacy and Cyberculture at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid & Media Art Curator. Previously, she leaded the Experiential Learning area at New York University-Madrid. She is the PI of the research project “Digital Media Culture: Intercreativity and Public Engagement” at the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (Ca’ Foscari Università Venezia). Currently, she is also the coordinator of Digital Communication and Culture at the Spanish Association of Media Research (AE-IC), and the driving expert of Media Archaeology at the research group TECMERIN (UC3M). Her contribution to the studies on Intermediality was recognized with the UCM Extraordinary Doctorate Award and the Excellence Mention from Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University. Over the last two decades, she has developed her projects on Digital Innovation as Associate Researcher at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, also known as “the digital Bauhaus”. She is also involved in international publications, seminars, and PhD programs as Visiting Scholar at the School of Creative Media (CityU of Hong Kong), Yale University, Bayreuth Universität, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg or Saint Lois University, among others. Fernández-Castrillo usually collaborates as cultural manager and advisor with cultural institutions as Fundación Juan March, Instituto Cervantes, Istituto Italiano di Cultura or Biennale Arte Venezia, where she introduced the concept of “Media Artivism” in 2022.

The field of Media Artivism explores how contemporary art practices based on (post)digital strategies are approaching societal issues that are usually uncovered by investigative journalism on traditional media. This concept was introduced by Carolina Fernández-Castrillo in 2022 at the 59th Art Biennale to define the intersection between art, activism, and media. The environmental emergency and some specific forms of social injustices, abuse of power or political and economic corruption related to climate change –such as ecological crimes, sustainable development irregularities, greenwashing, or climate obstructionism, among many others– are increasingly subjects of interest in current sociocultural practices. The purpose of this lecture is to provide a comprehensive view of the impact of mash-uptivism and reapropiationism in the Internet popular culture and the contemporary media artivist practices in order to encourage critical, ethical and creative thinking about social change.

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