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The aesthetics of our new fictions

The aesthetics of our new fictions

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The aesthetics of our new fictions “Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.”― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 150. “Even today, a critical threshold in human organisations fall somewhere around this magic number. Below this threshold, communities, business, social networks and military units can maintain themselves based mainly on intimate acquaintance and rumour-mongering. There is no need for formal ranks, titles and law books to keep order. A platoon of thirty soldiers or even a company of a hundred soldiers can function well on the basis of intimate relations, with a minimum of formal discipline. (…) But once the threshold of 150 individuals is crossed, things can no longer work that way. (…)How did Homo Sapiens manage to cross this critical threshold, eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds of millions? The secret was probably the appearance of fiction. Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myths.” (Yuval Harari) We live in a world of fictionsImagine trying to cross a busy Manhattan street without the existence of traffic lights. Or trying to pay for your groceries by singing an acapella rendition of Imagine, by John Lennon, instead of using cash or a credit card. The world around us is filled with invisible social contracts that we all accept and subscribe to without thinking. From the moment we as humans started to organize ourselves into larger groups, following social contracts to ensure a certain level of the order became crucial.“People easily acknowledge that ‘primitive tribes’ cement their social order by believing in ghosts and spirits and gathering each full moon to dance together around the campfire. What we fail to appreciate is that our modern institutions function on exactly the same basis.” (Yuval Harari)What we are calling “fictions” here are social contracts—money, ethics, laws, countries, religions, flags, totems, fashion, music, arts—  rules we create to be able to agree on social norms and expectations. Some may be nearly universally accepted, while others may vary by region or socioeconomic context. Most of us accept, believe, or at least abide by multiple social contracts at any given time. Because they are so powerful and omnipresent, we often don’t acknowledge that they are not laws of nature, but fictional constructs. “The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently.” — David Graeber These fictions take different forms throughout centuries and locations. Fashion is a good example: what’s elegant in one time and place may be edgy or unacceptable in another. Modern concepts of countries and nationalities are also fictions, suggesting that all people within imaginary territory lines should share the same values, rituals, mores, and beliefs. Stewart Brand named these different types of fictions and their relationships with each other “pace layering.” He identified fashion, commerce, infrastructure, governance, culture, and nature as distinct layers that move at different paces but affect and inform one another. What’s cool on TikTok might be different week over week, but changes to hegemonic structures of government and dominant culture might take years to happen. Stewart Brand coined the term “paced layers” to illustrate how different parts of society move at different speeds.  » Read More

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