(Future Media 2018)


SHIFTING SPHERES – “ The Social Impact of Digital Media ”

Video: Yui Onodera demonstrating nor’s ICC installation “Herering”, Tokyo, July 2017.

Planner / Creative Director: FUKUCHI Makoto
Hardware Engineer: NAKANE Satoshi
Software Engineer: MATSUYAMA Shuhei
Sound Producer: ONODERA Yui
Architect / Experience Designer: ITAGAKI Kazuhiro
Communication Designer: KAWAMATA Satoshi
Producer / Project Manager: HAYASHI ShigeyoshiFor more information, see:

Much points to the fact that we are living in an age of all-encompassing structural and social change.

We are on our way to the ‚next society‘ – a society that will differ in all aspects from the world we are currently living in.

The transformation has already begun.

Responsible for this change – albeit not exclusively, but as one of the most important causes – is the universal machine we call the computer. Computers digitize society – and not even the traditional media can escape this transformation.

We can see the change sweeping across all areas of society.

One of these areas – of crucial importance for the self-conception of democracies – is the ‘public sphere’. For many observers, the very future of democracy is at stake here, the belief being that „democratic governance rests on the capacity of and opportunity for citizens to engage in debate” (Hauser 1999).

Other areas are the law, science, economy, art, the mass media – and last but not least our ways to interact with each other.

We invite you to join us in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to investigate the question of how digitalization changes the different ‚spheres’ of society.

Conference on Futures of Media

The topics for discussion can include – but are not limited to – the following:

  • What is the new public, what is the new private?
  • Is the idea of privacy being redefined or is it being discarded altogether?
  • Do digital technologies help with the eradication of racism and sexism or have they become complicit in them?
  • What is the relationship between Twitter, Facebook etc. and the legacy media? Which old mechanisms of influence have survived and why? Which new ones have emerged?
  • How has device mobility changed media reception modes?
  • What role does the global availability of media play, or do recent successful attempts at censorship bode ill for sustainable global accessibility in the future?
  • How can a new media concept/theory be devised in the light of these rapid social changes?
  • How can and should media influence future developments?
  • How has globalization, the global South and the Asian Century redefined approaches to social media spheres?
  • What are the limits of democracy? Is, as Daniel Bell argues, meritocracy an alternative, as it guarantees stability instead of permanent change?
  • Is it possible that there is no change at all taking place? Can what is currently happening also be described as continuity with merely gradual changes? Are ‘filter bubbles’ not quite as new as we assume?
  • What scientific potential does the concept of the sphere have in itself? The Greeks referred to the ‘sound of the spheres’, Deleuze/Guattari to the ‘mechanosphere, and – following Teilhard de Chardin –the ‘noosphere’. In his magnum opus, the Spheres trilogy, published between1998 and 2004, German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk develops a theory of spaces of coexistence, quintessential modes of existence from the womb. According to Sloterdijk, spherical life continues throughout society, separated into macro-spheres such as nation states. Is it possible that we are living in a media sphere today?

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