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Playing in vast worlds, lovingly rendered jungles of
cycads and palms. The swelling itchy racket of
cicadas. Teams self-organised on tribal loyalties:
Vermillion, Jade, Tanzanite. Belisarius’ hippodrome
refracted through cyberculture wars of the 2nd
millennium. Gaming non-stop, we genuinely happy.
Soylent, drink ’til yer sick, just press the green
paddle. No tipping the drone.

Estate of flow.

We play for pleasure and for points – points buy
swag. Bps swop to cutter…watch the daily fix,
floating expiration, -3% compounded 30/360 ….
basterds. Need a stochastic doc to price yer wallet.
Fancy some midcenturymodern … white flat on
cloudshroud Peak? Flat white, yellow cloud.

Social harmony.

The ill game also. ’course thems is modified to
accommodate their specific defect. Dunyano its
un-patriotic not to play: Game In to Help Out !

Games change, depending on where you wuz lucky
’nuf to berth. Some oiks drone Daoism With
Marxist Characteristics; others genuflect & cross,
pining for a Third Rome; while the puce
Neo-Hayekite sputters: ‘The Commies are coming!
The Commies are coming!’

Bring out yer flag. Bring out yer flag. (rumbling

Outside the biological shield lies a Hobbesian, empty
land. Boiling, parched, sodden. Radiation-hardened
brazen meccas roam a Großraum of Warring States.
Uneventful, grinding struggle for resources.

Dialectics through other means.

On (an)nihilistic caldera, rocks crumble under
golden sandals, yet fall we never do.

Whither Katechon?

For the true war is elsewhere, in swarmspace.
Toroidal reactors fund race dynamics over compute –
99.9999% guaranteed uptime – recursively
self-improving, asymptotically approaching the grail
but curiously immer stupid enough to need regular
intervention. Prisoner’s n-lemma: has one hit AGI?
Or does it dissimulate, evolution’s highest art? And
what about the programmers – friend or foe? Who
the fuck is in charge?

Meanwhile, the variarch dæmons do one thing
bloody well: fashion unputdownable games for the
dēmōs. After all, these loathsome vestiges of a
presingular past still generate such valuable daata,
so much compulsive weirdness, delectable fodder for
googol-parameter algos still seeking the Gödelian
outside. For now, just keep the wetware sloshed and

We are excess collateral, Newest of the Last Men …
the lucky sods, waiting it out in the Cooler Lats. All
the rest: dehydrated history or noshing on roots n’
nuts … mostly just hiding from sand-rays.

For the great irregular migrations are long over …
taklamakan all. Most soul traders eliminated, a few
paid off. Anyway, where to go? The North is
neurochipped, ethnically purified and finally absolved
of its antezarathustran errors: False Enlightenment
and Colonialgilt.

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Kanad Chakrabarti (New York/London) works with the software installation – a ‘film-essay by other means’ – in order to illuminate the ambiguities inherent in technological capitalism. Exhibitions: CAC Vilnius, Queens Museum NYC, ICA London, Nottingham Contemporary, the Whitechapel Gallery, CCA Glasgow, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum. Education: MA in Painting and Art Theory (Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, 2015); BSc in Computer Science (MIT, 1994).

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is located inside Essex Market, which is fully accessible by ADA standards. The gallery can be accessed from any ground floor entrance. Cuchifritos Gallery welcomes assistance dogs, and has wheelchair accessible toilet facilities on the lower level and 2nd floor, which can be accessed by the east-side elevator. For access inquiries please contact Artists Alliance at or (212) 420-9202.

Artists Alliance Inc. is 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos Gallery is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Exhibition programming is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.