Technology Take Over?

Anthony’s May’s installation “Re: Appropriation” marked Human Impacts Institute’ssecond climate inspired public work of 10 Days of Climate Action 2012. Titled to give to the appropriated natural branches and tree trunks their due and allude to email etiquette, the central focus of the work was the “pixelation” of different natural material. While the installation was located on the second story of a gallery for the Governor’s Island’s sprawling Arts Festival, the interior space didn’t stop the exterior from creeping in: May’s work included a tree branch entering the room through an open window, which gradually became “pixelated” through restructuring the branch with cubed and spaced out blocks of wood. May’s installation included several standing pieces exploring the same progression: from a natural base, such as a tree trunk or log, to a created illusion of pixelation in uniform and non-uniform ways. Each “pixelation of nature” invited viewers to think about the relationship between the natural world and technology, and furthermore about the future of the world given the challenges of our new overly technological culture and the reality of climate change.


HII was interested to see how Art Festival attendees would reply to these provocations, so we braved the windy ferry ride over to Governor’s Island early Saturday morning, hoping to talk to viewers and document the experience. Responses were varied. Between comments on structure and design and comparisons to “linkin logs” and Sci-Fi Film “War of the Worlds,” everyone had their say on technology, and future of the climate. Want to get involved with Climate Week NYC? HII will continue to host fun climate related events until Saturday.

Tess Clark, Environmental Education Intern

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