In 1983 the video game company Atari sent loads of unsold E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial boxes into the New Mexico desert to be buried in a landfill site. The video game, an adaptation from Spielberg successful movie, was an epic flop. So, Atari decided to destroy any evidence of this infamous video game, hoping nobody would ever find it again.
After 31 years, on April 26, these modern fossils were found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, US. And of course, there was a film crew there, shooting for a documentary to be shown exclusively on Xbox.
An unsuccessful piece of gaming history became an archeological record.
The premise made by imagined artifacts, such as the Gameboy Bricks and the Modern Fossils Shop, became true: the fossil record of our species will not be distinguished by our bones, but by our technologies.
An immense animal flock of 1.5 million air balloons took off from the land of Cleveland in 1986, forming an uncontrollable cloud of magnificence proportions. The show, known as Balloonfest ’86, was organized by the United Way to break the world record for biggest simultaneous launch.
The liberation of the ‘creatures’ grew as a giant tree and started drifting in the azure, filling the sky like a surreal painting of Magritte. The result was incredibly disarming from any point of view, after the charming it was pure perturbation.
The landscape of Tuscany is known for its gentle hills, lovely forestry and natural beauty. But only a few know that this beautiful rural scenery is actually a really well done design work. A good example is Val d’Orcia, a region around Siena, where the landscape was redesigned during the Renaissance.
Lorenzetti painted the ideal landscape around 1338 in the town hall of Siena, and in order to respond to this utopian model Val d’Orcia became reality. This area is on the UNESCO world heritage list since 2004.
Italian artist Giuseppe Licarli made an intervention in the shape of a trademark in the landscape to make us all wonder to whom this natural scenery really belongs.
As he explains: “Who has the ownership of its beauty and harmony? Everything was designed, reshaped, destroyed and finally protected resulting in the valley as we see it now. After millions of years of evolution the natural and anthropologic process of this landscape has stopped, constraining it to resist any human or natural variation and remaining still for the future generations, as a registered product.”
And so we can ask ourselves the question: which landscape is not designed?
F-22 Raptor Jet’s turbulent airflow turns liquid water into hexagonal ice crystals, reflecting the light into a next nature rainbow!
Picture taken at Miramar Air Show in San Diego, California in 2008. Peculiar image of the week.
Last friday, these curious next natural transportations happened around our office in Amsterdam. All within the timeframe of a few hours. The surrealists where right. Have a nice weekend.
The Next Nature network is admirably raising awareness of the fact that our received and even critical understanding of nature as something opposed and underlying culture (“old nature”) is outdated – if it ever has been valid. Following this, the project wants to take the insight further by insisting that because nature has always been cultural, the next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are (and always have been) escaping control, becoming autonomous, and thereby forming the eponymous “next nature”.
By TERE VADÉN
Some animals use camouflage on different levels. The ones mimicking the environment are the most difficult for predators to find. Far more fascinating way of camouflage consist in confusing the predators with certain acts or body prints.
Sins guns and vessels found each other, people were looking for solutions to hide from the enemy, giving life to a peculiar species of ship: the camouflaged ship.
The male bowerbird has a colorful way to sededuce females. To attract them, the male builds peculiar structures, decorated with colorful plastic ornaments. They collect all kinds of bright colored small objects, and place them visibly outside their love nest.