As Springgay and Irwin (2005) argue, renderings in research “are theoretical spaces through which to explore artistic ways of knowing and being in research” (p. 899). They link the rendering—“to give, to present, to perform, to become” (p. 899)—with the concept more than any prescriptive or formulaic methodology; this is a move away from standardization and “criterion-based model[s]”, towards engagements with data that “interweave threads of theory, practice, and poesis” (p. 903).

digital arts-based inquiry

Interactive Research Representation

This is an interactive data-theory-visualization I created as part of my digital arts-based inquiry. Please click on the image and explore the artwork. I discuss it further in:

Horst, R. (2023). Imagining difference: Technological posthumanist methods for arts-based futures literacies research. Digital Culture & Education (ISSN: 1836-8301).

This interactive TWINE was created with Esteban Morales based upon research published in the following paper:

James, K., Horst, R., Takeda, Y. P., & Morales, E. (2021). The Patch: An Artful Syn(aes)thetic Mapping Of Linguistic Data Through Collaborative Digital / Analogue Literacy Processes. McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill, 55(3). Retrieved from
We presented this as a novel and interactive way to represent multimodal research method and data for the Electronic Literature Organization in a presentation entitled, EnTwining the data: A digital arts-based representation of research.

Please click on the image to explore the research.

Writing Prompts

This is a creative writing prompt I created to provoke the futures imagining of a teachers and learners. This is part of a futures literacies creative writing workshop that I have provided and adapted for teacher educators in the teacher education program at UBC and for learners for Maskwacis Cultural College open microlearning series.

Data Renderings

Visualization from thesis. I will be publishing the data renderings work soon..

Futures literacies as Machinic Assemblage. ***This work has ignited an interest in exploring Diagrammatic Thinking***

Visualization from thesis. I will be publishing the data renderings work soon.

I explore creative approaches to data visualization in my artistic practice. This is the desiring machine from a paper published in the McGill Journal of Education,

Videos & multimedia creation

I create custom hand-drawn whiteboard drawings as a way to think diagrammatically through a concept or narrative.

This video is for the Systems Beings Lab, where I am a contributing researcher and collaborator.

I created this video for Dr. Derek Gladwin’s book, Rewriting Our Stories.

I interviewed and filmed a selection of faculty in UBC’s Language and Literacy Education in a series entitled Scholarship Stories. You can see the films here.

I created a podcast about the childcare crisis on the Sunshine Coast. I interviewed local mothers, caregivers and politicians. The podcast was listened to over 3000 times and the story was picked up by the local newspaper: Local mom creates podcast to highlight child care crisis


These are or selections from a series of glitch experiments using p5.js creative code. The self portrait was created with clay, photography, and code.

Interactive, responsive, glitch poem.

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