Parasitic / Symbiotic – Nature and Technology

Created by Ann-Katrin Krenz for her Master Thesis (2016) / Advanced New Media Studio Class at the University of the Arts Berlin, Parasitic / Symbiotic project explores the artificiality of nature, and whether a moderate and thoughtful technical interventions in nature can create a symbiosis that is aesthetically valuable and permanent.

The project is comprised of a Arduino based milling machine which moves along a tree to carve encoded text into it.  For the content of the carving Ann-Katrin chose a poem „Abschied.“ von Joseph von Eichendorff, which expresses the natural thoughts of unity and oneness and depicts the relation of nature and culture. 
The question she asks is whether this act of carving can be considered as natural or artificial and where we as humans are situated, is posed with this action.

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