Multi-Sensory Artist & Futures Designer

Lisanne Buik is a multi-sensory artist, body futurist, speculative designer, consultant and above all a human guinea pig. Her field of expertise is in the realm of futures design: she invents a kind of science-fiction that inscribes the imaginary into the real.

She is interested in how technology, both mystical and mechanical, offers us other ways of perceiving and understanding the world. Imagining new ways of seeing, being, and moving, including all senses and connecting all audiences, is a central mission of her work; from exploring new narrative pathways in AR through the lens of the Tarot, to sharing stories through 3D printed chocolate.

While walking this path her goal has always been to invent new operating systems for the mind and body that add ease and grace to people's lives. With the same mission, her studio ForesenseLab designs speculative fictions, future business models and immersive stories to open the doors of perception and help organizations and individuals navigate the algorithmic age with grace.

She was born in 1988 in Delft the Netherlands as the only child of two prolific cyclists and globetrotters, and currently lives in Amsterdam. She studied International Business Ethics at RSM, Erasmus University, NL (Bsc., 2009, MSc., 2011, cum laude) Chinese Language & Philosophy at Chinese University, HK (BSc. courses, 2007), Soma-Cognitive Therapy (Certification, 2017) and a whole range of courses in the field of machine learning, coding, Tibetan energy work, art, breathwork, sound-design, visual arts, and dance.

Photo by Elisabeth Lanz

Selected Projects

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  • 2019: creative director 'Next Senses', a project of Lisanne Buik & Next Nature Network. Through an audiovisual installation she explores a new wave of intimate tech that expands our senses and connects us to each other and nature in profound and unexpected ways.
  • 2018: generated a series of visions for the future of Death that were experientialized during a multi-sensory food experience in Amsterdam with The Morning.
  • 2018: collaborated on an experience toolkit to facilitate the global out-roll of Corona x Parley’s 100 islands cleaned campaign, spreading it on numerous social and public platforms for wider engagement.
  • 2018: collaborated on a new vision and brand for Edge Technologies by OVG Real-Estate, that transformed their interaction design-vision to pursuing bee-hive dynamics. 
  • 2018: written an essay for AR/VR Journey Magazine on how tools from multi-sensory design-thinking can enable A New Common Sense for VR & AR user-interface design.
  • 2017: founded Silence Speaks, a digital detox movement fostering the power of silence in a noisy world through retreats and a newsletter.
  • 2017: helped The Next Web Conference revamp its story architecture to 'reconnecting purpose to progress in technology', engaging all speakers in interviews to imagine design-principles that lead to greater humanity in tech. 
  • 2014: worked with TedXAmsterdam to create a futuristic food experience and talk to facilitate meaningful audience interaction.
  • 2015: was the founder and CEO of VanChefs, an online marketplace for unique food experiences by top-rated local chefs. VanChefs got acquired by United Food Concepts in March 2015 after serving +100K crowdsourced meals in NL within 2 yrs.

Selected Talks & Workshops:

  • The Next Web Conference 2019 #nextsenses
  • Amsterdam's Welvaren 2019 #nextsenses
  • Next Nature Network 2019 #nextsenses
  • Vincent Mock Gallery, 2018 #futureofdeath
  • Erasmus University R'dam, 2017 #futureethics
  • Ten Club, art of curiosity 2017 #utopia
  • Sterrenstof Festival 2016 #utopia
  • TedxAmsterdam 2014 #futureofeating

︎︎  Next Senses - Skin Waves on Vimeo

︎︎ Next Senses - Synesthesia on Vimeo

︎︎ Interview by Futurist Bruno Marion

︎︎ The Morning X Lisanne Buik X Vincent Mock Gallery


Lisanne Buik, 2018
1015HC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands