Open call code NL-D

Reclaiming Digital Agency

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.

CODE NL-D seeks to bring together artists, non-artists, politicians and policy makers from Germany and the Netherlands to engage in dialogue, critical discussion and artistic intervention Our desired goal is to influence public policy and define ways in which we can improve laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers. What potential do these cross-disciplinary collaborations have to catalyse system change? 

A small group of selected participants will have the opportunity to work closely together and with established Dutch and German artists over the course of the project. CODE NL-D consists of a series of events both physical* in Berlin and Utrecht as well as digital: two workshops, two symposiums, a social hackathon and an online exhibition. The events are spread over several months: from May till October. As a participant, we invite you to be actively engaged in all these events aimed at bringing to light the most pressing issues we face as a society surrounding digital culture and public policy.

Group artworks will be conceived over the course of a weekend social hackathon with an opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from policy makers. Final group works created throughout the events will be exhibited in an online gallery space meant to engage continuous critical discussion into 2022. We will also seek ways to present the produced works and concepts in the public realm to stir debate and foster change. 

Are you worried about the power of the big tech companies? Would you like more transparency in the way your data is used? Do you think our governments should know more about our digital society and protect our rights better? Are you an activist or simply a concerned citizen? Then we hope you will join us in CODE NL-D.)

Participation is free of charge.
Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivation. In making the selection, we also aim for a diverse group in terms of backgrounds and expertises. Everyone is welcome to apply and no prior experience is required. We are looking for people that can participate in all events for the duration of the CODE NL-D programme. There is a small stipend for the groups that produce a work for the online showcase. 

*Covid-restrictions permitting

Apply here!


Who are we looking for?

* Applications are open to non-professional artists.

* Participants should be living in the regions of Germany and/or the Netherlands.

* People with an interest in learning from and collaborating with professional artists to create artistic interventions to influence policy makers

* Women, POC, LGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply

* No prior experience is required.

* If not sure, just apply!


Application deadline

  • Please apply by 25.4.2021
  • Small group of participants (18 participants, 9 from each country)
  • Language: English


Schedule of first events

* April 2nd: publish the open call on the website

* April 30th: close the open call  

* May 6th: deadline for selections

* May 7th: selection announcement

* May 29th: workshop  ** (In-person but will revise as necessary due to covid regulations)

* June 26th: Symposium I

* July 2nd-4th: Social Tech Hackathon

* July 17rd: Workshop II

* September 5th: Symposium II

* October 2021 thru 2022: Documentation and Online Exhibition


*Exact dates subject to update


If you have any questions regarding this open call, please write us a message at

Organisers School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe and IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture.

CODE NL-D is realised thanks to the kind support of Fonds Soziokultur, Fonds Cultuurparticipatie, Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande, Goethe Institute NL and Creative Industries fund.

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