Media Technology MSc

FUTURES Open Lab Expo

The best way to predict the future is to change it.
—George Church, Harvard University.

Scientific research is accelerating, but what if the science machine uses science to improve itself as well as ourselves autonomously? Are we then at the dawn of an intelligence explosion? And what will be the impact on human nature; will we be in control, will it try to beat us, or will we merge into a single life form? Do we know what the possible futures are, and what futures we actually desire?

And most importantly: can we change the future by speculating on it?

Creative researchers from the Leiden University Media Technology MSc program will imagineer new realities, blending art, science and technology into a thought provoking, disorienting mix of utopia and dystopia, hosted bij De Vrijplaats in Leiden.

This will not be a static expo, more a playful research space that mixes scientific approaches to art with creative approaches to science and research, for all audiences. The researchers work from personal inspiration and curiosity and create physical works to explore their concepts or engage the visitor to evoke ideas or questions. Many installations are interactive, some are early studies and prototypes, others will be more polished end products.  And all will speculate on alternate futures that are yet to come, or that have already happened without you noticing. And all let you make your mind up yourself.

The creative researchers will be around to discuss the concepts, inspiration, ideas and methods behind their work, and even hack some more on the fly.


Curious about what the organizer has to say about the expo? Listen to an interview with Peter van der Putten about the expo by Radio Sleutelstad (in Dutch).


Friday June 3

15:30 - 20:30 Expo OpenSaturday June 4

12:00 - 18:00 Expo Open
19:00               Vrijplaats Vegan Dinner
21:00               Special Vrijplaats programming for the expo: Night of the Modular Monster Synths w. The Monoranger & Crever

Location: De Vrijplaats, Middelstegracht 36 Leiden.

Admission free, sign up to our Facebook event. For more information see the event website.

3 June - 4 June 2016