Professor of Cyberculture and Digital Communication
Media Art Curator




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Teaching and Research

Carolina Fernández-Castrillo is Professor of Cyberculture and Digital Communication at Carlos III University of Madrid. She is also Research Fellow at Venice Centre for Digital and Public HumanitiesUniversità Ca’ Foscari Venezia, where she leads the project “Digital Media Culture: Intercreativity and Public Engagement” on digital innovation and civic engagement in connective environments. Currently, she also takes part in the following Academic Programs in Digital Creation and Intermediality:

  • Master in Transmedia Documentary and Reportage (UC3M/RTVE) –                         Mobile and Interactive Storytelling
  • Master in Advertising Communication (UC3M) –                                                           Cultural Creativity
  • Master in Visual and Digital Media (School of Human Sciences and Technology, IE) – Digital Media Culture

In the last decade, she has developed her teaching activity in many renowned institutions. It is remarkable her work as professor responsible for the area of “Experiential Learning” at New York University-Madrid. She usually collaborates as Guest Lecturer in several international PhD programs as, for instance, Doctorate Program of Culture and Media Industry at Bayreuth Universität, a benchmark in Transmedia Studies, and she has also coordinated the area of “Research in Digital Media” of the Doctoral Program at Distance University of Madrid.

Regarding her academic background, she is European PhD at Complutense University of Madrid and Sapienza University of Rome, where she has also been a Lecturer. Her contribution to Intermedia Studies on the relation between the old avan-garde and the digital avant-garde gained a great recognition, she also won the Extraordinary Doctorate Award and the Excellence Mention from Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard together with an invitation as Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She conducted this research between Spain, Italy and the United States with the funding program from the Official Credit Institute Foundation and the Ministry of Education. Among the international institutions of her Predoctoral training, we find also Universiteit Utrecht and Bremen Universität.

From 2009, she is Associate Researcher at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, where she develops her Media Art projects. She has also been Visiting Scholar at Yale University and has conducted her Postdoctoral research at Bayreuth Universität and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

In the last years, she has been the Director of several international research groups as Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation (SIIM/UCM) or Visual Media and Digital Communication (UDIMA). She has also been part of funded research projects and she has collaborated with multiple institutions and research centers as an expert in Digital Culture as, for instance, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at Open University of Catalonia, founded by Manuel Castells.

She is the author of several publications in prestigious editorial houses as Amsterdam University Press, Manchester University Press, Bulzoni Editore, etc. She has been Invited Lecturer in several international seminars and conferences at ISEA, Queen Mary University of London, New York University or School of Creative Media (CityU of Hong Kong), invited by the director Jeffrey Shaw, and in several public presentations in the context of the Jean Monnet Chair “The Culture of European Integration”.

Consultancy & Cultural Management

She conducts her research together with the cultural management in Media Art. For over a decade now, she has collaborated with the Contemporary Audio-Visual & New Media Arts Festival (MADATAC) and with Juan March Foundation. Regarding this last institution, it is especially remarkable her contribution as Media Archaeology expert in the curatorial project Futurist Depero (2015). Fernández-Castrillo has also collaborated as critician in several specialized magazines as Lápiz. International Art Magazine, where she has been permanent collaborator for many years.

She is a cultural consultant of several institutions as Factoría Cultural Madrid (MATADERO), the Innovation Advisory Commission at Madrid Press Association or, more recently, the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome. She has been previously involved in several projects of Visual Media and New Technologies at the Cervantes Institute, and she has been the jury member of several cultural events, as ALCINE International Film Festival, among others.

From the Institute of Visual Media at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe she produces her Arts & Innovation projects as the awarded EncyCloudPrado, an immersive and interactive installation for data visualization, created with Bernd Lintermann for the Prado Museum.  She is currently organizing several events on Digital Culture as Media Art curator from Venice.

Together with her contribution as expert editor in Digital Culture and Transmedia Communication, she is also part of the advisory committee of several international indexed journals.