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Digital Aesthetics Research Centre (DARC) functions as a shared intellectual resource that identifies, analyses, and mediates current research topics within digital art and culture; producing experiments, research projects, publications and public events. The aim is to create a space for critical reflection on digital cultural transformation.

The centre was formed in 2002 as Center for digital æstetikforskning. The purpose of the centre was to bring together researchers at Aarhus University with an interest in digital art and culture (net., software, code, sound etc.). The centre organised invited talks, seminars and conferences, hosted the research project The Aesthetics of Interface Culture, and published working papers and dissertations on digital art and culture. Significantly, the centre was also the co-organizer and host of the seminal Read_me conference and Runme Dorkbot City Camp in 2004, gathering hundreds of International researchers and practitioners within software art and culture.

DARC maintains its focus on bringing together researchers at Aarhus University, forming research projects, collaborations and international networks. We publish newspapers and a a journal, APRJA, arrange yearly international PhD seminars (with transmediale festival and shifting partners), internal research seminars, larger research conferences, and organize public exhibitions and events with digital media artists and researchers from around the world. Besides contributing analytically and theoretically to the field, DARC also engages in practical experiments (often in collaboration with artists and practitioners).