Towards The Past and Future Gouache on paper 2013
Count Down has begun for my exhibition COSMIC ADDRESS! The doors are open from Tuesday 15 October... 3 weeks away. The exhibition will end on Sunday 27 October.
I rather like the term 'Count Down' in reference to an exhibition called COSMIC ADDRESS.
Let me explain...as well as I can.
There are a few things that have lead me to wonder...and wonder.
One is this most fascinating article A Jewel At The heart Of Quantum Physics by Natalie Wolchova in Quanta Magazine . It is about the fact that Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental constituents of nature.
The geometric object is an amplituhedron...yes an amplituhedron!
Here are a few quotes, but please read the whole article and the comments it has attracted.
.....the new geometric approach to particle interactions removes locality and unitarity from its starting assumptions. The amplituhedron is not built out of space-time and probabilities; these properties merely arise as consequences of the jewel’s geometry. The usual picture of space and time, and particles moving around in them, is a construct.
But the new amplituhedron research suggests space-time, and therefore dimensions, may be illusory anyway.
Beyond making calculations easier or possibly leading the way to quantum gravity, the discovery of the amplituhedron could cause an even more profound shift, Arkani-Hamed said. That is, giving up space and time as fundamental constituents of nature and figuring out how the Big Bang and cosmological evolution of the universe arose out of pure geometry.
Ye gads! Holy mackerel! Hey what!
Where does all of that place a COSMIC ADDRESS?
Shadow's Secret Gouache on paper 2013
I did say there were a few things that have made me wonder...
The next is * Prof Nick Bostrom's idea that we are living in a simulation, somehow determined by a post-human project/'life' of re-'living' humanity's history. But, there's more, the simulation includes the creation/re-creation of the Universe...even the multiverse. So, it's a pretty stupendous simulation! These poor post-humans essentially have no life of their own...they just recapture memory...certainly not a pathway to Utopia one would think?! Could be more Kafkaesque?
LIVING INSIDE A COMPUTER
So, we maybe living inside a computer? But, then again we may not? But if, indeed, we are living inside a computer it would have to be a really magnificent computer and probably not recognisable as a computer to us, otherwise we'd detect the subtext, the guile, the subterfuge...wouldn't we? But, as the Professor writes, if someone did detect something, the post-human simulators could eradicate the memory of detection, wipe the slate clean...and the simulation would continue.
But....maybe the Professor's postulation is a sign of the simulation itself...maybe an undetected leakage from the post-human future or maybe a deliberate play...a teasing loop?
And...maybe... the discovery of the amplituhedron, and it's indication that time and space are illusions, is evidence that the simulation postulation is indeed plausible?
So, if we are living in a computer simulation, it would be fair to say that we are, in French philosopher Jean Baudrillard's seductive terms, fatally mediated. Because, if we are living in a simulation based on 'memory', the world has already come to an end. Our fundamental destiny is not to exist and survive, as we think: it is to appear and disappear.**
Cosmic Ouroboros Oil on linen 120 x 150 cm 2012
When I was very young, laying awake at night or gazing out the school bus windows, I used to wonder if Life was orchestrated by someone or something that moved us and everything else around like pieces of a board game. I remember thinking that whoever/whatever was in control would have to think of a lot! But, I also thought it would be great fun...
Back to COSMIC ADDRESS:
If time and space are illusions then a COUNT DOWN and an ADDRESS are actually illusions too! Why... because counting, in this way, is a 'measurement' of time and an address is normally a place in a geographic space. And a COSMIC ADDRESS is situated in time and space...seemingly so anyway.
The three paintings above will be in COSMIC ADDRESS.
*Please check out Professor Nick Bostrom's original 2003 [YES- 10 years ago!!!] article Are You Living In A Computer Simulation? And you can go to the Simulation Argument's own webpage where you will find a plethora of articles, ideas, explanations and 'patches' for this intriguing and fascinating idea. The Professor comes with an amazing academic and intellectual footprint - Professor, Faculty of Philosophy & Oxford Martin School; Director, Future of Humanity Institute; Director, Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology-University of Oxford.
** Baudrillard, J. Fatal Strategies, Semiotext[e], Columbia University, NY, 1990 P. 175
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