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Koert van Mensvoort

"Nature changes along with us."

(Photo: © 2022 Henri Verhoef)

multimedia artist, philosopher, and founder of Next Nature

Dr. Koert van Mensvoort is a multimedia artist, philosopher and founder of Next Nature. His aim with Next Nature is 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.

As creative director of Next Nature, he collaborates with the team at the intersection of art, science and technology. He reaches and inspires a large and broad audience, stimulates debate and connects disciplines that (can) contribute to the balance between nature and technology.

Van Mensvoort started his career in the late 1980s making video games for the first generation of whiz kids. In the nineties, he moved on and studied computer science, philosophy and art. He received a MSc in computer sciences from Eindhoven University of Technology (1997) a MFA from the Sandberg Institute, Masters of Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2000) and a PhD in industrial design from Eindhoven University of Technology (2009).

Planetart
Josephine Bosma
"Koert van Mensvoort is a passionate and knowledgeable speaker about our relationship with nature in the Anthropocene era. We are fans of his work which swings back and forth between science, artistic research, and design. Koert van Mensvoort is one of those who bridge the gap between science and mainstream discourse and help further develop and improve critical design and technology.”
Neways
Eric Stodel
"Koert made us think well and brought up many topics that we could use further in the program."
Fontys
Wim van Dooren
"Koert's lecture was very popular among the visitors. We particularly like the subject and Koert tells the story so clearly that different groups within Fontys, creatives on the one hand and software engineers on the other, are both triggered in a positive way."
Munttheater
"With a big smile I think back to Koert's lectures. Beautiful seeds have been planted for the kids (and also for the adults) beautifully presented by Koert. There is also a lot of positive feedback from the teachers about the content and presentation; a unique combination of technology and creativity. I was told by two visitors that Koert is at the top of our list in terms of best speaker."

Koert van Mensvoort

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Topics

Next Nature

How technology becomes nature.

Future Food

In particular the potency of in-vitro meat.

Future Work

Finding work at the job agency of the future.

Future Planet

Virtual money, balancing the ecology and economy.

Future Material

Nanotechnology, bio-design and the merging of the born and the made.

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