In the Eye of Infodemic

International Conference on the Future of Non-Commercial Television

--//--  Deutsche Version


30 - 31 March 2023
splace am Hauptplatz, Art University Linz (Austria)

In the digital age, culture, politics and society are facing tremendous challenges. We have to observe extensive shifts in the global information architectures. Digitalisation and economisations are causing a warping of the existing infosphere, democracies are being undermined, disinformation and manipulation are leading to the destabilisation of societies.

As can be seen in the example of non-commercial broadcasting, media that is locally and regionally embedded has always contributed heavily to the mediatisation of important problems and topics within the immediate surroundings. The conference and its artistic program will discuss prospects for the future of non-commercial television, which also includes post-migrant and post-colonial perspectives.

The conference aims to enforce non-commercial television as an important focal point of civil society in times of crisis and to combine pre-existing knowledge and know-how and raise issues concerning future options to achieve a social, democratic, and cultural impact.



Thursday, 30 March 2023


05:00 pm: Opening exhibition, curated by Simone Barlian and Fina Esslinger

Artists: Hito Steyerl, S()fia Braga, FAXEN, Barbara Jazbec, Hasan Ulukisa, Kristina Tica, Anna Vasof

06:00 pm: Panel discussion



Friday, 31 March 2023


10.00 am: Adress of welcome by Brigitte Hütter (Headmaster of Art University Linz)

Afterwards lectures and discussions:

Marlis Prinzing (DE))
A researcher in communication sciences and professor at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Cologne; initiator of the Charta for Public Communication Sciences and the co-president of the initiative “Quality in Journalism", as well as a lecturer at the universities of Zurich and Freiburg (Switzerland); previously she has worked as a journalist and moderator; her main focus is on media quality, innovation, ethics, and digital society.

11.00 am: Sonia Nandzik-Herman (PL)
Co-founder and CEO of ReFOCUS Media Labs foundation which provides refugees in Greece and Poland with media creation skills. She earned masters degrees in Sociology from the University of Silesia and in International Relations from the Jagiellonian University. Before entering the humanitarian sector and working in Serbia and Bangladesh, Sonia worked for the European Parliament. She specializes in the refugee crisis and human rights advocacy. Sonia is a producer and a host of "Fractured” podcast and a producer of several films: "Even After Death", "Nothing About Us without Us”, "Dancing Bells” and "Dead End". All those productions have been created by or with persons with refugee background. 

12.00 - 1.30 pm: Break

01:30 pm: Cissy Nalumansi (UG)
A multi-disciplinary, passionate story teller based in Kampala (Uganda). Her passion for storytelling through Script writing and Directing is dipped in her immeasurably, unwavering desire to tell authentic, well sculpted African stories from the African perspective. Being born and raised in the heart of Kampala, she has overtime observed and interacted with community media entities and personalities and their interactions with the local people and governments and as such, used her storytelling abilities in film to communicate to these audiences and tell stories that matter to them.

02:30 pm: Christoph Nebel (CH)
He studied Visual Media Design at the Academy for Applied Arts in Vienna from 1986 to 1991; from 1993 until 2014 he was a lecturer at the Vienna Art School, as well as being in charge of the development and direction of the interdisciplinary class at the institution; from 1993 until 2022 he worked as a university assistant at the Art University in Linz; 2005 to 2022 he was co-chair of the department for Time Based Media at the Art University in Linz; started as a professor for Time Based Media at the Art University in Linz in 2022.

03.30 - 04:00 pm: Coffee break

04:00: Leonhard Dobusch (AT))
Economist and legal expert; researches organisation openness and private regulation via standards as a professor for organisation at the University of Innsbruck; co-founder and scientific head of the Momentum Institute; member of the ZDF administrative board and regularly publishes on the blog


Martin Wassermair (Political editor DORFTV))


Location design: Kerstin Reyer

A cooperation of DORFTV with the Art University Linz.

Funded by Linz Kultur - LINZimPULS