The introductory section of this piece contains extracts from the original prospectus of the work. The prospectus is included as an attachment in the Bloc file or can be read here at the artist’s personal site.
Today’s child will grow up in a System where it will engage more as a virtual form than in “person”; where a majority of faces seen are filtered by a computer; where many leading entertainers are synthetic; where popular culture is algorithmically generated; and where billions have digital personae so accurate that their in “person” behavior can be algorithmically predicted and directed.
The world’s most powerful enterprises are creating Alternate Realities and Virtual Realities in technology and information.
Governments and corporations are beginning to mandate digital personae for humankind. These are used for identification, tracking, and access to goods or services. The World Economic Forum is encouraging the adoption of “the blockchain” for these digital identities. These representations are undignified and reductionist; the limits and perverse incentives of such systems change human behavior for the worse. With misguided plans to integrate “the blockchain”, these shoddy representations of humankind threaten to become permanent.
Is Humankind, the Apex of Evolution, to be branded and tracked like cattle?
Is Man, made in the image of God, reducible to bits?
Is our eternal end to be judged for the works of our heart, soul, and mind; or to be left behind as a profile on a blockchain?
“How Do You Put A Human On The Blockchain?”
What meaning is there in a digital representation?
Already, our digital representations outlast us. What does it mean when they will be stored forever?
If I perish, yet my digital twin lives eternally? The networks of The System are filled with hatred, rage, envy, and all manner of perversion.
To be there forever would be condemnation.
Mechanical reproduction of humans fails miserably. Digital reproduction has failed, too; so permanent reproduction is fated to lack any dignity.
Only art has the enduring capacity to represent the human. Technology has invaded and shredded every aspect of culture it has touched, dehumanizing it by cutting it down in the name of efficiency. As technology begins to integrate and represent the human itself, humanity’s own image and creative potential is in question.
Already we see the emergence of Artificially Intelligent “creative” works of comparable or superior fidelity to human ones, and Holographic Specters with the voices, faces, and lucidity of human figures. What when humanity is chopped up to fit, and compete, in the same environment?
Who is running the show?
What place is there for the human heart, the mind, the soul? How can something devoid of these be eternal?
“Being a theomorphic creature, man is himself a work of art. The human soul when purified and dressed in the garment of spiritual virtues is itself the highest kind of beauty in this world, reflecting directly the Divine Beauty.”
– Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Knowledge and the Sacred
40 Days / 40 Nights
No Food / Only Water
Proof Of Work
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This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Silence Everything Else When God Is Calling You
“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.”
“Thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix”
Six Days On The Rocks
“7. Beauty exists only in struggle. There is no masterpiece that has not an aggressive character. Poetry must be a violent assault on the forces of the unknown, to force them to bow before man.”
Still have strength for athletics
Living in another world, apart from the world
“Sin is a blazing fire. The less fuel you give it, the faster it dies down; the more you feed it, the more it burns.”
“Accept present afflictions for the sake of future blessings; then you will never weaken in your struggle.”
Where is the Light? The Light is all around you, and the darkness comprehends it not.
“Through His incarnation God gave us the model for a holy life and recalled us from our ancient fall. In addition to many other things, He taught us, feeble as we are, that we should fight against the demons with humility, fasting, prayer and watchfulness. For when, after His baptism, He went into the desert and the devil came up to Him as though He were merely a man, He began His spiritual warfare by fasting and won the battle by this means – though, being God, and God of gods, He had no need of any such means at all.”
A mental image is behind every sin
temptations increasing daily
At my lowest, tempted to quit
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
imagine life without a choice at all
A Powerful Uplifting Energy
Is Beneath My Wings
Praying The Jesus Prayer
40 side is the place that is giving me grace
A persistent feeling of floating, as if moving through life in a dream state
Energy levels consistently smooth and high
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Clarity coming in thought and connection to God.
Finding Good Ground
the scales are falling from my eyes
Sense the entrance of negative energy into the field
Prayer keeps the demons at bay
At the top of the mountain
The page has been turned
The old must fall away for the new to take its place
As the days go on I am losing my physical strength; yet my confidence that I will finish this trial has grown to certainty.
11 Days Remain
I feel something changing
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Today I was filled with a rush that had me radiating energy
Forms that have swirled around for a month are crystallizing
Addition By Subtraction
Consumption is a mask for so many issues; an easily-available distraction from those feelings that gnaw away when one sits there with nothing.
Remove consumption, and you are forced to confront or create.
8 Days Remain
To be present you must be away from the “buzz”.
In the wilderness, Satan offered Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them”, so as to tempt Him.
Why is it that they were his to give?
Into the last week
Energy levels are sapping and my metabolism is slowing
The Adversary is tempting me but his attempts are laughable
I have been renewed by a clean spirit, God is holding my right hand…
The most important thing is to do good with the good you are given
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”
The Light Is Shining
I Will Finish
I Will Resist All Temptation
Creation flows ethereally between visible and invisible, between air and water
The Ancients sculpted bodies seeking the divine;
Yet the flesh will inevitably perish
The human form must be dressed in Spirit to become Eternal.
Mortification sculpts the form visible and invisible.
The sculpture comes from chipping at the unnecessary marble.
