Abstract

Earth-Centered Communication Technologies (Earth Tech Net) is a framework, coming from an Art Residency with Nokia-Bell Labs in partnership with Leonardo ISAST, which aims to shift underlying technological value systems away from centering notions of the normative human and toward planetary-aware ecological inclusivity. The framework grounds computational media as part of ecological evolutionary forces, with a responsibility to address issues of eco-crisis by being implicated in it. It also generates experimental artworks that can reveal the current limitations of technological value systems and how they shape human behavior at different scales, as well as create models of an ecologically-focused paradigm of technology. The paper will first address ethical qualms with the current “human-centered” technoculture, present the key concepts inspiring Earth Centered Communication Technology, and talk about an Augmented-Reality (AR) Lichen Interface made to model a hypothetical earth-communication device that connects different species together.

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