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The beauty and terror of progress

A festival celebrating the spirit of 100 years of Natlab

28, 29, 30 March 2014, Natlab Eindhoven

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Highlights

Film

Upstream Color

Dutch première

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"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." (The Wall Street Journal)

Film

The Singularity

European première

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The leading documentary about the moment that machines will equal human intelligence, consciousness and creativity

Keynote lecture

Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence

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We have the pedal to the metal, but maybe not with a plan where we want to end up

Film

La Planète Sauvage

René Laloux & Roland Topor

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In social criticism, imagination and visual beauty the film is unsurpassed.

Installation

It's in the air

Felix Hess

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The essence of interaction and beauty in simplicity culminates in this installation

Workshop

Tree-Antenna

BioArt Laboratories

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Simple and magical at the same time: live trees making radio contact

Film

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Mamoru Oshii

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An anime of extraordinary beauty that reflects on the human and the artificial

Masterclass

Rachel Armstrong and Arne Hendriks

What is the nature of a 21st
century ‘human’?

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A three-day journey to change the view of what it means to be human in the 21st century

Keynote lecture

Iain McGilchrist

The Myth of Logic and
the Logic of Myth

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Explains our obsession with structure, self-interest and a mechanistic view of the world

Opening and installation

Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95)

Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty

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A giant battery is constructed, producing energy for exactly one light bulb

Film

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Adam Curtis

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A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

Performance

Ballad Erlkönig

Kees Tazelaar, Johan van Kreij

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The musical heritage of Dick Raaijmakers brought back to life

Installation

Living Mirror

Howard Boland and Laura Cinti

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A truly unreal and futuristic experience

Film

The Man from Earth

Richard Schenkman

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This is science fiction at its best, the kind that challenges and presents new ideas

Keynote lecture

Four billion years of life on earth

Richard Fortey

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Does the evolution have anything relevant for humanity, or do we break all the rules?

Film

Nothing

Vincenzo Natali

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Two losers surrounded by a white void, from the director of ’Cube’

Performance

The right way to make coffee

Wim Langenhoff

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Wim is able to tell stories about everything worthwhile in the Natlab

Film

The Creation of the Humanoids

Wesley E. Barry

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This nerd movie pur sang, contains all current thoughts on singularity

Film

The incredible Shrinking Man

Jack Arnold

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"Yes, smaller than the smallest. To God, there is no zero. I STILL EXIST!"

Lecture

De vreemde lus

André Klukhuhn

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Een heldere uitleg over de relatie tussen … alles eigenlijk

Film

The fabulous World of Jules Verne

Karel Zeman

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Visually fabulous, full of ideas and understated Czech humour.

Film

De Uitvinders en het Zonnewiel

Age of wonder KIDS

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De jonge uitvinder Sibrand werkt aan zijn elektrische auto 'Sunny'

Film

The Forbidden Planet

Fred McLeod Wilcox

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Regarded as one of the best sci-fi films from the 1950's

Artist presentations

Organized by HIVOS

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Artists, creative thinkers and doers from HIVOS will join to share their knowledge and insights

Film

Upstream Color

Dutch première

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"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." (The Wall Street Journal)

Film

The Singularity

European première

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The leading documentary about the moment that machines will equal human intelligence, consciousness and creativity

Keynote lecture

Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence

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We have the pedal to the metal, but maybe not with a plan where we want to end up

Film

La Planète Sauvage

René Laloux & Roland Topor

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In social criticism, imagination and visual beauty the film is unsurpassed.

Installation

It's in the air

Felix Hess

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The essence of interaction and beauty in simplicity culminates in this installation

Workshop

Tree-Antenna

BioArt Laboratories

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Simple and magical at the same time: live trees making radio contact

Film

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Mamoru Oshii

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An anime of extraordinary beauty that reflects on the human and the artificial

Masterclass

Rachel Armstrong and Arne Hendriks

What is the nature of a 21st
century ‘human’?

