Artistic Research and the Techno-aesthetics of Infrastructure: Talk with Kristoffer Gansing, in dialogue with Francesco Ragazzi | 25 February 2024 | 14:00 | West Den Haag

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For the third session of their new public series In the Making, The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University and the art institute West Den Haag, in collaboration with ReCNTR are pleased to announce a talk with Kristoffer Gansing on artistic research practices and the techno-aesthetics of infrastructure.

About the ‘In the Making’ sessions:

Artistic production has always expressed the forms in which we know, explore, and sense the world we live in. The current practice of research in the arts consciously assumes this exploration. In the past decades, the focus on research in the domain of the arts has grown – as well as its role in universities and other research contexts – expressing its engagement with the realities of the world at large. In the Making will address how artists conduct their research. Guest artist-researchers and artist-researchers from Leiden University will present their projects, approaches to research, methods, and results. Each session will address questions inherent to these projects. In the Making aims to deepen a perspective that conceives of artistic practice not as the sole product of individual visionaries but as a collective endeavor embedded in society. It addresses the role of art in the construction of the present and the creation of possible futures.

Event Description

In this session on media technology, multimodal practices, and transversal methods in the production of knowledge, Kristoffer Gansing will present his research on the shifting techno-aesthetics of moving images as infrastructure for research and what this means for artistic research. The presentation will explore the thesis of a ‘Cinema of Extractions’, where moving image technology is not seen as primarily a vehicle for film as cinema, but as a continuously evolving technological and aesthetic infrastructure for film as research. The presentation aims to rewire how we see and artistically respond to the film medium’s connection to research in a way that speaks to our contemporary moment of images as part of networks of data extraction, analysis, and optimisation. It will discuss contemporary artistic practices that seek to challenge such extractive infrastructures and that build alternatives.

Kristoffer Gansing will enter into a dialogue with Francesco Ragazzi.


Kristoffer Gansing is a media researcher and curator whose current work is on small-scale practices, the techno-aesthetics of infrastructure in audiovisual network culture, and artistic research. He was the artistic director (2011-2020) of the transmediale festival in Berlin and professor of artistic research at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2020-23). He is currently a Visiting Professor at Winchester School of Art. With Linda H. Ritasdatter he recently initiated the ongoing project ‘A Video Store after the End of the World’ and his most recent publication is ‘Homegrown, Outsourced, Organized – Network-based Arts and the Techno-aesthetics of Infrastructure’ (2023).

Francesco Ragazzi is a director of ReCNTR, an interdisciplinary research center focused on promoting multimodal and audiovisual research methods in social science and the humanities

Date: Sunday, 25 February, 2024 | Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Place: West Den Haag (102 Lange Voorhout 2514 EJ Den Haag)

Ticket prices: Regular (€5), Student and Teaching Staff (free)

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