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digital cartographers, narrative realization. image workers & pixel [re]searchers. emographers. memetic mappers. space cadets. polytopians.
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    The Beginning of Infinity
    Project: Epiphanies

    This video is inspired, in part, by the ideas explored in David Deutsch’s new book, THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY. We hope it moves you.



    In our work, we use the tools of editing: we juxtapose 'transcalar' imagery, cutting and overlapping the very small and the very large... From the nano to the galactic, stretching and compressing time, we feature time lapse to reveal the repetitive and recurring patterns across different scales of reality. The aim is to provide multiple perspectives all at once, whose simultaneous presentation might cause spontaneous epiphanies. “These patterns are omnipresent, but only when we see these patterns in a more compressed mode of presentation to we start to attend to them as such.” — This is KEY!

    Paul Stamet's superb book, Mycelium Running, begins with a discussion of what Stamets calls the mycelial archetype. He compares the mushroom mycelium with the overlapping information-sharing systems that comprise the Internet, with the networked neurons in the brain, and with a computer model of dark matter in the universe. All share this densely intertwingled filamental structure.

    A recent profile of Stephen Johnson on Dumbo Feather described his work like this:

    “Johnson uses ‘The Long Zoom’ to define the way he looks at the world—if you concentrate on any one level, there are patterns that you miss. When you step back and simultaneously consider, say, the sentience of a slime mold, the cultural life of downtown Manhattan and the behaviour of artificially intelligent computer code, new patterns emerge."

    On their own, these areas of study are fascinating. Together, a more profound view takes shape.

    The article continues, "Put simply: cities are like ant colonies are like software is like slime molds are like evolution is like disease is like sewage systems are like poetry is like the neural pathways in our brain. Everything is connected.”

    PERFORMING PHILOSOPHY:

    Our stated goal is to re-ignite the art of the "performing philosophers" ... like Timothy Leary and Buckminster Fuller... A post from Wildcat here on Space Collective speaks about “thinkers who act as substantial agents of change, who drastically alter the infocologies they interact with, in the process transforming and meshing the different dimensions in which our minds operate.”

    We care about the pleasures derived in forming new connections, mash-ups and innovative solutions for the next step in human evolution.

    We are working to articulate our understanding through the creation of recombinant media mashups meant to epiphanize audiences——the creating and sharing of awe; "performance philosophy" in an age of collapsing boundaries and exponential creativity.

    Artist Michael Garfield referred to it as "playing hopscotch across illusory divides in the intertidal zone between technology and spirituality, science and art, self and other, individual and collective.”

    The director of the Imaginary Foundation described our work as “some kind of Ontological DJ'ing, recompiling the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which (hopefully) elevates our understanding from the dry and prosaic, into the sensual and transcendent.”

    “The goal is to prove a fresh framework and a new narrative to fill our old storytelling needs in our ever-increasing process of self-description.”

    Information technologies have become instruments of mind expansion, sensorial scaffoldings that increase and augment our capacity to process greater amounts of information, allowing us to extract richer gradients of meaningful data about the world and our experience.

    Whether its a telescope, a microscope or a marijuana joint, we need to think of these tools as aids, contact lenses through which we can see so much more than before.

    In the digital dimension we use the term resolution. Certainly we can appreciate how much more can be 'revealed' by having higher resolution..... and technology offering complex visualizations literally ups the resolution of our internal and external perceptions .

    Different Scales and perspectives of reality show how much of what we perceive is dictated by our point of view—literally by where we are and how we think. The most exhilarating realization, then, is that we all have the power to shape our experience by our linguistic and creative choices.

    "A random scrap of information can trigger just the right conceptual collision. It’s hard to know which scrap might do the trick, but that’s the beauty of things like social networks, interconnectivity, and these kinds of media mashups — they constantly produce potential sparks, for free.” - Seth Godin


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    gamma     Mon, Oct 3, 2011  Permanent link
    Yes, this is again amazing. I need two brains to watch and listen to the movie. Yet, I do feel slightly more informed.

    A while ago, I felt the great fortune and thrill when unexpectedly I watched a movie in the middle of day, during lunch. I felt that I was overworking and was ill, so I allowed myself to travel around the world with the racers in mighty Lamborghinis. The movie was exceptionally well edited. It had the old-fashioned approach to filming the roads, traffic, and cars from all sorts of angles, from air and in multiple frames. They recorded few events along the way, a lot of cursing, few seconds of footage related with the local culture, and many situations in which crime was a sport. It was all spiced with extreme-sport events that they visited along they way.

    I felt the great awe and nostalgia for the landscapes such as the roads around Las Vegas. Of course, due to my issues, I also believe that the expansion of cities and pollution are destroying the world, so paradoxically it seems that I like (the USA) what I hate. If all the roads and cities are bad for human beings in some way, their expansion is a part of human misery.

    So for example, to relate this with your movie, the economy of New York is probably destroying the USA and the misery is expanding further on. But, the patterns such as the highways or the city scape are still fascinating. It is sufficient that the expansion is based on a few simple mathematical rules to create those patterns. Even if the cities expand and become a garbage land, they will look interesting. The process is chaotic and ordered at the same time, so the patterns are nice, rich.

    It is just a thought. My point is that the patterning of the universe is somewhat inhuman or not that humane.
    nom the puppet     Sat, Oct 8, 2011  Permanent link
    this conceptual collision prompted propaganda for galactic conquest?

    a sustainable avenue for adventure is in the chaos of powers.
    control must wane to the wild and fall back like a meadow regaining from fire.
    it comes as a counter-inspiration to wipe clean the old totems and keep it itself.
    it's the thirst for immolation.


    fear of gods and fear of their demon brethren. they tie themselves by the tail.

    Olena     Thu, Dec 15, 2011  Permanent link
    This is fantastic. Thank you for sharing this, and the "You are a Receiver" post.

    I appreciate this part:

    Our stated goal is to re-ignite the art of the "performing philosophers" ... like Timothy Leary and Buckminster Fuller... A post from Wildcat here on Space Collective speaks about “thinkers who act as substantial agents of change, who drastically alter the infocologies they interact with, in the process transforming and meshing the different dimensions in which our minds operate.”


    I wish that was an "actual job". I'm always in the situation, lately, of having to explain to people what it is I do or want to do, and it's always really awkward and difficult. This is something between artist, scientist, designer, & philosopher.

    The most exhilarating realization, then, is that we all have the power to shape our experience by our linguistic and creative choices.


    Yes!

    Is there room for one more on your team?
    notthisbody     Thu, Dec 22, 2011  Permanent link
    @gamma thanks for your kind words...glad you found value in these pieces.

    @nom galactic conquest, quite an extrapolation indeed, we know not what we do when we pronounce the word, and well, the bird is the word. can it be any other way? and we are but pond skippers in a very deep ocean, our conscious minds blessed (cursed?) with a perceived continuity of surface tension...

    @olena, we are always open for more collab! private message us your email. nom nom more minds..;-)
     
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