Ars Electronica Gardens Exhibition


CODE 2022: Reclaiming Digital Agency

IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] (NL), School of Machines, Making & Make Believe (DE), Werktank (BE), Privacy Salon/Privacytopia (BE)

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How can we influence politicians to fight for our digital rights? What role should governments play and what can we as concerned citizens, researchers, and artists do to support this process? 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 about digital rights. We want 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.

Over the last few months, we have worked with 22 participants in a series of workshops, hackathons and other public events. Working in cross-disciplinary teams, the participants have developed creative interventions and awareness campaigns to expose the power of tech companies and to activate politicians, policymakers and citizens to take action. At Ars Electronica we present the results of CODE 2022 and the projects created by the participants.


IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture and arts. The whole year round we organize events and exhibitions to reflect on urgent issues in our digital and transglobal culture. Our main project is the annual IMPAKT Festival. The upcoming festival The Curse of Smooth Operations, takes place from November 2nd-6th, 2022 in Utrecht and online. /


CODE 2022 is realized 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.