Humania

NEMO, Amsterdam

Nemo, The Netherlands' biggest science center has their top floor entirely dedicated to the human race. Biology, sociology and psychology: all aspects of humans are covered. Where do we come from, how do we grow up and old ? How do we use our senses, how do we move, learn, or forget, decide and how do our choices affect us?

Humania is a colourful interactive exhibition targeted at teenagers. Visitors can discover all sorts of things about how our bodies and brains work, by particiapting in playful physical and mental challenges.

In collaboration with Kossman.deJong, Nemo and a group of scientists, YIPP designed and developed a wide range of 40 various exhibits: Play the prisoners dilemma with a friend or random stranger, who wins a massage? See what you could have looked like with different DNA, or what you might look like in the future, 10 or 20 years from now. Play our arcade DNA-game or play the Bongo's and discover how hard it is to UNlearn something you have just learned.

Centrepiece of the exhibition is the 8.5-metre sculpture A Handstand, a spectacular work by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Around the statue there's comfortable space to sit down and take some time to test yourself in various ways: for instance: What personality type are you and is that in any way linked to the type of music you prefer? All tests are based on scientific research, by scientist who feature in explanatory films, to provide context and background information. Visitors can compare their results with other visitors, and (anonymously) share their data for science.