CODE Panel at Ars Electronica

Reclaiming Digital Agency

CODE Panel at Ars Electronica

From 7 to 11 September 2022, Linz will once again host a “Festival for Art, Technology and Society” where participants from science, business, the creative and art scenes from the local region and around the world will contribute their perspectives. As part of Ars Electronica’s public programme, IMPAKT has been invited to organise a hybrid panel, connecting onsite and online audiences and speakers around the international programme CODE 2022: Reclaiming Digital Agency. On Thursday 8 September at 16:30h, you can join the discussion onsite at Kepler’s Garden in Linz or online at Planet IMPAKT (free livestream).

CODE addresses our lack of agency over the digital platforms and devices we are so dependent on, and how Big Tech companies and governments violate or neglect our digital rights. In this panel artists and other participants will present their thought-provoking or subversive projects addressing themes like surveillance, the use of artificial intelligence, face recognition technologies and the power of lobbyists.

The projects presented in CODE call on politicians and policymakers to take action, inform themselves, protect our rights, curb the power of Big Tech and set better ethical standards for the use of technology. During the panel at Ars Electronica CODE participants will present the results of their 3-month programme – they will be present in Linz as well as connected online from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Arjon Dunnewind (NL)

Omar Adel (DE)
Pauline Vantilt (NL)
Anastasiia Belousova (DE)
Katia Sophia Ditzler (DE)
Funda Zeynep Ayguler (DE)

Projects and artists participating:

  • HeLi-AI, with: Anastasiia Belousova (DE), Pauline Vantilt (NL) and Shruthi Venkat (NL)
  • Logging into Identity, with: Omar Adel (DE), Swaeny Nina Kersaan (NL) and Anya Shchetvina (DE)
  • Atlas of ID, with Michaela Stubbers (BE), Bart Vandeput (BE) and Fanny Zaman (BE)
  • DSMA UnLtd., with Funda Zeynep Ayguler (DE), Katia Sophia Ditzler (DE), Vo Ezn (NL), Elena Falomo (DE) and Guillaume Slizewicz (BE)
  • Physio·gnomy, with Greeshma Chauhan (NL), Arina Kapitanova (DE), Deniz Kurt (NL), Michael Zerba (NL) and Xsenofemme (Ginevra Petrozzi, Ines Borovac) (NL)


CODE at Ars Electronica is one in a series of public presentations of CODE in 2022 at, amongst others: Uitfeest / Rondje Singel (11 September), the Dutch Media Week (3–9 October) and the Dutch Design Week (22–30 October 2022). Find out more here

CODE 2022 is a collaboration between IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] (Utrecht), School of Machines, Making & Make Believe (Berlin), Werktank (Leuven) and Privacy Salon (Brussels/Antwerp). With the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL, City of Utrecht, Democracy and Media Fund, Fonds Soziokultur, Cultural Participation Fund, the Dutch Embassy in Belgium (Brussels), the Dutch Embassy in Germany (Berlin) and the Goethe Institut.

The hybrid CODE Panel at Ars Electronica is part of the project ‘The New Social’, a collaboration between IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture], Framer Framed and Hackers & Designers and with the support of the Innovation Labs programme of the Creative Inducties Fund NL.


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