A chapter contribution to the book "Art in the 21st Century: Reflections and Provocations", initiated by the Osage Art Foundation, who brought together a small group of international scholars and artists for a forum to discuss the significance of digital media in the arts, following from which this collection of short essays were commissioned. The editors, art historian Charles Merewether and media archeologist Siegfried Zielinski sought also to address the work of pioneers of Japanese new media artist and interactive design Masaki Fujihata with the volume. Authors include Hans Belting, Suzanne Buchan, Timothy Druckrey, Anne-Marie Duguet, Yuk Hui, Hidetaka Ishida, Hiroaki Kitano, Scott Lash, Charles Merewether, Kenjiro Okazaki, Andrey Smirnov, Bernard Stiegler, Peter Weibel and Siegfried Zielinski.
The contributed chapter The Earth is an Art, Like Everything Else takes the the poem Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath and the related essay by Michael Taussig as a starting point for developing the ways in which digital art, media and creative practices might 'reattach' us to the earth. Fujihata's Masaki (literally) groundbreaking 1992 project, "Impressing Velocity (Mount Fuji)", in which the artist packed a rucksack with what then a rather large and heavy kit-of-parts — a serial GPS module, a laptop computer and a (then, not-commercially-available) head-mounted video camera — and climbed up the side of Mount Fuji, serves to example knowledge practices in the future in art, science, research and experience, that might ground and attach us more intimately to the planet and its processes.