Waag Society explores emerging technologies, and gives art and culture a central role in designing creatie technology for social good. It concerns itself with technologies related to the Internet, open hardware, biotechnology and neuroscience. Because these areas that have a huge impact on our culture and identity, intuitive and curiosity-driven research by artists and designers is paramount. Artists and designers know that they must question technology in order to get to the bottom of things, overthrow established positions, stimulate imagination and fantasy, create unexpected connections, and—above all—search for meaning.
Waag Society is always active in a social context. Every project involves several partners, each of whom bring their own, unique perspective. We also propose that new technological developments are made available to artists as soon as possible. In this way, Waag Society is a catalyst that brings to light new insights and solutions. The work that arises here is both innovative and iconic.
Our artistic research includes six labs operating around themes on which Waag Society’s view is unique, and its approach has a serious impact. The Open Design Lab focuses on digital fabrication and new crafts. The Future Heritage Lab analyzes the role technology plays in our heritage. The Future Internet Lab focuses on data and the development of content in the online world. Creative Learning Lab looks at the role creative technology could play in education and its potential impact on learning. Creative Care Lab concentrates on the design issues found in the field of healthcare. Finally, the Open Wetlab focuses on the life sciences and the design and ethics of life. These labs are run by leading designers, programmers, and researchers who direct the activities and projects.
Waag Academy develops a curriculum for students raging form primary and secondary education till those of universities, colleges, and art schools. For creative professionals, Waag Academy provides master classes, workshops, and training sessions.
Our community is welcome to actively participate in our programs. Throughout our various design processes, we often seek out people in their own environments. There is also the public program in the Waag building at Nieuwmarkt: an open meeting place for artists, designers, architects, developers, students, scholars, scientists, and residents of Amsterdam (as well as distant surroundings).
The public program shares our knowledge, vision, network and project results with a wide audience. On the agenda, one will find a synergistic program of art, science, and technology. Workshops, labs, lectures and other organized events are accessible to everyone. Central to the program are practice, experience, and hands-on investigation of the possibilities and social impact of technological developments.
Waag Society also has a number of multifunctional spaces available as workshop and training rooms. In addition to our workshop and training facilities, the Theatrum Anatomicum is available for rent, and makes an extraordinary venue for performances and installations. Our accumulated expertise (from projects and lab activities) comes in the form of contract research, creative workshops, training, and advice offered to third parties. Clients come from both industry and the public sector.