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Arne Hendriks selected as artist-in-residence

Arne Hendriks is selected as artist-in-residence for the second semester 2015/16, a fellowship set up by NIAS and the KNAW's Society of Arts. Hendriks will work on his project "The Incredible Shrinking Man", in which he explores the implications of downsizing the human species to better fit the earth.

About The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a speculative design research about the consequences of downsizing the human species to 50 centimeters. It has been a long established trend for people to grow taller. As a direct result we need more energy, more food and more space. But what if we decided to turn this trend around? What if we use our knowledge to shrink mankind?

About Arne Hendriks

Arne Hendriks is artist, specialised in speculative research, open-design en education. He (co-)created the Instructables Restaurant (an open-source restaurant), Hacking Ikea, and the Repair Manifesto. His current projects include Fatberg (an island of fat), together with the British designer Mike Thompson. Hendriks teaches at Design Academy Eindhoven, De Academie van Bouwkunst and the Sandberg Instituut (both Amsterdam), and De Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (The Hague).

At NIAS, Hendriks will work on a publication, focusing on five key insights that have come to the fore as a result of his project so far. He will reside at the institute from February to June 2016.

More information (news release, in Dutch)


Photo: Hanneke Wetzer

About the Fellowship

The artist-in-residence fellowship is set up by NIAS and the Society of Arts, and aims to stimulate cross-pollination between the sciences and arts. Hendriks follows in the footsteps of photographer Jan Rosseel.

More information about (applying for) the programme