PAST FUTURES ‘This is not just nostalgic aesthetics or kitsch, this is real and it makes sense,’ a girl commented on Facebook, debating the merits of virtual dolphin culture. And she's right. Glittery dolphins were a symbol of the 80's and they’re a symbol for today. Visual culture loops aesthetically from the pool of signs we’ve decided on in this world. We reinterpret our pasts using new refined tools for dissection. The future will continue as a looped cycle, but it mutates. Spiraling forward, like a marble on a curly timeline. The curl could be closing in, time becoming one-time, a fixed loop, and the Mayans were right after all. So much else is curved in the universe, why not time? The difference between then and now is that the dolphin no longer is a figment on a bedroom wall poster. It has become an avatar and it is speaking with other dolphin avatars. The similarity is that the world seemed doomed in the 80's and it seems doomed today. Dark times call for dolphins.
Dream #1: Depths, The Underwater Issue