collaborative worldbuilding 
&  speculative storytelling

Erik Peters (he/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer engaging with the worldbuilding potentialities seeded in the act of storytelling, uncovering how speculative fiction can germinate new universes of being. Their research-based and collaborative practice is situated in an interdependent web of ecologies and technologies, human and non-human beings.

Within their work, queer methodologies and mythologies are evoked to create multidisciplinary scenarios about possible futures; imaginative worlds staged as spatial and interactive installations, workshops, publications and audiovisual works. They frequently work with materials and techniques such as generative artificial intelligence, ceramics, 3d printing and photogrammetry methods.

Erik holds a BA in Crossmedia Design from AKI ArtEZ in Enschede, as well as having studied Design for Art Direction at the London College of Communication.

Some of their recent projects include videosculpture How to Wake Up the Ghosts (2021–), solo exhibition From Then to Here (2021) at Roodkapje, and short documentary Queer Mercury (2021). Their work has been exhibited at the 26th Biennial of Design of Ljubljana, Dutch Design Week, Tetem, Gogbot Festival, Roodkapje, Melkweg and Kunsthal Rotterdam, amongst others.

They work for cultural institutions like Het Nieuwe Instituut, TENT and Wintertuin, are involved with projects with Valiz and the AIxDesign community, and frequently give talks and workshops at organisations such as FIBER, Sonic Acts and The Hmm.

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Background video by
Emilia Tapprest <3 



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