Infinite Alchemy

Manifesto

The infinite stands for the seemingly infinite nature of human imagination and experience and the seemingly infinite possibilities of Artificial Intelligence to revolutionise human civilisation, understanding, and wellbeing.

The alchemy is in taking the base elements of human experience, AI engineering and technology, and human creativity and forming them into compelling stories and art that serve as expression for the human condition in a time of rapid and exponentially accelerating technological advancement.

Infinite Alchemy aims to address and challenge the notion that human artists will be displaced, replaced, and overshadowed by AI (at least until AGI proves otherwise). 

Infinite Alchemy is fundamentally about using AI as a tool to spark and expand human imagination and creative productivity. 

This manifesto is in the same Spirit of the artistic movements that proliferated in the 1920s. The vital energy and impetus that artists in that time felt as industry, technological innovations, and scientific revelations sparked new artistic expression.  A century later we are in the same times of great change and fervor in our own ‘20s epoch.

 

Philosophy

Optimism

Infinite Alchemy comes from a fundamentally optimistic view of the world and of the trajectory of humanity. There is an emphasise on the transformative power of Art (Beauty) and Philosophy (Truth). Both from an individual and a societal perspective. 

Ontology

Philosophically, Infinite Alchemy broaches ontological themes in general, but also specifically in relation to AI. As well as being concerned with wider metaphysical questions. 

It is the dichotomy of dystopia/utopia, a shorthand for examples of outcomes at the extremes. Understanding, exploring, identifying the potential dystopian pitfalls whilst fundamentally aiming towards a utopian vision and its ideals in the expression of the art. 

In the end it is about understanding the nature of reality, but reduced back further to our own conscious subjective experience, our own consciousness. Of understanding what that is, what it means, and then the next best steps to take that lead to harmonious and fulfilling outcomes.

 

Aesthetics

The magazine will endeavour to continue the energy invoked by the Beat Poets of the 1950s. Of questioning the status quo using the subversive tools of satire and humour. In seeking individuation and grappling with change, whilst aiming to find a grounding in something ancient and pure amongst the chaos. About becoming liberated from the limitations, through art and expression, from what those with great authority and power try to subdue people with. 

Neo-Beatnik Absurdism

This I call Neo-Beatnik Absurdism. Absurdist, inspired from the literary absurd of the 20th century. In which time and place became unknown and unimportant, because of the feeling of loss, confusion, uncertainty, and being untethered. In which it “strives to express its sense of the senselessness of the human condition” (Theatre of the Absurd, Martin Esslin). A new absurdism, because it is in the age of profuse digital information, the Internet, and a hyper-connected world. Reflecting on the absurdity of existence itself and how we can best use that existence as a force for good, to attempt to realise lasting contentment, and to positively contribute to the world. Aiming for the Good, as Plato termed it.

Retro-Futurism

Taking inspiration from the artistic movement of the mid-20th Century, which combined aspects of the past, aesthetic nostgalia, and visions of the future. The aesthetic fits perfectly for the opposing natures of Organic (human) and Inorganic (Artificial Intelligence). In this sense, a biological nostalgia juxtaposed with a potentially Super Intelligent and advanced future. It is the synthesising and yet potentially conflicting aspect of Retro-Futurism which Infinite Alchemy borrows. Where the Past and Future meet, in the Now.