FASTWÜRMS
C.A.T. (Core Affect Traffic)

A white room filled with wican iconography, references to internet culture, rocks, crystals and raku skulls, computer mice, cat heads, and dildos
FASTWÜRMS, C.A.T. (Core Affect Traffic), 2015. Raku, geological samples from FASTWÜRMS collection, and C.A.T. system configurations and iconography.

C.A.T. is a future system or things-net for moving and connecting human emotions using inner Earth dynamics. The early Earth accretion phase and first eon iron catastrophe created a core dynamo that powers our magnetic field and the C.A.T things-net. As a self-organized network with fractal properties and spontaneous emergent structures, C.A.T. is sentient evolution.

To break down this description:

"As a self-organized network with fractal properties and spontaneous emergent structures..."   This is from scientific discourse about the Internet. When the Internet was being constructed engineers thought that it would function like other existing communication systems. So for example, they designed routers to use standard traffic-control algorithms. In 1995 the functional fractal properties became apparent, and it was a big surprise. The Internet is a system with the same properties as biological evolution. In this context 'fractal' is short for a system that exhibits the same properties at every range of scale, local/global, short time frames/ long time frames, etc.,.

"C.A.T. is sentient evolution". Scientific discourse around the Internet and sentience is complex, but most observers agree that the Internet is already 'meta-sentient'. Just like the internet, and life on this planet, C.A.T. does not have a controlling entity, and will evolve with spontaneous emergent structures.

C.A.T. is an enminded system. Panpsychism explains how this is possible without emergentism, but C.A.T conflates both the mind-is-in-all-matter and emergence positions into the fluid dynamics and magnetic flow of Core Affect Traffic.

Mind, matter and affect are co-extensive in C.A.T. (in equipoise)

Paramenides:

As the crasis of the body, mixture of much-beaten limbs,
So too is mind for man. It is the body grows to mind.
All beings desire the same thing, apprehend the same.
The plenum is thought, and thought preponderates.

-FASTWÜRMS, 2015Image of an anthropormorhpic stone used to signal a text break

Close up of one side of the white room, worktable made from a ladder, covered with raku skulls, mortars and pestles, and three wall panels that read variations on QIQR POLY GLTR SEER KIKR XLNT RIGR EMOQ LVVR AURA

FASTWÜRMS, C.A.T. (Core Affect Traffic), 2015. Raku, geological samples from FASTWÜRMS collection, and C.A.T. system configurations and iconography.

Collective bio:

Formed in 1979, FASTWÜRMS is the cultural project, trademark, and joint authorship of Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse.

FASTWÜRMS creates multidisciplinary, multimedia artworks that integrate time based, performance, and visual art in the context of immersive installations, social exchange and event architecture principles.

FASTWÜRMS artwork is characterized by a determined DIY sensibility, Witch positivity identity politics, and a keen allegiance towards working class, queer alliance, and artist collaborations. FASTWÜRMS cultural practice is predicated on the mutual exchange and circulation of aesthetic knowledge as a public and performative narrative.