EXTENDED NATURE questions the means of experiencing nature through technological perspective through mechanical interpretation.

In time of the Anthropocene, The notion of ‘wild nature’ is something of the past. Our almost complete control over nature has come with a loss. It is a loss of a sense of awe and fear, which is beautifully described by the term ‘sublime’. What we lost, seems to have been replaced by technology. Our current technological innovations evoke many sentiments, ranging from feelings of uncanniness and awe for mankind’s capacities to great anxiety that technology will someday take over. The ones who have tried so much to control the uncontrollable are governed by that which they have created themselves.

Today, we experience a version of nature that is manicured, virtual, and artificial. The internet provides a ubiquitous matrix, in a parallel reality of real nature. The technological perspective on nature continues to seem flattened, abstracted and altered through layers of machine interpretation. The relationship between representation, creation and life can no longer be divided between real and unreal. As a result, the boundaries between nature, imagery, machine and body blur. We may think we have mastered nature, but we have mastered only its imagery.

EXTENDED NATURE explores the digital layers of our relationship between us and nature through a crinoid (or ‘sea lily’) sea organism. The project reconstructs a digitized version of the crinoid in the form of a video, kinetic structure and biomimicry using the soft robotics technique. Which a programmed syringe pumps air to generate uncanny movements and silicone 3D print object; a replication of the digitized 460 million year fossil CT-scan records of the crinoid.
Year: 2019
Material (project-1): 3D flexible fossile print, silicone, air, syringe , motor and Arduino
Material (project-2): Metal, motors, Arduinos, synthetic feathers, flexbile laser-cut plexiglass, and metal wires
Photo by Marie Rime
Photo by Marie Rime
Detail photos on movement of the soft robotic parts.

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Sourced from Google Earth

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Computed Tomography(CT) of Locrinus Africanus(Crinoid) from 430 million years ago.

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3D animated by Robert Drew(HEKOPS)
Photo by Marie Rime
Photographed Marie Rime
Photo by Marie Rime
Photo by Marie Rime