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Hyperlink Blues


Video and Intro by:
MARK HERNANDEZ


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.

Notes:
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).





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Web: https://mark-hernandez.com

Instagram:@kelloggs.easterling

Bio:

Mark Anthony Hernandez Motaghy is an artist, architect, and organizer. They are a research candidate at MIT, investigating network infrastructures, informal economies, and the politics of care. Mark is one-half of the collaborative spatial practice If So Then.





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