Chapter-plates for Technobiophilia, drawn by me. A fascinating mission of mind-bending & re-thinking image making

My sister Carolyn Black designed the plates which appear at the start of each chapter of Technobiophilia. Today I’m reblogging her account of how they were made, and tomorrow I’ll write about our collaboration from my point of view.

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My sister, Sue Thomas, has a new book coming out next week – Technobiophilia. Published by Bloomsbury, it proposes a totally new way of interpreting our relationship with both technology and biology.

Why are there so many nature metaphors – clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs – in the language of the internet? Why do we adorn our screens with exotic images of forests, waterfalls, animals and beaches? In Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace, Sue Thomas interrogates the prevalence online of nature-derived metaphors and imagery and comes to a surprising conclusion. The root of this trend, she believes, lies in biophilia, defined by biologist E.O. Wilson as ‘the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes’. In this wide-ranging transdisciplinary study she explores the strong thread of biophilia which runs through our online lives, a phenomenon she calls ‘technobiophilia’, or, the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear in…

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