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A Forest Within A Forest
BY
Stefan Larsson

A guide named Nashi narrates the audience journey in an uncanny forest. What are the creatures that live there, living beings or robots? Nashi states that everything is animated, and that even the things we consider synthetic and artificial are as sacred as plants and stones. She criticizes nature for its inability to develop and praises technology for its flexibility and proclaims that nature should adapt to technology in order to survive.

English title A Forest Within A Forest
Keywords Computer-generated, Animation, Landscape
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:05:10
Language Japanese
Year 2010
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About the artist

Stefan Larsson

Born in 1973 in Söderhamn, Sweden. Lives and works in Otsu, Japan.

Stefan Larsson is an artist who studied MFA at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden. In 2001 he initiated the project AUJIK, inspired by Ray Kurzweils and Vernor Vinges ideas about Technological Singularity. The project explores how artificial intelligence relates to emotions, psychology, nature and consciousness. AUJIK is a new age group that shares Shinto believes that everything of nature is animated, even the things that we consider the most artificial and synthetic. Just as with other forms of animism, AUJIK worships everything that comes out of nature and regards it as spiritual beings. The main difference with AUJIK is that science and technology is considered as sacred as stones and trees. Mainly creates CGI video, sculptures, photos, mandalas and installations.

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