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CODE 2023: Call for Artists and Non-artists to Help Reclaim Our Digital Agency (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany)

Illustration of Planet Earth, in a cosmos of coloured spheres. People stand on its surface and lines of code grow out of it like skyscrapers.

Are you an artist, designer, researcher, software developer, or designer? Or are you working in marketing, law, technology, policymaking or politics? Or are you interested in human rights and equality? Regardless of what you do, if you are concerned about our digital rights and the lack of agency over the platforms and devices we use, CODE 2023 is looking for you!

Through this open call they are inviting creative professional and non-professional artists and all other concerned citizens from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to embark with them on a five-month journey of dialogue, critical discussion and co-creation about digital rights. Between February and June 2023 you will work with other participants on group artworks to be presented at international festivals and events.

Participation is free of charge and there is a small stipend for groups that produce a work for international presentations and for the online exhibition. Travel costs to attend on-site meetings and international presentations will be covered.

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. They believe in the need for better laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers. By creating creative and artistic interventions, their aim is to influence public policy on a national and international level and to create awareness for the issues at hand. They want to inspire and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations, which have the potential to catalyse system change. CODE 2023 will be the third edition, organised by IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] in Utrecht (the Netherlands), Werktank in Leuven (Belgium), Privacy Salon/Privacytopia in Brussels (Belgium) and transmediale in Berlin (Germany).

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