Past events

[The Brain] 24 Nov 2018 at 20:00

Discover what it’s like to be part of a collective brain: a self-organizing, complex system that generates autonomous output.

Doclab Live: Jacco Gardner’s Somnium 23 Nov 2018 at 20:00, 22:00

Sensory live performance in the ARTIS planetarium of Jacco Gardner’s new album Somnium and the kinetic installation Volverium by Thijs Biersteker.

DocLab Academy: Workshop Day at Lava Lab 20 Nov 2018 at 9:30

A full day of hand’s on workshops by several professionals, taking place at design and technology innovation lab Lava Lab.

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Future History

The revolutionary years 1917 and 1968 are brought to life in the here and now through social media posts from hundreds of the historical figures involved.

In 1917, Russia was swept by two revolutions. During the February Revolution, Tsar Nicholas was deposed, bringing an end to more than three centuries of rule by the Romanov dynasty. The October Revolution saw the Bolsheviks take power definitively, dashing the short-lived hope for a democratic Russia. This chaotic year and its two revolutions come to life in a powerful torrent of messages on social media, written by historical figures who were directly involved in the events: kings, artists, revolutionaries and their opponents.

Similarly, Future History transports you to the year 1968, which saw big and small revolutions in places all over the world. On Martin Luther King’s smartphone, we read the hatemails that he receives; in another of the 18 stories, the reformist Czechoslovakian president Alexander Dubček chats with the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Although some passages have been modified here and there to abide by the rules of social media, all these messages come from extensively documented sources such as letters, memoirs and journals, and are supported by photos and films of the events. By unleashing this deluge of reports in such a unique way, the website makes tangible how these revolutionary years felt for the people caught up in them.

Project details

Year of development :2018
Created by:Mikhail Zygar
With:Future History

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