Tag: manufactured-landscapes

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Anthropocene

E.T. Video Games are Real Modern Fossils

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.

Source: The Guardian
Related Post: Tomorrow’s Fossils

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Fake-nature

Indomitable Flock of Balloons Got Wild

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.

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Green Blues

GMO Trees to Simplify Paper Production

Researchers – at University of British Columbia, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University – have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel.
A project that could reduce the use of chemicals and energy and create fewer environmental pollutants in tree-processing.

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Design-for-debate

A Registered Landscape

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?

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Fake-nature

Raptor Aircraft Paints Rainbows in the Sky

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.

Source: ScienceBlogs

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Anthropocene

Nile by Night

Old nature lid up by next nature. Our peculiar image of the week shows the river Nile by night, as seen from a satellite. Source.

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Hypernature

Glow in the Dark Trees

Dutch inventive artist Daan Roosegaarde is famous for his  highly innovative design, exploring the relation between people, technology and nature. One of his latest project is the creation of luminous trees inspired by animals able to generate their own light, such as jellyfish and fireflies. 

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manufactured-landscapes

Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere

We all know deforestation is a major global issue, but it’s hard to quantify just how serious the problem is. According to a wide spread anecdote, 36 football fields’ worth of forest is lost every minute, but this is only the beginning of the story.

Just where are forests disappearing, and where are they returning? The rise and fall of the Earths forests can now be tracked ‘real time’ through a new mapping tool called Global Forest Watch.

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Artificial Intelligence

Exploring the City Soundscape

A new species is populating our cities. These small electronic life forms, called Buqs, can shift the experience of the streetscape from the primarily visual to a more auditory experience.

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