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Koert van Mensvoort

Dr. Koert van Mensvoort (1974) is an artist, technologist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that our technological environment has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own. It is his aim 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.

Among his works are the NANO Supermarket (a traveling exhibition disguised as a supermarket that that presents speculative future technologies) the Datafountain (an internet enabled water fountain connected to money currency rates), the book ‘Next Nature: Nature changes along with us’, the documentary ‘Daddy! The Woods smell of Shampoo’, the Fake for Real memory game (on the tensed relation between reality and simulation), the Rayfish Footwear project (about a fictional company that creates bio-customized sneakers from genetically engineered stingray leather) and the In Vitro Meat Cookbook (exploring the potential impact of lab grown meat on our food culture). Van Mensvoort directs the Next Nature Network in Amsterdam.

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Hello meat lovers, hello vegetarians. We need to talk about the future of meat. With the world’s population expected to reach nine billion people by 2050, it’s becoming impossible to produce and consume meat like we do today. Climate change, energy use, animal diseases and global food shortages are just some of the problems facing us, not to mention the issue of animal welfare on factory farms. Some researchers expect that in vitro meat, grown from stem cells in a bioreactor, could provide a sustainable and animalfriendly alternative to conventional meat. In 2013 the world’s first lab grown burger was cooked. Nevertheless, many people still find it an unattractive idea to eat meat from a lab. And rightly so.

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook aims to move beyond in-vitro meat as an inferior fake-meat replacement or horseless carriage, to explore its creative prospects and visualize what in-vitro meat products might be on our plate one day.

Koert van Mensvoort will be interviewed by Nadine Bongaerts.