Dr. Christian Stiegler is an internationally renowned researcher and expert on emerging technologies. His work is at the forefront of the global Tech for Good movement to create a responsible, ethical, and sustainable technological future. He has been Professor of Media at Universities in the UK (London, Bristol) and Germany (Karlsruhe), and has published several books on digital media and culture. His publications include New Media Culture (transcript, 2015) and the highly acclaimed The 360° Gaze: Immersions in Media, Society, and Culture (MIT Press, 2021). Since 2022, he is also the world's first Professor of XR and Metaverse with a focus on Technology & Ethics.
Over the last few years, he has developed an internationally recognized profile and has been invited as keynote speaker and panel guest on Extended Reality (XR), emerging technologies, innovation, and Tech for Good to such major industry events such as SXSW, Cannes XR, Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, C21 Content Summit London, and MIPTV Cannes. His interdisciplinary approach has led to projects with leading international broadcasters and music labels such as BBC, ZDF, Time Warner, Beggars Group, and Secretly Group, as well as acclaimed artists such as Björk, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lisa Hannigan. In addition, he has been the lead of significant international and interdisciplinary research projects as well as initiator of global charity campaigns, and has been advisor to organisations, governmental bodies, and NGOs in regard to innovation, technology literacy, and ethics.
As the Director of GUIDING LIGHT, Christian represents the organisation to stakeholders at an international level, and provides the strategic leadership in regard to projects, partners, and budget responsibilities.
“Christian Stiegler has become an important voice in ongoing scholarly and industrial conversations about VR, AR, and other forms of XR. Our enduring fascination with immersive experiences is traceable to 19th century literary traditions and pre-cinematic exhibitions; however, today, these immersive world-building activities are being embraced by cutting edge artists, such as Björk and Beck, who are eager to reinvent these legacy formats. As the lead of several research and creative projects, Stiegler has provided a framework for practitioners, scholars, and industry professionals to convene and debate the impact of these practices on today's media makers.”
— Professor Denise R. Mann, School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA
“Art, media, research, and technology are the four spheres that make Christian Stiegler move on his mission to bring researchers and artists together and to let ideas become reality.”
— Kay Meseberg, Head of VR/360 @ ARTE, Mission Innovation Unit
“Christian Stiegler approaches XR like a creative, using innovation to support art and music, not the other way around. He's encouraged me to think about the medium as a way not to replace the experiences we love but to push them in new directions.”
— Robby Morris, Creative Director, Secretly Group