Fake-nature

Projecting wildlife

Carolina Sobecka released her tiger into the night, projected by a moving car. The animal’s movements are programmed to correspond to the speed of the car. As the car moves, the animal runs along it, speeding up and slowing down with the car. As the car stops, the animal stops also.

see: flightphase.com

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Digital-Presence

Big Brother enters virtual world

A version of the hit reality TV show Big Brother is to be staged in the online virtual world Second Life. Fifteen international Second Life residents will occupy a glass house on the site, with each one being voted off over a month until a winner remains.

Reality, reality, what is happening? As Friedrich Nietsche already said: “In the end every second nature becomes first nature”.

Source: www.endemol.nl

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Nextnature Event

Art versus Nature

Amsterdam Weekly featured an article about the Natural Habitat exhibition (pdf), currently on display at Montevideo/Timebased Arts. In the exhibition artists play with the borders between nature, culture and technology.

Next Saturday, the institute organises a seminar about Art & Science in their Natural Habitat.

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Genetic-surprises

Scientists want to create human-cow hybrid

Scientists in the UK applied for permission to create part-cow, part-human embryos for research aimed at treating diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The embryos created from this process would then be almost entirely “human”, with the only cow DNA being outside the cells’ nuclei. The human-bovine embryos would not be allowed to develop for more than a few days, the researchers say.

The proposal has been questioned by some ethics campaigners, who claim it could blur the line between animals and humans.
Read more: newscientist.com

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Anthropomorphobia

Metalosis Maligna

Metalosis Maligna is a documentary by Floris Kaayk about a disease which affects patients with medical implants. Sourcing from such implants a wild metal growth ultimately transforms human patients into mechanical looking constructions.

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Hypernature

Real Nature is not Green

At the edge of the woods along the motorway near the Dutch town of Bloemendaal, there stands a mobile telephone mast disguised as a pine tree. This mast is not nature: at best, it is a picture of nature. It is an illustration, like a landscape painting hanging over the sofa. Do we have genuine experiences of nature any more? Or are we living in a picture of it?

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Digital-Presence

Harvesting traffic information through GSM’s

TomTom and Vodaphone want to use mobile phone signals sent from traffic jams to gather real-time travel information. The data will be used for TomTom users to establish if roads are congested, if and by how much the trip will be delayed, and if alternative routes can be suggested. Mobile phones continuously beam signals to their nearest base stations, which gives the network provider the approximate location of the phone.

Mobile phone penetration is more than 100 percent in the Netherlands, meaning that every person carries one or more mobile phones. The service will be available in the Netherlands in the second half of 2007, using the Dutch Vodafone network. I wonder how they deal with carpooling? Read more at PCPro news.

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Guided Growth

E-volver

The E-volver is an ‘image breeding machine’, which takes inspiration from the methods of evolutionary biology to produce colourful,ever-changing images. The software generates artificial pixel organisms made up of thirteen genes that together determine how the organism will behave on the monitor. The unusual collaboration between an “image-breeding-machine” and a human “gardener” results in intriging and coherent images.

E-volver will be exhibited at the Natural Habitat expo which opens this weekend during the Amsterdam Museumnacht.

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Next n8 Nature

During the upcoming Amsterdam Museumnight, the Institute for Timebased Arts (Montevideo) will be hosting a show called Natural Habitat, in which artists play with the borders between nature, culture and technology. The show focusses on a positive view on next nature. A compilation of the Next Nature Biggest Visual Power Show, held in June will be screened.

More info about museumnacht on the n8 site (only in Dutch). November 4 2006, 15.00 – 02.00.

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