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In the current development of digital culture we are experiencing an “overflow condition,” where more information is being transmitted than machines can process, and humans can handle. This need for accumulation make us part of a constant flow of data, so big and complex that it becomes impossible to analyse and to filter. The urgent pressure of issues such as ownership and privacy related to data overflow makes us wonder if producing more data instead means generating more control. The way complex data is going to be distributed and shared requires urgent analysis. Furthermore, increasing information brings additional waste, which interferes with our physical resources. But this “overflow condition” also represents the growing desire to be part of an extended connectivity that generates more opportunities of networking, communication and grassroots participation. How do we find conscious ways of being active/activists, both in the digital and the physical sphere, without just becoming part of a system of abundant accumulation, or data overflow? Working on both a local and international level, this event highlights various strategies for rethinking our digital and physical spaces, and imagining both a more sustainable and conscious online/offline presence by bringing together artists, activists and cultural producers active in Berlin and beyond.