Accepted Paper:

Engagement and creative labour in new media practices  
Elisenda Ardèvol (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)Gemma San Cornelio (Open University of Catalonia)Toni Roig (Open University of Catalonia)Edgar Gómez (RMIT University)

Paper short abstract:

Paper long abstract:

In the context of cultural production coming up from the so-called New Media environment a set of changes regarding creative processes are taking place. These changes point out to the implication of audiences, fans and amateurs in new ways of interrelation with the media industry. There are two opposite main discourses regarding this fact: the first one underlines the importance of creativity in the current economy and the second one criticizes the instrumentalization of media users’ engagement from the point of view of labour conditions in these sectors. Our proposal aims to explore the creative practices of new media regarding their productive and labour aspects, but also the aesthetic pleasure and affective rewards involved in such experiences. The paper will be based on our current research carried out through different case studies: locative media art projects, creative online communities of amateur photographers, videogame players and collaborative film production.

Panel W068
Media Anthropology network workshop: the rewards of media