Dr. Koert van Mensvoort is an artist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that technology 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.
Van Mensvoort started his career in the late eighties with the creation of videogames – belonging to the first generation of whizz-kids who are now no longer 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).
He uses all media to materialize his philosophy. Among his works are the NANO Supermarket (a traveling exhibition disguised as a supermarket 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) and the Rayfish Footwear project (about a fictional company that creates bio-customized sneakers from genetically engineered stingray leather).
Van Mensvoort is director of the Next Nature Network; an Amsterdam based think and design tank on the changing relation between people, nature and technology (2010-). Furthermore he is part time connected to the Eindhoven University of Technology (2003-). Earlier as a teacher at the Sandberg Institute (2002-2006) and as a Visionary in Residence at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (2008).