An AI created this painting of the fictional Bellamy family. It just sold for almost half a million dollars. The main interest here is signaling that this is worth collecting. I am not sure why this is the first AI art to be sold? Maybe it is because an entire universe was created the fictional Bellamy family? I dont know. This does not seem to be any particular expertise associated with creating this image.
What I would do is take this image and then send it to china and have it done in an oil paint. I mean really ink jet??
Here is another idea. I would create a series of pseudo masters (pseudo picasso, pseudo vangogh, pseudo da vinci, then you could reproduce notebooks, although the notebooks would have nothing to do with the works. It would be interesting if you could some how make the notebooks refer to the works – I am not sure how you would do this, other than create the notebook with ai create the painiting with ai, have a natural language system intepret the notebook and adjust the painting.
And here is yet another series of ideas: Fake popes, or fake religious figures (create a fake religion), fake mythological stories, new avant-garde traditions, I could go on.
True this is a bit more interesting than the psycidelica of deep dream, but I bet someone bought this to see if anyone realized it was a fake….
This week I re-started practicing Kundalini Yoga. I started practicing Kundalini Yoga almost 20 years ago – because Madonna did it and she was buff. This sounds moronic but it is true -and I am in touch with my inner moron. In retrospect, I now understand that she probably had some help from weight training, cooks, etc to become buff, but none the less I started down the path of Kundalini Yoga. For about 5 years I only did Kundalini. Then I dabbled in Ashtanga, Hatha, random things like laughing lotus – where you laugh during your practice. I did Kung Fu and tai chi for a few years, and then returned to Bikram Yoga, which I still think is one of the most amazing work outs ever. When I was pregnant I did a mix of Kundalini, Jivamukti, and Iyengar.
On my way home from work this week I passed a kundalini yoga studio. Unlimited 30 days for $38. I just cannot pass up a good deal! So I have been doing Kundalini yoga every day for the past few days. This morning I went to a 2.5 hour yoga class at 4:30 in the morning. This is called virtue signaling. It was called Aquarius Sadhana.
So why at 4:30am? This is the Ambrosial hour, the 2 hours before sunrise, the best time to meditate.
Everyone was wearing white, except for me. I was in insane print all over me and I thought of Saruman from Lord of the Rings – when he becomes evil (spoiler alert). Why wear white when you can wear all the colors of the rainbow. Well I will perhaps move back to white and not wear all the colors – we must make a choice.
I was thinking the other day that in my yet to be completed magnum opus, post-human trilogy, that I have finally come up with a title for the third installment: The relic. I was also thinking of the votive, or something. The other two volumes are “the forgettory” and “the auger”. Together these are like place, person and thing,
I do not really have ritual objects. I try to have ritual objects but it is not authentic. I am trying to create an experience or have an experience that is not natural to me. How can I create a ritual object. Everything is mass produced (probably in china). I have been to all the factories. I know. It is like in AI – the Spielberg/Kubrick Movie – David is not unique. How to get that uniqueness that aura for a ritual object. It is hard for me to reconcile. This stone I am buying from the random esoteric shop on 14th street – how do I know it is what it says it is – and not some piece of plastic sold in YiWu.
If anyone has suggestions let me know…
I started, for the first time in many years, to do kundalini yoga. My experience of kundalini is a lot of chanting and holding positions, and focus on angles. This contrasts with Iyengar (lots of props), Astanga, lots of changing poses, or bikram, it’s hot and I’m going to die.
Although the chanting at first is sort of jarring and the offends my rational mind I love it. I feel like the words I use during the day to communicate are so meaningless or commerce driven. There is something beautiful about hearing your voice and other voices in a chant (probably about loving kindness, forgiveness, or some other positive life affirming notion)
Is there power in this ? I don’t know but I do feel there is the personal power of transformation and beauty.
My latest fictional project involves poetic interpretations of unix command line tools with matching tee shirts. Think Sed Awk Grep etc.
I love command line tools. It is like using magic. Each tool is perfectly suited for a particular task. It is beautiful technology. It does remind me of a prayer or a magical incantation. Different prayers are said on the sabbath and on passover, for mercury and for mars. How do we combine the atomic pieces and create something new and powerful? A Hypersigil? I do realize this blog post is sort of going off the deep end, however I recommend everyone read In the Beginning Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson.
The command line and its unix tools are a beautiful and glorious thing
I went on a Pleiades art googling binge. The Pleiades is a start cluster also known as the 7 sisters and is a much storied and mythologized astronomical feature. I do not know why this would be the case. The traditional greek story is that Orion the hunter desired the sisters and Zeus helped them escape by changing them into doves and they became the constellation.
I find this such as strange story. Why is it so important to be preserved in the sky?
We do still hear about groups of women chased by men. The one that comes to mind immediately is the Boku Haram kidnapping. Is this constellation a reminder? A warning?
There are also myths about the Pleiades and sailing. Theoretically, this has something to do with the time of year and ‘sailing season’. But I think it is interesting to think about this as a vehicle and a star cluster about a vehicle. The other vehicle we have is a chariot and then perhaps Sagittarius, which is more like a cyborg than a vehicle.
What is the difference between a boat and a chariot as a vehicle. Well one goes over land, one water, one is for one or two people, the other is for a group. Women can be on the sailboat, not sure about the chariot. Sailboats are at the whim of nature, the winds, they are slower. Chariots are faster and under the control of the horse and charioteer.
What of the vehicles for enlightenment such as the greater and lesser vehicles of buddhism. And this I interpret as ‘tech’ this is the technology to get somewhere and what is your tech. Or what is your way, or method. I really translate all this as tech. So we can imagine the Pleiades as a sort of star tech – it is a vehicle for something.
I was thinking about the easter egg in a video game. What is the easter egg? The easter egg is a hidden prize that you win by breaking the rules of the game in some way. You do not find the easter egg by following the rules, you find them by breaking the rules and this is the highest achievement in a game.
What does this say about rules, or about system based rules.
On second thought, is really about breaking rules, or breaking the system. It is about finding a contradiction in the system rather than breaking the rules. You use the rule to break the system. It is not the creation of a paradox, like travelling back in time and disrupting your parents meeting so you are never born. But it is about using the system against the system finding the limits of the system.
Kant was all about finding the limits of human thought. The division between what we can think about rationally and what is speculation or what is dogma. And this leads to the transcendental deduction and categories of thought.
What about the limit of a system? What is the limit of a model, of a computer simulation, of a set? what is the internal logic of the system? The easter egg is at or beyond that limit. So then is the easter egg in the system or outside the system?
Or are easter eggs just an aesthetic piece? An idiosyncratic piece of the game designer’s desire fit into a system designed to hide the creator.