Tattoos and the Masks Within

Tattoos are a clear indication that all symbols, all representation and all meaning is not merely (or literally) inscribed upon our bodies and in our symbolic narratives.  All meaning and symbolic representation warps our cultural space back onto itself; it is recursively twisted and bound back upon and through itself.  All representation seeks the continuing…

Information Systems: Self-Gravitational Collapse

In a world of information over-saturation, where the constant bombardment of spectacle, news and entertainment has reached a fever-pitch of colour and noise, where images, faces, people and (our) lives rush past (and through) us at an ever-accelerating pace - we find ourselves inhabiting the vacuum of our own dissatisfaction and dissonant disconnection with the…

The Reflexive Isolation of this Digital Life

The more technology connects us, the more it isolates us and the more these tools of information and communication allow us to define ourselves and our lives, the more uncertain they leave as to who we are and what (if any) purpose we have in life.  We do not use information technology so much as…

The Plausible Necessity of Political Incompetence

Why is it that ideological, political and organisational ineptitude and incompetence are endlessly reoccurring phenomena? If the longer-term evolutionary or biological history of a living system, including it's diverse manifestations in and as cultural and political systems, is oriented towards efficient self-replication and continuity, why is it that so many poor-fitting (and indeed - positively…

Aspirational Creativity and Self-Improvement

There is no best, there is only better and it is a consequence of core psychological fallacies that we even assert or adhere to concepts and narratives of artistic, literary, ideological, political or existential completion and closure. It is always possible to creatively extend any system (or creative act of self-definition) by intuition and recursive…

Social Reorganisation: Lessons from Physics and Nature

All ordered organisational systems are engaged in an endless competition with (and of) disorder and entropy; it is a race to weave order and patterned persistence from available resources while the other end of the tapestry continuously unravels into largely unrecoverable waste and loss. These organisational systems aspire to a relatively stable or constructively adaptive…

Redundancy and Replication

Beacon in the darkness. 1940's diner. Cultural entities, artefacts and places are simple moments, nodes in time and space.  It is true that any particular node in some way encodes the whole culture in its form and the patterned flow of information and energy from, around, through and as that thing.  Cultural systems protect themselves…

Ideological Trickery

The primary cultural purpose of the production of ideological and political difference is the continuing production (and reproduction) of ideological and political difference. The logical abstractions of information and entropy self-replication autonomously seek optimal methods of self-replication and self-propagation - through the individuated or tribal cognitive entities and artefacts of culture and communications systems. Observe…

Decoding Instagram

The ancient emergence of information-encoding mechanisms that seek both optimal self-replication and resilience against catastrophic loss of components and sub-systems - in contemporary manifestation.