The research/Ph.D. workshop EXCESSIVE RESEARCH relates to the announcement of transmediale 2016, ‘Conversation Piece‘ which highlights the compulsive actions of digital culture, and how we are constantly encouraged to stay active, to make, to share and to secure. A culture of sharing, for instance, is evidently one of the most noticeable idealized activities of a networked society and how value is created. In the research/Ph.D. seminar we encourage participants to extend and nuance the discussions of closed/open, proprietary/non-proprietary, non-participatory/participatory dichotomies and delve into the nature of sharing, making, securing, acting and their limits. What happens when research is less about exchange and more about excess?