The internet is broken. Silicon Valley has sold us. The anthropocene is upon us. But besides delving into these matters, on the second day of the conference we also highlight how another future is possible. Mark Atkin invites you to burst your bubbles, de-polarise and join forces with futurologists, activists, artists and scientists who are staring down our dystopian nightmares and shooting for a future we will all want to be part of.

Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Ballroom & Social Cinema
Kunsthal Charlottenborg

The day is curated and hosted by:

Mark Atkin
Crossover Labs

Mark Atkin is a curator and consultant at Crossover Labs. He has curated the exhibition of immersive documentaries at this year’s festival and is the Head of Studies of the CPH:LAB. Mark has has run interactive media labs on almost all continents and been a film programmer as well as a commissioner for documentary and interactive for TV channels in the UK and in Australia. He has worked as a producer of both linear and interactive work whose work has been presented a. o. at The Royal Academy of Arts and The Barbican in London, and MoMA in New York as well as festivals around the world.

10.00 – 10.30

The Antidote to Big Tech

Big Tech, with its billion-dollar unicorns, has robbed us of the potential of the Internet. Fueled by the greed of venture capital and startups, the utopian vision of a decentralised and democratic commons has morphed into the dystopic autocracy of Silicon Valley panopticons that we call surveillance capitalism. We need an antidote that is so anathema to the interests of Big Tech that it cannot possibly be co-opted by them. It must provide a viable, practical alternative to Silicon Valley’s strangehold on mainstream technology and society. That antidote is Small Tech.

Aral Balkan
Cyborg rights activist, designer and developer

10.30 – 10.55

What would the future of technology be if Silicon Valley were run by a gender neutral council of African elders? Maybe a future away from nation states, individual wealth/health and humans as beings above other animals – for the collective well-being rather than individual profit and fame.

Hajooj Kuka

10.55 – 12.05

It’s Time for a Public Service Internet

Our online spaces are filled with hate speech, our democracies undermined, our private lives monetised and sold by surveillance capitalists and we have a social media-fuelled mental health epidemic. Our trust in the mega-corporations who control our access to information is exhausted. Isn’t it time for a public service internet?

Irina Bolychevsky (Moderator)
Director & Founder

Bill Thompson
Principal Research Engineer

Kay Meseberg
Head of Mission Innovation

Paulien Dresscher
PublicSpaces Amsterdam

12.05 – 13.00

Collective Wisdom

Co-creation allows alternatives to singular vision, occurs within communities, across disciplines and can involve algorithms. Kat shares the results of a field study based on over 100 interviews: methodologies to help make a more equitable world, shift narratives, and seek solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Katerina Cizek
Artistic Director
MIT Co-Creation Studio

14.00 – 14.30

Welcome to Utopia? Art, CryptoRaves and Web3.0

Two groups cling to the promise of the blockchain: artists and wannabe billionaires. At its 10th anniversary it’s time for a reality check: does Web3.0 still hold the future of the decentralised web built by tomorrow’s tech unicorns, or has it just become a clandestine niche for hardcore libertarians?

Marlene Ronstedt

14.30 – 15.00

Empowering the Virtual Experience

Immersive technologies are changing the nature of what an art-work is and how it is valued. These shifts have encouraged us to re-asses where the value of an artwork lies in a market that seems to increasingly value experience over possession. Organisations such as Khora Contemporary are democratising the art experience as institutions reorient their function, shifting the value in the artwork to the experience.

Allegra Shorto
Art Director
Khora Contemporary

15.30 – 16.00

Speculative World-Building

What happens when an artist and a scientists join forces to reimagine the future in order to tackle issues such as climate change? This conversation, between and artist and an evolutionary geneticist, will look at Greenland, Siberia, the relation between land, sea and ice, and the consequences for future ecologies and evolution in human and non-human species.

Shezad Dawood
UBIK Productions

Eske Willerslev
DNA scientist
Professor & Director
of Centre of Excellence GeoGenetics
Copenhagen University

16.00 – 17.00

The Real Impact of Fictional Futures

This talk will examine the future narratives that we’ve grown accustomed to and invite the audience to see the urgency and the incentive to move from ‘dystopian’ to ‘protopian’ – evolved narrative of what future could be as the immersive and experiential media space – virtual, augmented and mixed reality – will become the dominant media space in the decade to come.

Monika Bielskyte

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