Volumetric Regimes: Material Cultures of Quantified Presence - PUBLIC EVENT ERG, as part of Rendering Research - 24.03.2022

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Publiée 2022-03-18

PUBLIC EVENT @ ERG, as part of Rendering Research, 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.

Thursday 24th March 2022, 17:30


Volumetric Regimes: Material Cultures of Quantified Presence

Possible Bodies (Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting) feat. Elodie Mugrefya

What is going on with 3D!? This question, both modest and enormous, triggered six years of trans*feminist disobedient action research that are about to be published as “Volumetric Regimes: Material Cultures of Quantified Presence” (Open Humanities Press, DATA browser series). Volumetric Regimes foregrounds procedural, theoretical and infrastructural practices that provide with a widening of the possible. The publication brings together diverse materials from a rich and ongoing conversation between artists, software developers and theorists on the political, aesthetic and relational regimes in which volumes are calculated. Asking about what is up with 3D is especially urgent when observing how in border-patrol devices, climate prediction modeling, advanced biomedical imaging, or throughout the gamify-all approach of overarching industries, its abstractions crystallize towards naturalizing what presences count where, for whom and for how long. How is power distributed in a world that is worlded by axes, planes, dimensions and coordinates?

The ongoing multi-local launch of Volumetric Regimes is made up of playful contributions, informal responses and interactive formats proposed by known and unknown comrades in the making of technosciences otherwise. For the occasion of Rendering Research we will be joined by Elodie Mugrefya, who we invited to re-interpret, critique, and/or remix materials from Volumetric Regimes through her sensibility for technocolonial knowledge production.

Possible Bodies (Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting) is a collaborative research on the very concrete and at the same time complex and fictional entities that “bodies” are, asking what matter-cultural conditions of possibility render them present. This becomes especially urgent in relation to technologies, infrastructures and techniques of 3D tracking, modelling and scanning. Intersecting issues of race, gender, class, species, age and ability resurface through these performative as well as representational practices.

Elodie Mugrefya is a member of Constant, Brussels where she takes part in its artistic and collective researches while developing a writing practice that intersects with Constant's themes of interest; notably notions surrounding collectivity, technological infrastructures and socio-political troubles. Constant develops projects across art and technology and operates through its commitment to free/libre open source cultures and intersectional perspectives.

Jara Rocha is an interdependent researcher-artist. They are currently involved in several disobedient action research projects, such as The Underground Division (with Helen Pritchard and Femke Snelting), The Relearning Series (with Martino Morandi), and Vibes & Leaks (with Kym Ward and Xavier Gorgol). They are part of the curatorial teams of DONE at Foto Colectania, of ISEA at Santa Monica and of La Capella, all in Barcelona. Jara works through the situated, mundane, and complex forms of distribution of the technological with an antifa and trans*feminist sensibility, and their show "Naturoculturas son disturbios" emits bi-monthly from radio.

Femke Snelting develops projects at the intersection of design, feminisms, and free software in various constellations. With Seda Guerses, Miriyam Aouragh, and Helen Pritchard, she runs the Institute for Technology in the Public Interest. Together they create spaces for articulating what computational technologies in the “public interest” might be when “public interest” is always in-the-making. With the Underground Division (Helen Pritchard and Jara Rocha) she studies the computational imaginations of rock formations.


More details on the Rendering Research workshop can be found at

Documentation of the workshop presentation as part of transmediale can be found at