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Felix Stalder

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  • mass media
  • digital media
  • algorithms
  • culture industry
  • cultural practice
  • digital culture
  • digitalization

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Felix Stalder

is professor of digital culture in the Department Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts and principal investigator for the “Creating Commons” research project. He not only works as an academic, but also as a cultural producer, being a moderator of the mailing list and a member of the World Information Institute as well as the Technopolitics Working Group, both in Vienna. Among his recent publications are Digital Solidarity and The Digital Condition.
Other texts by Felix Stalder for DIAPHANES
Ines Kleesattel (ed.), Ruedi Widmer (ed.): Scripted Culture

When we look at the cultural public sphere through the lens of digitalization, a paradoxical picture emerges: the cultural public sphere is simultaneously exploding and imploding; the most essential objectives of the Enlightenment have been attained and yet are in danger; platforms and algorithms are vehicles both for self-determination and for heteronomy. Long-standing values from the Enlightenment values and new realities, the citizen and the consumer, rational systems of humans and machines alike are both separate in inextricable from one another in this picture.

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