(Un)natural Phenomena – Daria Jelonek’s Technological Nature

When you think of a rainbow, it's something you expect to see stretching across the sky rather than in your apartment, arcing out of your phone. In media artist and designer Daria Jelonek’s recent project Technological Nature, several natural light phenomena are separated from the more familiar outdoor contexts where we’d normally encounter them, and instead rendered in an indoor context with everyday materials and devices such as phones, light bulbs, and mirrors. After spending six months living with rainbow and aurora machines, a dawn simulator alarm clock, and other devices that recreate natural light phenomena, Jelonek decided to make these technologies redundant and recreate their desired effects herself. In a video documenting some of her experiments, we see auroras hovering over a radiator and billowing out of a fridge, rainbows in closets and shooting out of phones, and the brilliance of the sun reflected in a bathroom mirror.

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