CODE Programme 2023
Reclaiming Digital Agency
We want to make sure the general audience, politicians and policymakers are aware of the digital challenges of our time. We want big tech companies to be regulated, curb their power, and protect our digital rights. What role should governments play, and how can we make them understand the urgency to act? What can we as concerned citizens, researchers, and artists do to support this process?
CODE was initiated in 2021 as a response to growing concerns that we are losing agency over the digital tools and platforms we use on a daily basis. CODE seeks to bring together artists, non-artists, politicians, policy makers and researchers from Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands to engage in dialogue, critical discussion, and artistic intervention. We hope to be able to influence public policy on a national and international level, by creating awareness for issues at hand, and by defining ways in which we can improve laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers. We want to inspire and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations, which hopefully have the potential to catalyse system change.
Each edition starts with a call for applicants. Selected participants will have the opportunity to work closely together in a co-creation process of three months consisting of a series of events: three workshops, a hackathon, various presentations at inspiring festivals, and an online exhibition. The events are spread over several months: from March till June, with presentations of the project’s outcome expected in September.
During this period, together we develop interventions and awareness campaigns to expose the power of tech companies and to activate politicians, policymakers and citizens to take action.
CODE 2023 is the third edition of CODE, and it organised by IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] together with Werktank (Leuven), Privacy Salon/Privacytopia (Brussels) and transmediale (Berlin). CODE 2023 is realised thanks to the kind support of Gemeente Utrecht Stimuleringsfonds and Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.
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Open Call for CODE participants (closed)
The Open call is closed. But if you want to read more:
CODE 2023 participants announced
Meet the 29 participants who are selected for the third edition of CODE: Reclaiming Digital Agency.
In Ocotober 2022 we launched the second CODE open call for participants, i.c.w. Werktank , Privacy Salon/Privacytopia and transmediale. The open call was open to anyone from Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands who shared our concern about digital rights and the power of big tech companies. Together we will engage in dialogue, critical discussion, and artistic intervention to raise awareness about our digital rights.
We received over 100 applications from artists, researchers and concerned citizens. The participants were selected on the basis of their motivation. The aim of the CODE 2023 programme is to influence public policy on a national and international level, by creating awareness and by defining ways in which we can improve laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers.
Kick-Off Meeting - 21 January
Report to be published.
Proof-of-Scale: CODE panel at transmediale festival in Berlin - 2 February
Can blockchain technologies like smart contracts and DAO’s (decentralised autonomous organisations) enhance the democracy process? On 2 February, we talk about the opportunities and limitations of these decentralised technologies in the panel Proof-of-Scale at the transmediale festival in Berlin. Speakers include: anthropologist Miriyam Aouragh, researcher Nick Houde, curator and researcher Paulien Dresscher, and political theorist at The New Institute and Humboldt-University of Berlin Rahel Süß.
Hackathon - 3, 4, 5 March
Read more about the CODE Hackathon
Workshop 1 - 1 April
More info soon.
Workshop 2 - 29 April
More info soon.
Presentation at the CPDP Conference in Brussels
CPDP is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 16th edition of CPDP will be held on 24-26 May 2023 in Brussels.
Workshop 3 - 10 June
More info soon.
June 2023 onwards
Presentations at (international) festivals and events
IMPAKT Festival 2023: Reclaiming Digital Agency
Taking place in the first week of November, the IMPAKT Festival 2023 Reclaiming Digital Agency will address our digital rights, the control we have over our data and our lack of agency over the online platforms and devices we use.
The IMPAKT Festival 2023 will connect with CODE, a co-creation project on digital agency that IMPAKT initiated in 2021 and has been organising for two years with partners in Germany and Belgium. CODE refers to an ethical code of conduct that we feel needs to be discussed and developed, with basic principles for governments and the industry to adhere to. To give the discussions we have been fostering in CODE an even bigger platform, the IMPAKT Festival 2023 will put our digital agency centre stage.
More digital agency? Check out the CODE webproject!
To read more about CODE and discover the results of the CODE project so far, click here: CODE webproject