2 - 11 nov 2018

Frankenstein at the movies

What does it mean to be human? The Leiden International Film Festival and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave are joining forces to answer this question. Three controversial movies, which each have their own perspective on this theme. Movie aficionado and conservator of Rijksmuseum Boerhaave Bart Grob will introduce every movie with an unusual scientific story, showing the unexpected links between science fiction and science.

The program will start at 15.30 with something to eat and drink. You can visit the newly renovated museum and the exhibition Frankenstein, moving towards a new human being. Conservator Bart Grob will start his introduction at 16.30, and the movie will begin at 17.00. Closing times depend on the length of the movie. The museum will stay open for half an hour after the movie has ended.

Tickets cost €12,50 and include access to the museum, and a free drink and snack.

District 9

Alien life discovers Earth in 1982. Humanity has suppressed these extraterrestrials, who are forced to live as second-class humans in South-African ghettos. Until a government official discovers their biotechnology and decides to help them.

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More Human Than Human

More and more expectations are being met by Artificial Intelligence (AI). This raises questions about what this will mean for our human experience. Will humans become obsolete, because AI is infinitely more smart and self-conscious? This documentary-maker tries to find a robot that can replace him as a filmmaker in an effort to understand how much of his creativity and supposedly uniquely human competencies are replaceable.

Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime takes place in the near future, during the rise of AI. One company specializes in creating holographic projections of deceased loved ones. The 86-year-old Marjorie uses this service to provide her with a new, handsome partner who looks like her deceased husband. Conveniently, he is also programmed to dedicate his life to her again.

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Over de tentoonstelling: Frankenstein, op weg naar een nieuwe mens

In Rijksmuseum Boerhaave from March 17 until October 28.

The creation of Frankenstein has become iconic. But that might never have happened if a young woman’s holiday on the Lake of Geneva in 1816 would’ve had better weather. During incessant rains, she wrote the first draft for the story of Frankenstein. A story that revolves around the question: what makes us human?

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. Rijksmuseum Boerhaave invites you to experience the Shelley’s world from back then. Experience how that book still inspires people to think about the question: what makes us human? As technology raises onward, this question has become more relevant than ever.

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Tickets District 9

June 16, 2018, 16:30


Tickets More Human than Human

June 23, 2018, 16:30


Tickets Marjorie Prime

June 30, 2018, 16:30