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Long Now Lab #4: Prototyping Time

with Julien Thomas

Long Now Lab Veem House

What might it entail to reimagine and rework our relationship to time? 

This April, we launch a new Long Now Lab, looking at relationships to time and how these can be shifted. Hosted and designed by Julien Thomas, an installation artist and social designer whose work often looks at iterating sensations of time and how time can be artistically invoked. In a unique period of enormous insecurity where time often feels like it’s standing still or zooming faster than ever, we inspect how we relate to and hope to relate to, time.

Reflecting and reacting to inputs ranging from social design to philosophy to psychoacoustics we will explore how time is structured, experienced and performed. We will support each other in collective and self inquiry to collectively examine aspects of time and begin a practice of prototyping together; manifesting altered relationships to time. Through readings, exercises and discussions we will journey through various domains of knowing and acting (cognitive linguistics, psychoacoustics, phenomenology, design research, dance).

Asking: How do we participate in notions of time as linear and progressive? What might it entail to reimagine our relationship to time?

The overall aim of the series will be to collectively examine aspects of time and how they may be shifted to produce alternative strategies of making, taking, consuming, crafting, moving and shifting time.

– The Long Now Lab #4 group is full but you are more than welcome to attend the public sharing in which the group shares it’s findings on the 3rd of July. –

3 April 2021

€ 35
5 sessions

12 May 2021


22 May 2021


12 June 2021


About Julien Thomas

Julien Thomas is an Amsterdam-based installation artist and social designer. He graduated from the Sandberg Instituut’s Designing Democracy temporary MA in 2016, and founded the Perception Design Studio to develop speculative interior design elements that explore sensorial aspects of politics. He is currently devising new time-based works for exhibitions in Dordrecht and Amsterdam, and keen to collectively explore relationships to time, space and process.

Click here to get to know more about his work.


Yvan Dubrueil
Yvan Dubrueil will join Julien and the group as a co-host during the second session on the 12th of May. Dubrueil is a choreographer, dramaturge and member of the OFF Projects collective whose work taps into notions of time. Born in Paris in 1970, Dubrueil finishes his training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris in 1989 and immediately joins Nederlands Dans Theater II then I, where he will develop his career from 1989 until 2009. Yvan Dubrueil is holding a degree in Dance pedagogy from the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and developed relationships with various international dance schools and educational projects since 2010.

About the Long Now Lab

In the Long Now Lab a small group of people gather regularly for work-and-think sessions at Veem House for Performance. We invite participants to go deeper: through conversation, imagination and workshops, with the aim of collectively creating ideas and proposals. Long Now refers to long-term thinking and the awareness that the present is part of the future. We create a laboratory where we can work and experiment together, where we can put ideas and proposals into practice.

This Long Now Lab feeds into research Veem House is undertaking around time, space and attention and how these pillars can be opted for and used differently as a production house.