How do you hope your work makes impact?
An important premise of my projects is that I want new knowledge to be developed. This is also one of the reasons why I work so intensively with scientists, so that the insights gained can really land in their practices. For example, now that we are exhibiting with Intimate Implant, scientists from the UMC Utrecht are starting their research into the reactions and impact of the work, and are writing a report about it which in turn will be shared within our funding partner INKplant, a consortium developing regenerative implants. But also insights that already emerged during the process, for example my focus on the emotional relationship between human and implant – a perspective that still receives little attention in science – are shared and discussed among themselves. In this way, I hope that my work really contributes to new knowledge and inspiration for scientists, and that scientists see the value of collaborating with designers.
In addition, I hope to make visitors aware of the possible implications of emerging technologies in an accessible way. Sometimes technology can be so complex and abstract that it is difficult for many people to grasp what the impact might be. I hope my work helps with that. Then, the next time it’s about genetic modification, artificial intelligence or implants at a birthday, that someone can have a substantive conversation and take a stand.
What is a dream project you would like to realise in the future and why?
I would like to design something on a really large scale someday. I read in Walt Disney’s biography that he wanted to design an entire city from scratch, which he called the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Pretty crazy, but also inspiring. I don’t really have a dream project I think. I mostly dream of building a place where artists, designers and scientists can collaborate with each other on innovative projects that have social impact. I would like to facilitate such a place. I don’t always have to be the executive designer myself.