Prospecting the future
(October, 2010) --- One beating heart stopped and the productive nature of an individual disappeared into a new epoch according to the ‘Prospecting the Future Council’ (PFC). A study released today suggests that by 3120 the inhabitants of the planet will be less than 10% of current population (The most densely populated country will be the Vatican City). Additionally of those living a ‘fundamental existence’ on planet earth, there will be an additional 151 humans alive elsewhere in the Universe. This exact number includes 150 IPT’s (members of the International Prospecting Team) and one Time Traveler (1).
In 2012 the PFC will begin its study, ‘Habitat i’. The research team will be collating data on, what is the future, what part history has in the future and within this future; do we have a part to play within it?
The IPT shall be visiting (Prospecting) breeding patches (2) permitting individuals to enter new worlds and to gather local information. However the nature of individual information gathered by the prospectors shall remain unknown to all traveling (3). The material collected will be returned to earth at a later date (This is to avoid nesting behavior amongst the prospectors). The return to earth is not pre determined. It is anticipated that the crew of ‘Rosebud One’ will be equipped to encounter future experiences in the New World order without Old-World memories…the preservation of these Old-World memories would create an imperfect shadow. Only Nostalgic future thinking will be preserved. And so to sleep…and to dream…for we are everywhere and yet not quite here, we live lives of imagination removed from a life; one of past deed, temperament and experience.
(1) The whereabouts’ of the time traveler remains unknown. (The time traveler is not part of IPT) The future presence of a human is assured.
(2) Breading patches…planets capable of sustaining life
(3) All data by personnel is collected on personal computer systems. Each individual downloads his or her research findings on to a mainframe computer. No single member can retrieve all collected data.
“…And reaching the point of maximum entropy, the Universe became (in geometric terms) flat, it ceased to oscillate and became cold, in an instant ‘zero’ became the only entity in existence.” (1)
The idea of being able to Future forecast and to describe ‘The Last of all’ is something that is commonly prevalent. I may well hold an interest in cosmology, ontology, eschatology, teleology and metaphysics, yet my work ‘Blue Print For Tomorrow’ could not (under any stretch of the imagination) proclaim that it is actually advancing our collective understanding of what could be our ultimate destiny. My rendering of ‘The End’ alludes to the possibility that nature may not have any design or purpose. By prophesising an end (by creating a grand narrative) the conclusion herewith disregards idealism, romance and tragedy…this work pauses before ‘the end of everything’…the universe continues to oscillate…but only just, it is decelerating…the blueprinted Universe is held at a point of transformation, everything having equal value, a pantheon to the ‘Unknown.’
As well life’s little stories, the placement of the self within the world, there remains spaces for ‘metanarratives’ the ostentatious great big things that should not be straightforwardly dismissed. I feel that one of the luxuries of existence is to be able to contemplate material that simply has little or no bearing on the self at the present…this dreaming could be, escape and fatigue, freewill and determinism…life is but a series of compatibles…an attempt is made at understanding something about the nature of being…and the nature of possibilities…the closer one is to ‘actuality’, so one may need to travel further, to the outer extremities, to find solace…
In the poem, ‘Dreamland’ Edgar Allan Poe describes a wild weird place, a veiled sublime land that is out of space and out of time…I believe that I am seeking such a place in an additional work, ‘Memeplexes’- ‘Just before he died, he was sure that he could smell the sweetness of life…it was the scent of fresh marzipan.’ A hand painted globe, (about the size of Planet Earth)…and upon blue oceans, self-contained landmasses, there are no recognisable continents. This reincarnated world is made up of places connected to utopian visions, fables of wonderland and lost legendary islands…Spartel Bank, Locus Amoenus, Ultima Thule, Atollk and Lemuria, the inventory reads like a nomenclature of desired lands…With one exception, the land of ‘UT’, a continent in the making, created by the artist. Memplexes is play-acting and re-shaping the world, akin to the ‘King-Maker’, one is scribbling over a map of his territory…creating new lands and new cities…the unleashing of a new aesthetic, the world as a total work of art.
Several additional works make use of Google maps; one is an attempt to locate the lost continent of Atlantis, the second image is a reconnection with the whereabouts of the Alligator pond situated at Cape Kennedy Space Centre…a place I became aware of during the broadcasts of the Apollo Missions in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
(1) Thomas ‘the Beautiful’ – A Time Travellers Testimony.
UT - Could also be known as the lost Utopia
Cosmology – The Science of the origin and development of the universe
Ontology – A branch of Metaphysics dealing with the nature of being
Eschatology - The part of theology concerned with death and final destiny…the study of the last
Teleology – The explanation of phenomena by the purpose they serve in the material world
Metaphysics – The theoretical philosophy of being and knowing
Memeplexes – Group(s) / things placed together and evolving through processes and phenomena
Entropy – A measure of disorder or randomness in systems & the unavailability of a systems thermal energy
'Blue Print for No Tomorrow'
Exhibited as part of 'Northern Stars' :Saatchi OnLine.
9th April - 22nd May 2010. A Foundation, Liverpool.
Curated by Rebecca Wilson (Associate Director, Saatchi Gallery)
SAATCHI ONLINE: Northern Stars
9 April - 22 May 2010
Saatchi Online, the Saatchi Gallery's website founded in 2006 to provide artists with a free platform to show their work to a global audience, will be exhibiting a selection of artists from the north of England. Entitled Northern Stars, the exhibition will present an outstanding range of work, including painting, photography and sculpture.
In keeping with Saatchi Online's mission to democratise the traditional hierarchies of the art world and give artists access to collectors for their work, Northern Stars features the work of 8 artists chosen from the 100,000 artists registered on Saatchi Online. All the works in Northern Stars will be for sale.
They are: Michael Branthwaite, Fiona Curran, Aidan Doherty, Jonathan Legge, Amy Moffat, Ruth Murray, Karl de Vroomen and Simon Withers.
Carrier Bag Man
These images shall form part of an occasional series of plastic bag man photographs. The bag illustrated is a circa 1980 Selectadisc record bag. It was used for the occasion of the first Cruiser, ‘Conversations in Transit’ on the 18th January 2010. The artists involved for this trip (to talk and discuss the exhibition, 'I can see your house from here') boarded the tram at The Lace Market, Nottingham and traveled to Hucknall. The group alighted at Hucknall and walked first to the Parish Church in which Lord Byron was buried before taking tea at the ‘Coffee Pot‘. The ‘Bag’ series work is connected to my interest in Time Travel...most of those on the trip also had cheese & onion toasties from the 'Coffee Pot' cafe.
I can see your house from here