Rapids and backwaters

Adapting fast and slow to a digital cultural turn

Major changes happen at different rates. This is certainly true of digitization, perhaps the main driver of change in the last decades. Rapids and backwaters is a project that investigates fast and slow adaptation to the digital within the field of culture.

This project will explore how digitization has affected value generation for arts and culture. It will examine how regulation, copyright and cultural policy have adapted to the digital production and distribution of culture. The project aims to answer these questions: How has digitization affected how different cultural workers organize their work, earn money and create value? How can digital culture be regulated nationally and internationally, and what consequences does this have for a national cultural policy?

The project runs from 2020 to 2023 and is led by Telemark Research Institute. You can read more about the project and the different work packages here. And here you can read about the partners in the project.