vangel naumovski

︎Artist, Painting, Surreal
︎ Ventral Is Golden

Vangel Naumovski was born in the Macedonian city of Ohrid (formerly part of Yugoslavia). After a stint in the army, he enrolled in art school in Skopje in 1946 for one year, after which he spent the next thirteen years working as a carpenter. During this time, Naumovski's output was initially considered part of the folk myth tradition, which led to his work being associated with the ‘Naive Art’ movement.

In the early 60s he began painting in a biomorphic surrealist style, where he merged figurative elements within abstract forms. Salvador Dali once commented that Naumovski's "work is close to my own... he has some items that may be considered scientific. Also interesting is the biological side of his painting."

Although presumably a tongue-in-cheek remark, Dali touched upon a technological underpinning to the work of Naumovski, that in today's climate of accelerated technological advancements into biology are a visionary pre-saging by Naumovsky.

Google’s Director of Engineering, inventor and futurologist, Ray Kurzweil, who is the principal inventor of devices such as the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first commercial text-to-speech synthesiser, the Kurzweil K250 music synthesiser capable of simulating the sound of the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, as well as the flatbed scanner, has suggested that around the year 2029, we will see the first manufactured consciousness inside an artificial brain.

“Biology is a software process. Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each governed by this process. You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era.” - Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil's hope is that by taking advantage of Google's deep learning resources, his team will be able to reverse engineer the brain, in order to gain greater understanding of how to fix potential problems within it, as well as to increase its capacity. He goes on to say that "the brain is no longer treated as a kind of chemical soup, but an intricate network of pathways that can not only help us overcome diseases such as Parkinson's by way of DBS, but to also overcome biological limitations. It is only within the last year that we have had enough information to make intelligent claims about how intelligence actually works."

Although the vast majority of Kurzweil's predictions have come to pass, his predictions for the next twenty fives years of accelerated technological growth still seem harder to digest metaphorically speaking, than the computers (foglets) we will literally digest in order to combat and diagnose a range of diseases.

Taking into consideration historical paradigm shifts, such as Giordano Bruno's radical notion that the universe appeared infinite when he looked up towards the stars, Copernicus' discovery that the Sun and not the Earth was at the centre of the solar system (Heliocentrism), to Chinese Alchemical notions of cultivating and conserving inner energy (Neidan) we can begin to augment phenomena usually outlined by spirituality, within the progressive ideas that bio and nano technology will reveal over the next quarter of a century.

Naumovski's artworks do not represent the fantastical biases of the single artistic mind, they represent potential blueprints or theoretical drawings that will aid the psychological transition of rediscovering ancient philosophical and spiritual techniques from within the context of a material based, artificially intelligent, virtual reality.
"Our technology, our machines, are part of our humanity. We created them to extend ourselves, and that is what is unique about human beings." - Ray Kurzweil

Further Reading ︎
Surrealism, Bio
Google Brain, The Big Think
Ray Kurzweil predictions
Kurzweil K250 Digital Sampler Synth Demo (Video)