Digitale Kulturen

Ramón Reichert
Art Sciences and Art Education, Cultural Studies
2020W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03240

Description

In our seminar, which I will held from 9.-30. November in distance learning, we deal with the cultural-theoretical, genealogical and media-reflective requirements of digital cultures. The course "Digital Cultures" has been switched to distance learning since March 16, 2020.

I make the course content available on the Base's cloud.

Please see further informations below.

One focus of our course in the summer semester is related to the aesthetics, theory and cultural history of digital games.

We are investigating influential theories: methologies of game/play: Kant, Schiller, Spencer, Nietzsche, Freud, Gadamer, etc., anthropologies of games (Huizinga, Callois, Bateson, Goffman, etc.), game enviroments (Murray, Juul, Manovich, Ryan, Aarseth, Bogost and others). Subsequently, we deal with the current status of playing in contemporary society (keyword "gamification"). 

The Dutch media theorist Joost Raessens gives this new protagonist of contemporary society the status of "Homo Ludens 2.0" and draws attention to the fact that large areas of our everyday culture are enriched with playful elements. In this context, critics of gamification, such as Ian Bogost, refer to the authoritarian structures of playful environments and persuasive interaction and make the strategic connections between technical infrastructure, data accumulation and economic usability visible.

The vision of an informatized society, in which smart everyday objects are equipped with sensors and network as learning machines in the “Internet of Things”, is not only of concern to international research and development; The public discussion is also increasingly concerned with the ludic of the digital contemporary society. Based on this finding, we analyze the gamification of digital usage cultures (often designed as a functionalist) along with selected basic texts.

 

Examination Modalities

Due to the current situation of the Corona crisis, the course "Digital Cultures" has been switched to distance learning since November 9, 2020. I personally give the students a weekly work package that they can work out with a short summary of 1-2 pages. The collected summaries provide proof of performance for the entire course. The time invested in the reading cards corresponds approximately to the presence in the course (approx. 2 hours).

I make the course content available on the Base's cloud.

The students can work on the tasks at home and send them back to the lecturer by email. I personally give all students weekly feedback on their summaries and their research results. In addition, materials are sent to all students every week on the regular event date (Monday), i.e. specifically: PowerPoint slides on the content of the course, literature, further links.

The students can reach me personally at any time by phone (0699 171 88 401) or via Skype (ramon reichert) to discuss open questions concerning research methologies and writing issues.

 

Comments

The aim of the course is to improve structural knowledge that can be developed independently and creatively by the students in application-oriented exploration fields of game cultures. The course focuses on the comprehensive qualification of students who want to deal with the culture, aesthetics and technology of digital game worlds both scientifically and in terms of media design and art/cultural history.

I make the course content available on the Base's cloud.

Bibliography: Johan Huizinga: Homo ludens. Vom Ursprung der Kultur im Spiel, Hamburg 1994; Joost Raessens: Homo Ludens 2.0. The Ludic Turn in Media Theory, Utrecht 2012; Ian BogostPersuasive Games. The Expressive Power of Videogames, Cambridge, Mass. 2007; Janet H. Murray: Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace, Cambridge, Mass. 2000; Deborah Lupton: Self-Tracking Modes: Reflexive Self-Monitoring and Data Practices, Canberra 2014; Jennifer R. Whitson: Gaming the Quantified Self, in: Surveillance and Society Nr. 11, 2013, 163–176; Sebastian Deterding u.a.: From game design elements to gamefulness. Defining ‹gamification›, in: Proceedings of the 15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments, New York 2011, 9–15; Ramón Reichert: Digitale Selbstvermessung. Verdatung und soziale Kontrolle, in: ZfM – Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 2/2015, S. 66-78; Ramón Reichert/Annika Richterich: Introduction ‘Digital Materialism’“, in: „Digital Culture & Society“, 1/2015, S. 7-22; Whitson, Jennifer R.: „Gaming the Quantified Self”, in: Surveillance and Society 11/2013, S. 163-176; Gabriele Klein: BilderWelten – Körperformen. Körperpraktiken in Mediengesellschaften, in: Tanja Thomas (Hg.): Medienkultur und soziales Handeln, Wiesbaden 2008, 209–217; Matthias Bauer/ Christoph Ernst: Diagrammatik. Einführung in ein kultur- und medienwissenschaftliches Forschungsfeld. Bielefeld 2010; Horst Bredekamp/ Gabriele Werner/ Birgit Schneider (Hg.): Diagramme und bildtextile Ordnungen. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag 2005. (Bildwelten des Wissens. Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch für Bildkritik Bd. 3,1); Deleuze, Gilles: Foucault. Frankfurt/M. 1992; Gehring, Petra: Paradigma einer Methode. Der Begriff des Diagramms im Strukturdenken von M. Foucault und M. Serres. In: Petra Gehring et al. (Hg.): Diagrammatik und Philosophie. Akten des 1. Interdisziplinären Kolloquiums der Forschungsgruppe Philosophische Diagrammatik. Amsterdam 1992, 89-105; Leeb, Susanne (Hg.): Materialität der Diagramme. Kunst und Theorie. Berlin 2012; Rustemeyer, Dirk: Diagramme. Dissonante Resonanzen: Kunstsemiotik als Kulturtheorie. Weilerswist 2009; Schmidt-Burkhardt, Astrit: Die Kunst der Diagrammatik. Perspektiven eines neuen bildwissenschaftlichen Paradigmas. Bielefeld 2012.

 

Key Words

lecture, software, digital imaging, media art, electronic media, associated Concepts

Dates

12 October 2020, 14:00–16:00 Seminar Room 25
19 October 2020, 14:00–16:00 Seminar Room 25
09 November 2020, 14:00–16:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
16 November 2020, 14:00–16:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
23 November 2020, 14:00–16:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
30 November 2020, 14:00–16:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
07 December 2020, 14:00–16:00 Seminar Room 25
14 December 2020, 14:00–16:00 Seminar Room 25
11 January 2021, 14:00–16:00 Seminar Room 25
18 January 2021, 14:00–16:00 Seminar Room 25
25 January 2021, 14:00–16:00 Seminar Room 25

Course Enrolment

From 11 September 2020, 00:31
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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