The New Wilderness

2017/ 2018 program

The Robotanica exhibition deals with the arrival of robotics in nature and exposes, questions and investigates projects that effectuate surroundings. It seems we are witnessing a shift in time with the arrival of robotic creatures and evolved hybrid species in the natural environment.

Is it possible to solve the extinction of animals or plants by replacing them with (half) robotic versions? How can robotics support as well as enrich both mankind and nature to overcome environmental damage caused in the past? And how do we deal with this new, networked, wilderness and its evolution? Robotanica delves into various perspectives and aspects of these new creatures that (going to) inhabit our surroundings with artists, designers and scientists.

A side program that consists of talks, demonstrations, performance and workshops accompanies the exhibition. Robotanica opens on Friday 15 September in the exhibition space of Transnatural Art & Design in Amsterdam, then travels to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week in October 2017, and ends with an outdoor exhibition in the garden of Tolhuistuin Amsterdam which includes a lecture & performance program at the EYE film museum in June 2018. The Robotanica exhibition in the Tolhuistuin will show a unique setting of living robotic creatures in the outdoor park.

Visit the Robotanica website to view the whole program.


Karolina Sobecka (PL), Rihards Vitols (LV), Kasia Molga (UK), / Shlomi Mir (IL), Bigert & Bergström (SE), TU Delft (NL), Interactive Architecture Lab (UK), Austin Stewart (US),  Sofian Audry, Stephen Kelly & Samuel st-Aubin (CA), North Carolina State University (US),  Aad Kruiswijk (NL), Jip van Leeuwenstein (NL), Johanna Schmeer (GER), Martins Afonso & C. Faure (FR),  Ivan Henriques, Warka Water / Arturo Vittori (IT), Theo Triantafyllidis (US/GR), / Anastasia Eggers & Ottonie Roeders (GER, (UK)