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Festival science+fiction: machina sapiens

May 5th to 7th 2017 in Basel, Switzerland

Sommercasino, Münchensteinerstrasse 1

science+fiction is a first of its kind festival in Basel, focussing on science communication. It brings the latest research together with art together using different media.


2017 edition: The festival about artificial intelligence

From writing music to mimicking human voices and helping in decision making, artificial intelligence is becoming an integral part of our lives. To open up the discussion further, the Festival science+fiction 2017 is inviting scientists, developers, philosophers and artists to come together on a common platform. Come and watch some thought-provoking science fiction movies (shown in English), build your talking robot – and get inspired by contemporary art. The international artists invited to the festival have programmed small fish robots and even dared to develop bots which go shopping in the ominous darknet.


About the organization

Science and technology influence our society and life regularly, in ways more than we might be consciously aware of. Together with our program partners, the science+fiction team develops distinct formats to offer new experiences. We aim to present complex issues in a comprehensive and playful manner. Each year, we concentrate on a new main theme, shedding light on common and uncommon issues surrounding a particular topic.


The movies will all be shown in English with German subtitles.

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Friday, 21:00-22:30
Lo and Behold. Reveries of the Connected World.
Werner Herzog 2016, 98 Min

Friday, 24:00-01:40
Paul Verhoeven 1987, 102 Min, E/d

Saturday, 16:30-18:00
Robot and Frank
Jake Schreier 2012, 89 min, E/d

Saturday, 20:00-22:00
Ex Machina
Alex Garland 2015, 108 min, E/d

Sunday, 15:00-16:30
Andrew Stanton 2008, 98 min, E/d

Sunday, 20:30-22:30
Spike Jonze 2013, 126 min, E/d


These workshops can be held in English.

Saturday, 2 to 4.30 pm
Lego-Robotics – Workshop by Educatec

Saturday, 6 to 9 pm
SchluffiPuffi – Workshop by LABOR Luzern

Sunday, 12 am to 2 pm & 5 to 7 pm
littleBits – Workshop by Infant Intelligence

Sunday, 3 to 5 pm
TJBot – Workshop by Infant Intelligence