Next Nature: Nature Changes Along with Us
Bruce Sterling, Kelly Kevin, Peter Lunenfeld and Koert Van Mensvoort
Today the human impact on our planet can hardly be underestimated. Climate change, population explosion, genetic manipulation, digital networks, plastics islands floating in the oceans. Untouched old nature is almost nowhere to be found. This book explores our changing notion of nature. How nature has become one of the most successful products of our time, yet much of what we perceive as nature is merely a simulation: a romanticized idea of a balanced, harmonic, inherently good and threatened entity. How evolution continues nonetheless. How technology – traditionally created to protect us from the forces of nature – gives rise to a next nature, that is just as wild, cruel, unpredictable and threatening as ever. The book comprises seven magazines together: Next Nature, Recreation (What we think of as nature has become a simulation), Office Garden (Primitive man knew no difference between work and leisure ), Super Market (The Supermarket: Our Next Savannah?), Wild Systems (Real Nature Is Beyond Control ), Anthropomorphia (Products become People, People become Products ), Back to the Tribe (New Technologies Trigger Ancient Intuitions).
Barcelona 2012, 24cm x 17cm, illustrated, 512pp. Paperback