Disney and the term “Disneyfication” has a certain tradition in sociology and is used to describe the consumer-oriented transformation of the environment into a spectacle. Jean Baudrillard writes in his essay Simulation: “Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and America surrounding it are no longer real but of the order of the hyper-real and of simulation”. Baudrillard’s observation of California points to this transformation of the urban landscape and its effects on our perception.
The images from the series Second Nature show the artefacts of the digital age that became a part of the Southern California landscape. These camouflaged communication and surveillance infrastructures were described as a “societal preference for ‘fake’ aesthetics over ‘ugly’ reality” (Amy Clarke).