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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 2:45PM
Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint

Blog Posting by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, Enfield, CT 

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, founders of ecoarttech, brought apps to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival for the first time this year.


I felt at peace when I saw they were sharing tea from a mason jar, but at the same time, my mind was brimming with inquiries and thoughts bumping into each other faster than I could corral them into sentences. Leila talked about her childhood, growing up in a small town she described as Christian, homogenous, and agricultural— reminiscent of my own experience growing up.


This semester, I have been cramming theories of ecology into my head and reshaping definitions of words like “nature,” and “environment,” due to my Environmental Anthropology class with Professor David Turkon. Leila and Cary sharing their insights helped solidify my thoughts and quiet the chaotic environment that is my head.


They also spoke about a history of artists who also consider themselves healers, and implored us to slow down in our every day lives. In order to reinforce this idea, they explained their app, Indeterminate Hikes. The app is designed to lead a hike through a city and allow participants to interact with the environment around them through use of prompts and instructions, reshaping the idea of displacement via technology. 

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