Case - Neuromancer. Pencil on moleskine page, check out the book if you haven’t read it yet!
A portrait of the main character ‘Case’ from the book Neuromancer by William Gibson.
Maybe I should explain some of the symbolism. My favorite part of the book is the exotic descriptions of the way the human mind processes the vast constellations of data in cyberspace into a semi tangible space in the ‘infinite non-space of the mind’, basically this explains most of the swirly void-type shit. The chinese character is both symbolic of Case’s location at the beginning of the novel (a sort of futuristic China known as Chiba) and is the character Li, the neu-confusion meaning. It is a concept used to describe the seeming order in non symmetric, non repetative, totally chaotic naturally forming systems. For example clouds, or the grain in wood. It is hard to explain exactly why there seems to be a balance or order in these systems, but this idea can be called ‘Li’ (if I understand it right, I’m just parroting an Alan Watts talk). The idea was this could be symbolic of the way data seems to form giant constellations in cyberspace within the book. The white cube is the rogue AI WINTERMUTE and the girl is Molly, two other central characters, hope you like it!
On William Gibson’s 66th birthday, we look back at his breakout novel ‘Neuromancer,’ and its message: technology is good, but it can turn on us.
by Miles Johnston
William Gibson Interview - May 1985, Heavy Metal Magazine
-HM: That’s all we have room for, unless you have an opinion on Michael Jackson or a favorite color…
-WG: Michael Jackson will go flat fucking crazy eventually- and labial pink.
Almost exactly 30 years since William Gibson released Neuromancer on the 1st of July 1984. The genre he helped to popularize lives on in our lives, and while one might argue over the influence of cyberpunk in literature one cannot dispute that we’re living in a Gibsonian world today.
Hacker-wars, rampant cybercrime, virtual currencies, 3d printing, Wikileaks, piracy and the “keyboard-cowboy” as folk heroes are all concepts straight out of Gibsons manual.
While we have an encroachment on the anarchic web of yesteryears by corporate, military and national interests we also see the liberating and anarchistic potential of what Gibson called the matrix in the decentralization of information, money, copyright and communication.
While some people like to argue whether Cyberpunk as a genre is alive or not the point is to realize that we’re pretty much living it right now. Gibson and others provided a vision of the future that had more predictable power the even Jules Verne before him.
The philosophical and sociological concepts in these books will be explored for decades to come.
The vision the began 30 years ago warped reality, this is what words and ideas can do. They talk about the fundamental concepts that drive the world, and the nudge them in yet another direction.
Here you have Gibsons Sprawl-series of books. What are you reading this summer?
Time lapse of my evil Paul sketch
Music: Fire Riddim by edIT