Who Owns the Truth?


From 6 to 10 September, Ars Electronica 2023 will take place in Linz, Austria. Ars Electronica is Europe’s largest festival for arts, technology and society. This year’s theme is: Who Owns the Truth? This theme aims at questions of truth and ownership, interpretive authority and sovereignty. At the festival, IMPAKT will present the results of CODE 2023.

During the festival, participants from the fields of science, business and the creative and arts sector gather to share their perspectives, and you get to discover the latest developments in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, biotech and more. At the CODE booth, visitors can explore a selection of works that were developed during CODE 2023:

An installation that explores the identification, control, and personalization of our voice and hearing in the highly curated digital public space. 
A provocative social experiment that aims to address the issue of non-consensual, intransparent online user tracking, by exposing this technology through a dating platform.

On the Exactitude of Maps 
An investigation of the ownership of spatial data, through the shape of an audio-based interactive tour guide.

An artistic research project focusing on the recent and ongoing debates surrounding the rollout of the 5G network across Europe.

An art installation in public space, that reflects critically reflect on the digital agency and digital kinship of all critters

Pay With Your Gaze 
A critical exploration of the use of eye tracking technolgy and nudging strategies by big tech companies.

We will also present the projects Cybi0nt (Decoding the Mutations of Truth), My Virtual Mermaid (Natural Field Recordings) and APEIRON.


CODE 2023 is the third edition of CODE, and is organised by IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] together with Werktank (Leuven), Privacy Salon/Privacytopia (Brussels) and transmediale (Berlin). CODE 2023 is made possible thanks to the kind support of the gemeente Utrecht Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie and the Fonds Soziokultur. Read more about CODE 2023 here.


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