Center for Cultural Production

Center for Cultural Production

The Centre for Cultural Production is a group of researchers at Zeppelin University who deal with current ecosystems, infrastructures and practices of aesthetic, creative and artistic production. These topics are examined from different disciplinary perspectives. Cultural and art theory meets cultural policy, sociological and cultural management approaches. Innovative formats of artistic research (e.g. exhibitions, lecture-performances, readings, concerts) are consciously utilised and developed, and curatorial strategies are linked with empirical research and theoretical work. This work is carried out in close cooperation with the artsprogram  and with the Laboratory for Artistic and Implicit Knowledge (LIKWI), in which experimental teaching and event formats are developed and implemented. Events are organised in close coordination with the Bachelor's degree programme CCM and the Master's degree programme CPP.

The five work lines in detail :

| Work, economies and (political) organisation in the expanded field of art

| Artistic thinking/knowledge, artificial intelligence and (empirical) aesthetics

| Research into new public spheres, (non-)visitors and digital infrastructures

| Curating, performing and showing

  • Arts Production and Cultural Policy in Transformation ACPT (Cluster/funded research focus)

The cooperation is organised

  • in regular research and doctoral colloquia,
  • by organising symposia, workshops, summer schools and lecture series on changing annual themes, which focus on current debates in art and cultural studies and reflect the upheavals and promises of contemporary art and cultural production,
  • in the form of joint research proposals that are aligned with the five lines of work mentioned above.

More information

The current developments in the cultural sector show that traditional concepts of art and cultural production are reaching their limits: New players, a changed user behavior, and the demographic change are currently causing radical changes and thus require a new way of thinking. Therefore, the task is to position the arts in a new way in today´s society, and to develop new formats, practices, and distribution channels. The current issues discussed at the Center for Cultural Production thus address the structures, economies, and policies in which future curators, urban planners, festival organizers, general managers of theaters, and entrepreneurs in the cultural sector have to act. We therefore understand cultural production and social innovation not as contrasts, but as an inseparable connection. Thus, we put artistic action into a dialogue with socially informed, academic analysis and political considerations.

The center wants to enhance the theoretical development of the field of cultural production. Our research therefore goes beyond traditional, disciplinary research arrangements and is complemented by artistic methods to gain new perspectives on contemporary issues of cultural production. This takes place within the framework of the artsprogram and the Laboratory for Implicit and Artistic Knowledge (LIKWI).

This understanding of research also informs our teaching: Students work in projects over several months on current, actual problems. We see our study programs as a "stimulation arena" which focuses on creative work at one´s own initiative. Innovative teaching formats and research-oriented contents promote a focused, theoretical reflection on contemporary society. Small groups additionally allow for a close interaction between those teaching and those being taught, and an individual support. The campus of Zeppelin University at Lake Constance offers an ideal environment through creating a concentrated atmosphere.


van den Berg, Karen
van den Berg, Karen Prof Dr phil
Academic Head of the artsprogram
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1311
Room:FAB 3 | 1.43

Deputy Spokesperson


Avanessian, Armen
Avanessian, Armen Prof Dr
Phone:+49 7541 6009 - 1291
Room:FAB 3 | 1.49

Adolf, Marian Thomas Prof Dr phil

formerly Chair of Media Culture

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