Immaculate In Vitro
After much deliberation on what I would like to put into this exhibition here is my overall direction:
I am an atheist – I admit it reluctantly. I’d rather be agnostic, it feels better. I do believe in something bigger, greater, purposeful. But what? None of the existing theologies – Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity have me convinced. Who is my god?
I had an epiphany two weeks ago. To admit that everything is meaningless – a function of protons, neutrons and electrons coming together by pure chemical device is a hard step to take. I took it a whiles ago. But for humanity to take this step is immensely harder. Religion is a function of meaning creation in a world, an existence of chance and pure math. It makes life bearable. It is a mass opiate – perhaps actually a mass pacifier. A much needed one too, after all, how would we infuse the will to function otherwise.
I am human. I need a construct too. What is my comfort cushion? What I most strongly believe in is the inevitability of the future. The surging forth of time and its people. The forward push of our thoughts, abilities, endurances…And what is the most emblematic of that? Technology is that. It is what our minds and bodies slowly evolve over time. It reflects everything that we are and want to be. From the caves of Altamira came that first scratch, to palmleaves, cloth, pottery, iron…yep technology is what we make and what makes us.
So what drives this? What is this energy that sparks the creative genius in someone at some time, gives them the drive to create and make happen? If this mysterious kernel be my God…who are the prophets of my religion?
Evolution of God – Robert Wright
River of Gods – Ian McDonald
Cyberabad – Ian McDonald
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Snow Crash – Neil Stephenson
Accelerando – Charles Stross
Theory of Omega Point