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Thomas, 21st of November 2015:

The terrorists of IS are currently prepared to die for their islamist beliefs. We on the other side of the conflict, do everything to spare our own lives. We develop new expensive techniques to attack from far distances and without human presence. So in this secular western world, what is our ideology? Putting our own lives over the bigger cause – individualism? Lacking a bigger cause – capitalism? 


A dance floor: An image of individual creativity joining together, creating a community.

Soul Train Lines

 


 

In “Spontaneous Evolution” Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman provides this model:

“Civilisations” (western world’s) 4 basal paradigms:

  • animism
  • polytheism
  • monotheism
  • materialism

The western world today is super materialist, which means we acknowledge only matter and not spirit in our belief system.

The islamists are offering a monotheistic world view where the godly, in fact the spiritual realm is the only important and the material world is just a transport, a stepping stone for an after life in paradise.


Artist used to be master.

I learn a job from a master, become a master and teach someone else. / I invent my own unique work that no one will ever be able to make again.


 

 


Artists that have worked with web cameras:

Screening Reality by Pierre Derks, 2013

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Derks has went through over 8000 unprotected IP cams, made a selection, organised them by thematically, put them together with text from tweets or a news ticker (somewhat automatically and randomly generated?) and viewed the footage at the LhGWR Gallery in The Hague.

In his piece Derks focuses on the social aspects, the material he uses is very private sometimes yet public. Will we ever get used to the idea that we are being filmed? I’m curious about how this can affect our lifestyle and ways of expression. Will we become anonymous in the public “real” world and express ourselves on the web where we are in more control? Or is the internet an even more insecure place to be?


Linz Diary by Emily Jacir, 2003

Exhibition Europa at Whitechapel Gallery press release says:

linz diary (2003), is a performance by Jacir captured by one of the city’s live webcams that photographed the artist as she posed by a fountain in a public square in Linz, Austria, at 6pm everyday, over 26 days. During the performance Jacir would send the captured webcam photo of herself to her email list along with a small diary entry.

Jacir is using the public webcam to simply record herself. She is rather than hiding from the camera, posing in front of it.


9 eyes by Jon Rafman, ongoing

In 9 eyes Jon Rafman is collecting moments caught on Google earth. Thus he is using the public cameras to collect material.


When I was sixteen I left Stockholm to study one year in France. This was for me before Instagram and Snapchat that I would later rely on providing me live images from wherever my friends where. That’s when I discovered the public web cameras around the world. I started to browse footage from Stockholm but soon moved to NYC, Mecka, Sydney etc.

I am interested in the possibilities of web cameras. How a direct view of the world can help you connect mentally to other places that you are actually affecting from a distance by being part of a globalised world.

In Defense of the Poor Image by Hito Steyerl

Steyerl suggests that there is a hierarchy of images where resolution decides rank. But what if its accessibility was as relevant in the classification of an image?

I keep this statement in mind in everything I do.

The poor image is a copy in motion. Its quality is bad, its resolution substandard. As it accelerates, it deteriorates. It is a ghost of an image, a preview, a thumbnail, an errant idea, an itinerant image distributed for free, squeezed through slow digital connections, compressed, reproduced, ripped, remixed, as well as copied and pasted into other channels of distribution.

The poor image is a rag or a rip; an AVI or a JPEG, a lumpen proletarian in the class society of appearances, ranked and valued according to its resolution. The poor image has been uploaded, downloaded, shared, reformatted, and reedited. It transforms quality into accessibility, exhibition value into cult value, films into clips, contemplation into distraction. The image is liberated from the vaults of cinemas and archives and thrust into digital uncertainty, at the expense of its own substance. The poor image tends towards abstraction: it is a visual idea in its very becoming.

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… perhaps one has to redefine the value of the image, or, more precisely, to create a new perspective for it. Apart from resolution and exchange value, one might imagine another form of value defined by velocity, intensity, and spread.

/Hito Steyerl

What if you identified as part of humanity rather than an individual human. Everything ever done by humans was done by you. Not you as an individual but you as part of a community. Without the other parts of the community you wouldn’t even survive. So why only identify as your individual self?

How would the news sound like? When there is no point referring to people as ‘them’ or ‘others’ but as ‘we’ ‘you’ or ‘us’.

The thought of humanity as an organism.

“The individual in his sociological aspect is not the complete organism. He who attempts to live without association with his fellow dies. Nor is the nation the complete organism. If Britain attempted to live without cooperation with other nations, half the population would starve. The completer the cooperation, the greater the vitality.” / “The Great Illusion”, Sir Norman Angell,1909

Biologist Bruce Lipton: “We are not humans until we create humanity”


Amoeba, slime mould – sharing membrane, becoming one cell – a supercell.

Cells – evolution –> human body

Humans – evolution –> specialising, building communities/societies/nations/enterprises

NEXT STEP? Humans becoming one organism – a superorganism.

When humanity is united as one is that when we’ll be ready to connect with other worlds?


– Cells in our body are physically connected, don’t we need to be too to become a superorgaism?

Yes or maybe we could communicate through internet. We become cyborgs with built in connection to the universal consciousness (the smart phone is already becoming part of me).


When Gaia Vince writes in a BBC article about humanity as a superorganism she refers to it as a ‘he’ called Homni.