Gaming The Void

In his new series Entangled: The Human Gaze in an Age of Quantum Entanglement, Terry Flaxton pays homage to the the Analogue, Digital and the forthcoming Quantum Eras. The new series consists of seven artworks and an eighth special edition artwork, each discrete and complete yet, as a whole presenting a developing set of interconnected ideas concerning the rapidity of thinking, attention and cognition as human comprehension speeds up. The first part of the collection is made up of four works which represents a manifesto of the function of the human gaze during the end part of the analogue and the incremental move to the fully super-computed block-chain-mined digital.

Gaming the Void is about the great gamble, the leap of faith. By now, we are fully absorbed by swimming in the state of the digital – we seem to be able to negotiate its ambience which we first came upon it, weren’t even sure the digital existed. Our theoreticians didn't believe there was a material to the digital – for some years they maintained there was not – until some suggested we looked at the changes that had happened, and there they were clearly to be seen. The server farms we used with the great tool of the world wide web and the cloud itself were emitting more pollution than our travel industry… Our ability to travel freely through the space/time of knowledge had a cost that was roughly equal to travel freely around the actual world. But in travelling we became aware that our energy footprints were killing not only our habitats but also the animals we share our worlds with. That is the gamble of the digital. Will we destroy everything we touch and turn it into worthless gold like King Midas did? -Terry Flaxton

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