© Michiel Devijver

RUMOR // Unfolding Futures

Tell us your individual dreams for the future of Leuven, and this AI installation turns it into a collective story.


Saturday 16 March 2024 - 19:30 - 23:00
Sunday 17 March 2024 - 9:30 - 18:00

➤ STUK reception
➤ Free without reservation, first come first served.
➤ You can take part or just watch all day long

You can visit this installation from Thursday 7 to Wednesday 20 March, from 10:00 to 21:00.

This installation pours a collective future out of a compilation of individual dreams. Through an interactive audio experience, visitors are invited to imagine and voice their best possible future*. All contributions are continuously fused by artificial intelligence - the core of RUMOR. In doing so, playField presents an attempt to find the collective again in a very individualistic society. Does private desire still have a place in the collective dream? Or must there be concessions here and there?

RUMOR asks whether artificial intelligence can offer an alternative to our current democratic system. Can AI be used to counter polarisation? Are we evolving towards a democracy 2.0 with AI in hand?

This project has roots in the idea that an image of a future, different world clashes with our current world. A dream for what is yet to come is also the announcement of change. And where there is difference, it chafes. What if it turns out that one person's dream is another person's nightmare?

Inside RUMOR, the spectator is guided to imagine positive change and, by articulating this image*, make it more existential. Afterwards, visitors can access the collective dream via an interactive 3D simulation. What does it sound like? Is what we would like far from what we actually expect? What are we willing to do to make our dreams come true and adjust the current course?

*RUMOR is an AI that converts the voiced future dreams from speech to text, after which the recordings are deleted and the wishes remain anonymous.

Part of FTI and& 2024 - Take part in a future-creating festival


A production by playField | Concept and creation Lana Schneider, Marthe Schneider and Tim De Paepe | Production Marthe Schneider and Kelly Vermeiren | Scenography Lana Schneider | Text Marthe Schneider and Lana Schneider | Voice Marthe Schneider | Audio Lana Schneider and Ella Jacobs | Interactive 3D environment Lana Schneider, Helena Yankson and Jannes Lambrecht | Software Tim De Paepe and Brainjar | Technical coordination Tim De Paepe | Decor NTGent and GramCnC | Communication and public relations Yasmin Van ’tveld | Graphic design promo images Pjotr | Co-production Arenberg, Cultura Nova, GUM (Gents Universiteitsmuseum) en VIERNULVIER. In samenwerking met: Arenberg, Brainjar, Cultura Nova, GUM (Gents Universiteitsmuseum), Het Huis Utrecht, iMAL and VIERNULVIER | With the support of de Vlaamse overheid, Fonds Podiumkunsten Nederland (FPK) en stad Gent. Met dank aan Arteveldehogeschool, Ellen De Vos, Jeroen Vandesande, Jelle Vercalsteren, KAAP, Tom Vermeulen, Universiteit Gent en Urgent.fm
Thu 7 Mar 2024 10:00 - Thu 21 Mar 2024 21:00
Sun 17 Mar 2024 9:30 - 18:00


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