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Digital Art & New Media Projects in Environmental Aesthetics

he discipline of Environmental Aesthetics proposes a philosophical and phenomenological analysis of human relationships to environments be they man-made or natural. Theorists have used this analytical structure to examine specifically human relationship to the natural environment and to create a catalyst for environmental preservation and engagement. Through the process of cognizant, aesthetic interaction with the natural world individuals, societies, and cultures can then develop an environmental awareness away from an anthropocentrically centered system — stewardship, ownership — toward participatory ethical relationship to the natural world.
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Manifest Landscape

Manifest
Landscape

The Genetics of Desire

The Genetics
Of Desire

Manifest Landscape

The Transgenic
Sublime

The Art of
Alternative
Energy

Manifest Landscape

Hudson River
Bonsai

THE PASSION caused by the great and sublime in nature,
when those causes operate most powerfully, is astonishment; and astonishment is
that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended, with some degree of horror. In this case
the mind is so entirely filled with its object, that it cannot entertain any other, nor by consequence reason on that
object which employs it. Hence arises the great power of the sublime, that, far from being produced by them, it
anticipates our reasonings, and hurries us on by an irresistible force. Astonishment, as I have said,
is the effect of the sublime in its highest degree; the inferior
effects are admiration, reverence, and respect.

Edmund Burke, On the Sublime and the Beautiful
A collective project of UCSC's Digital Arts
and New Media Unnatural Selection Project Group
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