A guide named Nashi narrates the audience journey in an uncanny forest. Nashi states that everything is animated, and that even the things we consider synthetic and artificial are as sacred as plants and stones. She criticizes nature for its inability to develop and praises technology for its flexibility and proclaims that nature should adapt to technology in order to survive.
AUJIK are an new age group that shares Shintos belief that everything of nature is animated, even the things that we consider the most artificial and synthetic.
Just as with other forms of animism, AUJIK worships everything that comes out of nature and regard it as spiritual beings, the main difference with AUJIK is that science and technology is considered as sacred as stones and trees.
Melvin Lavell writes in his books Esoteric Perception of Artificial Intelligence and Ghost in the machine of sticks and stones that all sort of communicative technology since the first radio waves posses something metaphysical and spiritual and when it will reach a more sophisticated form more people will discover it and then it will reach a religious status.
The Shinto priest Hideaki spoke about similar things in the 1800:th century after he had seen a Karakuri doll( a clockwork robot made of wood) and claimed that in the future we will create mechanical characters that will become so superior to our own intelligence and ability's that we will subject oneself s as they were gods.
These thought was the fundament for AUJIKS doctrine and then later developed in to something that reminds of theological dualism were the original nature (trees, metals, organism etc)is considered esoteric chaos and the refined nature(computers, robots, DNA-manipulation etc) is considered esoteric order.
The resistance between those has during the years decreased and will one day converge in a pyramid shaped top that will fill the world with clarity and supreme truth.
By creating organic/synthetic artifacts AUJIK believe they will reach this level a lot faster than it is destined.
Mira Calix - Hiccup from the album Skimskitta.
Written and produced by Mira Calix.
©Warp music 2000.
'a Forest within a Forest' was part of Japan Media Arts Festival 2010(jury recommended work) and exhibited at Japan National Art Center, Tokyo 2011.
Also part of Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2011/2012 at Austrian Cultural Forum London
National Science Museum in Jemen. New Codes */ Athens Video Art Festival 2012. Perm/Russland at the Permm Museum. Mediathek Holon, Israel. World Music Festivals Dikaja Mjata. OHMI Trust at CBSO Centre in Berkley Street Birmingham. Le Cube Paris / Screening Marathon. Second Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition @ Mohsen Gallery, Sunset Janghang Festival, Seochon-gun, South Korea. Athens International Film Festival, Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park, Athen / Greece. Donumenta, Regensburg / Germany .CMoDA (China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts) in the framework of Beijing Design Week 2012, China. Internationales Kulturfestival "Cervantino", Guanajuato, Mexico
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich)
CologneOFF international tour 2012/2013. Film form cinemateket Stockholm 2012. 58th int. film festival Oberhausen. Rotterdam int. film festival 2012. Cyberfest Saint Petersburg 2012. Digital Art Festival Taipei 2012. AND (Abandon Normal Devices)Group Exhibition. Mobile Republic: Digital Caravans. UK
Whitehaven, Cumbria. UK, Youthzone, Blackburn, Lancashire. UK, Manchester. UK, Preston, Lancashire. UK . Videomedeja 2012. Simultan - the beginnig of the end. Timisoara. Rumania. 2012.
Art exhibitions at Ask Gallery, solo exhibition, Ginza, Tokyo 2012. Red Brick warehouse, group exhibition, Yokohama 2012. Factory art Gallery, group exhibition, Berlin 2012.