|Board Member of Society of Arts|
An artist and scientist, Koert van Mensvoort (born in 1974) is interested in new technologies. He has focused in his work on the philosophical concept of ‘Next Nature’: the idea that technology has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as having a nature of its own.
Van Mensvoort studied IT at Eindhoven University of Technology (where he also obtained his PhD and still works part time) and design at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.
He seeks appropriate and surprising media to materialise his ideas. Examples include NANO supermarket (a supermarket on wheels that presents speculative future nanotechnology applications), In-Vitro Meat Cookbook, Rise and Fall of Rayfish Footwear (an online project about a fictional company that creates bio-customized sneakers from genetically engineered stingray leather) and Datafountain (which converts currency exchange rates in real time into a water fountain to make the underlying internet data visible).
Van Mensvoort communicates his philosophy as a lecturer, media guest, events organiser, and on numerous websites.