Emerge: A Festival of Futures
Emerge explores the future in evocative ways. This festival offers imaginative and hands-on experiences of the future–exposing the latest inventions from ASU and beyond, and asking how we might shape and adapt them in surprising ways. By bringing together artists, scientists, humanists, designers, and other performers and scholars, Emerge draws on ASU’s diverse ecology of world-renowned researchers and its culture of interdisciplinary exchange to create vibrant portraits of alternative futures. Each year Emerge curates art, technology, performance, and interactive narrative for the general public, inviting everyone to participate in what’s to come by making it tangible and accessible here and now.
Arizona State University is becoming a player in the confluence of science and art.
— Nature magazine
Emerge 2019: A Space of Becoming
Our theme for the 8th annual Emerge festival in March 2019 is “A Space of Becoming,” celebrating human inventiveness on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Despite his reputation as a brilliant inventor, Leonardo wasn’t known as a great technical mind in his own lifetime. He never published most of his scientific and engineering work, which was often centuries ahead of its time. To reflect on the way that great ideas often languish in obscurity, and to shed light on today’s promising creators, we will invite artists, scientists, and other talented people from ASU, the local community, and beyond to exhibit work in the Space of Becoming.