I'm very pleased to be invited to join this conversation in which curators, artists and authors explore where nature and the digital world crossover during this time of radical change.
Digital nature used to be frowned upon, but the pandemic has shown that experiences of nature via a screen can play an important role in stress reduction. My 2013 book 'Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace' explored the reasons behind this apparently contradictory effect, and in this talk I will revisit and discuss them.
Happy 2021. This year I will be on mute. Everyone is making a great effort to be cheerful and positive today, and we really need that. Thank you. But my own impulse is to go on mute, at least for a while.