collaborative worldbuilding 
&  speculative storytelling

“Queering now is not only a move for deheterosexualisation, but also a collective quest to redefine the status of the human in the extended ecosystem of the interdependencies through which humans exist”.
Paul B. Preciado

The stories we tell influence the possible futures that lie ahead of us. Erik Peters explores these stories, scenarios and relationships within a dynamic web of interdependencies, ecologies and technologies. Through this, he researches queer perspectives and methodologies in relation to ecology and futurity.

His research-based practice revolves around designing multidisciplinary scenarios through collaborative worldbuilding. Stories from possible worlds shaped as spatial and interactive installations, workshops, publications and audiovisual works through speculative storytelling.

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Emilia Tapprest <3 


Since graduating cum laude from AKI ArtEZ Enschede in Crossmedia Design, he has worked for design agencies like Thonik and KLEIN.

Currently Erik works for cultural institutions like Het Nieuwe Instituut, TENT Rotterdam and Wintertuin, and is involved with projects with Valiz, AIxDesign and Speculative Futures Rotterdam.


The Transient Life of the Supernova. Queer Mercury. WORM, online

2022-02 ︎︎︎ 2022-03
Deep in Vogue. Queer Mercury. Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL

2021-11 ︎︎︎ 2022-05
Rifting. How to Wake Up the Ghosts. The Wrong Biennale, online

2021-11 ︎︎︎ 2021-12
Collective Masquerade. EtherAxis. The Overkill Festival, Enschede, NL

2021-10 ︎︎︎ 2021-11
From Then to Here. Roodkapje, Rotterdam, NL

Infocalypse Now, How to Wake Up the Ghosts. GOGBOT Festival, Enschede, NL

Yours Truthfully, How to Wake Up the Ghosts. Tetem, Enschede, NL

2021-03 ︎︎︎ 2021-05
Zero Emissions by 2099. Earthrise. MAMA, Rotterdam, NL.

2020-10 ︎︎︎ 2021-03

The Travelling Hand. TENT Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL.

Data-West. Een Wandeling door Woensel-West. Dutch Design Week, Kelderman en van Noordt, Eindhoven, NL.

2019-11 ︎︎︎ 2020-02
BIO26 Common Knowledge, The 26th Biennial of Design Ljubljana. The_Designer.TMP. MAO Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, SL.

Graduation show at AKI Finals. The_Designer.TMP. AKI, Enschede, NL.

Residencies & programmes

2021-06 ︎︎︎ 2021-07 
Reassemble Lab: Weaving with Worlds, FIBER. Amsterdam, NL.

2021-02 ︎︎︎ 2022-01
Hamburger Community of Art, Roodkapje. Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Designing into the Future, Istanbul Design Biennale. Istanbul, Turkey.

2020-06 ︎︎︎ 2020-07 (online)
Post-Inertia: Speculative Practices for Social Re-stabilization, Port-0. Barcelona, Spain.

Future Friends Conference, SpeculativeEDU. Maribor, Slovenia


Philosophy of Technology and Design, Short Course. University of Twente. Enschede, The Netherlands.

2017 ︎︎︎ 2018
Design for Art Direction, Exchange. London College of Communication. London, United Kingdom

2015 ︎︎︎ 2019
Crossmedia Design (cum laude), bachelor of design. AKI ArtEZ. Enschede, The Netherlands