MINDLAB: A PERFORMANCE THAT GETS AT THE HEART OF SCIENCE

Do you wish to experience Mindlab? We hope to see you in 2021!

Mindlab is a theatre performance that gets at the heart of the science community. A science fiction thriller that we can all end up in if we dare to fully live our own truths and experience the impact of our acts. When cognitive dissonance reduction has left our minds...Veni, Vidi, Vici?

"You are not who you think you are. You are what you do."

Curious? Watch the trailer!

Premiere and six performances at UT

On 13 February Mindlab premiered in the Theaterloods in Radio Kootwijk, the home theatre of TheaterMakers Radio Kootwijk. This was an overwhelming success. Reactions range from 'impressive' and 'it really triggers you to reflect and start conversations' to 'very recognizable' and 'gripping'. After the successful premiere, Mindlab had six performances at UT in the Vrijhof. Over 550 employees joined Mindlab in February and March: 'Really good thing UT initiated this, Mindlab truly is gripping'.

Coronavirus outbreak interferes Mindlab tour

After that, Mindlab was ready to move on. To Utrecht University for example. And later on back to Enschede, to UT. That turned out to be impossible: the coronavirus outbreak started. But we'll try again in 2021. In Spring, Mindlab will be back at UT for another four performances, depending on the circumstances.

What Mindlab can do for you

Mindlab will inspire and challenge you to consider for yourself and with others what is important to you in your daily work, your career and your life – at and outside the university. We want Mindlab to make a positive contribution to the working and living environment of the University of Twente; an open and safe environment in which you feel at home. Mindlab is breaking down barriers. Mindlab is captivating and above all unique.

How it all started

Prof. dr. Ellen Giebels (vice-dean of the Faculty Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences) is the initiator of Mindlab. You can read her story here (in short) and in more detail in this article on Mindlab in U-Today (in Dutch).

This is why Ellen took the initiative...

"Science is under scrutiny, for integrity issues, social return, the quality of education, internationalization and financing. In spite of the increasing demands, I still love to work in science. During the past years, however, I’m thinking more and more often: how can I keep all those plates spinning? What is it that really matters? And I see that others ask themselves the same questions. So, the time is ripe for a reflection on what drives us, defines us, occupies our minds. What do we really value in our work? Last year I went to two theater performances by TheaterMakers Radio Kootwijk: Rauw (about working and life with the National Police) and Vuurdoop (about the Dutch Defence organisation). I was moved by the way the subject matter was dealt with and the artistic quality of the performances and the accompanying programmes. My first thought was: I want to do something similar for science. And now the time has come!"

Ellen Giebels
“The time is ripe for a reflection on what drives us, defines us, occupies our minds. What do we really value in our work?”

Vice-chair of the Executive Board of University of Twente dr. Mirjam Bult encouraged the initative and explains why Mindlab is such a strong initiative:

"Integrity in all areas – social, scientific and business – is the fundamental principle for working in science, which includes an open working and living environment, where facilitating discussions on dilemmas goes without saying. The issues may be ethical dilemmas related to a research project, inappropriate interpersonal behavior, experiencing work-related stress and performance pressure, or the feeling that there is too little – or unequal – appreciation and recognition for the work you do. Our university campus must be an environment where everyone can talk, work, study, reside and live safely. This is why integrity, safety and security are priority areas in our new strategy Shaping2030. Mindlab is a valuable and different type of initiative that can help us to identify, at times, difficult issues together, and use these to work towards creating an even safer university where we put people at the forefront."

Mirjam Bult
“It is essential at our university that we foster an open climate to create a safe space where dilemmas can be raised, considered and tackled. The impressive Mindlab production makes a start on precisely that ambition.”