ARS ELECTRONICA GARDEN ATACAMA

NETWORKED

ALMA Observatory and Fundación Mustakis (CL)

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The concept of ‘landscape’ has been broadly dealt with by the arts and sciences of past centuries. However, due to the emergence of the digital realm, the word has acquired a different connotation that is linked to the idea of an entangled network of mutually dependent elements and their interconnections. This wholeness or connected network of digital data can be referred to as a ‘digital landscape’, and because of that, it also serves to better understand the natural phenomena that science and technology strive to acknowledge. This is because it is now understood that natural environments function in a similar way by communicating and exchanging information amongst their constituent elements:the trees and plants in a forest, for example, exchange key details about their surroundings. It becomes increasingly apparent that the digital realm can be directly related to how a networked landscape works. In that context, Fundación Mustakis / ALMA garden brings together art, technology and science to question and speculate on our understanding of nature. From the bleak desertscape of the Atacama to the most distant galaxies, this project focuses on bringing these ideas closer to people.

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Credits

Alicia Pedrosa, George Anastassiou, Leonardo Leottau, Leonor Merín Castrejón, Samuel Domínguez, Valeria Foncea

The participation of artists and gardens in Chile is the result of a collaboration between Ars Electronica and the Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio and the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores | Gobierno de Chile.