Media, Communication, Digitalization
Mediascapes are the central engagement of this panel’s single/joint presenters and one moderator who work commonly on questions of media, politics, society and history across China, Indonesia and Japan. Five presentations explore aspects of at least one mediascape, variously defined as its means of production (analogue and digital photography, film and video), as images of the world (produced by/for identifiable groups or exchanged between globally distributed spectators), and as the image flows that permeate mediascapes’ inner zones and edges.
Based on past, present and future conditions of media, the panel’s work assembles comparative and interrelated insights into: how mediascapes host the impacts between old and new image forms, transforming conservative habits into modern innovations; (re)define places and their inhabitants through image practices’ evolving functions; offer platforms for transmedial circuits connecting actors, politics and cultural criticism; unveil a future in which emotions’ location in robots, for instance, creates an affect radically divergent from any predicted orthodoxy.
The panellists’ shared purpose is to highlight the important role that identifying and critiquing mediascapes can play in cultural, political and social analyses of reality and imagination in Asian regions, and to propose commonalities and distinctions for discussing mediascapes connected to regions locally and globally.