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  • Imago Mundi

    Imago Mundi
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    Pratt Institute
    critic: Karl CHU with Michelle FOWLER

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Thomas LEE & Gillian SHAFFER: Kantian mysticism? Duality in mind dependence of the human subjectivity inside the absurdity of existence, or the monist, metaphysical fabric supported by the scientific method in search of Truth? Determinism or the stochastic system of choice?

    Vertical Topological Manifold, or VerLab///
    Similar to Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, where Alice roams a nesting of scales and surreal space of heterogeneous ideas, the library looks to the monolithic international cityscape as a suggestion of an individualization of possible imaginations. Each idea serves as its own container and inconsistent multiplicities, exemplified in the city. The self-writing library looks to produce an artifact given the economy of the city where strange things exist in tension or perhaps don’t belong.

    The initial organization of the library occurs at the orientation and organization of subject nested by period; followed by literature and narratives of the subject; one category begins with Plato; with attention to Aesthetics; an engrossment in a software manual; astray to animation in modern cinema; so on. Within the absurdity of the aggregation of hypertextual organization, the disorder and chaos inside of the fragmentary state of books induces the mind dependent labyrinth. At this threshold the library becomes active to the individual. Each book within the library will be equipped with a RFID device that allows for the visitor to search and find any book on their computer or mobile device. As users check out books, or even read their way through the topological labyrinth, reshelving books along other related or unrelated ideas, the state of the library meets fragmentation and entropy of neighboring conditions. This universal egalitarianism conveys time and the evolution of ideas and more importantly, human kind’s attempt to define something beyond the self, and our finitude.

    The self-writing library organically reacts to the footprint of its visitors. After absorbing or proliferating a text, the user writes a sentence in relation to what was read. Therefore, given this narrative sequence, a heterogeneous idea activates in the formation of a new book. The user participates in the information construction of the library and gets inputted back into the library. “To locate book A, consult first a book B which indicates A’s position; to locate book B, consult first a book C, and so on to infinity…” (Library of Babel, Borges). The spontaneous, stochastic system is brought into order, to which order brings forth meaning, and further acts as an infinite organic writing machine that self-writes a plethora of consequences within the contained, taunting spliced allure of the aesthetical sphere of existence.

    Planet Inc.///
    In a technocratic deterministic society, the collective’s scientifically evaluates the legibility of content through a vast network of neural trafficking. Inside of a uni-complex patchwork, a collection of a thousand discrete cubes, connected by assorted conduits, and transportation hubs, the society collectively moves towards infinity.

    Together they contribute to the evolution by improving the doctrine, perpetuating the myth, and espousing the belief to the detail of a social plan and refined idea; filtering the immense traffic of a collective consciousness. The orchestrated singularity presses forward.

    The library for Internal Information Data Genesis, or Planet Inc., rapport the mutual attention, cognitions, and coordination of agents whom intimately share the same reality and strand of thinking with one another. Upon entering the library, the individual enters a pod and is given an apparatus that tests the hypothesis of the spontaneous, stochastic VerLab library self-writings. Simultaneously, the collective evaluate the validity of the subjective content, creating a census of data, which later on goes on sorted, catalogued, and stored by the server in the Planet Inc. database. If true, not false, the data is printed as a contemporary encyclopedia and shelved in the Ver-Lab.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    TL & GS: Casey Rehm, Moore’s Outer totalistic CA, discrete + knotted topological space, UTM 1929, Kant, Kierkegaard, Parmenides, Karl.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    TL & GS: Reading and writing metaethical proofs for the epistemological bankruptcy of non-cognitivst ethics (Ayer, Sturgeon, Gibbard); Quentin Meillassoux; Graham Harman; Borges’ Labyrinth “Library of Babel.” Rewatching Minority Report and Playtime. Listening to Rrose, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and German techno.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    TL & GS: The work of “the O.O.O.” object-oriented ontology.

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