The Intelligence of the World

Southern Nights

Immersion, immanence and immediacy – these are the characteristics of the Virtual.

—Jean Baudrillard, The Intelligence of Evil

Humankind, which once in Homer, was an object of contemplation for the Olympian gods, has now become one for itself. Its self alienation has reached the point where it can experience its own annihilation as a supreme aesthetic pleasure.

—Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Reproducibility

Glued to our screens we have replaced the real world, the world-in-itself with this copy, this virtual utopia. Registering the flickers across the global mindscape like fireflies in some idiots caged glass vessel we ponder each the others thoughts as if we might in some way break out of this solitary prison of the Self. We follow the hivemind into its strange and forbidden access points, this collective project of hypernormalization. Forgetting the world outside our homes we travel in these spaces…

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