Eldritch Technology

The Coniunctio of Cybernetics & Sorcery

What is magic, that a machine may do it, and a machine, that it may do magic?

Eldritech seeks to answer that question both critically and creatively: examining occult arts in light of the philosophies of technology and aesthetics; and blending art, magic, and technology to innovate experiments in theoretical and applied sorcery. It is inspired by fictional technologies that interface between physical and metaphysical ontologies, such as the Krell mind amplifiers in Forbidden Planet, and the witchmath and Tillinghast’s resonator in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft (whence ‘eldritch’). Eldritech designs works of authentic thaumaturgy that conjure strange worlds, augur weird futures, and transmogrify the state of the art of magic itself.

Eldritech is the research art enterprise of Joshua Madara a.k.a. tchnmncr. I am an occult technologist and techno-occultist, which just means I do much the same sort of thing as new media artists but primarily for occultism rather than aesthetics per se. I work in various media, including mixed and multimedia, and although my works feature computers, I consider them part of the Great Work of all arcane Arts and Crafts (ars magica), being especially the reification of spirit via technē. My basic conceit is that anything, including computers and robots, can be a spiritual as well as creative medium, and a locus of encounters with the sublime, uncanny, and numinous.

Philosophically, my work is an investigation of subject and object, including interactions and transitions between, and transpositions of, subjects and objects, especially through the lenses of cybernetics and sorcery, guided by posthumanism, speculative realism, new materialism, and the nonhuman turn.

Krell’s Last Dreaming is the Eldritech blog.

Instead of deducing that we are ‘nothing but’ machines, let us increase the mechanical world to embrace mystery.

Ramsey Dukes (Lionel Snell)