GOGBOT Conference 2019: Your guide to a future with biotech

August 12th 2019

Look around you and try to find the most natural thing in the room you are in now. It is you. But for how long?

Welcome to the wonderful world of bio design; a world full of agricultural crops, in vitro meat and designer babies. An increasingly large group of young artists and designers are exploring this relatively new design discours, in which the sciences and art merge. These artists and designers use their imagination to envision future scenarios and wonder out loud what these technologies will bring us.

The GOGBOT Conference 2019, curated by Next Nature Network, delves into this development and examines what it means to be human in the technological age, by looking at a future with biotechnology. We wonder, is it going to be a dream or a nightmare?

Join us on Saturday 7 September, from 3-7pm, at the Muziekcentrum in Enschede with Dr. Koert van Mensvoort (creative director of Next Nature Network), Peter Joosten (biohacker), Emma van der Leest (researcher biobased art & design), Shahar Livne (material designer), Non Human Nonsense (art collective), Kuang-Yi Ku (dentist, bio-artist), Valerie Daude (social designer), Thieu Custers (design researcher), Quang Bich Tran (designer), Joyce Nabuurs (research assistant VU). The day will be moderated by Ruben Baart (editor-in-chief Next Nature Network).

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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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