Mammalian Dive Reflex
Akademirommet, Oslo, November 2017
with contributions from explosm.net, sigilscribe.me, www.elsewhere.org, and inspirobot.me
“Grasping for safe metanarratives in an era of ontological collapse is a fool’s errand. If you’re thirsty you’re just going to have to get used to drinking from Azathoth’s firehose.”
― Gordon White, Whisky Rant: Disc 2 (Special Features), runesoup.com
Four websites, one projected on each wall. Each site contains a different “automatic content generator”, a mechanism that produces a new image or text every time the page is refreshed. All four are updated simultaneously, and left for only a moment before they’re replaced by the next iteration.
The expression FOMO (short for ‘Fear Of Missing Out’) was coined in 2004. As a disease it preys on our modern attention-based economy. It’s impossible to experience everything, particularly when this “everything” spawns from a near infinite amount of available permutations. No longer needed in the process are such speed-limiting intermediaries as human intervention.
This isn’t necessary:
“But even if such a prediction were true, our inability to distinguish between a virtual reality simulation and the real world will have less to do with the increasing fidelity of simulation than the decreasing perceptual abilities of us humans.”
― Douglas Rushkoff, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age