YPP Network Description

The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

Karl Baumann

Karl is a digital artist, filmmaker, and scholar. His current work explores immersive, playable, and mobile media to navigate the complex layers of urban spaces. Karl’s methodology is based on addressing complex social issues through immersive media projects that invite user participation and feedback for exploring the future of civic engagement, social networks, participatory pedagogy, and the relationship between public and private space. After completing an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) at UC Santa Cruz, Karl taught media literacy with the Boys and Girls Club and was active in Occupy Oakland. In addition to his locative and playable media projects, Karl has produced multiple award-winning documentaries and experimental videos, within the US and internationally. He is an Annenberg Fellow in the Media Arts Practice (MAP) PhD program at the University of Southern California. In addition to his Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics (MAPP) research, Karl is currently working with the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab (MEML), the World Building Media Lab (WBML), and the Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL).


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