art-ists and bot-ists

botist perhaps artist

[more via wikipedia – internet bot  and site via dream – art]


cummings art\ist law:

‘the artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself’  e.e. cummings


Douglas Rushkoff warns us to Program or be Programmed.

If we look at ourselves over the last couple hundred years, we’ve done very well at efficiency. In that done-very-well-ness, many of us have become bot-like. We’re not sure what to do without being told what to do. We’ve become the machine.

Funny how we tend to think when we use tech, that we are becoming inhumane, stupid, et al. Perhaps tech really can help us to get back to us, by taking over on the automation part.

Perhaps tech can take care of (help us with) that stuff that is too big to know, but can be automated.

Perhaps people can keep on (or re-learn) that stuff that is too big to know, but can only be.

Reminds me of this:

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.    -unknown

Can a machine become curious? Can it know you? Can it have empathy?

Perhaps we go out on a limb and be about being art-ists. Be about not missing/seeing/hearing the 7 billion + art-ists.

Perhaps whimsy matters, because whimsy starts with hunger, and hunger wakes up the breathtaking art-ist – everyday.

All the flavors of success.


from Erich Fromm‘s escape from freedom:


ie’s to glimpse spontaneity:  mostly known to us as artists.. as a matter of fact, the artist can be defined as an individual who can express himself spontaneously..  if this is defn.. then certain philosophers and scientist have to be called artist too..

so.. in talking of our undisturbed ecosystem.. all of us are artists..

undisturbed ecosystem: ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

and so.. let’s do this first: free art/ists


How to support 7 billion art-ists?

as they/we embrace uncertainty/chaos.

on free\ing artists .. in spaces of permission ..with nothing to prove.

as it could be..

freeman structure law (?) – not about no structure.. but about who’s crafting it (has to be everybody) and when (has to be ongoing)

hier archy ness et al


no blueprint – amy of unschoolingnyc

confusing loyalty with silence – seth

define yourself – aj

keri smith –

beyond the bot ness of small talk and smiles


from David Graeber and David Wengrow‘s human history:

53 min – it’s only in certain moments that that hierarchy actually appears.. and sometimes exactly the opposite.. so which is it.. is ritual subversive or anti subversive.. you can’t tell

graeber/wengrow back & forth law:

54 min – what makes us humans in that modern sense.. is not that we are ritual or pragmatic.. but that we *move back and forth between the two.. that’s what creates self conscious beings.. aware of diff social possibilities..t.. we still have this idea that at some point humans were just naive/lost in how to be.. couldn’t possibly imagine another way of existence.. nature/society was the same thing..  and gradually we worked our way into this self consciousness or our possibilities.. and what we’re suggesting is no.. actually.. in fact.. people used to be more able to play around w social possibilities.. somehow we got stuck in a hierarchical rut.. they used to set it up and rip it down.. and one day they didn’t rip it down and they forgot they could rip it down and here we are.. so the idea is how we get back to that cycle again..t

imagining the possibilities with a mech/infra to facil *iterations of that cycling (as limit approaches both ends of infinity – ginorm/small). .everyday.. zoom dancing

*ie: art/ists vs bot/ists ness
whole idea resonating/explanatory with/to this bit from myth of machine – p 4:
our predecessor mistakenly coupled their particular mode of *mechanical progress w an unjustifiable sense of increasing moral superiority


networked individuaism graphic