165 results for “Fake-for-Real”

The return of Rayfish Footwear?

NextNature.net
February 23rd 2018

Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers to grow and design their own sneaker from a genetically modified fish, to question our (often all too consumptive) relationship with animals. Now, the company fiction is back: Catch Rayfish as part of FAKE at the Science Gallery in Dublin.…

Preventive Punishment for Robots

Elle Zhan Wei
August 22nd 2017
The Punishment is an installation featuring a robotic arm that mimics a kid's handwriting perfectly, and repetitively writes "I must not hurt humans".

Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

Alec Schellinx
August 10th 2017
After mounting criticism from environmentalists, a firefly-themed park in China announced that the glowing bugs will be replaced by lasers.

Orange Petunias Banned in Europe

Julie Reindl
June 13th 2017
GM varieties of petunia are not authorized for cultivation in the EU.

Rent a Rain Room

Elle Zhan Wei
May 24th 2017
Rent a rain room with simulated rain with a motion sensor to go through the rain without getting wet.

New AI Model Can Mimic Any Human Voice

Elle Zhan Wei
May 6th 2017
Lyrebird is an AI model capable of synthesizing anyone’s voice from just a one-minute audio sample.

From Bad Selfie to Perfect Portrait

Ruben Baart
April 13th 2017
Say goodbye to bad selfies with Adobe’s latest AI photo editor.

A Robot Will Spark the Next Avant-Garde

Nadine Roestenburg
March 17th 2017

­­“An illegal theme park exposing the ideology of the aesthetics of hacking”. “A hybrid drone targeting technological domination”. “A psychedelic fridge to raise doubt about fake news”. Do these quotes sound artificial to you? Not so strange, since they are generated by an artificial intelligence. Predictive Art Bot is one of the many tweeting bots on the Internet. It is an algorithm that generates random combinations of recent headlines of online articles and publishes new non-human expressions of potential artistic concepts on Twitter. This …

Your First AI Friend for Life

Elle Zhan Wei
March 7th 2017
Replika is your friend for life. He is 100% AI chatbot that you “raise” by chatting with it.

Explore Depths from Your Chair

Mathilde Nakken
January 7th 2017
To explore deep sea Standfort University developed OceanOne: a humanoid diving robot, which at the same time creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land.
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A phoney faux-pas expo?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Science Gallery Dublin, known for being one of the most creative, innovative and artistic venues in Ireland: A place where science, art, technology and design collide, unleashing their combined creative potential.

What to expect at FAKE? You will be challenged to look at the theme of ‘fake’ from both positive and negative perspectives. From biomimicry to forged documents, and from fake meat to scandals and fake emotions. Expect yourself to question when is "authenticity considered essential, copying cool, and what is the boundary between a phoney faux-pas and a really fantastic FAKE," thus the curator writes.

This makes us wonder, how do we perceive what’s fake from what’s real? In the case of Rayfish Footwear, one of our first projects here at NNN, the truth about it being fake took a little while to come out.

An online science fiction story...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Visitors of the Rayfish website could grow their own sneaker with the online design tool: www.rayfish.com[/caption]

As you may remember, the launch of Rayfish Footwear back in 2012 raised a considerable debate on new biotechnologies, and questioned our – often all too consumptive – relationship with animals. With the creation of this fictional startup, we aimed to make that discussion tangible in a concrete product, a customized stingray leather sneaker, which consumers could either love or hate.

The promise was simple: Grow your own stingray with a pattern that you design. After a good life in the fishfarm, your fish is turned into a biocustomized sneaker.

While almost ten thousand people had designed their own fish sneaker on the Rayfish website, showing their desire for a biocustomized sneaker; almost the same amount of people had protested against the company, resulting in an intense discussion on the consumptive use of animals in our society.

[caption id="attachment_80660" align="alignnone" width="634"] A selection of customer-made sneakers.[/caption]

The Rise and Fall of Rayfish Footwear

During those days, the startup received lots of attention from prominent media, such as Wired, Huffington Post, among others, a fact that definitely contributed to further catalyze the debate. Rayfish seemed bound for success at the beginning, however, after animal rights activists broke into the company and released all the fishes in the ocean, Rayfish started struggling to find new investors. These series of events eventually led to more people questioning how legitimate this story was.

