LocoMotoArt: Digital Art Practices in Natural Settings

By Laura Lee Coles.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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While we accept that digital devices are interwoven in our daily life, the concepts of disassociation can be addressed and possibly replaced with fresh meanings gained from new experiences of interrelatedness to nature. To explore the hypothesis of human, technology, and nature interconnectedness (the HTN triad relationship), LocoMotoArt, an independently powered creative field system, was used for conducting media arts research in natural settings. Although such a proposition contradicts, or disrupts, cultural assumptions that nature and technology are incompatible, it is argued that rearticulated forms of engagement by way of the artistic application of technologically mediated experiences “in situ” shifts perception of the separation between nature and technology to one of sensed interconnectedness. The experience of new media in natural settings can be changed from being a contemplative one to one that is a living experience, a story alive, perhaps even biologically, within and without us. A new role for mobile digital technology is established beyond social networking, computing, information gathering, and gaming, because cognitive and social benefits of interacting with nature also occur.

Keywords: LocoMotoArt, Digital Art, New Media, HTN Triad Relationship, Natural Settings, Technologically Mediated Experience

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 672.932KB).

Laura Lee Coles

Artist-in-Residence, Aberthau Mansion, West Point Grey Community Centre, City of Vancouver Parks Board, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Laura Lee Coles, MA, is an arts-based researcher and the founder of the LocoMotoArt Collective. She works in performance art, music, installation (both gallery and site-specific), photography, and video, including interactive video installation. Laura is interested in the study of human, technology, and nature interaction. She uses independent energy systems for displaying what she terms as digital eco-art in natural settings. She is currently an artist-in-residence with the City of Vancouver Parks Board at the Aberthau Mansion, West Point Grey Community Centre, 2013 – 2015.