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Koert van Mensvoort

Creative Director
Artist and philosopher. The discovery of Next Nature has been the most profound experience in his life so far.
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Bionics

The Roots of Plant Intelligence

Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities … But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano…

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Nextnature Event

Truck in a Truck

Perhaps it is just us, but somehow the transport of the Nano Supermarket inside a trailer has a next nature quality to it. Peculiar image of the week. The Nano bus, which…

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Nextnature Event

Alter Nature: We Can

This peculiar carrot, created by Driessen & Verstappen, is the promo image of the Alter Nature: We Can exhibition, which takes place from November 2010 to March 2011 in Hasselt, Belgium. The…

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Corporature

Fata Morgana

Finally… A gas station in the ocean! If we all rigorously continue filling up our tanks, this fiction can become a reality one day.

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Anthropomorphobia

Amber Case: We are all Cyborgs Now

Technology is evolving us, says cyborg anthropologist Amber Case in her 8 minutes of TED. We become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens, relying on “external brains” (cell phones and…

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Feed-Back

Not So Horseless Carriage

Sometimes next nature breaks down and things fall back on an older nature. Luckily, this guy still had a horse around. Peculiar image of the week. Via Kottke.…

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Nextnature Event

Next Nature Movie Top 10

1. Quest for Fire / La Guerre du Feu (1981) 2. Being There (1979) 3. Koyaansiqatsi (1983) 4. Blade Runner (1984) 5. American Beauty (1999) 6.The Matrix (1999) 7. Grizzly Man (2005)…

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Anthropomorphobia

Next Nature Movie #1: Quest for Fire

The Quest for Fire (1981) shows the Next Nature of 80.000 BC. Set in a world without highways, supermarkets, airports, Internet, television, farming, money or written language, the film depicts a group…

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Next Nature Movie #2: Being There

The main character in ‘Being There’ (1979) is a simple-minded gardener named Chance, played brilliantly by Peter Sellars, who has spent all his life as a servant in the Washington D.C. house…

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Back to the Tribe

Next Nature Movie #3: Koyaanisqatsi

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) is a film with no actors, no storyline, and no dialogue. The only things we see are landscapes, images of cities, and people going about their regular lives. The film…

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Next Nature Movie #5: American Beauty

During the selection of the top ten of next nature movies we’ve doubted quite a bit between the Truman Show (1998) and American Beauty (1999). The Truman Show tells the story of…

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Anthropomorphobia

Next Nature Movie #6: The Matrix

In the last few decades there have been numerous films that take the struggle between mankind and its increasingly intelligent and autonomous technology as a leitmotif. Ranging from Stanley Kubriks magnificent artwork…

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Anthropomorphobia

Next Nature Movie #7 – Grizzly Man

The sad story of Timothy Treadwell is the ultimate example of the drama a naive notion of nature can bring about. Grizzly Man (2005) opens with the facts surrounding Timothy Treadwell and…

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Augmented-Bodies

Next Nature Movie #8: Avatar

At first sight James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (2009) is no more than a spectacularly rendered version of the classical Pocahontas story. We could criticize its keenly calculated ambition to please everyone, the…

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Sentient Spaces

Next Nature Movie #9 – The Terminal

Viktor Navorski is an Eastern European traveler – portrayed by Tom Hanks, who in the movie ‘Cast Away’ already played a man stranded on an uninhabited island – that finds himself in…

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