Koert van Mensvoort
Dr. Koert van Mensvoort (1974) is an artist, technologist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that our technological environment has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own. It is his aim to better understand our co-evolutionary relationship with technology and help set out a track towards a future that is rewarding for both humankind and the planet at large.
Among his works are the NANO Supermarket (a traveling exhibition disguised as a supermarket that that presents speculative future technologies) the Datafountain (an internet enabled water fountain connected to money currency rates), the book ‘Next Nature: Nature changes along with us’, the documentary ‘Daddy! The Woods smell of Shampoo’, the Fake for Real memory game (on the tensed relation between reality and simulation), the Rayfish Footwear project (about a fictional company that creates bio-customized sneakers from genetically engineered stingray leather) and the In Vitro Meat Cookbook (exploring the potential impact of lab grown meat on our food culture). Van Mensvoort directs the Next Nature Network in Amsterdam. He is a fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology, board member of the Society of Arts at the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and gives presentations worldwide.