As the world grapples with possible technological solutions to environmental crisis, the topic of ‘programmable nature’ has become a powerful theme in the areas of ecology, preservation, and biotechnology, as well as in art, philosophy and cultural studies.
In this series of interviews, the College of Arts Digital Departures Lab profile the work of three of the most exciting artists working at the cross section of art, science and technology to explore the condition of ‘programmable nature’.
Tim Collins and Reiko Goto are environmental artists working together since 1985. They are interested in the ways that art and imagination contribute to practical wisdom and democratic discourse about ethics and human values. The work primarily focuses upon natural public places and everyday experience of environmental commons.
Jana Winderen’s practice pays particular attention to audio environments and to creatures which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally – deep under water, inside ice or in frequency ranges inaudible to the human ear. Her activities include site-specific and spatial audio installations and concerts, which have been exhibited and performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces.
Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, Daisy’s work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world.