Nature and Artifice in Image-Worlds
Television, radio, and the Internet are always on. The media don’t disappearwhen viewers turn off electrical switches, just as electricity doesn’t disappearwhen it is not being used. This continual presence is part of a new natural andconstructed environment being built through human ingenuity and inventiveness.These are not simulated worlds. They are the world. The distinctionsbetween what is natural and what is not natural have thankfully disappeared.
Vantage Point and Image-Worlds
The trees on the horizon and the stars in the sky no longer come toviewers through a purity of process and vision divorced from the
have seen of trees and stars. Over the last two centuries, Western societieshave built physical and psychological infrastructures that are dependentupon images or what I call image-worlds. This pulls trees from their natural locationinto a more complex mediated space that is inscribed rather than natural.The images viewers watch are no longer just images…