ArtScience Interfaculty presents Tension Machines II in Zaal 3

Minds are 'wired' for expectation. But what kind of tension is created when the flux of events shape the object of expectation?

During two events in Zaal 3, students of the ArtScience department (from the Royal Academy and Royal Conservatory in The Hague) will demonstrate a series of tension machines that allow them to explore these expectations and play with unexpected results.

What happens in the future matters to us. So it should not be surprising that how the future unfolds has a direct effect on how we feel. The mechanisms of expectation and the anticipation of what is about to happen, triggers the curiosity of psychologists and cognitive scientists. But it also raises questions that attract the attention of the 'practitioners' of these mechanisms.

It is no coincidence that the performing arts have figured prominently in attempts to understand the dynamics of expectation. Over hundreds of years, poets, actors, comedians, and musicians have developed a whole range of techniques that make use of cognitive systems that manipulate audiences in their anticipation of future events. Tricks that feed peoples tendency to anticipate the next step.

Participating students
Nina Lezaic, Kay Churcher, Victor Ijnzonides, Alida Glasbeek, Mabel Calvert Verbruggen, Sunna Svavarsdottir, Bjarte Wildeman, Cemre Kara

Michiel Pijpe

In the context of the Zaal 3: Jonkies (Youngsters) programme, students are invited to work for a week and present the results of their work. Zaal 3 is part of Het Nationale Theater, an organisation that has arisen from a merger between Theater aan het Spui, the Nationale Toneel and the Koninklijke Schouwburg.



16 februari 2019 20.00 - 17 februari 2019 15.00


Zaal 3
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20A
2518 RA Den Haag

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Saturday February 16 @ 20.00
Sunday February 17 @ 15.00


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