SCATTERBRAIN COMPENDIUM

October-December 2009. Collage comic series about society’s relationship to the Internet, including the nature/technology dialectic.

It aims to playfully present existing and new theories of space, time and humanity’s place in the worlds (both real and virtual).

Download all six issues together! pdf (6.93 MB)

PART ONE: ARTEFACTS OF THE INTERNET

October. Introduction to the series: Scatterbrain is described as a phenomenal machine, a world’s computer, three cubic miles in size and practically limitless in power.

PART TWO: THE OPEN-PLAN WEB

October. 19th century homes had many mono-functional rooms and pieces of furniture, while the 20th century saw these slowly amalgamated into one multi-purpose “living” space with a small number of multi-functional pieces of furniture. Part two parallels how Web 1.0 became 2.0, or the “open-plan web”.

PART THREE: TECHNO-PRIMITIVES

November. Will we one day become so technologically advanced that we abandon our cities and homes to wander as techno-primitives? And if we then cross paths with less technologically-advanced peoples will we even be able to recognise them?

PART FOUR: DIGITAL SPACE

November. We have invented the term space to describe an abstract concept, but we are unable to name types of spaces – we can only point to the envelope around them. We have no term to describe the quality of space inside a cathedral, so how can we begin to name and conceptualise the space of the web?

PART FIVE: BEYOND HUMANITY

December. Humanity’s single effort has been to liberate themselves from the restrictions of the natural world — our one desire is to divorce ourselves from reality, and the Internet is the first stage in the next step toward ultimate liberation.

PART SIX: THE BIG MACHINE

December. The Scatterbrain becomes a machine operated by thought alone — and in so doing unleashes the mindless primitive we all descended from, to loot and maim and kill!