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A three-day journey to change the view of what it means to be human in the 21st century

Keynote lecture

Iain McGilchrist

The Myth of Logic and
the Logic of Myth

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Explains our obsession with structure, self-interest and a mechanistic view of the world

Opening and installation

Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95)

Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty

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A giant battery is constructed, producing energy for exactly one light bulb

Film

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Adam Curtis

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A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

Performance

Ballad Erlkönig

Kees Tazelaar, Johan van Kreij

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The musical heritage of Dick Raaijmakers brought back to life

Installation

Living Mirror

Howard Boland and Laura Cinti

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A truly unreal and futuristic experience

Film

The Man from Earth

Richard Schenkman

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This is science fiction at its best, the kind that challenges and presents new ideas

Keynote lecture

Four billion years of life on earth

Richard Fortey

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Does the evolution have anything relevant for humanity, or do we break all the rules?

Film

Nothing

Vincenzo Natali

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Two losers surrounded by a white void, from the director of ’Cube’

Performance

The right way to make coffee

Wim Langenhoff

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Wim is able to tell stories about everything worthwhile in the Natlab

Film

The Creation of the Humanoids

Wesley E. Barry

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This nerd movie pur sang, contains all current thoughts on singularity

Film

The incredible Shrinking Man

Jack Arnold

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"Yes, smaller than the smallest. To God, there is no zero. I STILL EXIST!"

Lecture

De vreemde lus

André Klukhuhn

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Een heldere uitleg over de relatie tussen … alles eigenlijk

Film

The fabulous World of Jules Verne

Karel Zeman

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Visually fabulous, full of ideas and understated Czech humour.

Film

De Uitvinders en het Zonnewiel

Age of wonder KIDS

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De jonge uitvinder Sibrand werkt aan zijn elektrische auto 'Sunny'

Film

The Forbidden Planet

Fred McLeod Wilcox

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Regarded as one of the best sci-fi films from the 1950's

Artist presentations

Organized by HIVOS

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Artists, creative thinkers and doers from HIVOS will join to share their knowledge and insights

Film

Upstream Color

Dutch première

thumb

"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." (The Wall Street Journal)

Film

The Singularity

European première

thumb

The leading documentary about the moment that machines will equal human intelligence, consciousness and creativity

Keynote lecture

Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence

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We have the pedal to the metal, but maybe not with a plan where we want to end up

Film

La Planète Sauvage

René Laloux & Roland Topor

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In social criticism, imagination and visual beauty the film is unsurpassed.

Installation

It's in the air

Felix Hess

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The essence of interaction and beauty in simplicity culminates in this installation

Workshop

Tree-Antenna

BioArt Laboratories

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Simple and magical at the same time: live trees making radio contact

Film

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Mamoru Oshii

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An anime of extraordinary beauty that reflects on the human and the artificial

Masterclass

Rachel Armstrong and Arne Hendriks

What is the nature of a 21st
century ‘human’?

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A three-day journey to change the view of what it means to be human in the 21st century

Keynote lecture

Iain McGilchrist

The Myth of Logic and
the Logic of Myth

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Explains our obsession with structure, self-interest and a mechanistic view of the world

Opening and installation

Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95)

Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty

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A giant battery is constructed, producing energy for exactly one light bulb

Film

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Adam Curtis

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A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

Performance

Ballad Erlkönig

Kees Tazelaar, Johan van Kreij

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The musical heritage of Dick Raaijmakers brought back to life

Installation

Living Mirror

Howard Boland and Laura Cinti

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A truly unreal and futuristic experience

Film

The Man from Earth

Richard Schenkman

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This is science fiction at its best, the kind that challenges and presents new ideas

Keynote lecture

Four billion years of life on earth

Richard Fortey

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Does the evolution have anything relevant for humanity, or do we break all the rules?

Film

Nothing

Vincenzo Natali

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Two losers surrounded by a white void, from the director of ’Cube’

Performance

The right way to make coffee

Wim Langenhoff

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Wim is able to tell stories about everything worthwhile in the Natlab

Film

The Creation of the Humanoids

Wesley E. Barry

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This nerd movie pur sang, contains all current thoughts on singularity

Film

The incredible Shrinking Man

Jack Arnold

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"Yes, smaller than the smallest. To God, there is no zero. I STILL EXIST!"

Lecture

De vreemde lus

André Klukhuhn

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Een heldere uitleg over de relatie tussen … alles eigenlijk

Film

The fabulous World of Jules Verne

Karel Zeman

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Visually fabulous, full of ideas and understated Czech humour.

