Orca’s world portraying togetherness, synchronicity, the power of playfulness, while exploring a human civilization that still has to learn tolerance
Theme of the painting:
A dream dreamt in April 2018 in which an Orca appeared and I managed to touch it amidst the darkness of water and night, realizing that it wasn’t another entity, it was the Orca in me.
About this piece of art
Genetically when we look into ourselves we have genetical similarities with so many species from the animal kingdom, that I got stuck with the idea that at least theoretically, if we had a way to simulate, we would be able to experience what some of those other creatures experience. VR evangelist Jaron Lanier explained in one of his talks that VR enables us to experience just that, it is the road to simulating what it feels like having a thousand legs, and since we already share a large percentage of DNA with various insects it is not beyond the imagination that we would be stimulating just those genes that might be sleeping dormant. This painting is exploring the circle of life, a world of Orcas, as well as the social structures and the future of human beings.
——— Civilization questioning ————
When I look at Orca I think of togetherness, supreme coordination, collaborative capacities and the ultimate predator, somehow features that all humans have, but in so many cases these same features made villans, individuals that we either scorn or admire based on the shared interest or geographical position.
It is very popular and seems to be of collective admiration when an individual makes a great success, seemingly without any support. Stories appear of how it was all done with relentless work, focus and clear road to success, but then we scratch the surface and in most cases find out the cradle of support or a hack at least that secured the stellar growth. The proof of this is in percentages of people living in the third world countries and succeeding as individual without any support, it is very low.
But why? We have internet, we have good will to keep our minds open to good ideas, we strive for a Meritocracy. But are we really?
Somehow the original internet, as it was living the infancy years, suggested by the sheer nature of technology that it should unite, educate, connect us without border, countries or even cultural barriers. So many open source movements emerged out of this type of thinking and the world of benevolent force was taking shape. Transporting us to the world of Ancient Greek myth (where snakes often have positive connotation) the god of medicine, Asclepius would often take the shape of a serpant, visit the sick and heal them. However as this healing visitor of the late 20th and early 21st century was gaining traction and becoming ubiquitous, the counter-active force Typhon emerged on the scene, not only with one but many snakes, attached to the lower part of his body and ready to reorganize and harness the masses called human population, and rule through the economic advantage since everyone is so interested in the power that buys things.
Meanwhile the small group of those touched by the true cause of the internet is turning minimalistic, believes that altruism is and should be one of the most important aspects of a human experience but sadly this percentage is probably very small.
On a positive note,there are several advocates of UBI (universal basic income) in an effort to secure the basics needs to be covered, so that efforts could be directed towards more creative and adventurous projects. There are hundreds of entrepreneurs who have to make a living with their projects, before the project can exude life and creativity. Sadly the same principle applies to art. I like to call it a survival art, it demands gimicks and tricks, hacks and controversy in order to attract the initial audience, until it is big enough to eat the masses through illusion.
Charlie and Earling were admiring the movement of Orcas and how civilization would have been if we knew how to immitate them, but then they discovered about the vision of harmony, in Mythology. Harmonia was the goddess of harmony and concord, as she was the offspring of Aphrodite’s affair with Ares, Hephaistos (husband of Aphrodite) who was still angry with Aphrodite gave to Harmonia on her wedding day a cursed necklace. This was inherited by all of her offsprings and caused many misfortunes. Harmonia moved to live in Illyria, where the life among the tribes was very difficult, and eventually the Gods transformed her and her husband into snakes.
Earling: It seems to me that this curse hasn’t stopped, maybe Harmonia trully brought it with her to the Balkans where Illirians lived and even to this date, the potent neckless is working in the background, corrupting the minds of the inhabitants, slowing down the progress of democratic society.
Charlie: Have you heard of the concept of meme? It is a word, a concept that becomes so contagious that eventually everyone uses it, wears it in their every day’s language that it becomes a status symbol, a symbol of power, a hero. This is exactly how the virus replicate too, or a parasite, or even a bacteria in a premordial soup, when mitochondria attacked the nucleus. This is exactly how a curse can be transferred from one to another until the whole nations are disharmonious.
Earling: Until they represent exactly the opposite to what they have the greatest potential to be, harmonious, surrounded by beautiful nature, with mild climate and furtile ground. This is the exact same type of cosmic balance that we observedin the world of
technium that uses and then abuses the technology. Everything with great potential has to be corrupted first in order to grow powerfully.
Charlie: Now you understand why Illuvariux is not with us in today’s exploration, she resists the destruction in the idealistic vision that shields her from human’s reality. A curse of seeing the world as just black and white always end up under the invisible glass construction. Gives false security and limits the number of layers that are accessible.
Earling: We are now at the corner of this world that got affected, in Triest, Italy and I am looking forward to exploring more, about this while I explore the world of Egon Schiele who also depicted the Trieste in 1907.
Ideasrexoid no. 27
ORCA’S WORLD PORTRAYING TOGETHERNESS, SYNCHRONICITY, THE POWER OF PLAYFULNESS, WHILE EXPLORING A HUMAN CIVILIZATION THAT STILL HAS TO LEARN TOLERANCE
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas (solid wood frame)
Dimensions: 40 cm x 30 cm x 1.5 cm
Available as original or print