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Koert van Mensvoort at New Generations

To our Italian friends, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will keynote at New Generations Festival in Rome, Italy. This year’s Festival focuses on the role of the architect and its relation to other disciplines, divided in three days, three categories, van Mensvoort takes the stage on the second day and will be covering the theme of New Economies & Values. Got excited? Continue reading on New Generations.

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Meat the Future

Bistro In Vitro Goes to Scandinavia

Bistro In Vitro is heading north! Firstly, you can find us in Kolding, Denmark, on September 23 for the EAT ME exhibition at Trapholt. To answer to the question “what does food mean to us?”, the exhibition will host projects by over 60 artists dealing with sound, sight, taste, smell and food. Bistro In Vitro’s futuristic treats fit right in. Next up, we’ll be in Norway on September 26 for Oslo’s Cutting Edge Festival, so you can enjoy a cutting edge flavor with your futuristic technology. Are you in the area? Don’t miss it out!

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The Pyramid of Technology at Todays Art

Every human being has to cope with technological change, yet few of us are aware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted and discarded in our society. The Pyramid of Technology visualizes how technology becomes nature in seven steps. It describes the seven levels at which technology may function in our life. At the bottom of the pyramid we find technologies that only exist as an idea or image (such as the time machine). At the top we find technologies that have become part of our human nature (such as clothing and cooking). NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink will take participants through a workshop using the Pyramid of Technology toolkit to investigate speculative senses and extensions of the senses. Secure your spot and email to workshop@todaysart.nl with the workshop name in the subject line. See you there!

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Meat the Future

Van Mensvoort at Rhizome Conference

Join us on 20 September for the Rhizome – Connected Kitchen Conference in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss the possibilities and challenges of the increasingly digital relationship between human and machine in the kitchen, as the demands for new technologies as well as the possibilities provided by them have grown. Your fridge sends you a text message when your local farmer’s milk is finished; items are automatically added to your digital shopping cart, which is conveniently delivered to your house before you and your friends get home for your weekly cooking get-together. Apply now and take part in inspiring keynotes and explore the possibilities for the food value chain, design and functions of the kitchen as well as social interaction around Connected Living.

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Next Nature

NNN at The Night of Arts and Science

Join us on a journey of exploration during the Night of Art & Science! The festival is set in the historic centre of the city of Leiden, the Netherlands. On 16 September 2017 visitors can enjoy troughout the city centre, music, interactive experiments, lectures, and more. Next Nature Network is added to the lineup with the NANO Supermarket. Catch our bus at the Rapenburg from 19 hrs, or take a seat in the Academiegebouw, where NNN director will introduce the project at 19.30 hrs. Or simply visit both! For the full program, see Nacht van Kunst & Kennis. We hope to see you there.

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Next Nature Habitat VR Wins Sweden VR Award

And the winner of the Sweden International Virtual Reality Award in the category Best 360º Video is… Next Nature Habitat VR!

Our immersive experience allows us to travel through four different future environments, asking the question: what does it mean to live in a next nature? With the VR, we aim to stimulate debate on how we want to live in the future. According to the jury, the Next Nature Habitat VR “skillfully utilizes the VR medium and narration to take the viewer on a captivating thought-provoking visual trip about alternative habitats for humankind”. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the Sweden VR Contest 2017 and thanks to everyone who contributed to the development this production. Did you missed it? Watch the trailer above and ask yourself: where would you live?

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Van Mensvoort at The Mind Live

Last week, September 6, NNN director Koert van Mensvoort kicked off The Mind Live: The Future of Imagination. This evening-filling program took place at the monumental Leidse Schouwburg and was fully devoted to machine creativity. Definitely worth a watch! Stream it here (in Dutch).

Image: DeepArt AI painted Koert in Van Gogh style. But is it creative?

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Artificial Womb

Read the Entire Artificial Womb Series

Throughout the summer season, we published a timeline series to explore medical, cultural and technological developments in relation to the ectogenesis concept. We started this research with a historical investigation of the relation between technology and biological reproduction. We listed the key moments in the conception of such technology throughout time, as well as related assisted reproductive technologies, with the aim to develop thought-provoking scenarios and facilitate a much-needed discussion about the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love. Did you miss it? You can still check the entire series here. Looking to contribute? We highly value your feedback or input, contributions can be sent to womb@nextnature.net.

