One hundred years before the internet, a self-declared tech guru started preaching the future to his flock of outsiders. Meet the most influential nerd you may never have heard of: Hugo Gernsback. Decades in advance he foresaw Skype, jetpacks, space mining and drones. But even though he would accumulate over 80 patents throughout his life and befriend the likes of Edison and Tesla, his most influential invention remains Science Fiction. Gernsback planted the seeds for pop-culture phenomena such as Superman, Star Wars and a whole nation’s obsession with UFOs.
Director Biography – Eric Schockmel
Eric Schockmel is a Museographer at Luxembourg’s National Museum of Natural History, designing exhibitions and learning experiences about science. From 2013 to 2019 he directed a documentary about Hugo Gernsback, the father of science fiction, entitles Tune Into The Future. His past work includes commercial motion design work, graphic design, as well as a personal visual art practice involving 3D animation and installations. Eric holds an MA in Communication Design (Digital Media) from Central Saint Martins in London and an MA in Graphic Design from the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels. Twitter: @Schockmel / http://www.ericschockmel.net