Being Human Lab

Being Human Lab

We are pleased to announce an afternoon of interactive and playful workshops as part of the Being Human launch at Senate House in London on 12 November. At our first-ever Being Human Lab, we want to bring together researchers in the humanities, makers, artists and technologists to explore the pressing issues facing humanity (and how the humanities can help). The Lab will feature a series of provocations followed by workshops and creative interventions.

What is the lab?

Our Being Human Lab will be an interactive space where participants can come together to respond to the question: What new issues must humanity face in the near future, and how can the humanities help? The event will feature lightning talks, a series of maker workshops, and a number of artistic creations developed during the day.

The event will begin with talks by highly regarded academics in the humanities who will respond to the day’s guiding question with a provocation. This will be followed by a series of workshops where participants will create texts, physical or digital artefacts to respond to the question.

Throughout the day there will be public activities and updates on the proceedings – via materials created in public spaces around Senate House, and via pop up talks. The results of each workshop will be presented at a public reception at the end of the day, shortly before the formal launch of the 2015 festival.

How can I get involved?

Bookings for the Lab will open soon. In the meantime, we’re looking for people who can create fascinating objects, performance and artworks in response to some of the leading and most provocative ideas in the humanities we’ll be discussing on 12 November. The forum offered by the Lab may be suitable to artists and makers willing to pursue a one-day project on 12th November, or to people able to present ‘works in progress’ pertinent to the theme. The lab may also be suited to artists/makers already working in collaboration with humanities academics – who want to present and/or update their work. We are able to offer three £400 micro-commissions/enabling costs to facilitate interventions.

Examples of these creative interventions might include (but are not limited to):

  • Print workshops creating banners, posters, slogans
  • ‘Craftivist’ interventions (embroidery, knitting, sewing)
  • Digital artworks and interventions
  • Short performances (drama, music, dance)

Expressions of interest should be emailed in proposals of no more than 400 words to The deadline for expressions of interest is 20 September 2015.