Technology as Nature
2021, single-channel HD video and sound, 12min
The word technology comes from the Greek root tekhnē, meaning art or craft. This ongoing arts-based research project places a renewed importance in this root, suggesting that a union of ancient and modern technology can help us become a more ecological society. In the film, Lydon and Kang embrace technology in the spirit of craft, as a slow, aware, creative act that cultivates a relationship between self, work, and environment.
City as Nature is a creative ecology studio founded in 2011 by artist/filmmaker Patrick M. Lydon (United States) and writer/herbalist Suhee Kang (South Korea). City as Nature works across disciplines and cultures to re-connect people and the places we live with nature. The studio is based in Osaka, Japan and Daejeon, Korea, and has collaborated with groups and individuals in more than forty countries, producing award-winning art, media, and placemaking projects that inspire innovative ecological viewpoints.
⠀⠀⠀Patrick M. Lydon (b. 1981, United States) is an ecological artist, writer, and filmmaker. After a decade working with Silicon Valley tech firms, he spent several years living nomadically, learning from farmers, forests, and monks in Japan, Korea, and Scotland. He exhibits internationally, and was an organizing committee member of the first Nature of Cities Summit in Paris. He studied at San Jose State University (BA), Aichi University of The Arts, and The University of Edinburgh (MFA), and enjoys befriending old trees and mountains.
⠀⠀⠀Suhee Kang (b. 1983, South Korea) is an herbalist and editor. Previously the editor for Booksense, a leading environmental publisher in Seoul, she left to travel throughout the Middle-East and Asia while engaging with traditional ways of living. She subsequently won the Istanbul Cultural Center travel photography grand prize. Kang studied journalism at Sungkyunkwan University (BA) and is a certified herbalist. She enjoys tending her natural herb garden and making small artworks with flowers