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 blends 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. Eldritech conjures what may be vulgarly perceived as supernatural horror in technology, but which is a means to power for the sorcerer, necromancer, and witch. In so doing, Eldritech challenges popular and emerging assumptions about “high” and “low” technologies, “high” and “low” magics, magic qua technology, and technology qua magic.

If a physician is someone who practices medicine, perhaps a metaphysician ought to be someone who practices ontology.

—Ian Bogost, Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing

Eldritech is the research art enterprise of Joshua Madara a.k.a. tchnmncr. I am an occult technologist and techno-occultist interested in technologies (both “high” and “low”) of access to the so-called invisible or hidden worlds that occultism is about. I work in mixed and multimedia, and although my works feature electronics and 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 bizarre, eerie, grotesque, macabre, numinous, sublime, uncanny, and weird.

I invoke the ghost in the machine and explore the capability of diverse and recombinant media to be vessels and portals, to haunt (be haunted, haunting) and enchant (be enchanted, enchanting). One of my first occult mentors told me that machines will not be capable of magic until they can dream. