Internet based innovations and digital technologies have been presented as strong and effective tools for development and solutions to many current challenges. Their implementation however also raises lots of pressing questions on how to deal with the ramifications of these new technologies and concerns about security, privacy, accountability, bias, agency, transparency, and ethics.
With We Are Data Cairotronica and IMPAKT have started a dialogue that responds to these important opportunities, questions and challenges and explores them from international perspectives and in the specific Egyptian context. With we Are Data we started a critical reflection and analysis of these new technologies in our data-driven society through the perspective of the arts.
The project outlines the complexities of dealing with data and investigates major questions divided over a set of subthemes: Data collection, Access to Data, Re-using and archiving data, Language and Data and the Artistic use of Data.
Structure of the Project
We Are Data is organized as a collaboration between Cairotronica – Cairo Electronic and New Media Arts Festival in Egypt and IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The program aims to build an interdisciplinary practice that integrates new technologies with art and design. The main component of We Are Data was a 7-month long fellowship programme that was executed in Cairo in 2020. The program comprised monthly workshops, meet-ups, mentorship and other activities. The projects developed by the fellows during this program will be exhibited during the third festival edition of Cairotronica.