For the last five months Rhizome's been celebrating our tenth anniversary with a major Festival of Art & Technology. This Thursday we embark upon the grand finale of that fest, with the opening of Networked Nature, an exhibition of work that looks at our perception of science and natural systems, through the perspective of digital culture. Open through February 18 at Foxy Production, the show includes works by C5, Futurefarmers, Shih-Chieh Huang, Philip Ross, Stephen Vitiello, and Gail Wight that employ media ranging from plants and slime molds to digital video and audio, LEDs, GPS, robotics, and hydroponics. C5's beautiful photos document nation-wide locations identified as 'sublime' by a vast network of geo-cachers. Futurefarmers' non-electric Photosynthesis Robot is a three-dimensional model of a possible perpetual motion machine driven by phototropism, while Shih Chieh Huang's inflatable installation employs everyday household electronic devices and physical computing techniques to create a jellyfish-like creature whose tentacles flap up and down. Philip Ross' Juniors Returns are self-contained survival capsules for living plants--ironically overwrought biospheres for seedlings that would otherwise grow out of sidewalk cracks. Stephen Vitiello's Hedera (BBB) is a sprawling ivy installation from within which speakers broadcast 'percussive sounds woven from the speeches and private conversations of George W. Bush and Tony Blair.' Finally, Gail Wight's Creep is a three-channel time-lapse video of the growth of dyed slime mold. In a nod to science's stature as one of the earliest of photographic subjects, Wight and her peers in the exhibition celebrate the beauty inherent in [networked] nature. Thanks to support from the College Art Association, Rhizome also published a full-color catalogue of this exhibition, which marks a major stride forward in our programming. Please visit the show, if you're in New York! - Rhizome.org
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