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Immediation (Cultures of Immediacy): Liveness and immediacy in creative and everyday media praxis

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

The 21st century´s media praxis is increasingly characterized by the emerging “cultural principle”, “condition” or “culture of immediacy”. The processes summarized under the term immediation suggest the closure of the spatio-temporal “gap” between agencies and the media involved, resulting with a complex interplay of social-, security-, science- and economy-related issues. The growing interest in immediation confirms its status as a new but as yet underestimated paradigm for the arts, sciences and humanities which calls for a future-focused inquiry into the cultures of immediacy. However, in academic and popular discourse, the focus is on documenting either (societal) challenges or (technical) solutions. This paper seeks to address this imbalance by responding to an urgent need for a systematic understanding of immediation’s major forms of appearance: 1. today´s worldwide closed-circuit arrangements and 2. live-streaming practices. It proposes an innovative combination of interdisciplinary perspectives and methods to discuss the options available to increase and enrich the understanding of immediation’s potential for boosting an immense variety of its societal applications. The so designed future-focused research in liveness and immediacy promises in particular answering the questions of 1. concrete impacts of creative closed circuit arrangements onto the emerging “domestication” of live streaming and of 2. actual measures needed to be taken within emerging live streaming research to assess state-of-the-art R&D in the near future. The discussed issues are supposed to open up new routes to future solutions for a sovereign and innovative usage of cultural techniques of immediation in creative and everyday media praxis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Arts & Humanities
Number of pages30
ISSN2167-9053
StatePublished - Aug 2017

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