About the Artist

Maarten Vanden Eynde’s artistic practice is brought about in sculpture, photography, installation and performance and is often context-related. The question of how we will look back on the present day in the future is invariably implicit in his work. Since 2003, Vanden Eynde has been working on the science he has invented: Genetology, the science of first things. This science is opposed to the current dominant science of last things, Eschatology. The main field of study of Genetology is our fascination with time and the consequences of this: How will we look back on the past in the future? What will be left from the present?

About the Search Question

With Future Observatory Vanden Eynde investigates and archives the most influential and revolutionary inventions and research projects that have been created at the Utrecht Science Park. Which objects, trail-blazing ideas and research methods and techniques have been discovered, invented or developed by people working at the Utrecht Science Park? What will be the human legacy and the future footprint of the Utrecht Science Park? What can and should be preserved and not be forgotten? With Future Observatory Vanden Eynde makes the most problematic building at the USP, the observatory that has never been used, the most valuable and exclusive meeting location (with access for only two persons at a time). The couple that has a meeting here will be surrounded by a curiosity cabinet where the artist shows his selection and adds his own fictitious inventions. Future Observatory provides a subjective and fictitious way of looking at aspects from today that could best represent the past in the future.

Read more: Flyer Future Observatory



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Department of Search

The initiative of the Department of Search was taken by the Aardschap Foundation and the municipality of Utrecht in collaboration with the Utrecht Science Park Foundation and Universitity Utrecht. The Zero Footprint Campus programme is also made possible by The Art of Impact, Mondriaan Fonds, provincie Utrecht, K.F. Hein Fonds, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and Stichting Doen.


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