Ti faculty Geoff Cox hosts conference at Kunsthal Aarhus

"Post-digital Research" aims at exploring what, in the afterglow of
digital art and culture, lies beyond the digital as a form of existence.
We are witnessing fundamental changes: not only do we no longer
distinguish between online and off-line or analogue and digital
practices, the medium of digital technology also seems to hold less
fascination. It has become embedded in almost every contemporary
aesthetic practice. In this, our focus of attention somewhat shifts: we
become interested in the mechanisms of commercialisation (e.g. how
Amazon, Google, Apple, etc. influence the way we read, write, draw,
perceive, etc.), and also in the renewed significance of the
technologies we left behind (the role of print, magnetic tapes, floppy
disks, etc.).

Addressing “Post-digital Research”, the conference and workshop relates
to the artistic call of transmediale 2014, and asks how to formulate
research questions, research methods, and research dissemination in the
light of an "afterglow" of the digital revolution. Following this, we do
not wish to claim a research interest in a future predetermined by the
digital, nor do we want to do away with the digital. Instead we will
attempt to explore how to practice research in a culture where the
digital has become a cultural residue that consumes resources, even
producing new forms of trash and overloaded forms of existence. As the
transmediale 2014 call for works states, an ambivalent and junky
afterglow is what characterises the aesthetics and politics of the
digital "during the transition to new cultural forms that are still
unknown to us". In other words, with this call for "Post-digital
Research" we do not wish to set a particular direction for research, but
rather provide a speculative and experimental framework for research in
a post-digital culture. We therefore invite proposals that take diverse
perspectives to open up some of the paradoxes of contemporary thinking
and technologically-informed artistic practice after the digital.

Since 2011, we have organised events that form a template for future
work: Public Interfaces, Aarhus University (2011); In/Compatible
Research, Universität der Künste (Berlin) (2011); Researching #BWPWAP,
Leuphana University of Lüneburg (2012). Each of these workshops has
resulted in the publication of a peer-reviewed newspaper, and also
recently a peer reviewed journal (www.aprja.net); themselves experiments
in new forms of scholarly publication. “Post-digital Research” will
further explore new frameworks for collaborative research, and the
outcome will be published in a journal and newspaper issue to be
presented and distributed at transmediale 2014.

The workshop also forms part of a series of events initiated by reSource
transmedial culture berlin, which is an initiative of transmediale based
on continuous network knowledge development and community involvement
around the festival throughout the year.

Our overall aim for the workshop is to provide a forum for emerging
researchers (including artist-researchers, and particularly PhD
students), for speculation, critique, exchange and dialogue on their
research topic and on its wider dissemination. The aim is to develop
participants' individual research projects as well as foster networking.
PhD students can be awarded 5 ECTS for their participation. Although the
workshop is primarily aimed at international PhD researchers, it is also
open to researchers who are pursuing research without institutional support.

http://www.transmediale.de/content/post-digital-research

 

Organised by:
Digital Aesthetics/Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University
reSource transmedial culture berlin/transmediale festival

 

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