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Online conference

Friday, 13. August 2021 6:00 pm – Sunday, 15. August 2021, 7:30 pm Save in my calendar

Online conference

The Future of Code Politics

Main topic at the Kampnagel International Summer Festival

New visions and futures for artificial intelligence, algorithms and codes.

The 3-day focus THE FUTURE OF CODE POLITICS highlights new perspectives on technologies and their socio-political implications: The debate about artificial intelligence, codes and algorithmic systems in Europe usually centers around questions of efficiency and technical progressiveness – rarely we talk about resilience and sustainability. At the same time, it is not only since the pandemic that we realize how these technologies have a massive impact on social systems, policies, societal processes and our coexistence as communities. They create new realities and entrench old structures that we thought had long been abolished. Technologies, it is now well known, can discriminate, they have ecological costs, they are entrenched in (neo-)colonial structures, and the monopoly of power over our data lies with big tech companies. These technologies form infrastructures that form our lives for the future and sustainably determine the conditions of our societies.

THE FUTURE OF CODE POLITICS now focuses on protagonists who critically deal with these opaque structures, from often marginalized perspectives. The invited speakers and artists work on the decolonization of technologies and on transfeminist versions of the future, and point out the social and planetary costs of the technological infrastructures that surround us every day.

The program of key notes, discussions, workshops and artistic interventions is being developed in cooperation with the founder of The Ethical Tech Socitety Lorena Jaume-Palasí, the activist and technology sociologist Fiona Krakenbürger and the globally networked initiatives CodingRights, Musea M.A.M.I. and Indigenous AI. Invited speakers include Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor, one of the most important representatives of Africanfuturism and co-creator of the Wakanda universe (Marvel's "Black Panther"); leading international scholar of the social, political and ecological impacts of AI, and author of the book "Atlas of AI" (April 2021), Kate Crawford; computer scientist and artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru, who was co-head of Google's Ethical AI Intelligence Team until early December 2020, when she was fired in a globally discussed scandal; American activist and author Jillian C. York ("Silicon Values," March 2021); Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (author of "Discriminating Data," Nov. 2021, among others); Maori linguist Prof. Hēmi Whaanga; software designer, data scientist, and poet Jason Edward Lewis; and many more.


Kampnagel, P1 + Online-Stream

FR 13.08. ab 18:00

SA 14.08. 13:00 – 19:30

SO 15.08. 11:00 – 19:30


The event can be attended face-to-face as well as online.

Here you can find the program of the conference.

Here you can find the most recent information on the events corona-rules.

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