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Daria Jelonek

MA work

Technological Nature

What if your shower could cause a rainbow, you could encounter the wonder of the Northern Lights in your fridge or observe the sunset in your artificial panorama window? 

How would you view technology if you realised everything was controlled through an augmentation of nature's wonders?
Technological Nature is an art research project investigating the imitation, recreation and augmentation of natural phenomena in our everyday life. Through moving image, an audiovisual immersive installation and a VR-website, this project aims to create a new mindset for the hybrid of traditional biophysical nature and the nature of technology. The project results from my experience of living with objects that artificially imitate natural light phenomenon - such as artificial sun clocks, rainbow machines and aurora machines - for a period of six months, in order to explore their nature. 
The project's starting point is recent research suggesting that you don’t need special machines to recreate nature, especially since our everyday objects are also able to create light phenomena when the conditions are right. The soundscape in the project derives mainly from sound recordings of the objects themselves.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2017

  • Daria Jelonek is a digital artist and designer using light, moving image, and interaction design. Driven by emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, physical and screen computing, she creates immersive installations which challenge our understanding of the physical and digital world.

  • Degrees

  • BA Visual Communication, Folkwang University of the Arts, 2015
  • Experience

  • Digital designer, United Visual Artists, London 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Alice&Bob (Talk), Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017; Constructive Spaces, Hamiffal Gallery, Jerusalem 2017; Constructive Spaces, ICA, London 2016; Interference, Central Space Gallery, London 2016, PHŌS, C.A.R (Contemporary Art Ruhr), Essen 2015
  • Awards

  • Bloomberg Bursary, 2017 ; Battersea Sculpture Prize, 2016 ; JDW - Campus Award, 2015 (shortlisted); Folkwang Award, 2013 (shortlisted)
  • Publications

  • Anna Ridler & Daria Jelonek: Alice and Bob, Art, Science and Quantum Computing Catalogue, 2017; Constructive Spaces - VR Exhibition at ICA London, 2016; Interference, Spheres of Influence Catalogue, 2016; PHOS, Econ-Verlag - JDW, 2016