Manufactured Landscapes

Skyscraper Hanging from the Sky

We like tall buildings. Huge concrete monsters extends themselves high up in the sky. What if we rethink the system and instead of building from earth into sky, we do it the other way around? New York based architecture based Clouds put forward this innovative proposal: suspending the world’s tallest skyscraper from an asteroid, leaving its inhabitants to parachute to earth.

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Protect your phone with a watermelon?
Hypernature

Protect Your Phone With a Watermelon

Some phone cases offer drip protection, some are waterproof, and some… contain 92 percent of water! Protect your device from daily hazards with this DIY phone case and make a refreshing impression this summer. It even provides a rich amount of vitamins and takes care of your hydration levels – what does your phone cover do? As history has taught us, smartphones and fruits are an effective combination, whether it’s a Blackberry headset, an Apple iPhone or a watermelon phone case; nature finds a way.

Peculiar image via Tom Galle.

An evening with Agi Haines, René ten Bos and Steve Kurtz to explore the possibilities of reshaping humankind on cellular level.
Augmented Bodies

Agi Haines at Impakt Event: Accursed Creator

On April 5 at 20:00, Fotodok and Impakt present Accursed Creator: The Art of Bio-Hacking. “Accursed Creator” are the words used by Frankenstein’s monster to refer to his creator in the climax of Mary Shelly’s book. It would come as no surprise to you that Agi Haines “The Frankenstein of Design” was invited to the panel. Together with philosopher René ten Bos and artist Steve Kurtz, the speakers will explore the possibility of reshaping humankind on cellular level. The event connects Fotodok’s exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature to the Impakt Festival 2017: Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems.

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Artificial Sun Tested in Germany

With temperatures warmer then ever, an artificial sun doesn’t seem like the first thing we need. German scientists on the other hand hope to develop a sun simulation that will not give us only daylight, but also carbon neutral fuel to power our needs.

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Meet the media guru Milan Koert
Next Nature

Meet the Media Guru in Milan

Hello friends in Italy! We are pleased to announce that NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be the protagonist of the upcoming Meet the Media Guru event on Wednesday April 5 at 19:30 in Milan, at Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci. Koert will discuss how our technology is so omnipresent, intimate and uncontrollable that it became our next nature. Attendance to the event is free, but registration is required. You can also follow the event live stream and use the hashtag #meetKoert to send your questions for the NNN director. There is more! The first 150 participants will receive a free SAVE THE HUMANS! poster.

More info: Meet the Media Guru

Fake Nature

Smartflower Solar Device

Finally a fake flower with a purpose! POP the Smartflower is an all-in-one solar energy system that harvests sunlight but also stores it. It looks like a giant sunflower with solar panels petals, it interestingly behaves like one as well. Not that it turns yellow once in bloom, but it follows the sun around all day long.

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Future Carpooling IDEO
Suburban Utopia

Carpooling into the Future

American service design company Ideo has taken the essence of on-demand economy at heart, presenting a vehicle with detail-designed services for the future of carpooling. It’s a car that runs on electricity, self driving on-demand and with endearing technology onboard.

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A virtual museum for poetry opens "its doors" at the museum square in Amsterdam.
Information Decoration

Virtual Poetry Museum Opens in Amsterdam

From April 1st a virtual poetry museum will open “its doors” at Museumplein in Amsterdam, all jokes aside. The museum is a project by International Silence (Twan Janssen and Johannes Verwoerd) and counts as the fifth museum of the famous square. The first augmented exhibition, curated by writer Anna Enquist, will feature a selection of Dutch poets, such as Ida Gerhardt, Annie M.G. Schmidt, René Puthaar, Menno Wigman and more. Each artist will present six poems in a pavilion-like construction, which will be freely accessible via this link. See you there?

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