Windows is a digital ecosystem made in 3D, designed to adapt after human preferences and with the ability to replace real nature. The project is made in collaboration with the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and Svenskt Tenn.
When natural, prosperous, ecosystems are becoming increasingly more rare and more people move to urban environments without access to green areas, a digital ecosystem can be the only nature we have access to in the future.
Windows was on a 1.30m high screen at the store Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm during March in 2019. The film was about 8 minutes long and displayed a nature scene during a 24-hour time lapse.
Science shows that a visual exposure to videotapes of forests and water environments can make us feel less stressed out, lower our heart rate and even prevent development of mental disorder. We don’t need to actually be in nature to feel better, it can be just as sufficient to watch it through a screen.
We are not positively affected by just any nature though, our minds have preferences about the nature we take in. A scene consisting of a well functioning ecosystem with water, serene or spacious nature characters and a great biodiversity has been proved the most effective. However, human imprint on nature cannot be ignored, species face extinction and ecosystems are disturbed, our access to the well functioning environments decreases. A screen can never completely replace nature, but it can be a substitute when we don’t have access to the real thing.