wolfgang hutter

︎Artist, Painting, Spirituality   
︎ Ventral Is Golden

“Conditioned Awareness is where we live our lives in guilt over the past and anxiety over the future and never get to experience the present.” ― Russell Targ.

What is the nature of reality? Are the laws of nature fixed? Is the mind inside the head? What is a Singularity? There are a lot of questions in the world, these are just a few, what impact they have upon our psychology, in a world on the verge of a technological singularity, could be cause for concern as well as curiosity.
As information is disseminated with more ease, new perspectives begin to emerge through the limitations of previously held notions. With each technological development, there is a mental shift within the society that bares the bias of that technology. Often times this phenomena is hidden at first, but maintains and perpetuates the technology’s own metaphors of social relevance in order to propagate itself. Whether it’s form is hallucinogenic and vegetal or electric and industrial, the effect is to have our knowledge either extend beyond the previously held limitations of our sense perceptions, our language, our tastes (what Marshall McLuhan called our ‘sense-ratios’) or to maintain them as constants. 

In it’s most basic description, a technological singularity is a point in time when the capacity of artificial intelligence reaches an exponential growth so rapid that it surpasses all current human intelligence. Some researchers have spoken about singularity as an era of compressionism, a time when history undergoes rapid change brought about by the speed of technological change. One example of this is the idea that a child anywhere in the world with a smartphone has more access to complex knowledge (data) than the leaders of most developed countries had twenty years ago. So it should follow, that as the rate of access to complex information increases, the information is also subjected to rapid alterations by that very same process - sometimes producing undesireable consequences.

“Hutter’s works brings to mind the obscure historcial references of the Hyperboreans - a purported anceint technological race of giants, mentioned by Heradotus in 450BC, who’s story sadly gained prominence during the early stages of nationalism”.

Co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, Austrian born, Wolfang Hutter (1928 - 2014), staged compositions depicting enchanted gardens, mircobial spectres and fantastical figures from the hyper-realms.
Like many other artists working in the realm of Fantastic Realism (particularly around Eastern Europe at the time), he had a visionary ability of rendering not just fanciful utopias, but visual critiques born of opressive political regimes. Psychic blueprints of where society, as a creation of a connected, technological consciousness, could be able to go.

Hutter’s works brings to mind the obscure historcial references of the Hyperboreans - a purported anceint technological race of giants, mentioned by Heradotus in 450BC, who’s story sadly gained prominence during the early stages of nationalism (along with the distortion of Nietzsche’s notion of the ‘Übermensch’) and subsequently beccame part of the ‘superior-race’ ideology. 

Although a cautionary tale of how valid accounts of occult mysticism and historical revisionism can become milestones of human brutality, most of the technological benefits enjoyed today were conceived through the visions of magical practionioners and their research into (sometimes questionable) occult practices.
These ancient mystical rites have a shared origin with some of the earliest known civilisations, from West Africa to the Indus Valley, who exhibit scientific knowledge that contradicts the most commonly accepted rationalist veiws of what kind of ancient technological environment modern, technological society initially grew out of.

Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) is an exmaple, often associated with popular New Age philosophies, but has its roots in anceint mystical, religious traditions, that throughout the centuries have been studied with intrigue by amateur occultists and covert military media operations alike. Ironically, ESP has been ridiculed in the West since the 1960's for it’s lack of ‘scientific rigour’, (reference the mock tone of the american film ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ - based primarily on the ESP research carried out by the US military in the 1960’s) but now finds itself at the forefront of technological developments and scientific discussion in the relams of biology and quantum physics, whilst still being considered a fringe topic of discussion in mainstream sceintific pursuits.

Russell Targ (a Laser Physicist from the Stanford Research Institute who worked for the CIA for approximately 25 years - work that largely influenced the aforementioned film and earned Targ his place in the banned TED talks Hall of Fame) stated that he became interested in physics as an amateur magician, and it was during this time that he acknowledged the potential of a spiritual, scientific approach that was less bounded by the limitations of a scientific mindset moulded by reductionism, and instead had it’s foundations in the well established scientific phenomena of non-locality.Likewise in the realm of biology, renouned scientist Rupert Sheldrake has brought into question the very foundations of rational thinking (where is the mind located?) to supporting the idea that constant physical laws of nature can fluctuate.

What all this has in common is the sense of a shared space, both physical and non-physical, a mysterious shade of subtle dimension where thought is embedded into the very curvature of space-time. It’s effect is to produce what we experience as physical reality. it’s source echoes out from an original point of singularity - as the universe contains the seed which contains the tree. It has been a closely guarded secret in many ancient cultures and esoteric religions since pre-history, and continues to be the force that through our technologies, moulds the relationships to the worlds around us.
Sheldrake’s evidence suggests that mind is the fractal structure of nature itself, a quantum web of non-local connections that places ancient religous animism at the forefront of sceintific and technological discovery.