Technology is the defining point in the separation of man and nature. Modern technologies have shaped our current perception of the world and as such can be seen as driving our insatiable demand for ’stuff’ for us to consume. The consumption and distribution of ‘power’- electricity, economics, politics, is intrinsically linked to the ecology of media technology. Technology can be seen to be a major factor in ecological crises. But we all need it.

We can also think of how technological developments from the printing press through to the internet have problematised how Art is seen, delivered and received. Technology’s democratising potential set up this difficult relationship with Art and also show how technology can affect the status quo. We have witnessed of social media and how people have become central to the development of technology despite the arguments of control of data and information. Open source is now not marginal software development but more social movement. This opens up the potential for technology to change our relationship to the world including ecology.

Permaculture, as well as being a land management tool, can be seen as a design philosophy that asks difficult questions and uses the fertility that happens at the edges where areas meet each other. The uncomfortable term ‘media art’ describes an artistic practice that borders art , design and technology and often uncovers inherent qualities of systems. PERMACULTURES sets up a space to explore these tensions, good and bad and what this means for art and media culture.

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