What if your shower could cause a rainbow, you could encounter the wonder of the Northern Lights in your fridge or observe the sunset in your artificial panorama window? How would you view technology if you realised everything was controlled through an augmentation of nature’s wonders?
Technological Nature is an art research project investigating the imitation, recreation and augmentation of natural phenomena in our everyday life. Through moving image, an audiovisual immersive installation and WebVR, this project aims to create a new mindset for the hybrid of traditional biophysical nature and the nature of technology. The project results from my experience of living with objects that artificially imitate natural light phenomenon – such as artificial sun clocks, rainbow machines and aurora machines – for a period of six months, in order to explore their nature.
The film’s starting point is recent research suggesting that you don’t need special machines to recreate nature, especially since our everyday objects are also able to create light phenomenas if the conditions are right. The soundscape in the project derives from sound recordings of these everyday objects.
This ongoing art research project is a starting point for discussion about how humans will live with the increasing amount of technology and the degradation of biophysical nature in times of AI and Machine Learning.
About the Artist
Daria Jelonek is a media artist & designer living and working in London and Cologne. The emphasis of her work is at the intersection of the physical and digital world. Driven by emerging technologies such as virtual reality, physical and screen computing, she tries to create a broader understanding of our surrounded technological world. Daria Jelonek recently graduated from the Royal College of Art in Information Experience Design and is currently researching with Microsoft Cambridge. She has exhibited internationally and has given talks at ICA London, Royal College of Art and V&A London.
Technologies used: After Effetcs, Houdini, Cinema4D, Arduino, MaxMSP, DMX
Sounds by: sound artist Tom Mudd in collaboration with Daria Jelonek