Siyi Zhou

Absent Presence

In a simulated canyon that does not exist in reality, are humans the audience of nature? How do we define the presence of humans and nature?


The project explores the relationship and boundaries between humans, nature and media, refuting the dichotomy of biological/non-biological, embodied/non-embodied existence.


In a future where human dominance is disintegrated, the human body is disintegrated or confined to a virtual natural environment by the screen, creating an eerie sense of participation in nature. As well as blurring the position of the viewer in the simulated landscape, humans are both the viewer and the watched of nature, exploring the long-standing dichotomy between humans and nature.

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