Artist’s Statement

Non-narrative and non-representational forms of art point the way toward a fuller understanding of reality and the human condition than could be achieved through representation alone. Abstract computer art is a key element in the future evolution of consciousness. New and strange virtual experiences expand our conceptions of the possible, initiating a positive feedback loop of ever-increasing potentialities.

In non-representational art, the map and the territory are one and the same. The work does not stand for something else, it is a floating signifier into which the viewer may project meaning, consciously or otherwise. This method of artmaking opens up boundless potential for the creation of meaning in aesthetic experience.

The new meta-medium of CGI has no limits other than that of our own imagination, and so the number of possible artistic approaches is greater than the number of practicing artists. In my own work, philosophy, psychology, and the scientific method inform the development of designed primal sensory experiences. Only rarely have I used language or representation in my video and computer graphic experiments; rather, I reach for pre-linguistic states of consciousness. Bypassing the brain’s language centers, I attempt to fully utilize the bandwidth of the visual cortex, the largest system in the brain.

CGI is the most powerful tool for self-expression ever devised. It allows us to turn the camera eye inward for the first time, to fully explore consciousness from the inside out, in full motion, sound, color, and interactivity. In virtual spaces free of the constraints of physics, we can create miraculous new universes ex nihilo. The construction of reality-expanding simulacra drives a positively reinforcing feedback loop of ever more expansive creative visions.

— Aaron F. Ross


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