by Red Cell
Depending on who you ask, AUJIK is either a contemporary artist from Kyoto specializing in video and motion graphics, a mysterious Shinto group based in Otsu, Japan who believe all things have a soul or a Japanese/South Korean video art collective dealing in virtual graffiti and organic robotics. Personally, I think it is all of the above. Their art reflects their spiritual connection with all things both organic and manufactured and often deal with the Technological Singularity in aspects such as Emotions, Nature, Morality and Consciousness, intending to bridge the gap between the natural and artificial worlds.
They have collaborated with bands like Sunn O))), Boards of Canada, Christ and Mira Calix. They create virtual artifacts in various areas of Japan, leaving one to project them in the mind’s eye when one is in those spaces.
From AUJIK’s Statement of Intent:
“AUJIK is a new age group who shares Shintos belief that everything of nature is animated, even the things that we consider the most artificial and synthetic.
Just as with other forms of animation, AUJIK worships everything that comes out of nature and regard it as spiritual beings, the main difference with AUJIK is that science and technology is considered as sacred as stone and trees.
Melvin Lavell writes in his books Esoteric Perception of Artificial Intelligence and Ghost in the Machine of Sticks and Stones that all sort of communicative technology since the first radio waves posses something metaphysical and spiritual and when it will reach a more sophisticated form more people will discover it and then it will reach a religious status.
The Shinto priest Hideaki spoke about similar things in the 1800 century after he had seen a Karakuri doo (a clockwork robot made of wood) and claimed that in the future we will create mechanical characters that will become so superior to our own intelligence and abilities that we will subject oneself as they were gods.
These thoughts are the fundament for AUJIK’s doctrine and then later developed in to something that reminds of theological dualism were the original nature (tress, metals, organism etc) is considered esoteric chaos and the refined nature (computers, robots, DNA-manipulation etc) is considered esoteric order.
The resistance between those has during the years decreased and will one day converge in a pyramid shaped top that will fill the world with clarity and supreme truth.
By creating organic/synthetic artifacts AUJIK belive they will reach this level a lot faster than it is destined.”