“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind.”
-first line of the Dhammapada
just opening a window and looking
Raw medium, unformed potential, eternal substance – an infinite field with uniform intensity throughout and without overall pattern. This is the ground out of which all meaning emerges and then dissolves back into. This is the understanding that the idea of a noise field is based on and this is the core of my practice.
The NETTT is an elemental form referencing computer graphics. 3-D models are usually made by a process called tesselation or triangulation where virtual surfaces in a computer’s rendering of real objects are formed by triangle meshes. In my work I use this form as an empty noise field . It extends infinitely in all directions and can be interpreted and used in an endless variety of ways. Like noise (white noise, pink noise, etc..) It is endlessly variable but with uniform intensity throughout (like a waterfall). As the author constructs the field, their consciousness is encoded in the forms. This occurs because there is no exact place where the lines are supposed to be – the triangles are not exactly defined in their dimensions. So long as they are of relatively uniform size, the details are arbitrary. What it is that accounts for their variation then is attributable to any number of factors: taste, mood, character, habit, personality, environment – in short their state of being or consciousness. Taste and aesthetics would have a particularly notable influence as this is artwork and meant to be understood and appreciated visually, so this could be about aesthetics being an emanation of consciousness or presence. The formula for creating the field is so simple and the room for variation is restricted to such a singularly defined and narrow range that the expression of taste or personal preference becomes fairly trivial. This is the limiting of variables in experimental scientific investigation. I will continue the discussion on aesthetics another time. What is essential to understand is that whether it is predominantly aesthetics (or what it is that drives the aesthetics anyways-mood, personality, environment, etc..), or whether aesthetics is only one of many other factors including the previously mentioned elements, it is all an expression of consciousness or presence. As I use this form, then the details of what the presence consists of may become more relevant and is certainly a rich area of exploration.
This is what I call an architecture of consciousness and it is intended to operate in the subtle realms as a form of spiritual/psychological technology. I like to think of it as a scaffolding within which one may subsume their consciousness as they move from physical to purely non-corporeal existence – other dimensions.
In addition to the process of construction being a way of encoding consciousness into the NETTT, the act of interpreting it – ascribing to it an identity, purpose, and meaning that additionally applies encoding to the field. It is there as an empty field to be programmed by any being or force that apprehends it. It is in this way that one may ‘program’ the NETTT. I like to think of it as a spiritual computer. This sense is certainly inspired by and corresponds with many directions in the non-linear sciences: neural nets, self-organizing maps, dynamical systems. I am just beginning to research these concepts in detail now and they offer promising avenues of discovery and development. For example, the idea of ‘programming’ the NETTT corresponds directly with the training of a neural net.
It is a distributed network – a non-linear field of decentralized loci of power. This is a model I suggest as an alternative to the heirarchical, centralized power structures of domination, control, subjugation, conquest, plunder that is quite clearly, and with what seems to be an exponentially increasing speed and scope, the source of so much suffering on this planet. Vandana Shiva – founder of the Navdanya Foundation has been working to implement these kinds of locally sustainable, self-organized networks which nurture and enrich life in a way that the “Monsantos of the world” clearly do not. It seems abundantly clear that the earth population is going through an enormous change – we are forced to by many factors – especially environmental. As the outmoded ways of habitation obsolescence becomes increasingly obvious, those who have been benefiting most from it are compelled to make increasingly desperate attempts to maintain their power, indulging in a final flourish of plunder as obsolescent modes expire.
Frequently, as voices rise up to challenge the competitive form of social organization, one of the arguments used (usually as a tactic rather than a sincere search for resolution) to discredit them is a request for alternatives. This is a weak, and suspect argument for many reasons: as mentioned before, it is usually inspired by a motivation to defeat a challenging voice (competition) rather than search for a solution to a problem that affects everyone (though unequally). It is also not the burden of the one criticizing to have to formulate an alternative. One is perfectly free to criticize and leave it at that. It is an essential function of a healthy population – whistleblowers, canaries in the mineshaft, those who reveal dysfunctions and pathologies. We work together, while some reveal problems, others can formulate solutions. Of course it is certainly possible for one to do both, but having a working alternative in no way renders criticism invalid – often it is the best that many can do as it requires all the energy and resources available to individuals to extract themselves from “a system of presupposed indoctrination” in order to awaken others to what is going on. At least they are able to do that! Anything more is great but not required for objections to be taken seriously. I assert that the burden of formulating a workable solution is mostly on the shoulders of those who hold the power – they have much more resources (usually swindled or unjustly and forcibly extracted from vulnerable populations) and they are the ones who are perpetuating the dysfunctions in the first place. This dynamic reminds me of the classic power tactic of blaming the victim.
non-linear field – self-organizing distributed networks – neural nets – self-organizing maps