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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Join us for VR Birmingham’s April 2021 event with our Host, Taran Singh, Taran3D and guest speakers from Amsterdam, Daniel Fraga and Hester Gersonius from Next Nature, an international network of makers, thinkers, educators and supportors. With members in 44 countries, they are the international network for anyone interested in the debate on our future – in which biology and technology are fusing. Daniel and Hester will talk about their various projects including Dust VR and Next Habitat, highlighting some of the thinking behind their immersive journies.

About the Speakers

Next Nature

In a landscape of traditional nature organizations, we are the only group that approaches the concept of nature in a new manner. Preserving nature is of great importance, but we must also dare to look ahead. Will we grow meat without slaughtering animals? Embrace the robot as a colleague? Earn ECO coins for sustainable actions? Will men have babies one day? We want to go forward – not back – to nature.

Daniel Fraga

Interested in researching ways in which spaces define people, and how the (Post)Architect is challenged to creatively interfere in all dimensions of human existence – even those not traditionally influenced by architecture. Daniel believes that goal is not to design spaces, but to design people through space. This goes beyond Architecture. He thinks we must challenge the solidified notion of architectural program, the tools with which architects create, and their ultimate aims. It is time to creatively propose, in this era of new technologies and new ideas, the next nature way of living in the house and in the city. Ultimately, we will create the next Human nature.

Hester Gersonius

Hester is a community manager from Amsterdam, working across Europe. Having a background in Art History and Communication, she works with innovative organizations that operate on the intersection of art, design and technology.