Join the Artificial Womb Workshop
June 13th 2017

NNN is currently researching the concept, societal impact and challenges of the artificial womb. The goal of this project is to develop thought-provoking scenarios that facilitate a much-needed discussion on the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love in the 21st century. Want to know more? Join the Artificial Womb workshop at Border Sessions, on June 28 in The Hague, to build new narratives around assisted reproductive technologies, explore new cultures and craft your own piece of design fiction.

The creative process will be guided by the Pyramid of Technology, our latest design tool and method to visualize how technology becomes nature in seven steps. Think about it, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, has put over 5 million humans on earth and has become widely accepted as an extension to reproduction methods deemed ‘natural'.

Ectogenesis is also an assisted reproductive technology but, unlike IVF, still resides in the laboratory and at this point it is unclear if it will ever make it in the ‘real’ world. Beyond the many technical questions, there is an urgent question of desirability: do we want this in our lives? During this full-day workshop at Border Sessions, we will explore both dreams and nightmares of this emerging technology. Participants will work in small groups to produce narratives around the artificial womb and present them in a multimedial way, using objects and images placed on the Pyramid of Technology. What's not to love? Sign up here to participate to the workshop.

Border Sessions will take place on June 28 in the Hague, the Netherlands. The workshop will have a full program from 10.00 - 17.00 with a central closing event at 17.30 for all participants. To join the workshop, a ticket for the festival is required. Not able to join but do want to contribute? We highly value your feedback or input, contributions can be sent to

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Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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