What do you long for? What do you dream of? What does your ideal future look like? RUMOR // Unfolding Futures is a public art installation that collects visions for the future. Enter the installation, listen to the instructions, tell us your dreams. You are all alone, no one can hear you*.

An AI continuously merges all spoken perspectives. By doing so, it compiles all dreams into one collective future perspective that keeps getting altered every time a dream is added. How much do these dreams vary? Where do they collide? You can consult this ever-changing collective dream through an interactive 3D space. How does it sound? What is it saying? Is there space for the individual desire within the collective dream?

     “A rumor is the sound of two worlds colliding.” 
              – from How We Are by Vincent Deary

RUMOR // Unfolding Futures has roots in the idea that an image of a different, future world clashes with our current one. A dream for the future is, in a way, also an announcement of change. But adjustment can feel rough. And what if it turns out that one person’s dream is another person's nightmare?

(*The installation converts all recorded dreams from speech to text, allowing for the recordings to be removed and each individual desire to remain anonymous.)

RUMOR // Unfolding Futures is part of the series A.R.C. (A Real Catastrophe) that consists of projects in the public sphere, inviting the audience to take a look at new social structures. Through RUMOR, playField brings together art and science in a sphere of co-creation where citizens meet.


RUMOR // Unfolding Futures will premiere in 2023.


A playField. production.
Concept and creation: Marthe Schneider, Lana Schneider and Tim De Paepe.
Production: Marthe Schneider and Kelly Vermeiren.
Scenography: Lana Schneider.
Text: Lana Schneider, Marthe Schneider and Tim De Paepe.
Voice: Marthe Schneider.
Interactive 3D environment: Lana Schneider and Helena Yankson.
Software: Tim De Paepe and Brainjar.
Scenery: NTGent and GramCnC.
Communication and PR: Yasmin Van ’tveld.
Graphic design promo: Pjotr.

Co-production: Arenberg, Cultura Nova, GUM (Gents Universiteitsmuseum) and VIERNULVIER.

In collaboration with: Arenberg, Brainjar, Cultura Nova, GUM (Ghent University Museum), Het Huis Utrecht, iMAL, KAAP and VIERNULVIER

With the support of the Government of Flanders, The Performing Arts Fund NL and City of Ghent.

Thanks to Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Ellen De Vos, Jan Everaert, Jelle Vercalsteren, Tom Vermeulen, Ghent University and Urgent.fm.