Once upon a time, a troubled cybernetic being climbs a misty mountain to seek the wisdom of a kungfu master. After 7749 days of meditating under a waterfall, flying through bamboo forests, and chopping bare-hand through stones, the being achieves expanded consciousness, superior circulation between the real and virtual, and deepened connection with the universe.
lololol.net is an ongoing interpretive manuscript of Taoist-informed experimental practices for mind and body cultivation in contemporary times. Collectively written and organically evolving, the manuscript includes a decentralized program of weekly exercises and techniques shared as a community for inspirations of healthy living.
Responding to today's increasingly cybernetic lifestyles, the program includes a variety of benefits, including the improvement of circulation between the real and virtual, fitness of expanded consciousness, deeper understanding of our new bodies, and connection between lives of all kind.
Since ancient times, humans have been developing mind and body techniques to expand their material experience and the potential of consciousness. Since the Enlightenment, such efforts have been predominated by the logic of science and western technology. As computer technology is becoming increasingly pervasive in everyday life, human lifestyles are becoming increasingly cybernetic, and our sense of space, time and existence is rapidly changing. In face in these new living conditions, what are new mind and body practices for the purpose of self-cultivation?
The kind of self-cultivation we explore in this project is marked by an excavation of ancient Taoist wisdom re-embodied with contemporary imagination. The manuscript builds upon, but are not limited to, ontological dualism, cosmic technics, mindful consciousness, and active relationship between heaven, man and nature.
Venue Address: lololol.net
Dates of pavilion: July - September, 2018
lololol is an art project founded in 2013.
The project focuses on the fast-evolving understandings of consciousness, sensory systems, and what it means to be human in the contemporary age. It began as monthly online exhibitions and evolved into regular collaborative programs that connect with online and offline communities.
The term lololol is a longer version of “lol” (laugh out loud), it suggests a continuous and evolving laughter that embodies multiple meanings and impressions. Be it a sound of joy, mockery, bitterness, or indifference from the depths of digital reality, lololol is a changing response to the rapidly evolving worlds of reality, virtuality, data, and technology.