I have decided a route that should bring about a title/direction for the Research Paper. By defining several related practitioners and objectives, and by writing a short synopsis of each and how it relates to this project I expect to find the most condensed and targeted theme that links everything together. From that theme the question/title will appear.
Three core questions of my work are:
- Can technological devices communicate the essence of wilderness?
- Can eco-therapy effect a cynical audience, or does it only preach to the converted?
- Can a living, changing sculpture improve a person’s connection to the non-human environment?
Three core actions of my finished piece:
- People playing a screen-based game app that communicates real-time to an Ai.
- A robot that responds to the gameplay by constructing a form / landscape from seeds and a 100% natural plastic-pulp gel.
- The autonomous evolution of this constructed landscape in response to natural/wilderness forces.
Three other fundamental factors steering my approach and understanding:
- Andy Goldsworthy’s work
- Bjork’s ‘Biophilia’ iPad app series – interactivity by Scott Snibbe
- Ecopsychology – writers such as E.O.Wilson, T.Roszak, and R.Louve
With this in mind I will begin this project by writing a short page examining each of the following subjects:
- Andy Goldsworthy’s work and decay-processes as part of art
- Application-based environments with no competitive or commercial agenda
- ‘Ecopsychology’ and its roots in various forms of shamanism
- Interesting visual expressions of Human-Ai relations