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EMERGE, the festival of futures, is an annual transmedia art, science, and technology festival designed to engage the public in the creative exploration of possible futures. This year’s theme: Frankenstein, a 200-year old novel that still serves as a cautionary tale today, as scientists and engineers ramp up research into literally life-changing technologies. EMERGE allows visitors to revisit the past in order to reframe our sense of the present and inspire imagination of plausible futures, by looking at emerging science and technology through the lens of art.
This year, EMERGE took over the University Club, turning it into a house of wonder filled with speculative technologies, fortune tellers, music and film, and performative experiments that blurred the boundaries between art and science. Visitors took part in a special tarot reading to read the future of the American Dream, watched as a woman turned her own body into a factory for edible skin, watched in awe as a swarm of robotic, AI controlled flies buzzed across a room.
EMERGE was held on February 25, concurrent with Night of the Open Door, during which ASU invites the public into its laboratories and studios. The event was directed by Cynthia Selin of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS), along with co-directors Ed Finn and Ruth Wylie. The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Center for Science and the Imagination, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Earth and Space Exploration sponsored the event along with SFIS.
Learn more at emerge.asu.edu.