This video was made from a series of photographs that I took of a nature program on the television. I manipulated and reassembled the photographs to reflect the artifacts of their digital origins. I then imported the images into the computer and manually scrolled through them, creating an illusion of a moving image. A video camera was used to record what occurred on the screen.
I mean to engage the viewer with the contradiction between the esthetically pleasing imagery and the plight of the frenetic birds. I am interested in exploring the influence of digital technology on the varying ways that I experience nature—with a sense of wonder, anxiety and unease. While I am bombarded by images of nature in commercials, television, nature and survival shows, and the internet, this proliferation creates the illusion of a boundless natural world. In fact, nature is being extinguished through habitat loss, climate change, etc. while more of my contact with it occurs through digital representation.