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This essay was written for a CD-ROM magazine "Dimension Five"<http://www.dimensionfive.com/>
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Buddhists dance on the interdependent
nature of this phenomenal universe (Skt. pratityasamutpada, dependent
arising). While computers compartmentalise bits of information as discreet
objects, a kind of "objectism", dance with objects, if you will. This grand
assemblage of electronic "objects" is represented by so many graphic illusions-
icons, menus, charts, etc. Computer intelligence is practically the antithesis
of Shakyamuni Buddha's notion of pratityasamutpada, or dependent
arising. From one perspective, the computer universe is about as idolatrous
a creation as one could possibly imagine. It is merely a collection of
fictitious icons swimming in a Black Box. I imagine, instead, a new type
of art form, a post-religious, post-computer art that incorporates the
best of both worlds. Any ordinary computer today is little more than a
very complicated tape recorder, but the network changes that. Networking
individuals to individuals may be in its infancy now, but it demonstrates
a thrilling potential for, at least, one possible future. The network of
humanity suggests a new dynamic, interactive imagination, a sum greater
than the individual parts that make it up. Ultimately, this planetary imagination
need not have shape, need not have a name. Individuals could break away
from their stilted obeisance to the altar-like display and, perhaps, achieve
a new evolutionary plateau.
Atsuro Seto (a Buddhist artist, Japanese)
Here his beautiful art site: