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About the Centre

Digital Aesthetics Research Center (DARC) was founded in 2002 and is based at The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University. It functions as a shared intellectual resource that identifies, analyses, and mediates current research and practices in art and digital culture. 

In the centre, we take a collective approach to research and DARC continues to be, first and foremost, defined by its members and the activities they organize (talks, seminars, workshops, research projects, and more).

‘Digital aesthetics’ is understood broadly: we are interested in how to read, write, see, visualise, hear, compose, create, and imagine with media and technologies.

The centre emphasises the dissemination of research – making research public and creating a public through research. This is reflected in the many activities and transdisciplinary projects that its members engage with, but DARC also publishes the academic journal APRJA, and the free yearly newspaper Peer-reviewed Newspaper (in collaboration with Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University, and transmediale festival, Berlin).

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Jussi Parikka

Professor School of Communication and Culture - Department of Digital Design and Information Studies