Networked Nature




 The Warehouse Gallery

April 17 – July 14, 2007


NETWORKED NATURE presents work that comments on our relationship to nature and natural environments in networked culture.

Given that our vantage point is one informed by lifestyles now heavily influenced by our use of digital media and a perception of self within larger networks—electronic, social, and even biological—how have our understandings of science, research, invention, the environment, and nature shifted? The works in the show are not necessarily “networked,” but they certainly grow out of this culture and trace these shifts in understanding. These pieces employ various scientific and mechanical processes, and make use of new technologies, such as locative media/GPS devices, space-imaging technology, hydroponics, and robotics. Taking the form of installations, video, photography, and sound art, the diverse works make new contributions to the discourses of extant genres, such as sculpture, earth works, and landscape imagery, while also demonstrating the scientific beauty and complexity of electronic and digital art.

The artists included in Networked Nature are C5, Futurefarmers, Shih Chieh Huang, Philip Ross, Stephen Vitiello, and Gail Wight.

This exhibition was organized by Marisa Olson for Rhizome and expanded for the Warehouse Gallery.

Rhizome is a leading new media organization affiliated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Its programs support the creation, presentation, discussion, and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways.

Networked Nature is supported, in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the College Art Association, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.