Speed of Life
The Machine is the inevitability of the progression of speed and thrust that is moving faster + faster + faster: a forward thrusting Machine of communication, information in the evolving life of the ever-present present… Always on. That’s the world we live in. Always on 24/7. Never stops. You can ignore it, you can climb to a mountain top, but there is no escape, it’s always on. And it’s going faster, and faster, and faster. There’s just no stopping it. It’s the media and its increasing speed and dynamic force of nature… If we could only catch up with the wave of information… we would at last be in the now… to digest and comprehend [its] totality would amount to having reality on tap, as if from a fantastic media control room capable of monitoring everything, everywhere, all at the same time… Sitting at the master control of my studio, peering out through the window of my screen, I rapidly articulate whatever it is I have to say. It must be delivered as quickly as possible, because in this day and age, there is no time to waste. Everything and everyone moves at the speed of light. No time to even catch your breath. Breathing is a thing of the past. Life in the digital speedway is a race to the finish, except there is no finish line, except the grave… I now turn my attention to the acceleration of the digital reality: the speed with which our senses must race to keep up with the torrent of information… For in the ever-present present reality of non-stop information flowing from the tap, we can take pleasure in enjoying the motion, the speed, the texture, the velocity. What else is there to do?