Film

De Uitvinders en het Zonnewiel

Age of wonder KIDS

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De jonge uitvinder Sibrand werkt aan zijn elektrische auto 'Sunny'

Film

The Forbidden Planet

Fred McLeod Wilcox

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Regarded as one of the best sci-fi films from the 1950's

Artist presentations

Organized by HIVOS

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Artists, creative thinkers and doers from HIVOS will join to share their knowledge and insights

Age of Wonder

The beauty and terror of progress

28, 29 & 30 March 2014

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion, which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.”

Albert Einstein

Age of wonder is a festival of our times: difficult to capture in one sentence. It is probably best described as a string of longer TED-talks about big ideas, artistic experiments and mythic stories. The international programme takes from art, science and technology and consists of lectures, films and documentaries, installations, performances and more.


We live in interesting times. Our rapidly changing world makes us dream uncertainly of both utopian societies and nightmarish scenarios. We want to reinvent the world, society and our lives. For that, we need to look beyond our own frames of reference and specialisations.

During the festival Age of Wonder, we will zoom out at our spot on the timeline and look to the past and the future. With a distinctive programme focussing on bold visions and big ideas. In so doing, Age of Wonder takes the essence and the existence of the 100-year-old NatLab as a starting point: a space where, detached from the outside world and the issues of the day, you can open your mind full of wonder to insights old and new.

Program

16:30 - 01:00

Chemo-Bar

Installation, performance

Installation, performance: Erik Hobijn

Every cocktail is a work of art in this installation

17:00 - 18:00

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Film

Film: Adam Curtis - Part 1: Love and Power, English spoken

A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

17:00 - 23:00

Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95)

Openings performance

Openings performance: Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty

A giant battery is constructed, producing energy for exactly one light bulb

17:15 - 18:55

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Film

Film: Mamoru Oshii, Japanese spoken, English subtitles

An anime of extraordinary beauty that reflects on the human and the artificial

17:30 - 18:50

The incredible Shrinking Man

Film

Film: Jack Arnold, English spoken, Dutch subtitles

"Yes, smaller than the smallest. To God, there is no zero. I STILL EXIST!"

18:15 - 19:15

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Film

Film: Adam Curtis - Part 2: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts, English spoken

A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

19:30 - 21:30

The right way to make coffee

Performance

Performance: Wim Langenhoff explains the Natlab

Wim is able to tell stories about everything worthwhile in the Natlab

19:45 - 21:00

Upstream Color (Dutch première)

Film

Film: Shane Carruth, English spoken

"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." (The Wall Street Journal)

19:45 - 21:15

Superintelligence

Keynote Lecture

Keynote Lecture: Nick Bostrom

We have the pedal to the metal, but maybe not with a plan where we want to end up

20:15 - 21:15

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Film

Film: Adam Curtis - Part 3: The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey, English spoken

A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

21:45 - 23:15

Nothing

Film

Film: Vincenzo Natali, English spoken

Two losers surrounded by a white void, from the director of ‘Cube’

21:50 - 23:20

The Man from Earth

Film

Film: Richard Schenkman, English spoken

This is science fiction at its best, the kind that challenges and presents new ideas

22:00 - 23:15

La Planète Sauvage

Film

Film: René Laloux & Roland Topor, French spoken, English subtitles

In social criticism, imagination and visual beauty the film is unsurpassed.

All day

It's in the air

Installation

Installation: Felix Hess

The essence of interaction and beauty in simplicity culminates in this installation

Living Mirror

Installation

Installation: Howard Boland and Laura Cinti

A truly unreal and futuristic experience

What is the nature of a 21st century ‘human’?

