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Erik van der Veen: Metal Modems:
Leeeza: Welcome to the Desert of the Real:
Keiichi Matsuda: Hyper-Reality:
Giulia Tomasello: Future Flora:
Monochrom: TraceRoute:
Xanne 360 video:
Freerk Wieringa: Humanoid/Android exoskeleton:


Will the Future Design Us? Man is limited in observations, what happens in a world when these can be manipulated? Do we need an update in perceptions, do we need exoskeletons and other digital plugins? Are digital observation systems more absolute? In a society with Nervous Systems, our behaviour is predicted and affected. How do we regain control on our devices and systems? Will the Future Design Us or can We Design the Future?
Manifestations will take place Oct 22-30 during the Dutch Design Week, more info:



Manifestations 2016 presents Oct 22-30 Mental Institute for Robots by Erik van der Veen in Microlab, STRP-S, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Manifestations, the festival that shows the future x years ahead, wonders: Will the Future Design Us?   A festival with cyberpunk, privacy,  innovation, digital and transdisciplinairy art and creativity for all ages. Manifestation is a production of MAD and ViolaVirus.

Manifestations – Things you’ve never seen before and will never forget.
Getting lost in a virtual fairytale desert, a psychiatric institution for robots, Furbies with separation anxiety, exoskeletons, heat-sensors-on-your-body-so-you-can-be-used-for-mining-bitcoins, internet of women-things, implant health-trackers, Make Your Future, HyperReality, Monochrom HackerCulture, Dystopian movies, Invisible Boyfriend, Credit-dating-app, Nervous anti-terror Systems, Predictive Police, Tutorial for Terrorists… Manifestations shows the Most Innovative Developments in the world of 2016. One you can Experience and Learn to Make for Yourself! Things you’ve never seen before and will never forget. Regain Control over Your Devices. Manifestations wants to Design the Future Together, before the Future Design Us.

Read more on the website and check our daily events!

Mental Institute for Robots? by Young Talent Award nominee: Erik van der Veen:

Can robots have a mental disorders?

We treat electronic devices as our slaves. Devices which have more and more complex sensors and start resembling us. The moment machines get a conscious mind, will forever change the way we treat them.

Are we still capable to understand the experiences and thoughts of machines? Can a laptop feel our fingers on her trackpad? Do Furbies develop anxiety of abandonment? Are our modems traumatised by after-images of our Bing-YouTube-sessions? Do vacuum cleaners develop bacteriophobia? What does the internet dream of?