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We Are Data – Phase 2

In Egypt internet – based innovations and digital technologies have been presented as strong and effective tools for inclusive development and solutions to many current challenges in sectors like transportation, health, agriculture and education. This however also raises lots of pressing questions on how to deal with the ramifications of these new technologies and concerns about security, privacy, accountability, bias, agency, transparency, and ethics. We want to start a dialogue that responds to these important opportunities, questions and challenges and explores them in the specific Egyptian context. To start a critical reflection and analyse these new technologies in our data-driven society through the perspective of the arts the we need to investigate major questions such as Data Collection, Access to Data, Reusing and Archiving Data, Language and Data, and Artistic use of Data.

With this in mind, IMPAKT and Cairotronica set up an exchange platform with the aim of building an interdisciplinary community in the Netherlands and Egypt that integrated new technologies with the art and design practice. Within the program, important discussions were held about the effects of the current data-driven society on our world. Under the theme of WE ARE DATA we aim to connect researchers, technology experts, engineers and academics with artistic makers and designers. In a program that consists of workshops, meetups, presentations, designers. It explored and experimented with technologies related to these processes. Next to the more traditional and technical questions on ‘how’ to use these new technologies, it also wanted to generate attention for the more philosophical question of ‘why’ we use them, and how the way others use them can affect us.

In the months leading to Phase 3, the 6 Egyptian artists, mentored and facilitated by Sabrina Verhage, Coralie Vogelaar, Jeroen Van Loon, developed individual projects. The projects are currently under further development and are to be exhibited at the Cairotronica Festival 2020 and as one of IMPAKT’s web projects.

Below you can find an overview of the projects in progress with biographies of the Egyptian artists. We have also recorded introductions to the project by curators Ghalia Elsrakbi (Cairotronica) and Arjon Dunnewind (IMPAKT), and the mentors Sabrina Verhage, Coralie Vogelaar and Jeroen Van Loon to look back on the workshops they gave.

Projects in this programme

Imane Ibrahim
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST YEAR?!
What happened in the last year?! is a window into a work in progress, the product of a year of contemplation, planning, progress and...
Sabah ElHadid
FANTASY VS REALITY
Fantasy vs Reality is an archive and a study that preserves a time frame from the beginning of Covid19 pandemic that highlights the...
Ahmed Aiuby
COULD WE USE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO BEAT IT?
AI as a tool could be used to beat itself through using it to generate veil images (There is a failure probability) that may be used as...
Ahmed Soleman
SIRAT QASR AL NIL - THE PATH OF QASR AL NIL
Sirat Qasr Al Nil - The Path of Qasr Al Nil Society is philosophically affirming humans’ worthlessness by creating artificial barriers...
Shadwa Ali
DUST AND GLITTER
Dust and Glitter is a display of the findings of one year of ongoing research. The artist investigated the concept of the chaos of...
Mona Makhlouf
CAN YOU WRITE THAT SOUND?
This is an experiential, interactive sound installation that aims to look at the gap between sound expressions that are heard but not...