Theater, Performance und Tanz in Hamburg - Kampnagel

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Internationales Sommerfestival 2021
The Future of Code Politics – Tag 1:

u.a. mit Timnit Gebru, Vanessa Nakate, Indigenous AI

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digital / Theory / Wheelchair users / Online
  • Fri, 13.08.2021 18:00 [also Online]
    Kampnagel – P1

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

The debate about artificial intelligence, technologies, codes and algorithmic systems in Europe usually centers around questions of efficiency and technical progressiveness – rarely we talk about resilience and sustainability in this context. 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 have an impact on our lives for the future and sustainably determine the conditions of our societies.

The 3-day focus THE FUTURE OF CODE POLITICS highlights new perspectives on those technologies and their socio-political implications. And focuses on protagonists who critically deal with these opaque structures. The invited speakers and artists point out the social and planetary costs of the technological infrastructures that surround us every day, and work on the decolonization of technologies, as well as on transfeminist, indigenous or africainfuturist visions for artificial intelligence, algorithms and codes.

The program is created in cooperation with Summer Festival curator Lena Kollender, the founder of the Ethical Tech Society Lorena Jaume-Palasí, the activist and technology sociologist Fiona Krakenbürger and in collaboration with the globally networked initiatives CodingRights (Joana Varon), Musea M.A.M.I. (Lucía Egaña Rojas) and Indigenous AI (Suzanne Kite).

Digital program flyer (overview and background information) HERE.

PROGRAM ON Friday, August 13:


18:00 / 15min. / live at P1 & online
Two of the curators of the conference, Lorena Jaume Palasí and Lena Kollender, welcome the audience, briefly introduce the main questions of THE FUTURE OF CODE POLITICS as well as the program of the upcoming three days.


18:15 / 60 min. incl. Q&A afterwards / livestream P1 & online
Computer scientist and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence Dr. Timnit Gebru and Ugandan climate justice activist Vanessa Nakate will open the first day of the conference with a key note conversation. Timnit Gebru was co-head of the Ethical AI Intelligence Team at Google until early December 2020. She had already caused a global stir with her 2018 study on racist facial recognition software, and most recently made headlines with a critical study that highlighted, among other things, the environmental costs of Google's new AI – after which she was fired in a scandal that was discussed worldwide, accompanied by widespread protests from Google's workers. Vanessa Nakate was the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda and founder of the Rise up Climate Movement, which aims to amplify the voices of activists from Africa. Her work includes raising awareness to the danger of climate change, the causes and the impacts. Toghether, they will discuss questions around the extractivism and transgenerational justice in the context of artificial intelligence and new technologies.



from 19:30, open until 21:30 / installation on-site or online via
In an installation at the Westfoyer, a virtual call center opens up, connecting one person at a time to a telemarketing operator in Chile. In an intimate setting on the phone, the technological environments and consumption habits of the audience members are analyzed. And the concrete impact of these habits on the mine workers, the environment and the societies around the mineral mines in Latin America providing the material for our hardware, are imagined in a possible future.



19:30 / 120 Min. / online workshop, free of charge, but a seperate registreation is needed: click HERE .
Our relationship to artificially intelligent technologies is largely framed by popular media, news reporting, or major scientists’ claims. These frames restrict such systems to notions of control and utility, all the while keeping the black-box of these technologies intact, and thus furthering an elite-expert hegemonia that had been defining how to think of AI since the last half of the previous century. One way to subvert this history is to imagine different futures with these technologies, and bringing forward different questions that were (unfortunately) not germane to the AI sciences. Questions about nonhumans and their agency seem especially pressing in the discourse of AI, but they cannot find a way out of a dichotomy of human-machine in the Western knowledge systems. Rather, in this workshop, we would like to bring to attention how to conceive of the world as consisting of multiplicities and heterogeneous communities, by bringing in Indigenous Protocols for imagining the futures that we will be sharing.


Program on Saturday, August 14 with, among others, Indigenous AI, Wendy Chun, Jillian York,...

Program on Sunday, August 15  with, among others, M.A.M.I., Nnedi Okorafor, Kate Crawford, ...

  • Concept & curation: Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Lena Kollender, Fiona Krakenbürger
  • In collaboration with: Lucía Egaña Rojas (Musea M.A.M.I.), Suzanne Kite (Indigenous AI), Joana Varon (CodingRights)
  • English Subtitles: Substream
  • Stage Management: Finja Zlim
  • Online Coordination: Sophie Blomen

IN COOPERATION with Allianz Kulturstiftung, Nemetschek Stiftung and the Gunda-Werner-Institut in the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF Wikimedia Deutschland – Association for the Promotion of Free Knowledge.

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