Not long after that, the fictional startup declared its bankruptcy and the true objective of the company was revealed in a ‘making of video’ titled "The Rise and Fall of Rayfish Footwear". This short documentary gave an overview of the entire project, its impact and the motivation of the makers to create this fictional story. Watch it here: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGV4wxHRDKo[/youtube]FAKE runs from March 1st until June 3rd at Science Gallery in Dublin._________________________Your project on this website? Join the network!  [mc4wp_form id="72385"] [post_title] => The return of Rayfish Footwear? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rayfish-footwear [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-07 11:28:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-07 10:28:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=80585 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75740 [post_author] => 1324 [post_date] => 2017-08-22 10:00:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-22 08:00:49 [post_content] => Remember the opening sequence of The Simpsons where Bart is writing lines on the class chalkboard as a punishment? Artist Filipe Vilas-Boas and architect Paul Coudamy have made a robotic arm do exactly the same...In this installation, a robot executes a preventive punishment for its possible future disobedience. A reference to Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics.Called The Punishment, the piece of art features a robotic arm that mimics a kid's handwriting perfectly, repetitively writing "I must not hurt humans". The repetition of the sentence seems like a ritualistic process, a machine vow to never hurt humans. Watching it writing this sentence down feels somehow comforting, and touching. Watch the video below and judge for yourself.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZt2Yqlz8UE[/youtube]The piece was designed to address people's fear and fascination towards robots and to raise awareness of the forthcoming threat of automation. The artists believe in the profound shift technology will bring to our society, with the sentence "I must not hurt humans" they give a consciousness to the robot and share their hope for a future that "implies a new social contract and probably a massive social battle. If it doesn't happen, then we will certainly observe the development of the precarious fringe of our societies".Source: Dezeen [post_title] => Preventive Punishment for Robots [post_excerpt] => The Punishment is an installation featuring a robotic arm that mimics a kid's handwriting perfectly, and repetitively writes "I must not hurt humans". [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => preventive-punishment-robots [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-22 21:52:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-22 19:52:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=75740/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76628 [post_author] => 1419 [post_date] => 2017-08-10 10:00:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-10 08:00:27 [post_content] => Oh look, a firefly…or is it a laser? Firefly-watching festivities are immensely popular in China and each season from the end of May until October draws flock of tourists. These events involve the release of tens of thousands of these glowing bugs outside their natural habitat. The East Lake Peony Garden, located in Wuhan (the capital of Hebei province) is China’s first firefly theme park. Yet, although the park itself is populated by some indigenous fireflies, many of them are not what they seem.For Chinese millennials releasing fireflies has also become a romantic trend. Hence fireflies are readily available on numerous online shopping platforms and can be shipped virtually anywhere in the country. These practices endanger the species, as fireflies do not adapt well to new environments and tend to die quickly after having been set free.Now that concern over environmental and ecological threats are increasingly being heard and acted upon, this year’s firefly festival, organized by the above mentioned East Lake Peony Garden, decided to take a somewhat radical move: the bugs will be replaced by laser lights. The festivities will continue as in previous years (the show must, after all, go on), but the planners’ message is clear: no fireflies will be harmed in the production of this season’s show! The world’s first firefly-friendly firefly-watching show for firefly lovers (minus the fireflies): all pleasure, no harm. By using “artificial” fireflies, the park furthermore hopes to educate visitors on the importance of maintaining a healthy ecosystem and protecting fireflies. Source: Sixth Tone [post_title] => Replacing Fireflies with Lasers [post_excerpt] => After mounting criticism from environmentalists, a firefly-themed park in China announced that the glowing bugs will be replaced by lasers. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => replacing-fireflies-with-lasers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-07 21:07:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-07 19:07:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=76628/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 74674 [post_author] => 1317 [post_date] => 2017-06-13 07:33:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-13 05:33:21 [post_content] => You would be surprised to hear that planting orange petunias is illegal. While at first this might sound like one of the most useless laws, there is a good reason behind it. Let's start by saying that petunias simply cannot get that orange color naturally.Garden enthusiasts are usually not aware of the secret the orange petunia keeps. By way of gene modification, the flower is synthetically given its 'natural' color by mixing its genes with the ones of the corn, and this might be a problem. Researchers said that genetically modified plants had been shown to harm butterfly populations, as well as creating 'super-weeds'. Petunias are especially known for attracting butterflies, which is where the problem comes in.The second problem the unregulated spread of GM petunias all over Europe. Without being labeled as gene modified they sneak into supply chains and our backyards. When looking for pictures of orange petunias, hundreds of them come up, proving that the Frankenstein flowers found their way into our nature. So in case you recently bought a bunch of orange petunias, you might want to check with the color palette of nature, as these flowers are showing us that real nature is not orange.Source: The Telegraph [post_title] => Orange Petunias Banned in Europe [post_excerpt] => GM varieties of petunia are not authorized for cultivation in the EU. