The Third Floor


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.


Posthumanism: nowadays we get to decide for ourselves who we will become

In an age where our lives are inextricably tied up with new techniques and technologies, it’s important to pause from time to time to reflect on how these things are influencing both us and our society.


Avatars, your wardrobe of wearable identities

Heera Shin researched the development of metaverses and avatars and asked herself: how do we care for this growing number of avatars, our digital identities?


World of Possibilities

The world of digital fashion is growing explosively. Where are we right now? And which up-and-coming designers are worth watching?


A complete guide of metaverse terms you need to know

As not to get left behind as digitalisation rapidly develops, FashionUnited has compiled a selection of terms and words that are imperative to understanding this vast new realm.


From the exhibition: a short history

The short history of digital fashion.


Zó Post­human (3): Monstrous humans and human monsters

Afgerukte ledematen, ontbindende lijken en afstotelijke monsters. Net als in het posthumanisme staat in gothic het lichaam centraal. Toevallig? Volgens curator Tomas van den Heuvel niet.


So Posthuman (2): Capsules: the ‘bubbles’ of the Sixties

In what is also known as ‘the Inflatable Era’, inflatable architecture was manufactured as a prerequisite for a new, nomadic way of life. Space travel served as the inspiration for these capsules. However, are these high-tech hide-outs post-human or not?


So Posthuman (1): Open your eyes

Posthuman; once your eyes are opened to it you see it everywhere. But what is it? In this recurring series, curator Fredric Baas explains. In the first column, Baas focuses on the chang­ing human body, something Austrian designers were already investigating in the 1960s.


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

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.


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.


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.

1 June 2020 — 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Unconditional love for artificial intelligence

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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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


Our Computers, Our Selves

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


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?