Winner of the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Literature

In Animal, Vegetable, Digital, Elizabeth Swanstrom makes a convinced and lively argument for using electronic artwork in help of ameliorating human engagement with the surroundings and indicates a four-part framework for interpreting and discussing such applications.
 
via shut readings of a panoply of texts, artistic endeavors, and cultural artifacts, Swanstrom demonstrates that the department pop culture has for many years saw among nature and expertise is man made. not just is electronic know-how no longer unavoidably a brick within the street to a dystopian way forward for environmental catastrophe, yet electronic artwork kinds could be a revivifying bridge that returns humans to a extra fast courting to nature in addition to their very own embodied selves.
 
to research and comprehend the intersection of electronic paintings and nature, Animal, Vegetable, Digital explores 4 aesthetic strategies: coding, collapsing, corresponding, and preserving. “Coding” denotes the best way artists use operational laptop code to blur differences among the reader and textual content, and, for this reason, the realm. Inviting a fluid belief of the boundary among human and expertise, “collapsing” voids simplistic assumptions in regards to the human body’s innate perimeter. the method of translation among usual and human-readable symptoms that permits conversation is defined as “corresponding.” “Conserving” is the applying of electronic artwork through artists to democratize huge- and small-scale protection efforts.
 
a desirable synthesis of literary feedback, communications and journalism, technology and know-how, and rhetoric that pulls on such disparate phenomena as simulated environments, games, and pop culture, Animal, Vegetable, Digital posits that partnerships among electronic aesthetics and environmental feedback are attainable that reconnect humankind to nature and reaffirm its kinship with different dwelling and nonliving things.

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