'Grounded media' : expanding the scope of ecological art practices within new media arts culture
Armstrong, Keith M. (2008) 'Grounded media' : expanding the scope of ecological art practices within new media arts culture. Media-Space Journal.
'Grounded Media' is a form of art practice focused around the understanding that our ecological crisis is also a cultural crisis, perpetuated by our sense of separation from the material and immaterial ecologies upon which we depend. This misunderstanding of relationships manifests not only as environmental breakdown, but also in the hemorrhaging of our social fabric. 'Grounded Media' is consistent with an approach to media art making that I name 'ecosophical' and 'praxis-led' – which seeks through a range of strategies, to draw attention to the integrity, diversity and efficacy of the biophysical, social and electronic environments of which we are an integral part. It undertakes this through particular choices of location, interaction design, participative strategies and performative direction. This form of working emerged out of the production of two major projects, 'Grounded Light' and 'Shifting Intimacies' and is evident in a recent prototypical wearable art project called 'In_Step'. The following analysis and reflections will assist in promoting new, sustainable roles for media artists who are similarly interested in attuning their practices.
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