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NEST: A New Media installation by Simone Paterson will open at the Taubman Museum today (September 16, 2011.)
NEST deals with the concepts of home, technology and the natural world. The installation consists of three large-scale nests placed in a triangular formation within the Media Lab at the Taubman Museum. Each nest is constructed from Virginia creeper, grape vine and aluminum and each are lined with quilted handmade wool felt. These nests do not contain eggs or birds but rather projections of cats, dogs and humans. The figures are in a deep sleep and the sound we hear are of their rhythmic breathing. Every so often these figures roll over or move in their sleep, as if the gallery visitor, while peeking into the nest, has disturbed the figures from their slumber. The nests exist in an environment defined by a digitally reproduced landscape. A photographic mural and projection of “Windy Rock” on the Appalachian Trail places the audience in the treetops.
The installation uses a range of art-making techniques including traditional craft of felt making and vine weaving, as well as high tech video visual effects. The combination of techniques is a deliberate strategy to blur the boundaries between art, craft and digital reproduction. The method of production could be classified as “post new media” i.e. a collision or coalescence between traditional and new media.
The museum visitor to the installation is at first an intruder to the strange world of NEST but as the visitor recognizes the familiar; the landscape, the sleeping domestic animals and the human, it is not long before they feel a sense of belonging, a sense that they too are an integrated part of the natural world, that is all too often only experienced through the intervention of media. Most importantly, on August 26, 2011 the artist, Simone Paterson became an American citizen, the creation of NEST was the visualization of making Appalachia home.
Dr. SIMONE PATERSON is an Associate Professor of New Media Art and is currently the Chair of the Studio Program at the School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Virginia Tech.