Masterclass

Masterclass: A masterclass Rachel Armstrong and Arne Hendriks

A three-day journey to change the view of what it means to be human in the 21st century

Program

13:45 - 14:45

Artist presentations

Presentations

Presentations: Organized by HIVOS

Artists, creative thinkers and doers from HIVOS will join to share their knowledge and insights

15:00 - 01:00

Chemo-Bar

Installation, performance

Installation, performance: Erik Hobijn

Every cocktail is a work of art in this installation

15:00 - 16:00

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Film

Film: Adam Curtis - Part 1: Love and Power, English spoken

A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

15:00 - 17:00

The right way to make coffee

Performance

Performance: Wim Langenhoff explains the Natlab

Wim is able to tell stories about everything worthwhile in the Natlab

15:10 - 16:25

The Singularity (European première)

Film

Film: Doug Wolens, English spoken

About the moment that machines will equal human intelligence, consciousness and creativity

15:20 - 16:35

The Creation of the Humanoids

Film

Film: Wesley E. Barry, English spoken

This nerd movie pur sang, contains all current thoughts on singularity

16:15 - 17:15

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Film

Film: Adam Curtis - Part 2: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts, English spoken

A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

16:50 - 18:30

The Forbidden Planet

Film

Film: Fred McLeod Wilcox, English spoken

Regarded as one of the best sci-fi films from the 1950’s

17:00 - 18:30

De vreemde lus

Lecture

Lecture: André Klukhuhn

Een heldere uitleg over de relatie tussen … alles eigenlijk

17:30 - 18:30

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace

Film

Film: Adam Curtis - Part 3: The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey, English spoken

A documentary about the colonisation of mankind by the machines people have built

19:30 - 21:10

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Film

Film: Mamoru Oshii, Japanese spoken, English subtitles

An anime of extraordinary beauty that reflects on the human and the artificial

19:45 - 21:15

Four billion years of life on earth: what should it teach mankind?

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture: Richard Fortey

Does the evolution have anything relevant for humanity, or do we break all the rules?

19:50 - 21:20

The Man from Earth

Film

Film: Richard Schenkman, English spoken

This is science fiction at its best, the kind that challenges and presents new ideas

21:00 - 22:00

The right way to make coffee

Performance

Performance: Wim Langenhoff explains the Natlab

Wim is able to tell stories about everything worthwhile in the Natlab

21:30 - 22:45

Ballad Erlkönig

Performance

Performance: Kees Tazelaar, Johan van Kreij

The musical heritage of Dick Raaijmakers brought back to life

21:45 - 23:20

Upstream Color (Dutch première)

Film

Film: Shane Carruth, English spoken

"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." (The Wall Street Journal)

21:50 - 23:10

The incredible Shrinking Man

Film

Film: Jack Arnold, English spoken, Dutch subtitles

"Yes, smaller than the smallest. To God, there is no zero. I STILL EXIST!"

22:00 - 23.15

La Planète Sauvage

Film

Film: René Laloux & Roland Topor, French spoken, English subtitles

In social criticism, imagination and visual beauty the film is unsurpassed.

Afterparty

23:00 - 04:00

Odd Future Party

Afterparty

Afterparty: Age of Wonder afterparty

An adventurous club evening featuring an experimental DJ line up

All day

Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95)

Installation

Installation: Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty

A giant battery is constructed, producing energy for exactly one light bulb

It's in the air

Installation

Installation: Felix Hess

The essence of interaction and beauty in simplicity culminates in this installation

Living Mirror

Installation

Installation: Howard Boland and Laura Cinti

A truly unreal and futuristic experience

What is the nature of a 21st century ‘human’?

Masterclass

Masterclass: A masterclass Rachel Armstrong and Arne Hendriks

A three-day journey to change the view of what it means to be human in the 21st century

Program

11.00 - 12:00

Age of wonder KIDS: De Uitvinders en het Zonnewiel

Film

Film: BROET Kweekvijver & De Ontdekfabriek

De jonge uitvinder Sibrand werkt aan zijn elektrische auto ‘Sunny’

11:15 - 12:15

Artist presentations

Presentations

Presentations: Organized by HIVOS

Artists, creative thinkers and doers from HIVOS will join to share their knowledge and insights

12:30 - 14:00

Nothing

Film

Film: Vincenzo Natali, English spoken

Two losers surrounded by a white void, from the director of ‘Cube’

12:45 - 14:15

The Myth of Logic and the Logic of Myth

Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture: Iain McGilchrist

Explains our obsession with structure, self-interest and a mechanistic view of the world

