Video and Intro by:
Hyperlink Blues: Computer Gardening is Natural Gardening
Here is the garden I tend to. While perched in my local community garden, watering and clipping, I reflect on the other spaces I have tended to and cultivated: from a discontinued web archive collecting images that contain a hue described as digitally-flattened-hyperlink-nature1 to my psychotherapy VR space, where I sit, still, in a digital copy of my favorite jacket2.
In this audiovisual collage, I consider what it means to tend-to, tend-with, and maybe even be tended-by. The term 'tend' comes from the Latin tendere, meaning to stretch or direct oneself; perhaps then to at-tend-to is an act of extending outwards in the vulnerable condition of being soft. Computer gardening is natural gardening, and a fruitful garden demands soft, continual tending.
1 Hyperlink blue as a symbol for oxygen of the internet, green as a symbol for human and non-human fruitfulness; Tending as archiving as cultivating a relationship.
2 This experiment is part-two in a series called Hyperlink Blues. See Hyperlink Blues: Experiments in Virtual Psychotherapy on Dirt (2021).