Wed 18 Mar ’20 20:30 - 22:00

Next Nature

Koert van Mensvoort
Is man ready for the technocene?
Wed 18 Mar ’20
20:30 - 22:00
  • Wed 18 Mar ’20
    20:30 - 22:00
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By 'nature', we think of a forest rather than a highway. But how natural is nature?

We live in a world full of landscaped natural areas and designer babies, and we control the biology of our tomatoes so precisely that they have little to do with nature anymore. Conversely, we have so little control over the internet and financial markets anymore, that they increasingly seem to be a force of nature themselves. What awaits mankind now that we are moving away from the Anthropocene (the age of man) and toward the Technocene (the age of technology)?
 
Based on countless high-profile examples and scientific insights, Koert van Mensvoort shows in Next Nature that our high-tech world is becoming increasingly natural. And he shows how we can use technology to enhance our best human qualities.
 
He takes you on an epic journey past companies that breathe, forests that smell like shampoo, and plastic-eating critters. Gradually, a completely new world view unfolds that is not only more realistic, but also infinitely more creative, exciting and beautiful. If we want to meet the major challenges of our current era, we must not go back to nature, but rather forward to nature.

  • In 2018/2019, Koert van Mensvoort was guest lecturer of the year at the International Lifestyle Studies study program at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries
  • Made possible by Fontys

Credits

in partnership with Bibliotheek Eindhoven and De Angstfabriek

About Koert van Mensvoort


Koert van Mensvoort is a multimedia artist and philosopher, founder of the Next Nature Network and gives lectures worldwide. His letter to humanity has been translated into 26 languages. His previous works include the NANO-Supermarkt (with nano-technology products that could come onto the market within ten years), the documentary Papa, the forest smells like shampoo, the controversial (and later turned out to be fictional) shoe brand Rayfish.com which was touted to make bio-customized sneakers, and Het Kweekvlees cookbook. Van Mensvoort is a university fellow at TU Eindhoven.

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