With the Off-beat Rhythm of a Haiku

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Lance Shields\' experience living in the surreal environment that is urban Japan resulted in the web site \"Strange Nature.\" This net art work conveys how a sense of the natural wierdly emerges from and thrives alongside completely artificial man-made landscapes. As Shields writes, \"At the edges of the financial districts concrete foundations of outdated office buildings crumble into the dirt as the weeds reclaim the city. At the same time, digital experiences replace/represent organic ones in ways which are more than just simulations.\" Shields\' site brings together incongruous words and images, yet it works with the simplicity and off-beat rhythm of a haiku.