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GALLERY: ‘Big Dada’ exhibiting at The Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin

We are delighted to announce that Big Dada (2019) will be exhibited at Berlin University of the Arts in partnership with the Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin, as part of the Practicing Sovereignty: Means of digital involvement conference and exhibition from 12th – 18th March this year.

The Weizenbaum Institute aims to better understand the dynamics, mechanisms and implications of digitalisation. To this end, the institute investigates the ethical, legal, economic and political aspects of digital change. This creates an empirical basis for responsible digitalisation. On the basis of the research findings, action options are developed for government, the economy and civil society, in order to shape the digital transformation in a responsible interdisciplinary manner.



Things don’t always go as planned. Instead of further indulging in the collective imaginaries of better, digitally mediated futures with promises of participation and grassroots democracy, today’s narratives are dominated by rather troublesome aspects of the digital transformation. Issues such as the increasing inequality, the surveillance and manipulation of individuals and, thus, the systematic undermining of democratic values have become more and more threatening for an open society. In this shift of narratives, the notion of digital sovereignty is witnessing an increasing interest. The term now serves to denote diverse concepts that negotiate competences, duties and rights in the digital age.

This symposium with its associated exhibition and workshops addresses digital sovereignty as a right to be claimed and a process constantly in the making; as a condition of the ability to critically partake in the digitally mediated societies of today and to help shaping those of tomorrow.

Emphasizing this political and transformative significance of the term, the event provides a stage for scholars, activists, artists and human rights advocates which develop practices or provide spaces and structures to foster means of digital sovereignty. Its aim is to identify diverse facets of what it means to be digitally sovereign, but also critically discuss the viability of the term: What imaginaries do we develop, what agenda should we pursue and how can we implement them? Or do we have to fundamentally revisit our terms and strategies in the question of how to shape digital societies?


Claudio Guarnieri, Radio Atlas (2020)

Juan Pablo Garcia Sossa, Geofilters (2020)

Adam Harvey, MegaPixels (ongoing since 2017)

INTERPART team, Talk to Me (2020)

Joana Moll, The Secret Life of an Amazon User (2019)

Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev, Vending Private Network (2018)

Bill Posters & Daniel Howe, Big Dada (2019)


Keynotes: Adam Greenfield, Renata Avila; Opening Talk: Gesche Joost

Speakers and exhibiting artists: Renata Avila, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Juan Pablo Garcia Sossa, Max von Grafenstein, Adam Greenfield, Claudio Guarnieri, Adam Harvey, Bianca Herlo, Arne Hintz, Daniel Howe, Fieke Jansen, Gesche Joost, Liat Lavi, Joana Moll, Julian Oliver, Julia Pohle, Bill Posters, Thorsten Thiel, Danja Vasiliev, Andreas Unteidig, Kersti Ruth Wissenbach

Workshops by Denisa Kera, Bündnis Digitale Stadt, Philipp Grunewald, Mark Hedges, Tech Workers Coalition

12 March 2020, 6.00 p.m.: Opening evening
– Keynote Adam Greenfield
Exhibition opening

13 March 2020, 9.30 a.m.–7.00 p.m.: Symposium

12–18 March 2020: Workshops, Exhibition


Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin)
designtransfer & Berlin Open Lab
Einsteinufer 43
10587 Berlin
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Register for your free ticket(s) here.