Whether it's /b/, an unmoderated Minecraft server filled with swastikas or people trolling the He Will Not Divide Us livestream I'm fascinated by the idea of chaotic self-organisation. What does a group do when there's no purpose and unrestricted self-expression? Will it form a community from the chaos and work together to build something or will it hyperindividualize and end up with selfish vandalism? In an anarchist utopia, the individual disappears into the group they belong to, a collective consciousness forms and the community acts as one. But under what conditions does this happen? What causes someone to troll, to grief, to vandalize?
We grow in direct proportion to the amount of chaos we can sustain and dissipate. — Ilya Prigogine
How do we make subjective realities through language? If we create new words, how does it change our idea of what reality is?
Last year, I created a fictional universe with its own language and wrote a story about this universe. This year, I'd like to explore this further and use the language to write stories that explore different ideas of what identity can be. I'm interested in particular in posthumanist perspectives, new concepts of what we do and don't consider to be sentient. What happens if the word for self doesn’t necessarily refer to an individual, but can also mean the group or community one belongs to?
Throughout this project, I want to reflect on the process and write about what the effect of creating these words has on me. I wrote about creating the first words and grammar:
Making your own words and alphabet is weird. At first, it expresses how you see the world and how you think reality works. Then, it starts to influence those views by giving you words you never knew you always needed.