Coded Consciousness is a 3D computer-generated animation comprising a never-ending cycle of random zeros (0) and ones (1) falling like raindrops. This cyclic illusion of an infinite binary numeral system conveys the present e-topia cycle of consciousness where the mind effected dichotomy prevails over unity. Hence, the work relates Leibniz’s discovery of the foundation of virtually all contemporary computer architectures with the ancient book I-Ching or Book of Changes. The system of open and closed nodes with Yin as zero, Yang as one, composing sixty-four hexagrams was already used as an oracle to divine the future through a constant iteration of random change epitomised as the flowing of water. This view, challenging the standard understanding of causality and inferring a different synchrony of events, which Jung defined as “acausal” phenomenal and psychic relations of incidental cause and effect, indicates through duality and multiplicity the mutability Tao’s oneness thereof. Coded Consciousness further asks if the ability of inventing/creating new digital electronic circuitry is truly predicting our own future anew or is simply “remembering”, “recreating” and “reliving” previous stages of consciousness as new cycles of growth. These stages of consciousness that are common to every human being and history reflect a meta-deconstruction of facts that tend to be forgotten such as the Indian scholar Pingala (circa 5th-2nd century BC) that also developed advanced mathematical concepts for describing prosody, and in so doing presented the first known description of a binary numeral system.
Coded Consciousness was exhibited at The Triangle - SPACE Studios OPEN and an image of the animation was the artist’s catalogue page on the London Recycled exhibition complementing the screening of the animation Decoded Consciousness on show at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2004, London, UK
aprox. 2’00” min. loop 3D computer-generated animation
Isabella Laner @Smoke&Mirrors
André Silvestre - sound
Documentation by Margarida Sardinha