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Augmented Nature

in Klokgebouw | Hall 2 by abnormal
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The rate of extinction is about a thousand times what it used to be before humans. One species goes extinct every 5 minutes. Over the past 30 years 75% of all insects went extinct. 95% of all large predatory fish that roamed the seas are now gone. It probably comes as no surprise we are living in the 6th mass extinction. The big difference with the previous five is that this one is induced by humans.  Αugmented Nature is a set of robotic tools that help animals adapt to the mass extinction. The tools enhance the capacities of so called Ecosystem Engineer species to reclaim and change their own habitats.

As part of the VPRO television series De toekomstbouwers, host Wilfried de Jong interviews eight young designers with ideas and solutions for the world of tomorrow. Mick Geerits is one of the Toekomstbouwers with the work Augmented Nature.

Mick Geerits

Mick has recently graduated from his MSc/Ma Innovation Design Engineering at Royal College College of Art and Imperial College London. His work is characterised by the exploration of post-humanism in design through technology. He also co-founded Abnormal Design Ltd. a London-based algorithmic design studio.

Duncan Carter

Duncan has recently graduated from his MSc/Ma Innovation Design Engineering at Royal College College of Art and Imperial College London. His works spans topic such as computational design, cradle to cradle sustainability and sound/acoustical design; artificial animal products and Effective Altruism. He also co-founded Abnormal Design Ltd. a London-based algorithmic design studio.

Arthur Gouillart

Arthur has recently graduated from his MSc/Ma Innovation Design Engineering at Royal College College of Art and Imperial College London. His interests combine emerging arts and technologies, social norms, myths and the fringes of reality. Probing futures with criticality, he aims to reveal how technology and design shift our perspectives.

Eirini Malliaraki

Eirini has recently graduated from his MSc/Ma Innovation Design Engineering at Royal College College of Art and Imperial College London. As a designer and researcher her interests include artificial and natural intelligence, culture, AI ethics, and the future of human and non-human society.

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Augmented Nature is a graduate project by designers and engineers at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

With a combined interest in finding an alternative to human centered design, Eirini Malliaraki, Duncan Carter, Mick Geerits and Arthur Gouillart propose an animal centered design approach. An approach in which success is measured in biodiversity and humans acknowledge that they're part of the animal kingdom.

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