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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs

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Last trip before Corona Lockdown: Usomo from Berlin calibrating their audio tracking system in the Polder of Texel next to the bunker. Torn Island

22.06.2020 at 10:32 by Michel de Vaan

How to become invisible? Prototyping together with WeTheCurious at Bruns Project What If

17.03.2020 at 15:33 by Ina Meininghaus

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Prototyping a rainbow crystal sphere for one of the new exhibit constellations at WeTheCurious. Project What If

12.03.2020 at 09:51 by Ina Meininghaus

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Workshop at IJsfontein together with the Museum of the Mind - Work in Progress Museum of the Mind

06.02.2020 at 12:26 by Julia Meyerrose

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Typo test for Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

23.01.2020 at 09:19 by Sietske Sips

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Julia sketching for the new permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

22.12.2019 at 15:43 by Lieke Ketelaars

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Walk-in interactive sound space demonstration by Usomo in our office in Amsterdam... Torn Island

16.12.2019 at 15:10 by Mark de Jong

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David Vroom is taking new portrait images for our new website... In progress…

10.12.2019 at 15:10 by Lieke Ketelaars

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This is the Introduction pavilion for the Beth Haim cemetery in TAPE Coronel pavilion

10.12.2019 at 10:05 by Herman Kossmann

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Doing some research for a new project ;-) In progress…

19.09.2019 at 09:50 by Maaike Sips

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Project What If

We The Curious, Bristol (UK)

Project What If at We The Curious in Bristol truly places people at the heart of science. It is the first science center based on the curiosity of an entire city. Why do rainbows make me happy? Can we make time go slower? These are examples of the 10,000 questions that were collected to inspire Project What If. Explore the secrets of color, broadcast a message into space, and be fooled by the tricks of light. A series of connected constellation islands take you on a thought-provoking journey.

Location
Bristol (UK)
Client
We The Curious
Year
2021
Surface
1270 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, Creative Direction, Spatial design and Graphic design
Team
Mark de Jong, Michel de Vaan (lead), Ina Meininghaus, Koen Fraijman, Remco Swart, Roel Bolhuis, Onne Brouwer
Design & Build
Bruns
Interactive Design
Kossmanndejong, WeTheCurious, Calvium
Light Design
Simon Corder
Media Production
Calvium & KissTheFrog
Hardware
Ata Tech
Transition zone
Troika
Welcome to the lab

The open city lab is a fully equipped laboratory that is accessible for all. Here you can get up close and personal with scientists at work. Have a chat, marvel at the beauty of the human brain, or just lounge and watch them at work. By bringing actual science into the center, visitors partake in it rather than learn about it. This connection with real science is an essential part of the experience. Anyone can be a scientist.

We needed to value people’s questions as much as our own expertise.

Anna Starkey

Former Director We The Curious

The theatre of curiosity

The heart of the exhibition is the Theatre of Curiosity. There is always a workshop or presentation going. Here visitors, scientists, and anyone interested can gather to discuss the latest research or experiment. All science starts with curiosity, so it is only right that Project What If is centered around it.

Countless questions

We have connected 68 exhibits and 25 art pieces in constellations around different themes of the Universe, Rainbows, Sand, Time, Invisibility, Illness, and the Soul. The questions by the citizens of Bristol inspire these exhibits and are displayed above the constellations. You’ll notice that their questions immediately spark several of your own. You can experience and experiment with these questions by yourself using all your senses.

This is an invitation to wonder with the scientists about the biggest of questions.

Michel de Vaan

Designer

A small step 

The spatial design is theatrical yet modest, putting the content first. All used materials are reusable or recycled. Because of this, the footprint of the exhibition is limited, so sustainability is part of the story too. We have used waxed steel for our frames, recycled tires for flooring, multi-carbonate sheets, and eco-labeled HDF panels.