Analogue vs Digital: Skeuomorphism

Floppy disks have not gone extinct yet. You might not realize, but you are clicking on them every day. These skeuomorphs are everywhere. Skeuomorphs are derivatives that retain the ornamental design cues from structures that were once a necessary part in the original. Although we don’t use them anymore to save our files in an analog way, the floppy disk has passed the test of time as the icon for saving files. It’s designed looking backwards. And there are a many other examples like this one. What do you think, is it time for an icon that suits our time?

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Analogue vs Digital: Messenger Service

During WWI and WWII carrier pigeons were used to deliver messages. Short messages were sent over to the battlefield. Today, social media like micro blogging tool Twitter, are used to send short messages around the world. Some even argue that these tools played a huge role in the Arab Spring in 2012. Social media empowered the mass by providing them with a tool to spread their voices.
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Analogue vs Digital: Phoning

Remember these? If you are a digital native there is a chance you never noticed one of them. They were called payphones. No, you could not FaceTime with them, and they did not fit into your pocket. At its peak of popularity, the US had more than 2 million of them spread out on the streets. Look at the design of the iPhone, Steve Jobs has definitely noticed them and put a lot of quarters in those payphones!

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Analogue vs Digital: All Art in the World

The Birth of Venus is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Definitely go see it yourself when you are in Florence! Oh, you don’t like tourists blocking your view? Don’t worry! Just visit the gallery online and get a much closer look then you could ever have in real life. Google’s Art Project brings you millions of artifacts from around the world in one virtual museum. It even has a microscopic view, so you can see more details of the painting than with your naked eye! Take an online tour, or visit a couple of museums from all over the world in a single day. The world’s most famous paintings are just one click away.

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3D Printing

Analogue vs Digital: 3D Printing

In both vases pictured, you can put your flowers into water. Both are analogue objects. The manufacturing process is the analogue/digital difference in this case. The vase pictured at right is a 3D printed vase, completely digitally processed by a 3D printer. It is believed that in the near future we will all have a 3D printer at home. Will we be giving them commands to print our home accessories, food or maybe even our own organs?

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Analogue vs Digital: Still Antisocial

Some modern thinkers argue that new technology is making us antisocial. The digital network is with us, on us, all the time. Distracting us from the analog life and each other. But how much different is reading the news from your mobile device to being immersed in the old-school newspaper? The people at left are not social at all, reading the news via the screens of their time.

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Analogue vs Digital: Never Lost with GPS

Before global positioning systems, we all used maps. And they could be very annoying. Stopping along the way because you didn’t remember which turn you should take, the clumsy sizes and hard way to fold it back. Never mind the arguments on map reading skills… Whew! It all belongs to the past. Maps and satellite navigation devices are the best invention! But don’t lose your mind.

The results of people blindly following digital directions into large bodies of water, the wrong way on a busy road, and yes, even trees, show that we might have all become just a little too reliant on those helpful voices that guide us along our way. From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

Suburban Utopia

Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

Detroit: Car Cultures, Technomythologies, Networked Urbanism, Guided Growth, The City as Organism, Zombie Media, Ruin Porn… It is about time we explore it from a Next Nature perspective. What better way to do this with an exceptional bunch of people in an exceptional two-week program?

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in vitro meat

Bistro In Vitro to Be Launched

Inspired by the award winning In Vitro Meat Cookbook, Next Nature Network and Submarine Channel present Bistro In Vitro: an online design fiction documentary about the future of meat, with a virtual restaurant as its main platform.

Save the date! The world’s first in vitro meat restaurant website is launched on May 6. If you are in Amsterdam, come and join us at the inauguration of Bistro In Vitro. During the event, we will launch the website, show a premiere of the documentary, present the project and discuss the potential of lab-grown meat.

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Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature and fiction, such as echolocation, infrared sight or telepathy. The workshop will be held during the 5th edition of What Design Can Do, an international event about the impact of design.

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Analogue vs Digital: Simulated Farming

Want to grow some vegetables but don’t want to get your hands dirty? There is an app for that! There are multiple farming simulation social network games that involve various aspects of farm management. From ploughing land, planting and growing, to harvesting your crops; you will be growing green fingers by playing this game! From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.


