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Manufactured Animals

Smell of Data Episode 4: Training the Instinct

In the forth episode of Smell of Data documentary series we’d like to introduce you Lola, a sniffer dog trained to recognize the smell of money. Through the lens of the four-footer we come to understand how Lola appears to be well aware of smell, it becomes instinct. And exactly this instinct is what keeps her safe – and we could learn a lesson from it. Want to know more? Make sure to watch all episodes.

Augmented Bodies

Smell of Data Episode 3: Warning Mechanism

Tune in for the third episode of Smell of Data: Leanne Wijnsma‘s documentary on the search for a more instinctive Internet. Today we are exploring the sense of smell as a warning mechanism. We will look back at the development of the smell of gas and how we are trained to recognize such odor as a potential hazard. We will also pay a visit to the harbor of Rotterdam, where so-called “e-noses” are employed to detect toxic fumes. Missed the previous episodes? Watch them here.

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Smell of Data Episode 1: Digital Jungle

We warmly welcome newly appointed fellow Leanne Wijnsma to the Next Nature Network. Her award-winning project The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn Internet users from digital hazards online, was developed in partnership with NNN, and has been broadly covered by (inter)national media outlets. Exclusively for our readers, Wijnsma made a documentary series following her search for a more instinctive Internet. We will share it on nextnature.net in a five-part weekly series. Introducing part one: Digital Jungle.

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Priests Bless Server Rooms

Normally priests use holy water for the blessing of believers’ houses or as a means of repelling evil. However, it is becoming common practice for priests to bless server rooms and sprinkle the holy water on computer terminals and data centers, as such places are the ones that need the blessing these days (think last week’s worldwide cyberattack).

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Congratulations to designer Leanne Wijnsma, who won the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT).
Next Nature

Leanne Wijnsma Wins STRP Award

Our best congratulations to Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma for winning the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT), a new European prize that encourages the merging of innovative powers. Wijnsma won with her project Smell of Data, which the jury regarded as “a wonderfully layered and many-facetted project that brings together the digital and the sensorial in a surprising and meaningful way”. During this year’s edition of the STRP Biënnale (in Eindhoven from March 24 to April 2), Wijnsma will premiere her documentary about her search for a more instinctive Internet and will showcase the initial project.

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Animal Guided Mediation

Are you practicing meditation? If you do that as a habit, you might already be experiencing the wide-known benefits of it. Meditation brings peace and love to our mind and soul. It’s good for relaxation and it helps us to be more connected with the world and ourselves. And it’s about to get even better.

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Join The Smell of Data Workshop by Leanne Wijnsma at the NieuweVide in Haarlem.
Wild Systems

The Smell of Data Workshop in Haarlem

Data became so omnipresent that we need to protect from it. Designer Leanne Wijnsma has developed a scent dispenser to alarm us when we visit a malleable website through the sense of smell. Tomorrow, February 18, you can learn more about this technology during The Smell of Data Workshop at the NieuweVide in Haarlem. The event will start at 13:00 with a talk on how we deal with the Internet and data in relation to our instincts, and will continue with each participant developing their own scent or sound for the Internet, based on behaviors from the animal and plant world. More info: Nieuwe Vide

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The Digital Mythology of… Super Mario

Many people say that myths and superstitions are a thing of the past. They say that they are the mark of a backwards culture and that our globalized society has been smart enough to move beyond them. But did we really? Did we do the right thing dismissing superstition and mythology as mere folly? Maybe, the important question to ask here is: is there really no myth left in the next nature?

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Guided Growth

Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

In 2005, in his book Mycelium Running, American mycologist Paul Stamets predicted that mushrooms would help save the world. Twelve years later, several scientists and innovative entrepreneurs are using mushrooms to run their researches, businesses and dreams. Until Sunday February 12, you can learn more about the role of fungal micro-organisms at Fungal Futures exhibition in Enschede, The Netherlands. Even Stamets would be astonished by what a group of artists and designers can make nowadays with mushrooms.

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Next Nature

Step Inside the Next Nature Habitat

The natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic. The natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert. How about humans? What is our natural habitat? And what does it mean to live in a next nature? Discover it with the Next Nature Habitat VR, our immersive experience to travel through different environments where we might live in someday. Will machines take over, just like they did with the Internet or global finance? Or will we go back to live like our ancestors, in close harmony with nature and gathering food to survive? And what if we existed in a fully simulated reality, could we endure such a artificial place? Try to answer these questions and join the discussion on our possible future habitat. Step inside…

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