Unboxing e-Realities: Agency, Citizenship, Responsibility in the Digital Age / two days of performance, art, theory, film, workshop

Organiser Goethe-Institut in Estonia and Vaba Lava

Agency, Citizenship, Responsibility in the Digital Age

Two days of performance / art / theory / film / workshop / discussions

curated by Christiane Kühl

Digitisation has changed every single domain of our lives. Still, when we think of the digital world, we tend to think of smartphones, MacBooks, and slick apps. So shiny! Or Google, Amazon, Facebook, Skype: so convenient! interconnected! in real time! Digitisation has helped us defy the boundaries of space, time and self. Very cool indeed.

But behind every shiny interface there’s the backend. Algorithms you do not see. A set of rules that defines a whole architecture of power, which often and for many reasons is deliberately kept obscure. And on top of that, there is a “global backend” that we chose to ignore: digital waste dumps in Africa, and devastating working conditions for people assembling our devices in Asia, or lately Latin America, among others.

Digital technologies solve problems, they create problems, and we use them to address the situations they created. No matter whether you focus on utopian or dystopian scenarios: that everything is linked to data-driven technologies today – work, politics, the economy, the environment, social relations – is nothing short of a paradigm shift. This does not mean that we don’t have a say in it.

Estonia is a frontrunner in this digital world, especially in the political sphere. E-governance, e-residency and the whole idea of the e-state is sold as a model for all states fit for the future – well aware of the fact that at this point in history, this is an e-journey into the unknown. How will it change our understanding of democracy, if countries are run like start-ups, states understood as services, citizens addressed as users? Who writes the terms and conditions? What architectures of power are being built? Who has agency, who profits, who cares?

Keynote: Evgeny Morozov

Christoph Engemann: Who owns identity?

Katrin Tiidenberg: Stuck in the Attention Machine

Damiano Cerrone: Digital Autarky

Varvara & Mar: Colonization with LOVE

Maren Mayer-Schwieger: E-sthetics of Nature

Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck: Countless Shades of Grey in the Twilight Zone

Moderator: Geraldine de Bastion


Guest Performance YOU ARE OUT THERE (doublelucky productions & Idella Craddock) | Friday, 27 September, 19.30

Film THE CLEANERS (Hans Block ja Moritz Riesewieck) | Saturday, 28 September, 19.30


The Rhythm of Heart by Varvara & Mar
The Glass Room by Tactical Tech
The Kitty AI. Artificial Intelligence for Governance by Pinar Yoldas

More information HERE


Presented by the Goethe-Institut in Estonia.