Analogue vs Digital: Basic Parts of Matter

Do you think you are made from bits and bytes? Stop playing video games and spend some more time offline! Both atoms and bits are basic parts of matter. An atom is the smallest unit of any chemical element, still recognizable building block. A bit is the smallest unit of information, a symbol or signal that can have one or two values. Information technology represents these values as 0 and 1. Remember: you are made of atoms; your video game is made of zeros and ones.

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Analogue vs Digital: Digital Value

Common currencies – like the Euro – are almost all controlled by federal institutions. The digitally born Bitcoin is different. It’s open-source and works peer-to-peer without a central repository or single administrator. This makes the Bitcoin a decentralized virtual currency. Never again you have to convert currencies, the Bitcoin is virtually anywhere. From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.


Analogue vs Digital: Add, Browse, Destroy

Just like Lego, Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. In Minecraft, an online computer game, people used to build structures as protection against nocturnal monsters. But as the game grew, players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

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Intimate Technology

Intimate Technology Evening at Droog

Wearable devices, such as the upcoming Apple Watch, show how the border between human and machine is gradually fading. Technology is increasingly placing itself in us and between us, is mimicking our behavior and gathering information about us. As we allow technology into our private world, our relationship with it becomes more and more intimate. To what extent will we tolerate this? How do we design intimate technology?

Next Thursday, April 23, in Amsterdam, Droog Foundation will host designer Maria Verstappen from Driessens & Verstappen, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink (who will present a speculative intimate device that might be on the market in ten years) and researcher Marjolijn Heerings from Rathenau Institute, to reflect on intimate design and intimate technology. Next Nature Network head Koert van Mensvoort will lead the conversation.

Droog Foundation and Next Nature Network gladly invites you to come, listen and join the conversation! Find more info here.

Intimate Technology evening @ Droog
Thursday, April 23 – 20:00 – 21:30

Hotel Droog – Staalstraat 7B Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Analogue vs Digital: Information Storage

In search for information, people once used to go to libraries. Fortunately, there were librarians helping you to find the information you were looking for. Although libraries are not (yet) extinct, the internet is trying to take over.

The world’s biggest online search engine data centers are enormous. Continuously they process all information to make sure you can access it anytime, anywhere. They are the brains of Mr. Google, the librarian that finds your information in less than a second.

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Analogue vs Digital: Take a Selfie

No, the selfie on the left isn’t the latest post of Albrecht Du?rer on Instagram. It is one of the first self-portraits in the world by a German painter who lived in the 15th century. Du?rer is considered as one of the first artists fascinated by the portrait of the self. He painted a lot of selfies, wherever he was and however he felt.

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Next Nature Talk at Nature 3.x Symposium

This weekend, Next Nature Network creative director Dr. Van Mensvoort will lecture at Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The multi-disciplinary conference is co-organized by Professor Matthew Tucker and Professor Christine Baeumler at the University of Minnesota. The event will bring together professionals from various disciplines to meditate on how the global environmental problems of the Anthropocene change our involvement with nature. The discussion will include post-industrial feral landscape ecology, eco-toxic tourism, manufactured urban ecosystems, post-natural disaster resiliency planning, hypernature and technology, and genetically modified environments.

The symposium is free and public, so make sure to drop by if you live around!

Next Nature @ Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now?
Saturday, April 18 
5 pm – 6 pm
U of MN Northrop Best Buy Theater, Minneapolis, USA


Analogue vs Digital: Interactive Van Gogh

Did Vincent van Gogh ever imagine his paintings would be sold for millions? Sure he didn’t think of the fact that this painting from 1889 would be interactive, and available in the Appstore. Yes, you can touch this painting!

Petros Vrellis has created an interactive visualization and synthesizer that animates Van Gogh’s Starry Night. A fluid simulation gently creates a flowing fabric from Van Gogh’s impressionist portrait of the Milky Way and night sky using the thick paint daubs as the particles within the fluid. With a simple touch you can deform the image, altering both the flow of the particles and the synthesized sound, and then watch it slowly return to its original state.

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