Age of Wonder

Age of wonder is a three day festival presenting films, lectures, workshops and installations. Age of Wonder is about big ideas and bold visions. It's a festival celebrating the spirit of 100 years of Natlab!


In 2014, it is a century ago that Gilles Holst, commissioned by the Philips brothers, began physics research. That was the beginning of what we now know as the NatLab. With Age of Wonder, we want to enhance the perspective on our time. By going back to the history of a successful institution like the NatLab and placing this knowledge in the context of a larger fundamental story about what artists and scientists drives and unites, we will shed new light on the issues of the day.


There are three ways in which you can approach the world around you: artistic, content- specific, and narrative. The same holds for this program. To approximate the experience of a bustling lab as closely as possible, we have put together an unexpected program consisting of artistic experimentation, great ideas, and mythical stories. They are inspired by the alchemists' cellar from the NatLab, the lectures that used to be delivered in the auditorium, and the work of the famous visionary writer J.G. Ballard. At first sight, probably a confusing multitude of ways and ideas to look at the world and ourselves. Yet they are a reflection of the richness and diversity of us. We do hope that the enthusiasm of artistic and scientific research becomes palpable and touches you. Welcome to the Age of Wonder!


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