A Bestial Brave New World: A Reading and Talk by Alexander Pschera about Nature and the Digital Revolution
Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Deutsches Haus at NYU
Some fifty thousand creatures around the globe—including whales, leopards, flamingos, bats, and snails—are being equipped with digital tracking devices. The data gathered and studied by major scientific institutes about their behavior will warn us about tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but also radically transform our relationship to the natural world. Alexander Pschera's book Animal Internet, appearing now in English with New Vessel Press after being published in Germany, examines human ties with animals, from domestic pets to the soaring popularity of bird watching and kitten images on the Web. Will millennia of exploration soon be reduced to experiencing wilderness via smartphone? Contrary to pessimistic fears, Pschera sees the Internet as creating a historic opportunity for a new dialogue between man and nature.
Alexander Pschera, born in 1964, has published several books on the internet and media. He studied German, music, and philosophy at Heidelberg University. He lives near Munich where he writes for the German magazine Cicero as well as for German radio.
Elisabeth Lauffer is the recipient of the 2014 Gutekunst Translation Prize. After graduating from Wesleyan University she lived in Berlin where she worked as a commercial translator and then obtained a master’s in education from Harvard. She is the Admissions Coordinator and German Language Director at the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy.
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A Bestial Brave New World: A reading and talk by Alexander Pschera about Nature and the Digital Revolution is presented with the support of New Vessel Press.