Democratopia’s film concept lies in the realm between dystopia and utopia, envisioning a data-driven direct democracy in futuristic cities. The artist Lina Dovydenaite transcends current societal norms and speculates on an alternative reality that is neither wholly right nor wrong. In one of these cities, where data-driven democracy is the norm, Lina imagines public virtual spaces where citizens shape the development of their city and architecture through the use of AI architecture agents and other technologies. Rather than predicting or proposing a future scenario, she asks "what if" everyone was politically active and had full influence in decision-making.
The film presents a model of a new society where every citizen enjoys equal status and can freely express themselves through technology. Artificial intelligence is harnessed to serve the community, transforming their needs and aspirations into practical and architectural solutions, both in virtual and real-world environments.
Lina Dovydenaite, ISEA2023 laureate artist