"MIND IS A LEAKING RAINBOW"
by Nicole Stenger
in Cyberspace First Steps Benedikt MIT Press (1991) Excerpts
idealists (among whom I count myself) who were shown the way by "Sunstone",
the 1979 3-D computer film by Ed Emschwiller, and who decided to follow
the light, had sensed from the beginning that the medium of computer
animation was no mere image generation in the traditional sense, but
rather a virtual world, populated by half living entities, that we would
inhabit someday when the technology would allow it.
Inside the enclosed area of the computer, something was calling us, inviting us.
it exciting also to experience in cyberspace the life of all creatures?
to let them come one by one in their cyberspace outfits and be named
by you? O, the naivete of the first days of creation when you will set
the clock for the independent animation of objects that will wink at
each other, play tricks on each other, learn from each other.
twenty-first century will give birth to the geysers of cyberspace, a
sensory lava that will find its way through the cracks of that consensus.
Computer hallucination will come in the foreground, as "Cinema
Verité" and documentaries, and their trail of dogma about
the Real will recede in the distance.