[resource-net] Reminder Call for Participation: Post-digital Research

Tatiana Bazzichelli tbazz at transmediale.de
Wed Aug 14 15:35:00 CEST 2013

Call for Participation: Post-digital Research
*The deadline for submissions is postponed to 22 August 2013*

International Research Conference and PhD Workshop to be held at 
Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, 7-9 October 2013

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

Submit your proposals at http://www.transmediale.de/node/18472/

"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.

We are seeking proposals consisting of a biography (500 characters), a 
statement on current research/description of PhD project (1000 
characters), and an abstract for a short presentation (1500 characters).

*The deadline for submissions is postponed to 22 August 2013*

More info: http://www.transmediale.de/content/post-digital-research
Tatiana Bazzichelli // programme curator
reSource transmedial culture berlin // http://www.transmediale.de/resource
transmediale festival // http://www.transmediale.de

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