Mediarena Centre for Research
The Mediarena Centre for Research in Participatory Cultures and Creative Technologies brings together a transdisciplinary community of researchers to work on a broadly-based programme of activity, concerned with the emergence, impact and futures of technologically-enabled participatory cultures, i.e. the widespread shift from cultural consumption to cultural production, triggered by 'new media', and the development of new forms of content sharing and distribution. The Centre operates across the creative arts and creative practice-based research fields. Particular research interests include the creation of a more open media and cultural space, given the increasingly low barriers to creative expression and civic engagement through digital media, mobile technologies and related practices; the nature of new social connections between creator and consumer, between co-creators, between media and audience; and emerging social practices using creative technologies. The Centre has a facility for graduate and postgraduate practice-based research in the basement of S-block.
For more information, visit the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/mediarena.