Blowup is a series of events and exhibitions that explore contemporary questions from multiple viewpoints. Blowup zooms in on ideas, bringing into focus clear pictures of how art, design, philosophy, and technology are transforming our lives -- or reinforcing the status quo.
Each Blowup event provides a deeper understanding of a theme relevant to this moment in time. Some events ask you to be hands-on, and some involve just listening or looking. No two events are the same: Blowup events mix artists and theoreticians; mix formats; challenge assumptions; and take risks. Investigating topics ranging from art for animals to speculative designs for future objects, each Blowup will surprise and inform.
Alongside each event, a Blowup Reader exploring the theme with texts from a wide range of sources is released in e-Book format.
The Blowup events are curated by Michelle Kasprzak
Collection of Blowup Readers
Curator at V2_
The same small circle of experts circulate on the world's conference stages... but what of all the specialist knowledge under our noses? Who are the unacknowledged experts in our midst?
An evening combining a workshop with talks on new materials and new methods. A massive ship made of ice was the dream of the 1940s, what is the impossible dream for new materials today?
Join us for an evening exploring the extreme scenario of outer space: containing our visions, dreams, hopes, and nightmares for the future of space exploration, travel, and living.
A debate, a discussion, a provocation -- about contemporary approaches to innovation and the complex problem of how innovation works in the context of extreme scenarios.
Exhibition featuring three new commissions by Tuur van Balen (BE) & Revital Cohen (UK), Cheryl Field (UK), and Karolina Sobecka (US). With a new e-book release.
This edition of Blowup will be a "Book Sprint." From June 17 to June 21 we invite a group of leading thinkers, writers and artists to an intensive four day writing session, in which they will start and finish writing a book together. Daily updates ...
What pricetag do you put on priceless experiences and objects? Join us in discussion getting to the root of notions of "value" and "culture" with cultural economist Diane Ragsdale, artist-economist Hans Abbing, and researcher and artist Saul Albert.
"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew." - Marshall McLuhan. Join us for a weekend of telepresent artworks, film, lectures and parties celebrating the centenary of the birth of communications and media guru, Marshall McLuhan. ...
Beyond the flying car: join top designers Julian Bleecker (Nokia, Near Future Laboratory), Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (Really Interesting Group), and Anab Jain (Superflux) in an exploration of speculative design.
This edition of Blowup will examine the tension between documentary methods and artistic expression, and address where notions of truth and beauty fit in this mix.
The first edition of Blowup will examine art and design projects that are created with animals in mind as the end users and active participants – not people.