‘The Other Foot’, 8″ X 10″,carbon on paper. It is a type of meditation for me, I have no idea where I am or what time it is, or even if time is a substance at all when I am drawing. The drawing presents itself in my mind, and I make the idea real on paper with a pencil. I had made a strange carving in wood of the foot of a horse, Pegasus to be exact, someone chopped off its feet so it could never land again, as Pegasus is immortal it could never land on earth again. It isn’t a classical myth or ancient origin, its a dream I had. This is the other foot.
Dancing across the heavens. The art of dreaming. I usually have a notebook to write in beside my bed. Sometimes the dream lingers long enough to write a few sentences. These sentences will then trigger the memory of the whole dream. Sometimes its only a couple of words. Sometimes the dream just evaporates as I struggle to open the book.
This is the original from my osteology course in anthropology. The x-ray style is done using photoshop 7, the old one. Could we consider that an A.I., or is it just a tool the A.I. uses in the same way we do, as we showed it how to after all. I have always assumed the machine I purchased to cut vinyl lettering in my sign shop was an A.I. That was in the late 1980’s, likely the end of my particular business, I was a sign-painter. The machine, I shall begin here to call it Arti, personalize it, I still haven’t decided on a pronoun for Arti. It is supposed to give us whatever we want, and its watching us now to find out what that thing might be. Today, possibly the idea we worship wealth and power, not just like it, we worship the war mongering banana thieves. Holy warriors marching into an uncertain future, still. Stop marching, apologize to all humanity for your behaviour. Perhaps stop whining about how hard it is to be a billionaire. They all do it, you must have noticed.
The engineers mantra is to create tools for us to make our lives and jobs easier. The point is taking away horrible jobs, like urine collector for the tannery down the road. What they are doing is designing a machine that reproduces that which anthropology and archaeology states deifines you as a concious being. The act of creating, art, literature music, etc. Maybe we should have engineers make a similar oath that doctors do before they get that degree. Do no harm!