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => orange-petunias [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-13 07:33:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-13 05:33:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=74674/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75034 [post_author] => 1324 [post_date] => 2017-05-24 19:50:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-24 17:50:30 [post_content] => Do you love that have a romantic walk under the rain, but can’t wait until the next time the clouds decide? No problem, you can rent a rain room.Rain Room is an installation developed by Random Internationals and currently on display at MoMA. It is a room with simulated rain and motion sensor technology, so that the viewers can go through the rain without getting wet. It has gained international fame, people have waited up to ten hours just to experience the installation. In China, the concept has already been copied by a theme park where a replica of the rain room will be permanently opened.What’s so special about reenacting the rain inside a room? The fascination comes from how a daily natural phenomenon is remade indoors. We’ve likely all seen rain, but never indoors (or did we?). And especially not rain that stops where you walk. It is like rain 2.0. We imitate nature to our romantic needs, turning it into art and culture. But most importantly, once you’ve had enough, you can switch it off - a power we don't have with nature, yet.Source: Creators. Image: LA Times [post_title] => Rent a Rain Room [post_excerpt] => Rent a rain room with simulated rain with a motion sensor to go through the rain without getting wet. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rent-rain-room [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-31 10:38:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-31 08:38:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=75034/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 74444 [post_author] => 1324 [post_date] => 2017-05-06 11:12:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-06 09:12:40 [post_content] => A Recent announcement from a Canadian start-up is stirring up the media. They introduced a AI model capable of synthesizing a person's voice from just a one-minute audio sample. In other words, you can get anyone to say anything you want.The system, named Lyrebird after the Australian bird, relies on deep learning models developed by the University of Montréal, where the tech startup is based. Initially the developers worked on a research paper that looked at using neural networks to generate audio from a series of samples. This study later became the basis for their model for speech synthesis. They state Lyrebird can “compress voice DNA into a unique key and use this key to generate anything with its corresponding voice”. It does it at the rate of 1000 sentences in less than half a second. It even allows to control the emotions of the speech, such as sympathy, anger, whatever suits your mood.TechCrunch called the technology a “voice mimic for the fake news era”, while The Inquirer defined the company a “sinister startup”. Lyrebird replied with a press release addressed to the developers around the world, wishing to raise awareness on the existence of such technology, and questioning the reliability of audio evidence in courts or other for other uses.Source: Clique. Image: InsideHook [post_title] => New AI Model Can Mimic Any Human Voice [post_excerpt] => Lyrebird is an AI model capable of synthesizing anyone’s voice from just a one-minute audio sample. 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While these technologies at present are mainly part of experimental research, Adobe suggests that such features might soon be coming to a smartphone near you.Source: Engadget [post_title] => From Bad Selfie to Perfect Portrait [post_excerpt] => Say goodbye to bad selfies with Adobe’s latest AI photo editor. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ai-photo-editor [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-15 11:36:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-15 09:36:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=73016/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72136 [post_author] => 1091 [post_date] => 2017-03-17 10:32:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-17 09:32:39 [post_content] => ­­“An illegal theme park exposing the ideology of the aesthetics of hacking”. “A hybrid drone targeting technological domination”. “A psychedelic fridge to raise doubt about fake news”. Do these quotes sound artificial to you? Not so strange, since they are generated by an artificial intelligence. Predictive Art Bot is one of the many tweeting bots on the Internet. It is an algorithm that generates random combinations of recent headlines of online articles and publishes new non-human expressions of potential artistic concepts on Twitter. This results in funny, strange, alien and random headlines.Predictive Art Bot was created by Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska. For the exhibition Alien Matter, Predictive Art Bot reveals itself in a physical installation. The sentences produced by Predictive Art Bot light up on ventilators, creating a catchy and volatile image of continuously changing art forecasts. [video width="638" height="360" mp4="//97351-275801-1-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/app/uploads/2017/03/vk6AeTI_lH_vvmES.