An exhibition of artworks and objects inspired by Blade Runner


6th October 2017

What time

3.30PM - 7.30PM Mon - Sat, Sun - closed


Broadway Gallery,

17 Heathcoat Street,





To accompany the release of Blade Runner 2049, Near Now are hosting a series of events exploring the art, science and technology of one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.


Broadway Gallery: 6-19 October

Opening times:

  • Mon - Sat: 3.30PM - 7.30PM.
  • Sunday: closed. 


  • A series of risograph printed illustrations from 20 international artists, originally created for fan-made zine project 'Skinjobs', coordinated by Chicago-based illustrator Jim O'Boyle and funded through Kickstarter in 2013. Risograph printing by Dizzy Ink.
  • Replica props built by artist/prop maker Simon Friend.
  • A series of accompanying talks, demonstrations and screenings. See below for more information.
Image from 'Skinjobs' by Monica McClain

Image from 'Skinjobs' by Monica McClain

Talks & Demonstrations

Throughout the exhibition, artists, designers and scientists will be taking part in special events in response to themes present in Blade Runner.

Giulia Tomasello: The Future of Biohacking

Thursday 12 October, 6.00PM - 7.30PM 

Cost: FREE

Design Researcher and Interaction Designer from Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Interactive Wearables Design Giulia Tomasello specialises in biomaterials and wearable computing.

Drop-in any time between 6.00PM - 7.30PM where Giulia will be present in the gallery to lead a discussion on the future of biohacking, demonstrate examples of biotextiles and present some of her speculative projects, including:

  • Future Flora - exploring the possibility of wearing living organisms in the future, aiming towards a new health proposition of female biophilia.
  • Bio-conductive Skin - exploring the potential for augmenting living tissue with electronic components and conductive materials to create a new type of ‘second-skin’ interface.

Erica Scourti: Dealing the Empathy Deck

Tuesday 17 October, 6.00PM - 7.30PM

Cost: FREE*

Artist and Near Now Fellow Erica Scourti will perform a live post-mortem of her Empathy Deck project — "a Twitter bot with feelings".

The bot is designed to respond to followers' tweets with unique cards, attempting to share an empathic response based on the artists' own similar experiences. 

Erica will explore the automation of intangible human qualities like empathy, friendship and care, questioning whether an artificial or android intelligence can really know what it means to be human.

Empathy Deck was commissioned by Wellcome Collection for their recent exhibition 'Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond'.

*Due to limited space at this event, please RSVP to reserve your seat.

Empathy Deck by Erica Scourti

Empathy Deck by Erica Scourti

The Science of Blade Runner

Wednesday 18 October, 6.00PM - 7.30PM

Cost: £3.50

STEM Outreach Nottingham, the team behind the brilliant Pint of Science festival, are bringing science to Broadway with this special Blade Runner-themed event. 

We'll be joined by speakers whose research and expertise lies in themes present in the films (and original novel): synthetic biology, genetic engineering, biotextiles, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Grab a drink and find out how science fiction meets science fact.

Tickets can be booked online or via Broadway's Box Office in person or by calling 0115 952 6611 from 02/10/17.

See Blade Runner 2049 at Broadway from Friday 6 October. Visit for times and more information.