CODE NL-D 2021

Reclaiming digital agency between the Netherlands and Germany

To what extent do big tech-companies have an impact over our data? How does that influence our online decisions? How should their power be regulated and by whom? What kind of change do we want and how can we contribute to this? These are some of the questions that are central in the project CODE NL-D.

CODE NL-D is a collaboration between IMPAKT and the Berlin-based School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe. The School of Machines is an independent school which engages in the interplay between art, technology, design and society.  During this project, artists, politicians, activists and academics start a dialogue between one another concerning digital agency, rights of the digital citizens but also visibility of minorities. The project asks how we can create awareness about digitizing society amongst governments and politicians. What are the digital rights that we, the citizens, should require and what role should the government play within it?

The first expert meeting to kickoff the project took place digitally on 12 March 2021. During this online meeting, selected representatives discussed the main issues that CODE NL-D is concerned with. Specifically, the discussion was led around three main questions: what is the problem? What kind of change do we want? And how can designers/artists/ academics contribute to this change?

Over the next months, with a series of workshops, a Hackathon and two symposiums, we invite participants to think with us about the current position of the digital sector in the policy-making processes, to develop concepts and formulate solutions for a stronger connection between the digital and (inter)national politics. The project will result in an online exhibition (IMPAKT web-project) and the release of a digital methodology toolkit about the findings of the project.


CODE NL-D Open Call (Closed)

How can we regulate big tech companies and curb their power? What role should governments play? How can we make sure politicians and policymakers understand what is at stake, inform themselves and get active? What can we as citizens and artists do to support this process?

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe in Berlin, Germany, and IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] in Utrecht, The Netherlands, are pleased to announce an open call for participation for an exciting collaborative series of events throughout 2021 called CODE NL-D.

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CODE NL-D workshop - 29 May 2021

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CODE NL-D Symposium I - 26 June

The first symposium centers around the questions ‘What kind of change do we want?’ and ‘How can we contribute to this change?’ We will tackle each topic separately through two panel discussions as we confront issues relating to current and new technologies and their societal impact. With a focus on the legislative landscape in Germany and the Netherlands, we want to understand the potential of cross-disciplinary collaborations and artistic intervention to catalyze system change.

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CODE NL-D Social Hackathon: 2 Juli - 04 Juli

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CODE NL-D Workshop II: 17 Juli

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CODE NL-D @ Ars Electronica: 10 September

CODE brings together artists, non-artists, politicians and policy-makers in a dialogue that is aimed at the implementation of laws and legislation that will protect our rights as digital citizens and online consumers. For 5 months we worked closely together in a series of workshops, a social hackathon and a symposium about issues of privacy and freedom in our digital public sphere. At Ars Electronica 2021 we present the results of the programme, with a presentation by Frederike Kaltheuner, tech policy analyst, researcher and data-justice advocate.

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