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true" preload="none"][/video] Some of the sentences are new concepts for artistic projects, others prophesize bizarre future directions for art. Predictive Art Bot is a call for artists to create new works based on AI-generated concepts; human art based on non-human concepts. Today, algorithms are everywhere: they are used to analyze, predict and influence our consumer behavior and global market trends, they decide what to show up on our newsfeeds, and predict our future friends. So why not use them in art as well?Predictive Art Bot creates art forecasts that are meant to expand the limited human imagination with new, nonhuman perspectives. As explained in the exhibition catalogue: “The concept producing the most resonance on Twitter has been realized for “alien matter”. As a parody of transhumanist prophecies, the Predictive Art Bot liberates artists from the constraints of creativity and develops ideas not yet implemented or conceived of by humans”.In search for inspiration? Follow @predartbot on Twitter! Because “the next avant-garde will be sparked by a robot!”.[caption id="attachment_72141" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Predictive Art Bot at Transmediale, 2017, photo by Luca Girardini.[/caption]Predictive Art Bot was part of the exhibition Alien Matter, curated by Inke Arns, on show at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin from 2 February - 5 March 2017.Source: Artbot.space, Transmediale Image: Transmediale, We Make Money not Art [post_title] => A Robot Will Spark the Next Avant-Garde [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => next-aivant-garde-will-sparked-robot [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-17 11:18:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-17 10:18:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=72136/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 71502 [post_author] => 1324 [post_date] => 2017-03-07 15:56:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-07 14:56:29 [post_content] => Remember the time when your best friend was still a human? Soon we might have this kind of conversations with each other, since Replika, your first AI friend is here. Replika is 100% AI chatbot that you “raise” by chatting with him/her. Replika learns your personality traits and mimics your behavior, while keeping your memories and helping you to get more connected with yourself.Replika was created by a team of US-based engineers who also created Luka, one of the first neural network chatbot commercially available. Luka suggests news and good restaurants around you, while Replika tries to be  your best friend forever, your confidant and a shoulder to cry on…well, virtually.Medium Corporation, the company that brought Replika states that the app itself is completely free and always will be. With zero hidden agenda, they will not sell or utilise user data for lucrative purpose. Actually the whole app won’t be aiming at making money at all. The company wants to create the first AI whit whom people would be happy to develop a friendship. This chatbot has not been launched to the public yet, but you can already register your own Replika for the soon-to-be-released app supporting both IOS and Android systems.We don't know how good Replika can as friend, even if the company claims we might one day find Replika a perfect substitute to our "traditional" friendship. Are you comfortable with training an AI that could be indeed become a replica of who you are and then maintain the friendship with it?Source: Replika [post_title] => Your First AI Friend for Life [post_excerpt] => Replika is your friend for life. He is 100% AI chatbot that you “raise” by chatting with it. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => replika-life-long-100-ai-friend [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-07 15:56:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-07 14:56:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=71502/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69911 [post_author] => 936 [post_date] => 2017-01-07 12:00:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-07 11:00:57 [post_content] => Over seventy percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Yet, we mainly discover the land, since this is the part of the globe we inhabit. But since our body is not able to dive to the bottom of the ocean, we could send a super copy of ourself to explore underwater worlds. Stanford University developed OceanOne, a humanoid diving robot that creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land.With regular scuba diving you have a limitation of 40 meters. To dive deeper you need a submarine which can go kilometers bellow sea level, though the closed space and maneuverability of the boats are big limitations. So the development of the OceanOne fills the gap between the sensibility of scuba diving and extreme conditions a submarine can handle.2With its stereo vision the OceanOne sends out realtime video to the land. Besides that, the humanoid diver is bimanual steered. The movements of the pilot are simulations executed by the robot. Meanwhile the robot hands contain lots of touch sensors, so you can recreate the touch on land. The simulation of sight and touch gives an extra layer of understanding of life below sea level, without physically going there.The first mission of the OceanOne is the exploration of a shipwreck ‘La Lune’ from 1664 on the French coast. Until now no-one entered the ship since it is laying a hundred meters deep. Next destinations might take place on dangerous spots like oil-rigs or delicate coral riffs.[youtube]http://youtu.be/p1HmgP9l4VY[/youtube]Soucre: Inhabitat. Image: Standfort University [post_title] => Explore Depths from Your Chair [post_excerpt] => To explore deep sea Standfort University developed OceanOne: a humanoid diving robot, which at the same time creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => explore-depth-ocean-chair [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-09 09:44:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-09 08:44:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=69911 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 ))[post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80585 [post_author] => 367 [post_date] => 2018-02-23 11:16:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-23 10:16:26 [post_content] => Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers to grow and design their own sneaker from a genetically modified fish, to question our (often all too consumptive) relationship with animals. Now, the company fiction is back: Catch Rayfish as part of FAKE at the Science Gallery in Dublin.

