Text by Stefan Larsson
About the project:
The theme of the video ‘Impermanence Trajectory: the limbic nest’ is the idea of Pancomputationalism and an artificial limbic system seen as a manifestation through AUJIK.
Pancomputationalism derives from the idea of a computational universe, which means that the whole universe and all of its elementary particles are a network of a computational system and process.
In ‘Impermanence Trajectory: the limbic nest’, the idea is explained through a sacred rock located at an ancient Yamabushi area called Ishiyama. A rock consists of approximately ten trillion trillion atoms in a kilogram of matter, electrons scattering and bouncing back and forth making it a very vivid space with a vast computational potential. This rock also develops its own Artificial Limbic System(ALS). This is visualised through various objects/components like the shakan/anti-amygdala, the lotus dendrites and the septum fall.
AUJIK is constructed as new age group, believes in animism and worships technology as sacred objects. It is inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s philosophy of Technological Singularity which states that human and artificial intelligence will integrate around 2045 and generate a paradigm shift (singularity) which is irreversible. After the singularity we have to redefine what is human.
Aujik divides the nature into two groups:
carbon nano tubes
AUJIK states that:
The refine nature originates from the primitive and vice versa.
That refine nature is order and primitive nature is chaos.
The resistance between them will decrease until they converge in to a state of supreme clarity.
In order to reach this state AUJIK projects sacred artefacts that are a crossbreed of organic and synthetic entity.
The following manifestations illustrate how they interact with their artefacts.
Each artefact consists of an unique and multifaceted Artificial Intelligence (AI).
By transcending emotional inputs to the artefacts‘ artificial limbic system, the AUJIK members can reveal various areas and aspects of the artefacts‘ minds.
Examples are the artefacts‘ self-image, consciousness, sub-consciousness, gender, affects and spirituality.
This symbiosis also leads the AUJIK members to a higher awareness of the self.
Excerpted text from the interview by 1.4, 15th April 2013
Could you tell us about the AUJIK collective please?
Stefan: Physically, it mainly consists of one person. I was born in Sweden and now live outside of Kyoto in Japan. Conceptually, AUJIK is an esoteric group of several members who work in independent clusters but can assemble into a larger unit. AUJIK originated in the 80s and is currently in its third incarnation.
It is rumoured that most of the members are descendants of Yamabushis (ascetic hermit monks in ancient Japan). They strive to reach a higher consciousness by transcending with technology and nature using themselves as a catalyst between these elements.
I prefer to consider AUJIK as a concept and each video as a manifestation of their ideas.
Stefan Larsson was born in Soderhamn, Sweden. Currently lives and works in Otsu, Japan.
He received his MFA from Umea Art Academy, Sweden. Mainly works with CG-video, photos, music/sound, clothes and interactive art. His most extensive work so far is the short film ‘Cathexis‘ made in 2012, a collaboration with Scottish musician Chris Horne aka Christ.