The conference “As Darkness Falls” reflects on the growing scepticism toward a security society which monitors all areas of life around the clock and encroaches on the remaining and unclaimed niches where freedom is still possible. At the invitation of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, high-ranking philosophers, artists, social scientists and computer programmers will address the pressing questions of our time on three stages at the Berlin Volksbühne. What politically
emancipatory strategies could counteract the control mechanisms of a security society? Do we need stronger democratic supervision of protected spaces? Is the desire for a private sphere merely regressive escapism or can it truly lead to greater freedom? How do we reconcile new forms of privacy with digitally aided practices of political participation? What action should we, as citizens, take?