Hunger Games for Robots
As technology develops and introduces more complex wild systems every day, it is inevitable that some jobs are taken over by our creations. How would you feel if robots inherited ethical complications of existence? This is the question that Berlin-based audiovisual artist Martin Reiche seeks to answer, by pitting robots against each other in a deadly fight for resources.
Forward to Nature
Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?
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?
Don’t Trust Dictionaries and Maps
The definition of the word “mountweazel” is the following: “any invented word or name inserted in a reference work by a publisher for the purpose of detecting plagiarism”. In her funny and informative podcast on linguistic facts, English writer Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist, explores the existence of fake entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.
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.
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.