We are excited to announce the first two Border Labs hosted by our partners MARS-ONE and Next Nature Network. Our new year-round platform for co-creation will kick off in style the 28th of June with more than six temporary labs spread across the city including the already running AstroPlant challenge in collaboration with the European Space Agency.

To attend one of the Border Labs, a ticket for the festival is required

The Artificial Womb hosted by Next Nature Network

Birth control technologies such as oral contraceptives (‘the pill’) have disconnected sexual intercourse from biological reproduction and in doing so, triggered a sexual revolution. Still early in the 21st century, we now face the disconnection between biological reproduction and the female body facilitated by ectogenesis , the artificial womb. How will this emerging technology affect our culture and how should it be designed?

On July 25th 2018 Louise Brown will celebrate her 40th birthday. In 1978, she was the first human born after conception by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Although only a few decades old, this assisted reproductive technology has put over 5 million humans on earth and has become widely accepted as an extension to reproduction methods deemed ‘natural’.

Ectogenesis is also an assisted reproductive technology but, unlike IVF, still resides in the laboratory and at this point it is unclear if it will ever make it into the ‘real’ world. Beyond the many technical questions, there is an urgent question of desirability; do we want this in our lives? Next Nature Network researches the merging of the born and the made by exploring both dream and nightmare around ectogenesis and the artificial womb.

Living and Working off Earth hosted by MARS-ONE

With the recent developments in spaceflight the rise of the number of people working and living in space will become exponential in the coming decades. How will those people live and what kind of work will they do? One of key elements is how people will use the resources of the solar system to create small settlements early on and later with larger communities. Hollowed asteroids, planetary and moon surfaces, large space stations, they will all become feasible with the large scale development of space.

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