“Solar Systems are Needed to Generate Life” –Not Just Rocky Planets with Water

Whole solar systems are needed to generate life, not just terrestrial planets with water. Life probably needs a solar system similar to our own to start, although autogenic processes –where something in life is created spontaneously with self assembly– could still occur in a system that only has gas giants. There is evidence that life on Earth could not have started without the other planets. The conditions on the prehistoric Earth would only have served to inhibit the formation of RNA. Mars, on the other hand, would have been just right. While there was some water on ancient Mars, there wouldn’t have been enough to hamper the formation of RNA. Also, while the early Earth was starved of oxygen, Mars would have had enough to create oxidized molybdenum and boron, which are pivotal in the construction of RNA.

Autogenic forms are probably more widespread than life in the Universe as they can be constructed from many different materials. It’s a generic type of chemistry which may be similar throughout the Universe, indicating that the process is more important that than the molecules themselves.

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Aesthetics Artwork Notes

Oct. 17, 2011

Aesthetics Artwork Notes

What my artwork will aim to do:

1. Sensory: Aesthetics based on the origin of the word aesthetics: “Aisthitikos is the ancient Greek word for that which is ‘perceptive by feeling.’ Aisthisis is the sensory experience of perception.

The artwork must create a sensory experience and engage several sense organs in a potent way.

2. Corporeal: Buck-Morss claims that we find ourselves returned to the origin of the word aesthetics through the “Benjamin revolution,” which demands of art to: “undo the alienation of the corporeal sensorium, to restore the instinctual power of the human bodily senses for the sake of humanity’s self-preservation.”

“The original field of aesthetics is not art but reality–corporeal, material nature.”

The artwork should draw on the idea of the corporeal—of the visceral body. Use fleshy pink and red tones. Bubblegum gives it a soft, moist, palpable but uncomfortable feel, as well as a strong scent. It is reminiscent of the body interior.

3. Instinct: “so little does aesthetics have to do intrinsically with the philosophical trinity of Art, Beauty, and Truth, that one might rather place it within the field of animal instincts.”

The artwork should look like something instinctual, and alive, rather than something wilted but beautiful. The artwork is independently functional—like a heart, which is self-propagating, and beats of its own accord, independent from the brain. This also refers to autogenesis, in the sense that a “living organ” (the artwork) is created out of inanimate matter.

4. Autogenesis: From the Futurist manifesto: “War is beautiful because it initiates the dreamt-of metallization of the human body.”

This dreamt of metallization of the human body is based on this leitmotif of autogenesis. The light bulbs add a mechanical aspect to the artwork, as they seem either suffocating or intrusive within the visceral mass.

Title: The Head, the Heart, and the Gut defines to the artwork as a functional, living thing that can sense its surroundings just as the viewer can sense it. The artwork has these 3 necessary organs, which, on their own, only speak of cold, inanimate objects: the mechanical head (light bulbs), the muscle fibers of the heart (yarn), and the disgusting gut that digests all (gum).