Critical Writing Index

Nature is Perverse Sometimes (Version 6.1)

by Tom Sherman

Before and After the I-Bomb, 2002, pp. 201-208

Banff: Banff Centre Press, 2002

In this article, author Tom Sherman discusses the relationship between natural life (humanity's traditional biological and sociological experience) and artificial life (the emergence of digital culture and symbolic experience). Sherman concludes that natural life is being absorbed by artifical life, and identifies a need to inject nature into the dominant technocuture in order to ensure some sort of symbolic connection with the natural world. The writer's own video, Gannet Burial , is used as an example of an artwork that provides a representation of natural life while subverting traditional messages associated with nature in the video medium. Originally published in 1997.

ITEM 2002.186 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Gannet BurialTom Sherman