To make a hamburger of 200 grams you need: three kilograms of grain and forage, 200 liters of water for land irrigation and livestock drinking, seven square meters for grazing and cultivating feed crops and 1.093 kilojoule of fossil energy to grow and transport feed (enough to power your microwave for 18 minutes). Keeping in mind the continuous growth of the world’s population, we need to find alternatives to the traditional meat production. One of them could be in vitro meat.
The Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade, in the south of The Netherlands, just opened a new exhibition where we discuss the future of in vitro meat. The opening coincided with the second International Conference on Cultured Meat held in Maastricht. It was a unique oportunity to gather scientists, designers and theorists to talk about possible scenarios for lab-grown meat production.
Due to technological developments, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the fake from the real, and the natural from the made. In the run towards Impakt festival 2016 Authenticity? Impakt is hosting various events throughout which they explore the thematic approach of the festival. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort was invited together with NNN fellow Floris Kaayk to discuss authenticity and create a program around their most recent projects.
Congratulations to NNN fellow Floris Kaayk, who just won a Gouden Kalf Award for his latest project The Modular Body. The work is an online science fiction story around the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.
As the pace of technological innovation is accelerating, we need to inform ourselves to understand what is means to live in a highly advanced society. In an ongoing lecture and debate series, Pakhuis de Zwijger is exploring our digital society in which humans matter, and invited NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and professor of Stochastic Networks Johan van Leeuwaarden to discuss the topic of Humane Technology.
Since 19 years on, Uitfeest celebrates the annual opening of the cultural season in Utrecht. With theater, film, dance, visual arts and storytelling, the event brings together cultural institutions throughout the city, and welcomes them to preview their forthcoming projects. Impakt presented a sneak peak of this year’s festival theme Authenticity? and our Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream Cart was invited.
With the exhibition Dream Out Loud – Designing for Tomorrow’s Demands, the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam presents 26 artists and designers who all dream out loud about a better world and explore complex societal issues by means of design. Next Nature Network is well represented throughout the show; next to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook, NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde and NNN fellow Studio Drift are presenting their work.
Drones are controversial, they are either seen as killing machines or as the next pizza delivery guy. There is not much room for imagination in between. This new species has a great potential that needs to be discussed. Today we launched What’s Flying There?, a coloring book that opens up new perspectives for drones applications in the human habitat.
The Modular Body is an online science fiction story by Floris Kaayk about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.