I would say it is up to us and people like us to push this stuff forward. its our job. Our generational task. We will give poetix a heroic dose of liquid acid and convert him to our cause.
But i’d like to see psychedelic tropes: beautiful patterns, dissolving boundaries, strange and sacred geometry, amorphous states but executed in future focused art that leans toward being potentially odd or uncomfortable rather than familiar. The experience can be terrifying and some of the most interesting visions and insights are dark and unsettling, this isn’t always reflected in how psychedelic art looks and feels. There was a thread on this too.
DeepDream is a computer vision program created by Google engineer Alexander Mordvintsev which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia, thus creating a dream-like hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images.
That's the problem with Pynchon sometimes. You don't get the feeling there's a vision preceding and informing and underlying the smart Alec extended metaphors. There's no substance.
Loads of ambition, no vision? Haven't read him. If you tell me I can swerve completely i'll just take your word for it
Thank you catalog for reactivating this. Interesting.
I think the AI track is the probable one, for what a guessing game is worth.
Plus the transcendence factor - we could be somewhat close to the point of some kind of vital detachment from materiality, some kind of virtual exodus, etc.
I had been wondering if it was possible to praise infinity/apeiron in the raw, without dressing it up at all (yet alone subjectizing it or even anthropomorphizing it). Could something like this be done, or will we have to render it somewhat more "digestible" and/or relatable in order for it to have existential authority over us?
Could something of an apeiron-proxy be construed as a cybernetic hive-mind/internet-of-things?
Could something like this, to advocate for somebody's devil, be geared such that the zeal it incites in someone falls perfectly (enough) line with a capitalist agenda?
We shed data as a sacrifice, but how unlimited will our data be? Surely in a mundane, particular and serial way, our data production will be ceaselessly novel - but if we abstract this production into some mosaic of categories, might we reach a point where nothing we do is unpredictable?
How would this be felt, by the subject (interesting how "subject" kind of works in multiple ways here, as the agent-in-question and as the subordinate agent to something greater)? While the broader question would be "why would we invest ourselves so deeply in some infinity?" I think the more pertinent one is "why would we invest ourselves so deeply in this appearance/"phenotype" of infinity, this internet of souls? Why not some other form of infinity?
To a more provocative point, can such a mechanics be observed/analyzed to such an extent so as to enable the meticulous and circuitous crafting of gods?
More to the point of environmentalism - at what point (assuming we have not already gotten there) will any ideology or approach short of fanatic environmentalism be ostracized and/or snuffed? Who, to approach it from another angle, would be benefitting from this?