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Who: Kampnagel

Where: Hamburg & Online

When: 13 - 15 August & 20 - 22 August 2021

With Who: Musea Mami, Coding Rights, transfeministtech.org, Indigenous AIZKM Karlsruhe, Alfaisal University Riad, HKS Ottersberg, KAUST University, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Zayed University of AI Abu Dhabi, ZHDK Zurich

The thematic focus The Future of Code Politics at the International Kampnagel Summer Festival combines two three-day events: the eponymous conference (13 – 15 August 2021) will discuss new visions of the future of artificial intelligence, algorithms and coding from decolonial and feminist perspectives. The artistic hackathon Super Artistic AI Factory (20 – 22 August 2021) will explore the potential of artificial intelligence for artistic practice.

The three-day programme highlights new perspectives on technologies and their socio-political implications: the debate about artificial intelligence, codes and algorithmic systems in Europe usually centres on questions of efficiency and technical progressiveness – we rarely talk about resilience and sustainability. At the same time, it is not only since the pandemic that we realize that 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 shape our lives for the future and determine the conditions of our societies in the long run.

Therefore, the Future of Code Politics now focuses on protagonists who critically deal with these opaque structures, from frequently marginalized perspectives. The invited speakers and artists work on the decolonization of technologies and on transfeminist versions of the future, pointing out the social and planetary costs of the technological infrastructures that surround us every day.

CONCEPT & CURATORS Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Lena Kollender, Fiona Krakenbürger

IN ZUSAMMENARBEIT MIT Lucía Egaña Rojas (Musea M.A.M.I.), Suzanne Kite (Indigenous AI), Joana Varon (CodingRights)


With his surprising projects, Hamburg-based artist Christoph Faulhaber is always advancing interesting social and artistic debates. His latest work focuses on the much-discussed topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and artistic production - in the context of AI's ability to create new worlds on its own and thus leave behind long-established definitions of the relationship between work and authorship. Faulhaber brings together artists from various disciplines with programmers via a worldwide call for entries and a network of international partner institutions. Together they will create artistic works with the help of artificial intelligence at a hybrid hackathon that will take place simultaneously at various locations around the world. Following the hackathon, the completed digital works will be on display at the Hertz Lab at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, among other places.

IN KOOPERATION MIT King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Artificial Intelligence Research Center Hamburg (ARIC), ZKM, Hertz-Labor, 1. KI-Biennale Essen 2022, ZHdK Zürich, Hochschule der Künste im Sozialen Ottersberg (HKS).