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Henry Scott Debey (M)
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    Design Media Arts at UCLA
    In the 1970s space colonies were considered to be a viable alternative to a life restricted to planet Earth. The design of cylindrical space...
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    Brainstorm - note to self
    Project: Design Media Arts at UCLA
    What do I want individuals to feel? What aspects of nature do I want them to experience so that I can convey my personal ties and attractions to the natural world?

    Do I want [them] to play with sand and let it trickle through my fingers? Do i want to play with a clump of dirt - roll it a ball in my hand and then break up it again - how can I convey these textures, these very tactile sensations.

    For me, the project will have to be tangible, in some form or another. Our sense of vision, smell and hearing is not as stronly bound to nature as our senses of taste and touch are. One could easily be under the impression of being immersed in nature with the projection of a very realistic, 'breathing' example of some plant or animal, like the tree projections in Jennifer Steinkamp's piece.

    But with a physical object to touch and run your hands through and stretch and pull and manipulate presents a whole new level of immersiveness in nature as far as I am concerned. The direct contact with a natural element provides a link that in some ways 'grounds' me to the earth, more than my feet on the ground can (because walking is unavoidable, although our feet our often buffered by the shoes we all constantly wear).

    Regardless it is the tactility of a plant or some natural object like dirt that I find truly organic and immersive and the ways in which we interact with that object provide a metaphor for our general regard toward nature - the way in which we hold it in our hand (we control it) and the ways we often abuse yet. We can tug on a leaf or rip it off but the plant or branch will bounce back will retract and over time will rebuild and repair itself despite our abuse or neglect of it. The varying levels of tactility is also an interesting perspective to explore, the gentle brushes with nature like tapping your hand on a level field of grass and the pricking sensations that incurs, or the sensation that is felt by running your fingers through blades of grass like running your hand through a head of hair.




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