multi-disciplinary artist & futures designer

Next Senses
- The Baby Code

After a shamanic ceremony a man told Lisanne that he'd experienced firsthand the telepathic language he had with his twin brother when they were babies. Upon hearing this, she speculated on a nearby future where mothers don't have to bother to intuitively understand their babies. They are telepathic with them through a brain implant that communicates with a camera sensor in her contact lens or glasses.

Maybe more so than in the other scenarios, this film showcases how AI could go terribly wrong if its goal would be to overwrite our intuition. How far do we want to go with this body-implant-thing? When consent is impossible, is it ethical to decipher your baby's first farts and burps? Maybe some things just have to remain dirty and unapologetically analog. And yet, on the other hand, The Baby Code also offers a platform to perceive sensor tech more as an elastic membrane draped over our human flesh, as opposed to being our robot overlord. Technology, in the end, exists to support us in what we are trying to achieve, not the other way around.

Exhibited at Labyrinth of the Senses (Sept. 2019) and van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Nov. 2019)
Language: Dutch + English subtitles

In collaboration with Next Nature Network and Alain de Bruijn. Commissioned by Citysenses.

This production is supported by: Rabobank, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Cultuurfonds Almere, Gemeente Almere, ANBI, Arc2 Architecten, AMR, Voordekunst, TSR, Active Health Foundation.

Gratitude to: Eye Museum, Evaly & Levange Hermus (actors)