Dennett infographics

Daniel Dennett has won the 2012 Erasmus price and because of this a Dennett week was organized in Amsterdam.

Bas Haring and I made 9 infographics about some of Dennett’s ideas, for a exhibition in the Public Library of Amsterdam (OBA). Suzanne Hertogs (Ontwerphaven) designed the posters.

This was a very cool project. Dennett liked the posters and we got to talk to Princess Máxima and Queen Beatrix after the ceremony of the Erasmus price!

 

 

Click below to see more pictures and all the posters.

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Floating

(From the website of the Media Technology MSc Program)

Floating (2012)

Floating is the title of a project by Berber de Vries, Robin de Lange and Atze de Vries. It was undertaken as part of the Media Technology semester project, in which groups of students must develop an experiential product from a single theme, in this case floating.

Illusion of freedom

From their studies around the theme of floating, the group observed that for humans actual floating (or weightlessness) can only be achieved under very strict and restricting circumstances: inside a closed parabolic flying aircraft, aboard a confined space station. In a way this contradicts the notion of freedom that we strongly attach to floating. Moreover, true floating restricts oneself from propulsion and thus chasing desires, hence also contradicting the notion of freedom. From this the statement made was thatfloating is an illusion of freedom.

From this statement, an installation was developed comprising a large helium balloon that carries a mouse inside a small cage. Through a clever system, the whole installation retains zero-buoyancy in air, and thereby floats.

Exhibitions

The Floating installation was part of the 2012 Media Technology exhibition, jointly organized with the V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, and was also show at Museum Naturalis in March 2012.

 

Solar powered future fish || Lustrum event Leiden University

In 2010 I was in the Lustrum Committee of the Faculty of Science, in which we organized a scientific communicational event in Leiden. Below is the article and the video that were posted on the University website. (link)

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Students of the Faculty of Science organised an event on June 12 in the course of the Contest “Science and the Outside World”. Leiden scientists and students are working on a green fish, as a plant it gets it’s energy from the sun.

Huub de Groot, Professor of Chemistry, was the project leader behind the most remarkable and controversial presentation. His team is building a “new animal” by manipulating the DNA. His students build cyanobacteria or chloroplasts of plants genetically in zebrafish, hence they need much less food. The fishes are green and probably taste linke plants. Because of the Dutch legislation on testing on animals, the solarfish now only exists in embryonic form. An ethics committee must first authorize the “construction” of an adult animal. The ethicists weigh the inconvenience to the animal against the scientific usefulness.

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