C A T H E X I S

AUJIK

Cathexis

Abstract:
AUJIK are an esoteric group who believes in animism and worships nature. They divide nature in to: Refined: robotics artificial intelligence nano technology DNA-manipulation augmented reality body enhancements carbon nano tubes synthetic photosynthesis Primitive: trees plants soil organism stones metals minerals foliage AUJIK states that: The refine nature originates from the primitive and vice versa. That refine nature is order and primitive nature is chaos. That the resistance between them will decrease until they converge in to a state of supreme clarity. In order to reach this state AUJIK project sacred artefacts that are a crossbreed of organic and synthetic entity. The following manifestations illustrates how they interact with their artefacts. Each artefacts consists of an unique and multifaceted Artificial Intelligence (AI). By transcending emotional inputs to the artefacts artificial limbic system the AUJIK members can reveal various areas and aspects of the artefacts minds. Examples are the artefacts self-image, consciousness, sub-consciousness, gender, affects and spirituality. This symbiosis also leads the AUJIK members to a higher awareness of the self. The film is a collaboration with Scottish electronic musician Christ and a cognitive neuro-scientist at Stockholm’s university. The concept of the film is how Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) transcends with human emotions. In the video several examples of this is manifested by an fictional esoteric group called AUJIK. The video took one year to accomplish and was funded by the Swedish art grants committee and Helge Ax:son Johnsons foundation. All CGI, chroma keying, motion tracking, editing, post production etc by Stefan Larsson. All music by Christ. Cathexis is a progressive project and currently the film is 25 minutes and divided in to five clusters: This 10 minutes version contains 3 of them. QUALIA: form, spatial, physics and metamorphosis. AMYGDALA: the limbic system, neurosis, psychosis, anxiety. LABRIDAE: gender, animus/anima-complex, hermaphroditism. MURMURATION: computation, trajectory, patterns.(only in full version) MANDALA: creativity, interaction, transcendence.(only in full version)

Biography:
AUJIK. initiated in 2001 by Swedish artist Stefan Larsson living in Kyoto, Japan. Concept: AUJIK are an esoteric and animistic cult who worships nature that they divide in to primitive(stones, plants etc) and refined (robotic, AI etc), they create artifacts consisting of synthetic and organic material that they transcends with in various tasks and rituals. AUJIK been presented at Prix Ars Electronica 2011, Onedotzero 2010&2012;. Japan Media Arts Festival. CMoDA, SIGGRAPH Asia and at gallery’s in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama and Berlin.