Open Call for Applications


What can art bring to the political realm? 

• Open Application Dates:
• 6. April - 30. April 2021
• Small group of participants selected
• 18 participants total, 9 from
each country (NL - DE)
• Language: English
• Cost: Free
• Apply here


School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe in Berlin, Germany, and IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture in Utrecht, The Netherlands, are pleased to announce an open call for participation for an exciting collaborative series of events throughout 2021 called CODE NL-D.

CODE NL-D seeks to bring together artists, non-artists, politicians and policy makers from Germany and the Netherlands to engage in dialogue, critical discussion and artistic intervention. Our desired goal is to influence public policy and define ways in which we can improve laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers. What potential do these cross-disciplinary collaborations have to catalyse systemic change?

A small group of selected participants will have the opportunity to work closely together and with established Dutch and German artists over the course of the project. CODE NL-D consists of a series of events both physical* in Berlin and Utrecht as well as digital: two workshops, two symposiums, a social hackathon and an online exhibition. The events are spread over several months: from May til October. As a participant, we invite you to be actively engaged in all these events aimed at bringing to light the most pressing issues we face as a society surrounding digital culture and public policy.

Group artworks will be conceived over the course of a weekend social hackathon with an opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from policy makers. Final group works created throughout the events will be exhibited in an online gallery space meant to engage continuous critical discussion into 2022.

Are you worried about the power of the big tech companies. Would you like more transparancy in the way your data is used? Do you think our governments should know more about our digital society and protect our rights better? Are you an activist or simply a concerned citizen? Than we hope you will join us in CODE NL-D.

Participation is free of charge. Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivation. In making the selection, we also aim for a diverse group in terms of backgrounds and expertises. Everyone is welcome to apply and no prior experience is required. We are looking for people that can participate in all events for the duration of the CODE NL-D programme. There is a small stipend for the groups that produce a work for the online showcase.

CODE NL-D is realised thanks to the kind support of Fonds Soziokultur, Fonds Cultuurparticipatie, Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande, Goethe Institute NL.

*Covid-restrictions permitting

who are we looking for?

  • Applications are open to artists, social scientists, young designers, technologists, emerging artists, creative humans, activists, and young and old people interested in art and society.
  • Participants should be living in the regions of Germany and/or the Netherlands
  • People with an interest in learning from and collaborating with professional artists to create artistic interventions to influence policy makers
  • Women, POC, LGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply
  • No prior experience is required.
  • If not sure, just apply!

schedule of events

  • April 2nd: publish the open call on the website
  • April 30th: close the open call
  • May 6th: deadline for selections
  • May 7th: selection announcement
  • May 29th: Kickoff and Inspiration Workshop I
  • June 26th: Symposium I
  • July 2nd-4th: Social Tech Hackathon
  • July 17th: Workshop II
  • September 5th: Symposium II
  • October 2021 thru 2022: Documentation and Online Exhibition
  • *Exact dates subject to update


For specific questions, please email us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.