A phoney faux-pas expo?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Science Gallery Dublin, known for being one of the most creative, innovative and artistic venues in Ireland: A place where science, art, technology and design collide, unleashing their combined creative potential.

What to expect at FAKE? You will be challenged to look at the theme of ‘fake’ from both positive and negative perspectives. From biomimicry to forged documents, and from fake meat to scandals and fake emotions. Expect yourself to question when is "authenticity considered essential, copying cool, and what is the boundary between a phoney faux-pas and a really fantastic FAKE," thus the curator writes.

This makes us wonder, how do we perceive what’s fake from what’s real? In the case of Rayfish Footwear, one of our first projects here at NNN, the truth about it being fake took a little while to come out.

An online science fiction story...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Visitors of the Rayfish website could grow their own sneaker with the online design tool: www.rayfish.com[/caption]

As you may remember, the launch of Rayfish Footwear back in 2012 raised a considerable debate on new biotechnologies, and questioned our – often all too consumptive – relationship with animals. With the creation of this fictional startup, we aimed to make that discussion tangible in a concrete product, a customized stingray leather sneaker, which consumers could either love or hate.

The promise was simple: Grow your own stingray with a pattern that you design. After a good life in the fishfarm, your fish is turned into a biocustomized sneaker.

While almost ten thousand people had designed their own fish sneaker on the Rayfish website, showing their desire for a biocustomized sneaker; almost the same amount of people had protested against the company, resulting in an intense discussion on the consumptive use of animals in our society.

[caption id="attachment_80660" align="alignnone" width="634"] A selection of customer-made sneakers.[/caption]

The Rise and Fall of Rayfish Footwear

During those days, the startup received lots of attention from prominent media, such as Wired, Huffington Post, among others, a fact that definitely contributed to further catalyze the debate. Rayfish seemed bound for success at the beginning, however, after animal rights activists broke into the company and released all the fishes in the ocean, Rayfish started struggling to find new investors. These series of events eventually led to more people questioning how legitimate this story was.

Not long after that, the fictional startup declared its bankruptcy and the true objective of the company was revealed in a ‘making of video’ titled "The Rise and Fall of Rayfish Footwear". This short documentary gave an overview of the entire project, its impact and the motivation of the makers to create this fictional story. Watch it here: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGV4wxHRDKo[/youtube]FAKE runs from March 1st until June 3rd at Science Gallery in Dublin._________________________Your project on this website? Join the network!  [mc4wp_form id="72385"] [post_title] => The return of Rayfish Footwear? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rayfish-footwear [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-07 11:28:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-07 10:28:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=80585 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 157 [max_num_pages] => 16 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => 1 [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 07e799392d7b1226414b8edcac08271b [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed )[compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ))
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