Aujik

Kyoto, Japan

Since the mid 2000’s, the online presence of mysterious nature/tech cult, AUJIK quietly spread across video platforms featuring proposed active members and fabricated histories. These virtual appearances suggested decades-old lineage through theoretical schematics outlining their transgressive mission, citing faux reports arguing the life of inanimate matter and modern forms of animism from fictional anthropologists and philosophers.

Animated imagery of organic-mechanical hybrids manifest in Japanese forests amidst cloaked figures is paired with a sonic atmosphere set by Mira Calix, Scottish musician Christ and other electronic artists. “Technology can help nature understand itself,” affirm AUJIK narrators, offering new ideologies reminiscent of Shintoism. AUJIK are constructed as an esoteric sect who believes in animism and worships nature. They divide nature into: REFINED: robotics artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, DNA-manipulation, augmented reality, body enhancements, carbon nanotubes and synthetic photosynthesis. PRIMITIVE: trees, plants, soil, organism, stones, metals, minerals and foliage.

AUJIK states that: "The refine nature originates from the primitive and vice versa. That refine nature is order and primitive nature is chaos. That the resistance between them will decrease until they converge into a state of supreme clarity." In order to reach this state AUJIK project sacred artifacts that are a crossbreed of organic and synthetic entity. Each artifacts consists of an unique and multifaceted Artificial Intelligence (AI). By transcending emotional inputs to the artifacts's artificial limbic system, AUJIK members can reveal various areas and aspects of the artifacts's minds. Examples are the artifacts's self-image, consciousness, subconsciousness, gender, effects and spirituality. This symbiosis also leads AUJIK members to a higher awareness of the self. Through crossbreeds of biotic and technological systems, AUJIK’s animism for the Digital Age presents new possibilities for evolution and strives for Post-Human nirvana.

AUJIK’s multi-media works have been showcased in galleries, museums and festivals worldwide, including the Prix Ars Electronica, OneDotZero London BFI 2011 & 2013, SIGGRAPH Asia, CMoDA Beijing, Biwako Biennale 2012 & 2014, and Japan Media Arts Festival.