For Sweedish-born, Kyoto, Japan-based artist, QNQ, there are virtually no boundaries between technology, nature and art: the vast array of mediums utilized from primarily CGI-video to photos, installations, clothing, music and paintings all coalesce into a mind-bending perspective of the universe where the lines between what we perceive to be artificial intelligence and the consciousness of living beings begin to blur. Drawing philosophical inspiration from animism and nature worship, AUJIK (the collective QNQ is a member of) is purportedly described as a “new age cult” that shares the Shinto belief that everything in nature is animated, even that which we perceive to be artificial or synthetic.
There is a curious belief system behind how AUJIK sees the world: nature is essentially a form of ancient technology with few major distinctions from its more mechanically engineered counterparts. This includes various hierarchies of “primitive” and “refined” technologies with a broad way of perceiving how things can evolve and change like how “a pea could become a ball and then a planet” as explored in “A Forest Within A Forest.” Forget everything you think you know and glimpse unto a wonderfully designed universe that through the seamless blend of ancient philosophies and future technologies very much reflects our possible own.
Learn more about QNQ and the AUJIK collective on his website here.