nearlya Only the most exceptional people become aware of the Matrix :P I took the red pill years ago myself, so you’re not waiting for me! 

 Metaphysics and philosophy, hey? Theorists would tell you that science fiction is just us catching up with metaphysics and philosophical paradigms like The Cave. Most people would say metaphysics is science fiction! But…. at the end of science fiction the era of hyperreality begins. The materialization by the machine and the system of production becomes a Promethean premise. All simulation is reality and all reality is simulation? ….to an artificial mind all reality is virtual… (…now I’m watching the Animatrix like the total nerd I am, dammit!). 

Have you read Baudrillard’s work on simulation? 

“Simulacra of simulation, founded on information, the model, the cybernetic game - total operationally, hyperreality, aim of total control.” 

“When there is no longer any virgin territory, and thus one available to the imaginary, when the map covers the whole territory, something like the principle of reality disappears. In this way, the conquest of space constitutes an irreversible crossing toward the loss of the terrestrial referential. There is a hemorrhaging of reality as an internal coherence of a space that follows that of the planet is equal to derailing (dematerializing) human space, or to transferring it into a hyperreal simulation.” 

(All Baudrillard - Simulacra and Science Fiction) 

Fun fun fun!! 


Conrad Jon Godly (Switzerland)

An inner knowledge of the essence of mountains grows in us when we look at Godly’s paintings. And it is precisely such internalized knowledge of the mountains that the Swiss artist has continually brought on to the canvas. Godly paints such works exclusively, basically always the same - pictures of mountains in all kinds of weather, sometimes only of rocks formations, big, small, very big and very small paintings - and nothing else really. (cf. What is a mountain? by Philipp Meier)

© All images courtesy the artist

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Tumblr Monday 28

We’re glade to have nearlya for this Tumblr Monday to share with us his favorite contemporary artist, Anselm Kiefer (also one of Rery’s personal favorites!)

“I’m interested in reconstructing symbols. It’s about connecting with an older knowledge and trying to discover continuities in why we search for heaven.” For more than thirty-five years, Kiefer has considered fundamental questions about humanity’s place in the cosmos, undertaking a visual exploration of the concept of spirituality and the relationship between heaven and earth (cf. Art Collectors International Group)… Please enjoy!