Arne Hendriks has been selected for the artist-in-residence fellowship set up by NIAS and the Royal Academy’s Society of Arts for the second semester of 2015/16. Hendriks will work on his project The Incredible Shrinking Man, in which he explores the implications of downsizing the human species to better fit the earth.
About The Incredible Shrinking Man
‘‘ is a speculative design study about the consequences of downsizing the human species to 50 centimetres. Humans have long been growing taller. As a direct result, we need more energy, more food and more space. But what if we decided to turn this trend around? What if we were to use our knowledge to shrink mankind?
About the Fellowship
The artist-in-residence fellowship was set up by NIAS and the Society of Arts and aims to encourage cross-pollination between the sciences and the arts. Hendriks follows in the footsteps of photographer Jan Rosseel.
About Arne Hendriks
Arne Hendriks is artist who specialises in speculative research, open design and education. He co-created the Instructables Restaurant (an open-source restaurant), Hacking IKEA, and the Repair Manifesto. His current projects include Fatberg (an island of fat), which he is working on with British designer Mike Thompson. Hendriks teaches at Design Academy Eindhoven, the Academy of Architecture and the Sandberg Instituut (both in Amsterdam), and the Royal Academy of Art (in The Hague).
At NIAS, Hendriks will work on a publication that focusing on five key insights that his project has so far brought to the fore. He will reside at the institute from February to June 2016.
- More information (news release, in Dutch)