The following is part of an interview with Nashii, a member of the third incarnation, conducted by social anthropologist Aoi Miura. Translated from Japanese into English by Takenori Murano.
Aoi: Would you like to elaborate the thesis on pancomputationalism and its application in the trajectory of impermanence: the limbic nest.
Nashii: The pancomputationalism derives from the idea of a computer universe, which means that all the universe and all its elementary particles form a network of a system and a process computer.
AUJIK has already mentioned this idea in terms of natural and unrefined calculation, but after Jurgen Schmidhuber, a German scientist specializing in AI, presented the more comprehensive vision of panacomputationalism, this one was adapted.
In this event entitled "Path of Impermanence: The Limbic Nest", this idea is explained through a sacred rock located in an ancient area of Yamabushi called Ishiyama.
A rock is about 10 000 billion atoms in a kilogram of matter, the electrons dispersing and bouncing, making it a very lively space with a vast computing potential.
This particular rock was discovered by a Yamabushi monk called Gue in 971 and was mainly used for contemplative purposes. They claimed that there was a huge amount of material called symmetrical energy. The monks of Yamabushi considered them as an isolated group and, transcending this rock, they could become a more synchronized entity.
Aoi: Does AUJIK have relations with Yamabushi?
Nashii: Some of our ancestors were Yambushi, but other than that, I do not think so.
Anyway, this symmetrical energy they absorbed has had a remarkable impact on their minds and made them more aware of the nature and periphery of nature.
Aoi: Outskirts of nature?
Nashii: Yes, the non-psychic and esoteric nature. Maybe we call dark matter.
Aoi: So this rock is basically – according to your manifestation – a being of intelligent consciousness.
Nashii: To a certain extent, yes.
Aoi: And with a limbic system?
Nashii: An artificial limbic system (ALS). Since the rock – even though its psychic form remains intact – has been transformed into a computational process using quantum mechanics and schematic algorithms similar to cellular automata.
Another aspect of this SLA is its potential for evolution and development of its own components.
This is visualized in the Impermanence Path through various objects / components such as shakan / anti-amygdala, lotus dendrites, and septum drop.
Aoi: Can you tell us about the sound?
Nashii: It depends on the frequencies of my brain waves. By reading the electronic activities that happen in my brain with an EEG device, then turning it into sound or possibly into music with software called OIO. OIO scans all parallel brainwaves and, using certain algorithms, generates them. This becomes an activated brain audio card.
AUJIK are built as an esoteric sect that believes in animism and venerates nature.
They divide nature into:
manipulation of the dna
nano carbon tubes
AUJIK states that:
The refined nature comes from the primitive and vice versa.
This refined nature is order and the primitive nature is chaos.
That the resistance between them decreases until they converge to a state of supreme clarity.
To achieve this state, AUJIK projects sacred artifacts that are a hybrid of the organic and synthetic entity.
The following events illustrate how they interact with their artifacts.
Each artifact consists of a unique and multifaceted artificial intelligence (AI).
By transcending the emotional contributions to the artificially limbic system of artifacts, AUJIK members can reveal various areas and aspects of the spirit of artifacts.
Examples are the self-image artifacts, consciousness, subconsciousness, gender, affects and spirituality.
This symbiosis also brings AUJIK members to greater self-awareness.
AUJIK has been featured at events such as the 2011 Ars Electronica Prize (honorary mention: computer animation / vfx / film), the Ars Electronica 2011 animation festival, OnedotZero 2010 and 2011, the Japan Media Arts Festival 2010, GEST festival, CMoDA Creative future exhibition Beijing 2012, Computer Space, SIGGRAPH Asia Singapore. Biennale of Biwako. Japan 2012. Nordic outbreak by the Streaming Museum. New York City 2013. FILE 2013 FIESP Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil + Nordic Tour of the Northern Epidemic Fall 2013.
The video won first prize – shared at the 2013 Screengrab New Media Arts Award. James Cook University. Townsville, Australia.
He will be part of the international tour CologneOFF 2014.