Life Giving / Death Bringing
Artist Zoë Buckman contemplates the dichotomy of the placenta
Giving birth is often seen as a beautiful, life-affirming thing. I imagine many mothers would agree, but they’d also talk about the violent side of the act. The blood and pain, the damage to the body...
Alexander Wengshoel raises questions about how we see our body and art
Suppose you’re someone who’s been struggling with a painful deformity your entire life. When you’re finally freed from those chains, how would you celebrate? The adventurous among us try to keep...
Neo Futurist Dinner 8 Mediamatic Biotoop
Eating Humans1May 20194May 2019
For the development of this 5-course Neo Futurist Dinner we invited artists Gwen van der Zwan, Krisztina Czika and chef Bryce Steba to collaborate around the theme of eating humans. This project was...
Odorama: Milk - Scent of a Woman4Apr 2019
This edition we will be submerged in the most intimate and influential fluid among mammals, we look at the curious historical concept of the womb as an olfactory organ with Lizzie Marx , we tackle...
dribble, slobber, sputum, drool...
A weapon, a balm and a data bank, when used respectfully saliva brings us passion and healing.
Wim Delvoye's Cloaca
Massive structures made out of steel glass and rubber mechanically digesting cafeteria leftovers acting as automated guts.
Space Seeds and Milk
Milky Way by Maija Tammi
What do you see when you picture outer space? Endless emptiness, dark and frozen, as far as the eye can see, but scary-exciting because you know there is infinitely more of it beyond your field of...
Eating the Future
Exploring food beyond the plate
Food-4-Evah explores how the human body might adapt to a world of post-processed meals. Could you get used to food from the future? In exploring this question, photographer/teacher Ursula van de...
Secretopia Research Intern
Building on my visual arts/programming background, I started shifting towards art+science and applied design. I am mostly interested in exploring the relationship between human and non-human people...
Wash Your Guilt Away
SELF Human Soap, Schuldfabriek by Julian Hetzel
Schuldfabriek is a performative installation that takes place as a luxury cosmetic store. Their best-selling product? Guilt.
Not Just Blood
Take This, For It Is My Body, Unsettling Suite, by Sarah Jane Norman
For Australian-Aboriginal artist Sarah Jane Norman, blood has been used to represent the Aboriginals’ dark colonial history. ‘Take This, For It Is My Body’ is an interactive performance piece where 6...
'This mug is made from recycled materials'
The Set Of Matter Varies and This is not a "VÄRDERA" by Krisztina Czika
Krisztina Czika is a Hungarian designer who has been exploring the capabilities of human hair. Currently, she’s exploring the recycling of cosmetic wax and hair through her installation ‘ The Set of...
What makes the essence of a city?
Diffusion: Essence de Rabot by Yeb Wiersma and Lotte Geeven
Diffusion: Essence de Rabot is a project by Dutch multidisciplinary artists Yeb Wiersma and Lotte Geeven . It is about capturing the scent of a certain day, of emotions, and of a city through the...
Capturing human scent through enfleurage
In reference to Patrick Süskind’s Das Parfum
Patrick S ü skind’s Das Parfum (or Perfume: Story of a Murderer) is considered our cult classic. It tells us a story of a man with a superhuman sense of smell who we know as Jean-Baptise Grenouille.
When can we start to objectify our hair?
Human Hair Transformation by Zsofia Kollar
Zsofia Kollar is a designer who uses hair as the primary medium. The human hair has many capabilities due to their nutrients. For this collection, Zsofia experiments with the hair as an absorbent...
DNA by Marc Quinn
When the National Portrait Gallery commissioned British contemporary artist Marc Quinn to create a portrait of Sir John Sulston, a Nobel Laureate for sequencing the human genome, Quinn gave them a...
Cuban Blood Sausages
Blood Sausage Performance by ENEMA Art Collective
Although we live in a world filled with different cultures, cuisines, and languages, there is one dish that is shared among cultures and one that has lasted through different traditions. That dish is...
Peck As You Go by Raphael Kim
With the world becoming more globalized with the help of the internet, businesses and payments become more intangible and digital. Such as so, payment systems are pressured to keep up with the rapid...
The Dirt We Carry
Self Portrait by Amanda Cotton
For three months, Amanda Cotton documented her life using her face wipes for her ‘Self Portrait’ . These face wipes not only show the removed makeup, but also the dirt and oil that is inevitably...
Save Your Pearly White Teeth
Human Ivory by Lucie Majerus
Ivory as a material from animal tusks might still be a luxury material. But it’s controversial aspect makes it distasteful and old fashion. Instead of valorising ivory tusks as a prized possession
Could In-Vitro Leather be the new Pleather?
Pure Human by Tina Gorjanc
Tina Gorjanc proposes a whole fashion collection using biotechnical engineering. Similar to in-vitro meat, she would produce leather for her collection from a DNA hair sample from Alexander McQueen...
Modern Day Vampires
Consumption of blood whether it is human blood or animal blood in our modern culture has been associated to vampirism. In the past decade, our pop culture was fascinated by the fantastical stories of...
The Ethical Way of Eating Blood
Blood Sausages by Gwen van der Zwan and John O'Shea
When tackling the ethics of food production and consumption, the notions of blood as food has always been a somewhat bloody and grim topic. Blood can be considered as the same level as meat, in a way...
How to Cook with Semen
Semenology and The Natural Harvest Cookbooks by Paul Photenhauer
At what point does the taboo of consuming human secretions start and end? Taboos such as these perhaps become normalized as sexual fetishes. From there on we would think ‘ah right, just one of those...