Due to technological developments, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the fake from the real, and the natural from the made. In the run towards Impakt festival 2016 Authenticity? Impakt is hosting various events throughout which they explore the thematic approach of the festival. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort was invited together with NNN fellow Floris Kaayk to discuss authenticity and create a program around their most recent projects.
Last week The Hague hosted the 12th edition of TodaysArt, a festival dedicated to contemporary experiments in music, art and digital culture. As the event – called “Public Under Construction” – incorporated meetings, performances, installations and concerts all focused on the future, it gave more questions than answers. Some of them are worth pointing out.
As the pace of technological innovation is accelerating, we need to inform ourselves to understand what is means to live in a highly advanced society. In an ongoing lecture and debate series, Pakhuis de Zwijger is exploring our digital society in which humans matter, and invited NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and professor of Stochastic Networks Johan van Leeuwaarden to discuss the topic of Humane Technology.
Since 19 years on, Uitfeest celebrates the annual opening of the cultural season in Utrecht. With theater, film, dance, visual arts and storytelling, the event brings together cultural institutions throughout the city, and welcomes them to preview their forthcoming projects. Impakt presented a sneak peak of this year’s festival theme Authenticity? and our Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream Cart was invited.
With the exhibition Dream Out Loud – Designing for Tomorrow’s Demands, the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam presents 26 artists and designers who all dream out loud about a better world and explore complex societal issues by means of design. Next Nature Network is well represented throughout the show; next to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook, NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde and NNN fellow Studio Drift are presenting their work.
The lucky winner of our What’s Flying There? contest is Jiska, Dutch 10-year-old girl who imagined a virtual reality drone for the elderly and won an actual drone for herself. Among the submissions there was a great variety of ideas that should not go unmentioned: love drone, cleaning & recycling drone, guide drone for blind people, police drone, and many other good concepts! The drawings have been evaluated and rated on originality, positivity, necessity and drawing skills.
If you could have another sense, which sense would you choose? Would you like to have the ability to sense electromagnetic fluctuations like sharks do? Would you prefer to hear the urban soundscape of WiFi signals? Or would you like an extra organ that regulates the usage and sensitivity of the senses you already have? Recently our NNN fellows, people from different disciplines working in and around the next nature theme, came together to explore the uncharted territory of a new project: Next Senses. How do we want to perceive the world? The world we live in has changed drastically over the ages, but our everyday means of perceiving it remained the same. Isn’t it time to reevaluate the way we access to the outer world?
How to explain the Next Nature philosophy to the next generations? Recently we’ve been reading, talking, interviewing and drawing to create a workshop to illustrate this concept to kids. We could hardly wait to test our ideas and see how much young people already know about technology and biology.