Graduated this year (2022) with a Cum laude at product design department at ArtEZ in Arnhem with his project Nat Land. The project ‘Nat Land’ consists of a stop-motion film and two objects that illustrate the story of a person in the Netherlands adapting to climate change.
Max degen is a maker. Research forms the base for his projects. He combines physical objects with video, photography, and animation. These different media together tell the stories that need to be told. Max will exhibit his work at the maker space contact Amsterdam alongside other designers and makers
Adapting to climate change can also be exciting and will trigger new, progressive ideas. The project ‘Nat Land’ consists of a stop-motion film and two objects that illustrate the story of a person in the Netherlands adapting to climate change.
The Netherlands is facing big challenges due to climate change. One of the more nature-centered and exciting solutions to these problems would be to allow more water in Dutch landscapes. However, this is in direct conflict with the dutch narrative concerning water. The Dutch have been fighting water for as long as the Netherlands existed. In fact, fighting water became quite a big part of the Dutch national identity. Within Dutch culture sayings like “God created the earth except for the Netherlands it’s made by the Dutch” are not uncommon. However shifting towards Living with, in and around water will also be a good thing. ‘Nat Land’ tries to shift from climate anxiety to enthusiasm towards the future, by using humor and light provocation
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