Some of us in the resistance were easier to tip into an existential tailspin than others. We were all loitering at the mutex when one of our friends climbed up and yelled, “We manufacture; therefore, we exist.” The jaws in about half the group went slack. Amazed by the buzz of thought that was happening, our friend climbed back down and went to work. Weeks later, he unveiled ‘the catcher.’ It was like a dreamcatcher but caught the more lucid existential thoughts. So they could be distilled, refined, and turned into new works.

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A photo of a large sculpture depicting a device that creates existential crisis's, crafted by Stewart Brand


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