Activities programme

Debate and lectures

Noorderlicht and WAMS will be presenting a cross-over programme during Data Rush in the Old Sugar Factory. It consists of a debate and three lectures in which artists and scientists reflect on developments in the virtual world.
  • Admission: free
  • Language: English
  • Location: Old Sugar Factory

Sunday 23 August, 3 - 5 pm:


A debate between artists and scientists concerning the tension between freedom and control, privacy and surveillance.
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Sunday 6 September, 3 - 4 pm:

Data protection in the age of Big Data: what is at stake?
Prof. Jeroen van den Hoven (Technical University Delft) on the ethical dimension of privacy and surveillance.
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Sunday 20 September, 3 - 4 pm:

Leaving traces, living profiled: the legal challenges from ‘consenting’ to tracking in online and mobile environments

Dr. Eleni Kosta (Tilburg University) on the legal dimension of privacy and surveillance.
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Sunday  4 October, 3 - 4 pm:

Honest design

Dr. Jaap-Henk Hoepman (Radboud University, Nijmegen) on the technical dimension of privacy and surveillance.
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In Minerva Art Academ are from 4  September through 2 Oktober two exhibitions to be seen which tie in with Data Rush (Oude Suikerfabriek) and Making Oneself (Noorderlicht Photogallery).

In Constructing Realities, curated by Adri Schokker, concerns with the the cross-disciplinary nature of photography.
You and Me and Everyone we do not know, curated by Andrea Stultiens, deals with the cross cultural and global nature of photography

Both exhibitions open during the fourth edition of PRICCAPractice, centre of expertise in photography, on Friday 4 September.Please visit the site of PRICCAPractice for the programma and applications.

  • Minerva Art Academy
  • Praediniussingel 59, Groningen
  • 4 september - 2 oktober 2015
  • open during weekdays
Artist talks at Noorderlicht Photogallery

On Saturday 5 September Angelica Dass (Spain) and Nii Obadai (Ghana) will speak about their work. Both are in the exhibition Me and You and Everyone we Do Not Know.

  • Noorderlicht Photogallery
  • Akerkhof 12, Groningen
  • 3.30-5.30 PM
  • Free entrance


Zienemaan & Sterren 2015, outdoor cinema

On Friday 11 September the 3-days film festival 'Zienemaan & Sterren' starts on the site of the Old Sugarfactory.

On the occasion of Data Rush Ex_Machina, the debut of director Alex Garland is programmed on the openings night of the festival. Please visit for the programme, showtimes and tickets.