Hans Hamid Rasmussen,
Thomas Saenger & Theodor Barth
artist, artist and researcher

Missive to the Department of Future Projections

We feel that one of the prerogatives of the Department of Displaced Memory is to have justified concerns with what the past will be like in the future. The structure of transmission is one of loss, to be sure, yet we are eager to transmit a question to the Department of Future Projections - the sfodamong section, in particular: what would transmission be like if we thought about it as an act of translation in time? From where we stand, it seems fairly obvious that we should concentrate our efforts on assuming a shape with body and senses, rather than looking for some mysterious gate letting us pass secretly to the future. Indeed, who can hope to pass a gate unless s/he has a shape and a body?

You see, the phenomena occuring in a displacement are of such a bewildering and half-conscious character that the ability to initiate, develop and sustain a receptive and active gestalt can by no means be taken for granted. From where you stand this may seem absurd. Yet, we claim that our insights may be of some relevance and interest, judging by your to-do list. An interesting question is, of course, whether you have the mandate of doing something about a to-do list in a Department like yours. This is precisely why I think that if our present address spurs some action in epsilon, then we have made our point. You simply cannot do without us.

Be that as it may. We feel we have a contribution to make in the beta-technicalities of how the embodiment of sensitive and active gestalts may be successfully carried out. As a particle, the active-sensitive gestalt realises a pass if and only if the whole embodied by the gestalt is less than the sum of its parts. One might say, this is the distinctive feature of embodiment as such. But how do you know that this is not merely a form of psychic parthenogenesis? Well, you feel it: when your body is about to implode into the heart region, then you are in the critical range of an embodied gestalt.The clue is also the danger: the moment you are your own gate - by imploding a bit - then you are also in lethal danger. You don't know whether you are going to make it.

In fact, this is a chapter of an old debate. The Egyptians were obsessed with the physical passage to a life beyond and were frantic about the idea of a second death: loss of internal organs, identity, name etc. The Ancient Hebrews reformulated the entire thing to concern themselves with a more worldly form of passage, and a generational view of this passage: you don't pass physically, but something - quasi-physical - passes. You pass as long as you live, and then something passes from you. We have been studying these entities from a number of points of views: one being the point of view of contents. This quasi physical content is something you can pass unto yourself, to objects and to others. We know a number of procedures that allow us to expect that such embodiment might occur.

The minimal unit of such psiphi content is a hex. One hex is made of three digits. We anticipate that you may laugh your heads off when you hear this, from where you stand. But if you work with Klein's groups you'll see that it checks out. Three digits make one hex. If your want to hear more, you'll have to say 'please'. We're very picky about this. And it might not be the easiest aspect of how we behave at the Department of Displaced Memories.

One might say its a matter of temperament, but also a matter of our position: from where we stand we demand more respect than we - for obvious reasons - will ever be able to return.

Since wherever you go in your future projections we won't be there anymore: which is as paradox - of course - since, in a number of ways, it means that we'll always be ahead of you. Sorry about that: accidental embodiment... we'll see if the message passes. Cheer up, youngsters! We'll make sure you get some epistemology.

reply from department of future projections