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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Paradise by the Laptop Light

Paradise by the Laptop Light

Paradise by the Laptop Light is a visual power event with short films, speedlectures, special guests and one laptop. It will be held on 23 November 2007 16:30, as part of STRP Art & Technology Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

We seem to be living in a time in which the ‘made’ and the ‘born’ are fusing. The hypoallergenic cats are already on the market. Plants are used as sensors, information displays and chemical factories. Animals are being augmented and branded. Plastic surgeons sculpt flesh to match retouched photographs in glossy magazines. In response to donar organ shortage, researchers are working on a 3D organ printer.

Real nature is not green. It is out of control. Our technological world has become so intricate and uncontrollable that it has become a nature of its own. Games have become jobs. Second life is not sustainable. Digital world metaphors are boomeranged into our physical environment. Wine making has become an information science. Everyday robots give massages and take care of the children. RFID chips open doors, they might be infected, but nonetheless are edible.

At the Paradise by the Laptop Light event on November 23th, artist/scientist Koert van Mensvoort will be your safari guide on a trip into our Next Nature, with visions, statements, movies and designs from Ken Rinaldo, Jelte van Abbema, Floris Kaayk, Amir Admoni, Mieke Gerritzen, Arnoud van den Heuvel, Hendrik-Jan Grievink, Rolf Coppens, Joris van Gelder and more..

The upcoming Paradise by the Laptop Light event is an appetizer for the Biggest Visual Power Show on Next Nature, planned for spring of 2008 in Los Angeles.

Click to view the one minute video report of last years edition of STRP festival:

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