Gekleurde technologie: slechte buurt of slechte data?

Technologie is niet neutraal. Het is een reflectie van cultuur en politieke overtuiging. Ook technologie draagt vooroordelen, ongelijkheden en racisme met zich mee. In dit interview met Gerwin van Schie, onderzoeker aan de Universiteit Utrecht, houden we de Leefbaarometer en het Criminaliteits Anticipatie Systeem tegen het licht. Hoe objectief zijn deze datatoepassingen eigenlijk? 



Virtual selfie filters have become a widespread phenomenon on social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. In my master's thesis, I have explored how these filters transform the practice of selfie creation. Through comparative computational image analysis, I researched the difference in gender display between normal selfies and filtered selfies on Instagram. 

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 interview: The path towards   solar democracy with Marjan   van Aubel  

Solar cells are often considered an eyesore, used for their sustainability yet not for their beauty. Installed on roofs or in solar parks, they take up precious space. Well that’s about it to change if it’s up to solar designer Marjan van Aubel. With her innovative take on this intriguing technology, her goal is to turn solar cells into real objects of desire.


 interview: In conversation   with studio drift 

A flock of drones that fly like birds, drifting blocks of concrete, a choreography of opening and closing flowers. The work of Studio Drift is challenging the distinction between the wonders of nature and the creations of man. Their work goes beyond replicating nature; it questions the very essence of it.  


 How animal filters unmask 

 the estranged relation to 

 our wild self 

Would you like a dog snout, cat eyes or fluffy bunny ears? The choice is yours. Virtual selfie filters have become a widespread phenomenon on social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. But what kind of self do these animal filters show us?


 interview: lessons in bio   design with emma van der   leest 

As a young bio designer at the start of your career, you'll have to overtake all kinds of obstacles. From the collection of living materials to working in a laboratory and collaborating with scientists; bio design is a newly emerging field in which you have to pave your own paths.

Meet biodesigner Emma van der Leest. Characterized by a DIY mentality, her multidisciplinary practice combines craft, scientific research and new bio-based production techniques.


 Bio textiles: Meet six 

 designers changing the 

 future of fashion 

We live in a world of fast or disposable fashion. This industry is increasingly impacting the environment due to the use of toxic chemicals, water and energy consumption, heavy transportation and do not get me started on textile waste. Put mildly, the current fashion industry isn’t very efficient. It’s time we start to do things differently. We wonder, how can we (re)introduce biology to design a less harmful future of fashion?


 interview: Maurizio Montalti   on nature’s cycle of life 

As modern humans, we are out of balance with our natural environment. With use of technology, we try to prolong our human lifespan and create materials that live longer than we do. And instead of embracing our nature, we are resisting the very essence of our being: the impermanence of life. This realization fuels the work of interdisciplinary designer Maurizio Montalti. Working with living materials such as fungi and bacteria, he explores ways to renew the balance.