Human beings struggle constantly to save and protect nature, but do they really wonders what is natural? What is nature? Van Mensvoort presents the term "Next Nature" in order to create awareness that our conception of "nature" and "natural" has changed enormously. This term revolves around the idea that our technological and modern environment has become so huge and complex, so ubiquitous and autonomous that it has become natural. He argues that nature or the natural is really a cultural element as its conception changes over time as culture changes.

 

Our conception of nature or the natural needs to be reconsidered and rethought. Trees, plants, animals, landscape, climate elements that we have always considered proper of the "natural realm" are increasingly being altered and ruled by human beings, in order to satisfy their needs. If we take a look at our landscapes, we can see that it is extremely common nowadays that what we call "natural" is really an environment that has acquired an artificiality, which has been authenticated as "natural". It is precisely in these cases that the term "Next Nature" is proposed, new "nature" that has emerged from the culture of our contemporary societies.

Next Nature 

Human beings show a need to design the environment in which they live in and control it, and this has caused that we interact and live in "hypernatural" environments. "Hypernatural", as Van Mensvoort explains, is an exaggerated simulation of a nature that never really existed; it is a tailor-made "nature", where everything functions according to human beings: is safe, comfortable, clean, organized, always warm, and the human being maintains control. Of course there is always room for plants, for rain, for water, for wind, but the human's hand is too evident, their footprints are always present.

 

So, are we really surrounded and live in natural environments? Or are these artificial recreations the natural thing today? How is the interaction of nature within the "new nature"? Is nature reified so that it can fit into these artificial constructions in which we carry out our daily activities? These are some of the questions that I try to explore in this project.

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Credits

Photos - Daniela Linares

Year - 2012

Text - Daniela Linares

Según las creencias Bribri, en el cuerpo habitan dos almas: la del ojo derecho y la del izquierdo. Al morir, Wikol, el alma del ojo derecho, viaja hasta el inframundo. Wimblu, el alma del ojo izquierdo, permanece entre los huesos rondando el mundo de los vivos.  

 

According to Bribri beliefs, two souls inhabit the body: the right eye soul and the left eye soul. At death, Wikol, the right eye soul, travels to the underworld. Wimblu, the soul of the left eye, remains among the bones prowling the world of the living.