13.30 - 19:00

Chemo-Bar

Installation, performance

Installation, performance: Erik Hobijn

Every cocktail is a work of art in this installation

13:00 - 14:15

The Creation of the Humanoids

Film

Film: Wesley E. Barry, English spoken

This nerd movie pur sang, contains all current thoughts on singularity

13:00 - 15:00

The right way to make coffee

Performance

Performance: Wim Langenhoff explains the Natlab

Wim is able to tell stories about everything worthwhile in the Natlab

14:20 - 18:20

Tree Antenna KICK OFF

Workshop & demonstration

Workshop & demonstration: BioArt Laboratories

Simple and magical at the same time: live trees making radio contact

14:40 - 16:15

Upstream Color (Dutch première)

Film

Film: Shane Carruth, English spoken

"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." (The Wall Street Journal)

14:50 - 16:15

The fabulous World of Jules Verne

Film

Film: Karel Zeman, Czech spoken, English subtitles

Visually fabulous, full of ideas and understated Czech humour.

15:00 - 16:15

The Singularity (European première)

Film

Film: Doug Wolens, English spoken

About the moment that machines will equal human intelligence, consciousness and creativity

16:35 - 17:35

The Singularity Debate

Debate

Debate: Rinie van Est, English spoken

A debate on the unknown, strange and beautiful world that awaits us

17:00 - 18:30

The Man from Earth

Film

Film: Richard Schenkman, English spoken

This is science fiction at its best, the kind that challenges and presents new ideas

17:15 - 18:30

La Planète Sauvage

Film

Film: René Laloux & Roland Topor, French spoken, English subtitles

In social criticism, imagination and visual beauty the film is unsurpassed.

All day

Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95)

Installation

Installation: Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty

A giant battery is constructed, producing energy for exactly one light bulb

It's in the air

Installation

Installation: Felix Hess

The essence of interaction and beauty in simplicity culminates in this installation

Living Mirror

Installation

Installation: Howard Boland and Laura Cinti

A truly unreal and futuristic experience

What is the nature of a 21st century ‘human’?

Masterclass

Masterclass: A masterclass Rachel Armstrong and Arne Hendriks

A three-day journey to change the view of what it means to be human in the 21st century

Tickets

Glad you will join us at Age of Wonder. We offer the following tickets:

Ticket per item
€ 7,50

Ticket available for each separate item. Guarantees a spot for the selected part of the program

Ticket per item »

Day pass
€ 15

Valid for one of the days of Age of Wonder. The Day Pass does not guarantee a spot at separate program items. Reserve your spot via +31 40 2946848

Friday 28 March »
Saturday 29 March »
Sunday 30 March »

Passe-partout
€ 40

Valid for all days of Age of Wonder. The passe-partout does not guarantee a spot at separate program items. Reserve your spot via +31 40 2946848

Passe-partout »

Special offer on Saturday and Sunday:
Makerdays visitors get a €2,50 reduction on a Age of Wonder day pass or Age of Wonder passe-partout. Show your entrance tickets at the Natlab counter.

Age of wonder is powered by

Natlab
Kastanjelaan 500
5616 LZ Eindhoven

www.natlab.nl
info@plazafutura.nl
040 2946848

Age of Wonder is organized by Baltan Laboratories

Parking Ample parking space available around the Natlab and Strijp-S, free as well as paid parking. Click here for a map of parking areas (blue is free parking, P is paid parking)

Overnight stay Arthotel Eindhoven (10 min walk) offers a special Age of Wonder deal: € 56,55 per room per night (excl. breakfast and tourist tax). Just show your ticket and book in advance. Contact via arthoteleindhoven.com

Age of Wonder concept by Wiepko Oosterhuis,
Jalila Essaidi, G.J. Van Trier, Olga Mink.
Curator: Wiepko Oosterhuis
Communicatie: Nicole De Boer
Design: HeyHeydeHaas
Decor: Maaike Van Zijl
Productie: Danielle Stolwijk, Marlou van de Cruijsen
Productie-assistentie: Kirsten Swensen
Dank aan: Wim Langehoff, Tim van de Eijnden,
Koen Snoeckx, CeesJan Mol, Jacki Dodemontova,
Natlab, Floris Kaayk, Lonny van Ryswyck.

Partners
Makerdays
BOM
We Make Money Not Art
BROET
Janivo stichting
Bioart Laboratories
NATLAB door Plaza

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