The rise of cabin porn—images of beautiful cabins in nature—as a visual genre reflects a growing international interest in cabins, shedworking, and rustic, exurban living off the grid, most of it romanticizing rural and low-tech lifestyles. On the surface, the digitally mediated and disembodied architecture of cabin porn seems to be a form of nostalgia, where the dream of the cabin becomes an arena for resolving an ambivalent relationship to technology and all the bothersome things of modern life. Delving deeper into the cabin porn phenomenon, however, can also reveal something about the mediated experience of nature through digital media.
Why Look at Cabin Porn?
Finn Arne Jørgensen is associate professor of history of technology and environment at Umeå University, Sweden, and has a PhD in science and technology studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His research includes studies of waste and recycling histories in Scandinavia and the United States, the history of Norwegian leisure cabins, material culture and consumption studies, and the connections between environmental humanities, media studies, and digital humanities.
Finn Arne Jørgensen; Why Look at Cabin Porn?. Public Culture 1 September 2015; 27 (3 (77)): 557–578. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2896231
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