Rendering Research - workshop - 24.-25-.26.03.2022
The annual Research Workshop for research in art and digital culture was initiated in 2012 as a collaboration between Digital Aesthetics Research Center (Aarhus University), transmediale festival, and shifting institutional partners – this year, École de recherche graphique, Brussels. It provides a forum for emerging researchers to enter into speculation, critique, exchange, and dialogue about their research topic. The primary focus is on the participants’ research projects, as well as fostering networks, knowledge exchange and widening dissemination. 
Rendering Research draws attention to how research is made public, and in this sense also to the infrastructures of research and its various systems of publishing. Continuing the theme of “research refusal”, explored in collaboration with nine different research groups in 2020/21 , we explore how struggles and compromises over autonomy in research are related to those over infrastructures: What, for some, are just boring technical specifications may reveal ideological constraints or new imaginaries for others (“Study an information system and neglect its standards, wires, and settings, and you miss equally essential aspects of aesthetics, justice and change." as Susan Leigh Star puts it, in “The Ethnography of Infrastructure”.) In this sense, we investigate how the rendering of research typically reinforces certain limitations of thought and action, and more specifically to what extent it is possible to exert control over these ways of making things public. Processes of rendering research include not only the platforms used for distribution (e.g. that are in the public domain), but also the production processes and tools behind (e.g. that are attentive to ethics and sustainability), the review and accreditation practices (e.g. based on P2P and commons-based principles), and also the selection of suitable topics (e.g. that are not simply dictated by fashion).
At this workshop, the participants will present reflections based on their ongoing research and texts they have shared on an online platform. These texts will be further developed and together we will make a collaborative publication. Through these activities we aim to draw attention and criticality to the ways in which we make our research public, and the forms it takes through speedy hands-on making. Following the workshop, participants are also invited to extend their arguments for submission to the online peer-reviewed academic journal APRJA . We ask how rendering research relates to emergent DIY/DIWO practices, and explore ways of collapsing the traditional workflows of academic publishing (typically taking many months to reach its public by which time its currency is questionable), drawing more closely together work in progress and feedback, writing and print production.
The panel and workshop is organized by Digital Aesthetics Research Center, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University, École de recherche graphique in Brussels, and transmediale festival for digital art & culture.
Participants: Alexandra Anikina, Clareese Hill & Elly Clarke, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou & Agnès Villette, Yasmine Boudiaf, One Research Collective (Andrea Macias-Yañez, Séverine Chapelle, Caterina Selva, Giovanna Reder, Sanjana Varghese), Cassandra Collective (Chiara Di Leone, Laura Cugusi & Anastasiia Noga), Rachel Falconer, Lee Tzu Tung, Hanna Grześkiewicz, Ruben van de Ven, Anne Lee Steele & Miriam Matthiessen, Malthe Stavning Erslev, Vítor Blanco-Fernández, Castillo & AMOQA, Sheung Yiu, Paul Bailey. ... Together with Geoff Cox (London South Bank University), Christian Ulrik Andersen, Pablo Velasco, Søren Pold, Winnie Soon (Aarhus University)