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Preparing for uncertain times: Fieldwork with Adriana Knouf

On Thursday 18 November at 20:00, Adriana's presentation at Waag will be broadcasted online.

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We live in transitioning times. The future is uncertain. How do we equip for a different world? Artist Adriana Knouf helps us prepare for the unknown. During this workshop, we will practice learning from other (non-human) bodies and embracing the strange.

We’ll start by being with and among more-than-human entities in close proximity of the Nieuwmarkt. Adriana Knouf will provide inspiration for writing through site-specific explorations and prompts as well as how-to’s for small scale sampling and intimate relating. We will finish with a collective dinner (bring your own) and sharing of our work. The workshop costs €5,- including the programme, materials and coffee, tea and cookies. We hope you will stay over for the concluding presentation of Adriana at 20:00 hrs, where your writings will be woven into Adriana’s talk.


It is also possible to attend Adriana's presentation online for free at 20:00. Register via the link below.

Register for the online presentation


  • 16:50 - 17:00 hrs - Walk in
  • 17:00 - 17:10 hrs - Welcome
  • 17:00 - 18:15 hrs - Exploration (outdoor)
  • 18:15 - 19:00 hrs - Writing (indoor)
  • 19:00 - 20:00 hrs - Dinner & Sharing
  • 20:00 - 21:00 hrs - Interactive presentation by Adriana Knouf

Participants of this workshop are welcome to also join the presentation, which is open to the general public, in which Adriana Knouf will present some of the writings of the workshop, as well as exploring Adriana’s work in the area of xenology in more detail.

We’ll provide:

  • Writing tools and tasks
  • Inspirational perspectives
  • Clipboards, paper and pens
  • Coffee, tea and cookies

Please bring:

  • An open and curious mind 
  • Your own diner
  • Rainproof clothes


Adriana Knouf - Photo by Florian Geerken


About the artist

Adriana Knouf (US) works as a xenologist, artist, scientist, writer, designer and engineer. Adriana has a PhD in Information Science from Cornell University, an SM in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology. At Waag, Adriana Knouf works in the ART4MED project, which aims at connecting the arts and the medical sector.

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Please note: for events in the Waag, Huis de Pinto or outpost planet B, that take place indoors, Waag will ask for your CoronaCheck app (the QR code) or the printed QR code, which must be scanned for access to the event.




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This project is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.