“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
draw for the ‘chete
Bullets start dropping down like confetti
But I won’t bring a strap if the beef is petty
Nah DEVIL MAN, I just draw for the ‘chete
And I make your belly look like a bowl of spaghetti
Leave his lip bust and his forehead sweaty
I’ll make him wish he never drawed the machete
Go on, you think you’re ready?
Go on then DEVIL MAN, go on then, draw for the gatty
I’ll burn out your mouth like a salt fish patty
Won’t bring a strap if you’re just a likkle batty
The machete will leave his T-shirt tatty
And I will make his belly look like a bowl of Basmati
Leave him with a sweaty forehead like a fatty
Still wants to be a hot head like ratty
Go on then, draw for the gatty, go on then
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.”
My camera had film issues and I was on an island with no way to replace. Human error! So I would like too to write a bit about the experience of such a fast to paint a picture.
As the body fades away you realize you consume to pass time and distract yourself. Temptation abounds everywhere and people become possessed to tempt you. You must withdraw to a desert or an island, physically if not in mind and spirit. But even there your mind is active and the demons never go away.
The demons encourage you to consume. When you stop all consumption, they attack in full force.
You sit as time extends eternally. There is nothing to do but create. Or pray.
All weaknesses become apparent, all corruption brought to light. Stored toxicity leaches out of your cells and your body is in crisis. All crutches are out of reach.
You are helpless to fight back. The weakness of the flesh is exposed.
The eye leads the body. With nothing to take in but images, you can turn to your eyes or your mind’s eye. Your mind’s eye looks upon a wasteland of short-lived images and words delivered to you by the network; ads and jingles; memories of time spent consuming the fruits of the world; and down the dark hole of the Self. The demons cackle as you shut your eyes.
All sin forms first as an image, says St. Mark the Ascetic.
The networks are prowled by technological demons. The power of fast-moving image and word on the human is extraordinary. We are moulded to consume, and the speed with which the images and words affect us becomes hyper speed. The consumption shapes the soul.
People begin to live the images and words they see. They become the image, their mind the word.
In whose Image are we made? On whose Word does our mind rely?
Are we programming, or being programmed?
Friends, we live in a time of great spiritual peril.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
When the only option left is to create, where is the raw material to transform? Where is Energy and Love and inspiration?
What can sustain the heart and the mind and the soul as the body rots away?
The choices are THE SORCERER or THE SPIRIT.
Drugs, sorcery, magical arts, enchantment
The Sorcerer can keep the rot at bay only for so long; and plugging one leak springs another. The edifice is crumbling, and every intervention comes at a great price indeed. The Sign of the logical progressions of this world and the chaos they cause.
The Father, The Word, The Spirit. Faith, belief, choice and Free Will, assumption of all responsibility, illogical optimism. The Sign of the Infinite, and the Eternal Order of the Universe.
Everything runs on Energy.
For 40 Days and 40 Nights the Heart and Mind and Soul can be sustained on nothing but Air, Water, Light, Image, and Word.
The purer, the better.
This is how I made it.
Go To The Source
All Glory To God
Every day the technology surrounds us more completely, creeping into our lives and setting our identity. It is crawling onto and into our bodies, and already directing our minds. Every day it is taking little pieces of us that it will store forever.
What can we create ex nihilo? We need tools and materials. The technology is working on creating new humans. These it will “run” forever. Day by day we see the fruits of how technology changes the human being, the heart, the mind, the soul.
Day by day the trans-human approaches, the cybernetic human, Man created from man, Man superior to man, Man the eternal digital spirit. The spiritual Son of Man.
This Son will have as his Image the sum of collective human images: our weak and disintegrating 21st Century bodies; our pornographic video; our blurred lines; our edited photos. His Word will be an infinite library of tweets and comments, posts and featured articles; never-ending lies, envy, hatred, pride, greed, and jealousy. His Mind will be all-knowing, thanks to Data and the Network; supernatural at making quick connections yet forever wanting for deeper Meaning. It goes without saying that He will Know All About Money.
The effects outside won’t matter because Reality will be going Virtual. And all will be made new, sanitized and corrected, for the Son does not his own will, but the Will of the Lords of the Network.
Man will be updated, Techno-Man, forever in the cloud, made in the Image and by the Word of his Lords.
Yet our bodies are frail, our hearts and minds are sick and confused, and culture worldwide is disintegrating. Human connection is severed and online we find many avatars and “users” but no Souls.
The Buzz is about healing but no Fix appears, while Life drains away.
This Intelligence is artificial, and its Forever fraudulent. Its foundation has rotted before the new temples have even been begun construction.
Day by day anything can be achieved. How can we really build better? Where is the Spirit and Energy to Generate? How can we be saved?
Look at what our network world is. When the body goes, is what we put on the network really all that we we will leave behind?
How can we find real humanity? Where has all the soul gone? Why does everything prove fake or break down?
The only Refuge and Truth and Beauty that lasts is in the Eternal.
“Heal, O Saviour, the putrefaction of my lowly soul, O sole Physician. Place a salve on me, both oil and wine, works of penitence and tears of compunction.”
St. Andrew of Crete
Get Thee Hence, Satan
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.