Technologie geeft de mensheid superpowers. The sky is the limit als het gaat om het vormgeven van ons lichaam, de aarde en onze geest.  Maar beschikken we straks allemaal over superkracht, superschoonheid en worden we allemaal heel oud of is dat alleen voor de happy few?

''Superpowers to the people''

Will the Future Design Us?

Eindhoven is the most significant tech area of the Netherlands. It is the place where smart technologies are born. Technological innovation has a growing impact on our daily lives, our societies and our humanity. But who or what is all this technology ultimately serving? Is everyone still able to participate? Are these developments good and healthy for all of us? What role do we actually want technology to play in our lives?

Artists, like no others, are able to put technology and unstoppable developments in a different, unexpected perspective. They approach technology not as profit driven solutions to increase convenience, but instead research, play, ask and show how technology can help build a sweeter, more humane world.

These young, often recently graduated artists, are not affected by a blind love for technology; instead they approach technological developments as reciprocal: people develop technology but people are in turn also undeniably shaped by technology. A similar mutuality exists in friendships or relationships between human beings. This reciprocity between technology and humanity, this mutual influencing, is oftentimes exciting and fun, sometimes a bit problematic or scary, it can feel very close and intimate, and sometimes it is pretty distant or unkind.


Manifestations focuses the spotlight on art and projects that investigate the ‘matches’ and ‘mismatches’ between people and technology. For example, meet clothing that takes care of you, AI that teases or protects you, fighting robots or robots that just lend a helping hand. In short: art and technology with a human dimension: sometimes confrontational and other times the perfect match, but always critical, playful, recognizable and awe-inspiring.

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Stichting Art & Technology

Organisation for Multi Media art, yearly organises projects presenting i.e. media art, with the goal: TECH FOR GOOD: a healthy development of technology, focussing on reaching visitors from outside the art-bubble.. and several other TECH FOR GOOD projects. More info:

Team 2019

Creative Director / Curator: Viola van Alphen
Business Leader: Peter Bouwhuis
Zakelijk en Kunsthistorisch Advies: Diana Wind
Business Developer: Marieke Simons, Lorin Kamperman
Production Leader: Marie Louise Gast
Volunteer Coordinator: Nikol Vetronova
External Relations: Peter Visser
Human Manager: Hannah van Duivenbode
Social Media and Advice: Yolande Willink
Staff Assistent and Educatie: Angela Vissers
Communication: Loes Wijnstekers, Nicolet Pennekamp,  Marlon Schuurman
Design Superpowers: Myrthe Bal – Sint Lucas College
Website and Design: Flora Hellemons, Fierman, Nicolet Pennekamp, Oscar Wouterse
Photography and Video: Edwin Smits, Roy te Lintelo, Nadia Hagen, Edwin Smits, Sophie Verstappen, Rudy Betorina, Urban Studio, Studio-H, Marina Provatidou, Olivier Jansen
Exhibition Design: St Lucas College
Building Team and Light Design: De Fantasten and many others. And many, many volunteers!!

Nauwe co-“partners-in crime”: MAD emergent art center: Rene Pare, Eric Sprik, Paul Zuurveen, and others.
Manifestations is een inclusief event.

Raad van Toezicht:
drs. G.J.W.M. Altena voorzitter (Stichting Pangea – voor maatschappij en cultuurkritiek)
drs. A.B.A.G. Rasing secretaris (Stichting Odeon – versterken van de culturele infrastructuur)
F.C. Manders (Hyperspace Instituut – Beroepsvereniging AR VR MR)
J.D. Huizenga (Head of Department Interactive/Media/Design at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Co-Founder European Street Design Challenge, vrml Waag society)
Raad van Advies:
J. Wieringa (Zakelijk Leider Cultureel Centrum DOOR Dordrecht)
J. A. Lino ( Designer / Professor Media, Interaction and Narration / Theme Leader Creative Economy Fontys, vrml zakelijk leider STRP festival, Designhuis)
J. Post (vrml directeur Philips, Rode Kruis, voorzitter KvK Amsterdam)

Manifestations 2019

Superpowers to the people!

Technology gives humanity super powers and the possibilities are endless, when it comes to design of our body, earth and mind. What does our future look like?

Manifestations brings things you’ve never seen—the most innovative—with an interactive exhibition consisting of art from more than fifty artists. Most of them are young and recently graduated: the talent of the future. The focus of the exposition is the (mis)match between people and technology, whereby we examine current issues in four themes: people, nature, media and vulnerability.

From Russian roulette to cyborgs and Virtual Reality

Visit post-apocalyptic worlds, learn about implants, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, play Russian roulette with food allergy, experience light therapy against burnout. Be amazed by fashion made of recycled PET bottles, cyborg sculptures and the umbrella of the future. Go on a trip through numerous “unreal” technological realities while we shine a different light on the exciting interaction between people and technology.

Superpowers and the future

Will everybody get superpowers, and what is beauty? Will we be immortal, or is this only available for a select group of society? Can we still be vulnerable, imperfect and emotional? Who decides what’s news, and has the power over information? The internet, social media, big data? Or publicity machines, fed by dictators or large companies? And what’s the role of nature in a world with 80% of the people living in cities? Manifestations provides insight into the dilemmas that accompany technical superpowers and shows the people-friendly options: superpowers that work to your benefit. Superpowers to the people!

The mastermind of Manifestations

Manifestations is an initiative of Stichting Art & Technology – produced by Creative Director and Curator Viola van Alphen (ViolaVirus) – and focuses on a healthy development of technology, while reaching a public outside of the art and technology establishments. Manifestations is accessible to everyone.

Our network consists of more than 5.000 innovative, talented artists and we love to connect them to you, as an individual, organization, company or event. Curious about a customized match, or want to know more? Get in touch with Viola, send an e-mail to



Superpowers and people: what happens to our body?

Technology turns people into superheroes. Always young, strong and perfect: what happens when our body gets infinite functions? When it gets mixed with robotics, while chips, wearables and E-fashion merge the online and physical world? When even clothing is aware of context, do we look like transformers or God? Will we never get sick anymore, or will technology make us immortal?

#people #body #technology #development #innovation #transhumanism #implants #biohacking #health

Superpowers and Mother Earth: who’s the boss?
Great world powers or Mother Earth: who’s the boss? We want to furnish our homes and environment and we’ve brought the world civilization and development, sometimes at the expense of nature. Who’s the boss of our world, is it the one with the most superpowers? The one with the biggest army, or just Mother Earth?

#whostheboss #superpower #earth #nature #superpowers #worldpowers #culture-nature-separation

SUPERPOWERS and the MEDIA: influence, fear and hope

What happens when Facebook, online superstars, algorithms and propagandamachines determine what to read, how we should dress and decide what events we visit? And what if your friends see a different feed than you do? Then what news is real and what influence does it have on our decisions, voting and feelings?

#manipulation #influence #media #influencers #censorship #algorithm #socialmedia #data #fear #hope


Superpowers and vulnerability: is Plastic Fantastic?

Will we soon all be super beautiful, have superpowers, and be immortal? Is this only something for the rich, and do you think it’s macho? Will there still be room for vulnerability, modesty and simplicity? And what happens when we’re all special?

#vulnerability #aesthetics #perfection #altruism #macho #feminism #plasticfantastic #everybodyspecial