Focus #tbt

BY CAROLINE SÜESS
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(Online) magazine issues dedicated to digitalism will soon be a thing of the past, quite simply because this topic will have become second nature in a few years. But at least for now, digital development is still in its infancy and an important issue also at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

#tbt*, our feature topic, stands for digitalism and for the irritation that tends to accompany it. Norbert Kottman and Dennis Stauffer’s award-winning degree film “Digital Immigrants” reveals how pensioners cope with digitisation. Film long ceased to be simply a narrative medium. 360-degree videos are now claiming to reproduce reality unfiltered, which makes them valuable sources for research. The ZHdK Programme in Cast / Audiovisual Media is doing pioneering work in this field.

“The digital concert hall” explores digital developments in and around live concerts, and the example of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich reveals the attributes of the virtual #museum. Felix Stalder discusses referentiality and how this provides orientation within today’s flood of information. Frédéric Martel, who is researching the future of the arts in the digital age, presents his concept of “smart curation”. But what does “analog” mean anyway? Dieter Mersch gives an exciting answer.

All contributions on #tbt

#tbt means Hashtag Throwback Thursday. Very popular among social media users, the symbol is used to look back at the past, mostly by posting old photographs. And those who don’t regularly post on Thursdays, simply use #tb.
Caroline Süess (caroline.sueess@zhdk.ch) is head of PR and Media at ZHdK University Communications and a cultural sociologist.
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