Technological Nature

Technological Nature
3D/Interactive
Daria Jelonek
Sound collaboration: Daria Jelonek & Tom Mudd
In my Royal College of Art graduation project 'Technological Nature', I explored the relationship between everyday technological devices such as the smartphone, fridge and light bulbs with naturally occurring light phenomena, such as the Northern Lights, rainbows and the green flash, resulting in an immersive interactive installation. In the installation, a programmed spotlight is hovering over metallic sculptural objects which each represent a different light phenomena. The light interacts with the projections, which augments mirages: hovering over a radiator object, auroras billowing out of a fridge, light pillars shooting out of phones and small rainbows and light reflections appearing when the spotlight hits the bathtub element, filled with real water. 'Technological Nature' is part of a speculative research project questioning the status quo of the degradation of nature and the increasing amount of technology. Through spending more time indoors with technology, we lose the connection to wild nature which would have had a positive impact on our well being. As a further result, there is evidence that we lose a true feeling for bigger issues such as climate change through the disconnection to wild nature. The sounds come from original technological field recordings of bird calls (sun clock) and auroras (fridge) that juxtapose the score of noise, feedback, and machine hum. The research project aims to start a conversation about our ever-evolving estrangement from wild nature. My research suggests that you don’t need special machines to recreate nature, especially since our everyday objects are also able to create light phenomenons if the conditions are right. 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. Can nature and technology be viewed in a different way in times of AI, machine learning and ubiquitous algorithms?