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From October 16–24, we celebrate the diversity of life on Earth by dressing up as something else. We are creating an ongoing program during in which we organise a large interspecies costume party together with artists, designers, scientists and the public. An advance on the new carnival!

Non-human costume Lab

Humans are just beginning to discover the richness of our planet's biodiversity, and with it the value of each individual species within our ecosystem. At the same time, this biodiversity is shrinking rapidly.
How can we break out of our anthropocentric worldview and learn to feel more empathy for the other species on the planet? Can we train to see the world from a non-human perspective by wrapping ourselves in pink velvet and becoming the endangered pink velvet worm?

During Dutch Design Week we will create an open costume LAB. We challenge artists, designers, make-up artists, makers and passers-by to dress themselves and each other as the beautiful species that make up our ecosystem.

A costume of a fungus? Or dress up as a fungus? A scented mask that looks like a dahlia? or painting your face like a water bear? All these ways are translated into Instructables and that will lead to a large collection of DIY biodiversity costumes that we will publish in a DIY guide to Carnival.

Bio.diversifeest. A festival about diversity and dressing up.

During DDW we will fill the Natlab building with workshops, masterclasses, lectures, films, exhibitions and dining experiences around this theme: A large and ambitious program that works towards an even larger project during Carnival 2022 and beyond.

Carnival is traditionally a tradition in which people are invited to break out of the existing hierarchical structures, by becoming someone else for a while. A lot has been modernised in society in the meantime and the question is whether this escapism is still as urgent as it has been. But what if we become something else instead of someone else during Carnival? Could this be a possible exercise to empathise with another part of our ecosystem?

Ultimately, our goal is to hack Carnival with costumes and festivities around biodiversity. We take the do-it-yourself guide that was made during DDW as a starting point. This project includes workshops, lectures and collaborations with carnival organisations in the run-up to the carnival festivities.

About Baltan Laboratories x Mediamatic

Baltan initiates experimentation on the crossroads of art, design, science and technology, evoking inquisitive ideas and insights by bridging the gaps between disciplines.

Mediamatic operates at the forefront of societal challenges and changes. Through a crossover between art and science, we break through existing structures and make way for progressive ideas.

Starting point

Strijp-S area, Kastanjelaan 500
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Wheelchair accessible
Wifi available
Toilets available