ART SCIENCE dialogue "Governance and Control" | Constant Dullaart, Jean-Sébastian Caux & Philipp Koelinger

21 September, 2023 | 4-6 PM

As Facebook, Google and Twitter have changed how we consume information, how can we avoid that commercial companies control and dictate what constitutes knowledge? In the ART SCIENCE dialogue Governance and Control we examine a number of independent platforms.

Constant Dullaart has created a platform,, built on universal democratic values. Throughout his practice, artist Constant Dullaart examines the boundaries of manipulating Google, Facebook and Instagram. Through Dullaart reflects on the broad cultural and social effects of communication and image processing technologies owned by mega corporations.

Jean-Sébastien Caux is a professor in theoretical condensed matter physics the University of Amsterdam. In his free time he co-created the scientific platform Scipost. Scipost is an independent, not-for-profit, open access publication portal for scientific papers.

Philipp Koelinger is a professor in social science genetics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During his career he has become an advocate for the decentralized approach in making research accessible through the use of blockchain.

By creating independent platforms, Dullaart, Caux and Koelinger are each attempting to break free from the power of commercial companies. In the ART SCIENCE dialogue we will share experiences and discuss the difficulties of managing an open platform. How do you govern and control the integrity of knowledge on an open platform?

It is possible to participate online as well at, a website specially created for the exhibition. Please navigate to the embedded live stream and presentation. To access the site you can log in with any username.

The ART SCIENCE dialogues and related exhibition Creating the Commons are organised in collaboration with VU Open Science Programme, Open Science Community Amsterdam (OSCA), Network Institute, LI-MA and Sanneke Huisman.