Biomimetic sequence exploration produces the most beautiful results.
I actually have a little digital forest created with these 'building blocks', amazing what can be achieved when mimicking the growth processes of nature.
"Be a shade vague. (Or if you have the balls, unrepentantly obscure). It allows others to insert their ideas and preoccupations into your work; this is a biz where people love to pull rabbits out of your hat. If you're too clear it makes it a take it or leave it proposition. Be interpretation-friendly."
- Tibor Fischer, The Thought Gang
Personally, I truly agree with this statement. It is wonderful when any one can see something akin to themselves in your own creation. Something universal when, captured would appeal to any other fellow observer on every level of consciousness.
Although the 'Philosophy' part of my jewelry design is me inserting ideas and preoccupations into my own work, I believe the concepts themselves would be appealing universally:
Time Bound - Time, and ultimate questions of humanity of how everything began, why are we here? where are we heading?
Meta Bound - Symbolic Exchange and information in the technology advancing age.
Meta Ratio - Mathematics as the code of nature and a key to aesthetic beauty.
Nausicaa - Nature and its ability to regenerate, new arising from the ashes of the old.
The whole process of my artwork can be summed as:
Energetic causation is from the past to the future, 'mental causation' working backwards from the future.
- Rupert Sheldrake The Science Delusion
Biophotonic: living cells emit electro-magnetic energy in the form of photons
Autopoietic: Self creating
We are light creatures of the consciousness.
'Biophotons and the Universal Light Code'
'Physical Basis of Biophoton Emission and Intercellular communication'
I would say this is a Metagoth aesthetic, oh isn't it fun to get nitty gritty with the sub-culture terminology and derive something new?
See these panels appear to be too romantic and strongly hinting at Victorian classicism to be cyberpunk or what I personally prefer nowadays as an interpretation of Metapunk.
But that's all this is my personal interpretation of aesthetic cultural terminology.
In case of a techapocalypse, if all electronics were to die, I've converted some of my favourite digital artworks into .txt files. A form of preservation of the digital format on a hardcopy record.
Took a long while to convert all that text into Photoshop to create the visualisation above. Amazing to see how much information is used to represent digital creations.
Below I've added in the .txt file for the artwork. Its simply too long to publish on here as text, I tried it all crashed.
It seems even the artificial forms fall to the nature's rhythms.
Quadrant repetition sequence:
Don't confuse me for a futurist. I see no future, I imagine no future and I do not wonder or hope for any of it.
The mind is too enthralled with the here and now, it is the here and now that's full of wonder.
When the illusion of the passing of time is overcome All becomes transcendent and clear, universalising. Concept of time binds the mind and its thoughts, it is enslaving.
Singularity is already here. Its always been here.
Urban historian M. Christine Boyer speculates the virtual landscapes of the vast computer network sprawl and their possible form in parallel to our reality. With her observations it is good to consider how this cyberspace is becoming increasingly integrated into our sense of place.
With emphasis on the importance of the distinction between parallels and representations of our reality and the virtual, she states ‘electronic imagery generates a unique mental ordering that seems to parallel, not represent, reality’ (Boyer, 1995).
A forming parallel of reality co-existing with our own in the electronic net, the symbolic imagery aiding us in our understanding, navigation and habituation of this dimension.
Cultural philosopher and critic J. Baudrillard argues the very existence of reality in the metaphysical sense has disappeared - the principle of reality is dead. And therefore a new stage is reached, what he called the ‘ultra-reality’ the end of reality and illusion, as the ‘symbolic substance’ annihilates due to the ‘identical doubling’ and ‘mirroring’ of the real into the virtual. The real is ‘cloned’ by ‘virtual reality’. As the subject from reality is projected onto the virtual, its meaning, the symbolic substance disappears, along with its reality and illusion. The subject is now in the ‘ultra reality’ stage.
‘Personal reductionism’ is happening throughout many social networks, it is ‘emphasizing of the crowd [and] deemphasising individual humans’ (Lanier, 2010). Leading to increased tendency to acquire image as a way of re-establishing individuality and visibility. This is a good example of Guy Debord’s cultural theory of the Spectacle transcending social tendencies from real life to life online.
‘Since the spectacle’s job is to cause a world that is no longer directly perceptible to be seen via different specialized mediations’ (Debord, 1995).
Individuality is a recent phenomenon, which emerged in the populations of civilised democratic countries (Baudrillard, 2007). Our individuality is a ‘ghost of representation of ourselves’ (Baudrillard, 2007). The ghost is an interesting metaphor for the absence of personal essence, fading away to non-existence, sub-being. The identities which never truly existed and to constantly pretend it has is a weary task.
In the ‘postmodern uncertainty’ it also seems our own identities are continuously evolving and changing, made easy with the power of image. It is a ‘fluid persona’ as it can be consciously shaped (Wilbur, 1996). In other words we are curating our identities online, ‘editing’ and ‘highlighting’ certain aspects of our lives (Johnson, 2010).
It would seem appropriate for the first blog entry to be about its symbols. Consisting of two main parts – the name, and the default illustration.
The name Metacitrography is a play of words around the root of my surname ‘Citro’. Followed by the ‘-graphy’ suffix. Citrography is a personal watermark, a digital signature.
The ‘Meta’, according to the good ol’ Wiki, is derived from ‘Greek meaning, "after", "beyond", "with", "adjacent", "self" is a prefix used in English (and other Greek-owing languages) to indicate a concept which is an abstraction from another concept, used to complete or add to the latter.’ I saw a good connection between this meaning and an online virtual place to inhabit, ‘add to’ with self-expression.
This is ‘after’, ‘beyond’, ‘with’ and ‘adjacent’ to ‘self’. The ‘self’ projecting thought and ideas into the digital webbed abyss.
The illustration is that of my hand with the paintbrush projecting render of light, code and awkward slivers of electric line. All very obviously symbolic of artist / author as digital projector into the virtual place.
The coding has been taken from my Facebook profile. As the Metacitrography project is directly linked. But that is a theoretical exploration for another entry.
Thank you for reading,
until next time!