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Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

On August 8, NNN gave a workshop at BioClub Tokyo, a weekly event held at the FabCafé in Shibuya. Hendrik-Jan Grievink, designer and initiator of the Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg project, shared some insights on the future of technologies concerning human reproduction, sexuality and relationships. An interested group of 25 showed up and discussed the desirability (and possible implications) of assisted reproductive technologies, such as the artificial womb.

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Next Nature

ECO Coin Award 2017 Nominations Open

Each year at NNN we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to make this planet a more sustainable place and honor them with our ECO coin Award. Previous winners of the award include Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia sharing sustainable farming techniques and Dave Hakkens for his open source Precious Plastic recycling machines. This year we will “open source” our award, anyone can nominate a person, an organisation or even a community working on a sustainable project worthy of the ECO coin Award 2017.

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The City as Technology in Tokyo

Cities might be the most advanced technology mankind has produced so far. A decade ago the tipping point was reached when more people lived in urban environments than in non-urban ones. But are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo, Japan.

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Intimate Technology

Intimate Technology Series: Watch the Trailer

Technology has always been part of our lives. This began with a spear, a stone ax or a bearskin as a winter coat. But our attachment to it seems to grow every day. How far do we allow technology to go? And how close to our body can it get? To explore such matter, we called upon artists, filmmakers and film enthusiasts around the world to visualize the Intimate Technology theme in a one-minute video. The result will be shared in a weekly series on NNN’s digital platforms and on The One Minutes’ website, our partner for the creation of the series. In addition, the videos will be showcased in cultural institutions in China, Germany and The Netherlands. Stay tuned for more info!

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Greetings from the Ciptagelar Village

Summer is in full swing and what better time to share with our readers the fascinating traditions of the local community of the Ciptagelar village in West Java, Indonesia. This village is the home of the first ECO Coin Award winner Yoyo Yogasmana. We received a series of unique photos from Adelaide Tam, student at the Design Academy of Eindhoven who spent two months with the Ciptagelar Kasepuhan community.

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Meat the Future

Bistro In Vitro at Zomerparkfeest

Hello festival lovers! On August 19, catch our Bistro In Vitro ice cream cart at Zomerparkfeest in Venlo, The Netherlands. The lineup ranges from caribbean music to literature, from rock to theatre, from short movies to ehm… meat ice cream! With a program like this, you simply cannot miss this event, and the entrance it’s free! Find more at zomerparkfeest.nl.

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Next Nature

ECO Coin Lab at Welcome to the Village

Last weekend the ECO coin ran its second living lab at Welcome to the Village festival. We wanted to experiment with making our new sustainable currency more social and test the new ECO coin payment system. We had some great weather and a fantastically curious audience who wanted to find out more about how they could earn their first ECO coin and join the sustainable economy.

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Drones Are Coloring Your Summer

What’s flying there? Is it a bird? No wait, it’s a drone! School holidays have begun and our drones coloring book What’s Flying There? might be the perfect travel companion for your summer. In this book, drones are more than just a military device or pizza delivery guy. While coloring, the main character Avi and her drone friends will take you on a journey to open up new perspectives on the controversial topic of drones applications in the human habitat. Wherever your vacation takes you, What’s Flying There? should be on your holiday packing list!

Become a NNN member and receive a copy for free!

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Wild Systems

Pyramid of Technology Delivery Delayed

We recently celebrated the launch of our Pyramid of Technology workshop-in-a-box. With that, our toolkit became available for pre-order so that you could organize a session by yourself. “Delivery from mid-July” we said. Little did we know, the cargo clearing operations of 17 shipping container terminals got hacked on Tuesday, June 27 – including the Maersk terminal in Rotterdam – causing a delayed delivery of our beloved boxes! Once again this shows the importance to consider how we, humans, have created the technosphere; it is our next nature, and it is wild and unpredictable as ever…

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Augmented Bodies

Smell of Data Episode 5: A New Smell

Last but not least, today we present the final episode of the Smell of Data documentary series. After an extensive search for a more instinctive Internet, we finally see the audience reaction to selected fragrance samples. “It smells natural – but in a modern way” one tester observes. “It makes me think” another person says. Curious? Watch the entire series and share your thoughts with us!

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