by etherstu, 2022
A short back story to the art i am so very proud to share below.
Also known as Really Important Info to read first. thank you!
A very large concept, with a very short name. Conceptualised by one human mind without the imposition of limits placed on us by our juvenile understanding of the universe.
A Web3 Art Installation comprising the following NFT collections:
The first ever fully interactive Pay2Play Art project installed on Web3. Where Artists, Collectors, Investors, Gamers, DeFi, Market Analysts all have a skill to take control. Any asset connected to etherstu.eth or etherstu.x is a ticket to enter. No game controllers or e-Sports coverage. This is reality. Real money. Real people. This is art in new form. Created for a contemporary environment for interplay, comment and feedback. What you do, how you do is all up to you. The answers are all there. Find the clues and decipher them accurately and you will be on your way to those answers. There are only so many assets available, and to win you will need more than one. How much do scruples play in art? When you have no other option than to negotiate for the next clue, what character do you become; the hero, or the villain? Maybe neither, and maybe both. Only a person of moral courage, and knowledge of the strength in power beyond themselves can win this moment with Time. When it’s over and the game has been won, then the art will finally be one. Marked in history on-chain. The first is always the one to be remembered. And that’s rarely true, of course.
The story begins - as it often does with a young girl.
This is a memory of her childhood.
So perfectly captured by Illustrative Artist, Vlada Bystrova that I bought the NFT and it forms a visual stepping stone from our universe to that of Neonie’s; the young girl who’s foot is almost safely inside her favorite place to hide.
Here she is, several years later. You may have asked why was she hiding?
Well, as Vlada again beautifully captured, Neonie suffers from terrible anxiety. It controls her life. It defines her, her childhood, and her young adulthood.
Things do change for Neonie though.
Depending on where you look in my collection overall you will see she appears often, and gives away glimpses of her future life.
Although it could be her past.
Or something else again.
And... she manages to fight her way through the anxiety, to find a whole other self looking to live too.
But for now, let's leave Neonie and we'll return to her story in time. Let's kick this off!
If it were possible to have the viewpoint of all, then it may be possible to understand entirety. The minuscule, in fact even larger that all humankind could ever fathom. But seen by all, it's merely a speck, in a shifting whirlpool of specks. The movement; eons of change in a femtosecond.
This is the center of entirety. At the core of it all, it's binary. black or white. The absolute smallest unit of measurement you can imagine - it's smaller than that - time shifts forward or backward. black or white. each speck is an eternity happening all at once. No sound. Just time.
Femtosecond; 0.0000000000000001 of a second in time. A universe formed at the center a heavy gravitational speck; blistering and expanding uncontrollably beyond the farthest reaches of space, and time itself. Across the brutality of the great persistence. Illuminates. Obliterating every shadow cast by existence. Collapses, exhausted. It's entire history and consequence; finally, rest. Unrecognizable. Unremembered, unchallenged, already forgotten. As it's legacy, and final form is crushed into a single speck.
Can the system handle a glitch? What would a malfunction of Time actually mean?
The centerpiece and the installation's namesake. This piece is 300 hours of work, meticulous in planning and creation to characterise a concept beyond understanding, by associating increments of time in relation to a color spectrum. At the center is Omni; black and white. all iterations of opposite, all simultaneous and constant. Simple in understanding compared to what's to come. But remember, we're terrible at comprehending very large things. How do we do with very small things, then? Femto is 10 to the -15 power. All those zero's above. That's a quadrillionth of a second. Atto is -18, Zepto is -21 and Yocto is -24... very very small things. Omni is Zepto and Yocto combining, shifting and swirling; creating countless iterations of time phasing, time dimensions, time planes. It's worth repeating this one thing one more time as it's the meaning of it all...
Omni is everything, is entity. The smallest shift between black and white is an eon of consequence where it controls.
So, if Omni is entirety, then what is all the color and matter beyond it? Well that's simply entirety. You see, it depends on how you see. We are conditioned to think in terms of gravity. It's a force that impacts us constantly. We look at a sphere and think immediately that the center is the center and the circumference is the extent. Doesn't have to be, we just think this way. Omni, encases entirety and what we see and our view point, it's all within it all. Everything looks bigger than Omni though, right? Again, what we see is not how it is.
So looking inside Omni (what we would consider outside Omni through our way of thinking) is Atto and this is where things start to get complicated...
If the symphony of time originates at Omni, then Atto is the conductor in which time is directed to its intended purpose. The matter of time is orchestrated through the infinite spectrum of color, applying all parametric instructions in a simple equation of color plus black plus white. Of course the infinitely small increments in each of these elements at the precise time for a precise purpose, to affect a precise location, at a precise time, in a precise direction, for that specific singular fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a moment in time, before another is required.
Inside Atto (outside for us...) is Femto. A nice comfortably roomy quadrillionth of a second between any moment here, and its the surface of Femto that is the conductors baton. A single flick and Femto is only 10 to the minus 15th away from a response. The surface, carrying every color known to exist, and all of the ones that are unknown in existence. Beyond Femto; the Pico, Nano, and Micro hemispherical controls. Each dividing, and dividing, and dividing moments in time to greater and greater fractions of fractions. Each resulting in a specific and purposeful moment, somewhere, at some time, within entirety.
It's always been this way. There's never been an error to enter the system, ever. Until this moment. A glitch, an error or something else occurs across the surface of Femto, you see it occur. In fact if you listen to the harmonics in it's rhythm you can hear the break, and it widens. (it's not music btw, thats all sounds working in harmony... 300 hours in this) The result is a catastrophic shut down of the system. The system that controls entirety. And we are left wondering, what that actually means....
If it were necessary to subtract a color from existence in order to save time, how on earth would you choose?
If time is to be considered a color sequence, then what would the consequence of such an elemental decision be?
To answer that, perhaps another question should be asked. What’s already been deleted that we are not aware of? Surely, it can't be the first, time.
And if its not? If color has been subtracted, deleted from existence, then surely the inference; time is running out.
How long could is take to consider every color, shade of color, and depth? Every possible fraction of fraction of time?
But if your eternal view was only that beautiful spectrum, waning through the passage of time, you would know that very answer.
Where to from here? Only Time will tell.
Definitely more and more to come, it's all finished, just the assembly on the page here is the time needed. So thank you for reading this far. I hope if you have enjoyed then you will also enjoy the next chapter which personifies the concept through some unique characters to tell the story of our time.
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