Hannah van den Elzen (she/her, 1999) is a speculative designer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Fascinated by the longly existing nature/nurture debate, she uses mixed media to question modern standards and motivates her public to re-define systematic norms.

Hannah van den Elzen her works lure and confront, and it is up to the viewer to search for the hidden message.

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XTRNL (2019)   

What if we can increase our brain capacity in the future? Meet the XTRNL: the jewel which is able to extend your neocortex (the part of your brain which controls your ratio).

While being presented as a status symbol, there is one downside: the adjustments within your neocortex, affect your limbic system (the part of your brain which controls your emotions). Hereby a clear dilemma is stated: what if ‘intelligence’ becomes the norm and empathic qualities loose its value? 

The XTRNL starts a conversation about the dystopic future we might face if transhumanistic developements cause the creation of a modified elite.