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    Montevideo (part 3)
    Project: Polytopia
    Through technology the span of human life will increase, approximating towards immortality; in direct correlation the manifold costs of being alive will progressively decrease. In proximity, being alive will not cost us anymore in life, rather, it will aggregate into generating life.
    Does Sanity have a sound?

    At times, sanity is a volume of silence, a body of flowing texture, wishing not to rest in destiny but in emergence. At times, sanity is a naked thought, hanging in darkness, wishing not a thinker but a lover. At times, sanity is just the sound of breaking bread, wishing not a language but a merging. At times, sanity is a voice of intensity, wishing not a vessel but a crack. At times, sanity is not at present, neither is madness in proportion, it is then that a pile of words reveals itself as a waveless ocean.

    Betraying the locality of consciousness

    The magic of cinema is simple; it allows us to give ourselves to a plot, in which we become a version of ourselves within a unique world frame. Art taught us through many mediums and styles, the simple fact about ourselves, of being not one, but a poetry of emerging compositions, of being in the flow of becoming.

    Isn’t it the case that magic begins in radical participation, that of giving ourselves un-conditionally to a narrative in action? Within it pleasure gathers its flowing property. It is then that we participate in life, minding not time but an occurrence, an event in-happening.

    It is in the act of giving ourselves that we take our cues not from time and self, but from the flowing texture of an open moment, it is then that we see pleasure as the playful ground of intelligence, contemplating a possible wisdom occurrence and betraying the privacy and locality of consciousness.

    Art, in the sense of the work of an artist, always, is an expression of betraying the local taste of consciousness, as it is always in the move between potential sights to a potential “other”.

    Placing oneself is a conscious verb

    In essence, technology should be measured by the freedom it gives us, the freedom to give ourselves unconditionally to the narration of Mind as an eventful space.

    Narration, as I am using it here, is our essential instrument of setting coordinates and orienting the motion of self-reflection, setting a story-world in which narratives are the verbs.

    And so, it occurs to me that narration is the instrument for placing ourselves and oneself, setting a “place” to Mind, the possible consequence of which is an event, via a narrative, that is a Meta composition of the verb of being.

    Narration if so is the conscious function of setting a “place” for minding, by composing a story-world, a platform for the mining of narratives. Freedoms, gained by technology, are changing the status of localities, from being fixed to being consciously variable.

    By that, placing ourselves will be open to interaction and complementary to the optimization of poiesis – the poietic work of exposing the dynamic of thought sensation to the spectrum of its potentialities of actuation.

    Placing oneself is more and more close to consciousness and less and less correlated to locality. Moreover, placing oneself, in the sense of narration, seems an essential characteristic of a conscious being.

    Technology is not a “literature”; yet, it does and will allow, via the semantic grid of all things, an explosion of narration into multiple and diverse narratives of poiesis.

    In that the projection of Polytopia and the multi-faced coherency that it may disclose to our humanness, is an intimate companion in a ground-less transition.

    Open Existential situation

    Technology in its myriad pathways of breaking through provokes in us that which we have been after for eons. Technology is transforming line by line the character of our existential situation.

    Existential situation I understand as a multi-dimensional setup of proportions of freedom/restriction, a body that gives orientation to our meaning assignment, that curves the dynamics of thought and is by all means our drama setter.

    The case of being mortal, the case of resources being limited, the case of being irrevocably far from the “other”, all of this has concurred to determine our previous situation in this universe and our placement in time, serving as the axis for our emotional landscape and mythological portal.

    It is in fact right now that our existential situation as humans is transforming.

    Webbing our relation into a texture of high and smart connectivity, unlocking resources from being finite, cracking mortality – all of it, the tip of a wide and vast iceberg.

    New West

    Economy was always based on the manifold costs of being alive and defined by our existential situation.

    The vision of reducing the cost of being alive to minimum means upturning the drama of being into a completely different nature of narrative.

    We know at depth the legacy of our narrative, that of swimming against the current of a constant decrease in the shores of aggregation. Change this factor and a new drama of being emerges.
    If indeed the costs of being alive are progressively decreasing as an outcome of the on going transformation of the existential situation, a new drama and correlative economical framework are emerging.

    Transforming the existential situation yields spaces for alternative economic frameworks to coagulate. Yes embryonic, yes in transition, but the surplus of space susceptible to alternatives is our new west.

    Though based upon our existential situation, economy, in essence, is our best vehicle to negotiate and upturn the cost of being alive.


    We understand by now that utopia is not a game changer, simply because utopia is a frozen matter projected upon the flow of events, using not narratives but ideology as machine of actuation.

    Utopia is not a substantial alternative to an existing reality, as it presents a rigid paradigm as substitute to a rooted pattern, but at the end of the day it is the ‘exclusivity’ of the pattern that continues. Technology does propose a substantial edge, by yielding an actual platform upon which a meta-shift in paradigm is possible. This substantial edge allows us to begin to mind our own evolution and to cross over to many alternatives, celebrating a true literature of being and of collective.

    Our future is about the emergence of an alternative conceptual space, in which new narratives can lead the eventful space of mind. We seek in it the freedom to give ourselves to the emerging narratives in action, composing the verb of being. Sanity momentarily is as well simply the rare sound of tight resonance between our thought sensations and our conscious actions.
    Will we find the fine-tuning between the necessary madness and the voice of sanity?
    It is in fact our existential situation as humans that is in transformation.
    It is now

    To be continued..

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    notthisbody     Sat, Jan 3, 2009  Permanent link
    thank you, thank you, for this.
    Wildcat     Sat, Jan 3, 2009  Permanent link
    Beautiful and inspiring, this montevideo series proves the point that a poetic description has the power to overcome our most deep existential angst.

    "Will we find the fine-tuning between the necessary madness and the voice of sanity?"

    that question I see as the fulcrum of our strivings, ambitions and deepest aspirations, very well put indeed. our polytopian vision may yet provide the ground upon which the thin borderline between the "necessary madness" and the "voice of sanity" can be walked..

    Morningstar     Sat, Jan 3, 2009  Permanent link
    wow. very beautiful and inspiring, indeed. thank you:)
    it's like a continuous blossoming of new vistas shedding the old, and to me, an invitation to walk on the thin edge towards the emergence of the polytopian vision

    "Our future is about the emergence of an alternative conceptual space, in which new narratives can lead the eventful space of mind. We seek in it the freedom to give ourselves to the emerging narratives in action, composing the verb of being. "