The Third Floor

Post Human

Welcome to the Third Floor, where we take the themes explored in our exhibitions to a new level. Do you wear glasses? Do you have contact lenses or a pacemaker? Do you use DigiD? If so, you’re already part-cyborg and have taken your first steps in the ‘posthuman’ era. Discover how designers, artists and scientists are thinking about the future of the human body.

Designer

Spotlight: Facial Weaponization Suite by Zach Blas

The ‘Facial Weaponization Suite’ by the American activist and artist Zach Blas is a protest against biometric facial recognition in security cameras. He circumvents this technology, while at the same time exposing the inequalities perpetuated by surveillance of this kind.

Biometric Mirror van Lucy McRae in Design Museum Den Bosch
Article

What is it like to be posthuman? (part 1)

Fredric Baas, curator of BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future, spent two years researching the ‘posthuman’ theme. He shares the fruits of that research in this series of articles.

Video

Hugged by a machine

Could a machine ever satisfy our need for a hug? The designer Bart Hess talks in this video about Lucy McRae’s work Future Day Spa.

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BodyDrift part 1: Better Bodies

The works shown in the part ‘Better Bodies’ of the exhibition share a fundamental belief in the human body. The body is extended, embellished, defended or armed, ready to face the future.

Book

Our seven favourite posthuman novels

These seven novels, which touch on the themes raised by the exhibition BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future, were chosen as favourites by our museum staff.

Designer

Spotlight: Neri Oxman’s Vespers

The exhibition BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future includes two death masks by Neri Oxman. Part of her Vespers series, they refer to a centuries-old tradition of death masks, but are 3D-printed and based on specially developed algorithms inspired by structures from nature.

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BodyDrift part 2: The Biometric Body

The body is becoming increasingly analysed and digitized, with and without our knowledge, steadily blurring the boundary between the private and public sphere. Explore ‘The Biometric Body’ in the exhibition BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future.

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BodyDrift part 3: Beyond the Body

The works in the part ‘Beyond The Body’ of the exhibition BodyDrift have left the human body behind. They show how manipulable we have become both physically and mentally, and ask us to consider how much ‘self’ we still retain.

Still on display until — 4 October 2020

Bodydrift – Anatomies of the Future

What does the future of the human body look like? In this exhibition, artists and designers explore the moral and technological boundaries of the body.

Podcast

Unconditional love for artificial intelligence

From Invisibilia – our favourite podcast. What happens when you give artificial intelligence your unconditional love?

Podcast

Pour out your heart to a chat robot

How a simple chat robot from the 1960s turned out to meet a deep-seated human need.

Video

Couturier without clothes

Research assistant Moyra Besjes talks here about The Fabricant – a digital couturier whose collections have never seen a needle, thread or fabric. The materials used to make these designs are algorithms.

Podcast

My phone is my psychologist

Paul suffers from anxiety attacks. But rather than going to a psychologist, he decided to write a computer program to solve his problem.

Video

Lockdown sex and VR porn

Sales of sex toys rose 94% during the Covid crisis and the development of Virtual Reality porn has also shifted up a gear. What role might virtual and digital sex play in a physical world?

Podcast

Is immortality the ultimate goal?

Why are people so obsessed with the idea of immortality? Meet the transhumanists who are convinced that a cure for ageing is within reach and that within a few decades, we’ll no longer face death

Podcast

Our Computers, Our Selves

Interviews with cyborgs, cyberbullies, neuroscientists and a police chief, who reflect on whether computers are changing us as human beings.

Podcast

Love, sex and robots

Podcast on the steadily shrinking divide between human and machine. What is the potential for a deep, intense relationship with artificial lovers?