INTENT

Deforestation data in the form of a cube on cut down land.

Deforestation data in the form of a cube on cut down land.

“The vision of a garden shared peacefully by humans and animals is a familiar, but elusive, landscape trope. Whether threatened by habitat destruction or climate change, displaced by urbanization or invasive species, poisoned by industrial toxins, or hunted to extinction, many wild animals have failed to thrive in the company of people. There is growing scientific consensus that we are in the midst of the sixth great extinction in earth history—and the first caused by human activities.”

— From "Designing Wildlife Habitats", edited by John Beardsley

 

I think a lot about our relationship to animals. Throughout different stages of my life the same questions about this relationship resurface. I first try to place myself in the mindset of early humans. I want to know more precisely about the meaning of our cave paintings. How did we see ourselves in relationship to all the animals we painted on those walls? Then I fast forward to the vision of a future without animals Philip K. Dick expressed in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. As a kid, this thought seems impossible.  I interact with animals everyday and our history is so intimately woven with them.  When I first saw Ridley Scott's imagined industrial landscape of Blade Runner (the adaptation of Dick's book) it seemed so far-fetched. But as time passes and this series of considerations keeps re-presenting itself to me, my impressions change with the morphing landscape. Naturally made landscapes are transitioning into manmade designs. Where do the animals go?

The spread of human habitat reflects our values. The consequence of these values is the loss of land habitable by nonhuman animals.  And this space is finite. Who will pollinate our food? What will clean our waters? Will we still draw animals? 

It is time we shift away from a anthropocentric paradigm and move towards an ecologically-specific, thoughtful, holistic and seamless existence to support a beautiful and diverse earth.

I make research-inspired work across a range of media to advocate for ethical relationships between ourselves and the natural world. I am concerned with actualizing an embrace of stewardship as a primary responsibility humans share towards all other life, and deepening the value system that informs such a role. I think we can do this if we find ways to erode the prioritization of human centered desire and to increase the connections between all living beings in a respectful and thoughtful way. Through democratized technology, DIY imaginings and interpretive programing, I am proposing ideas that connect people to environmental awareness until I get the necessary support to make them.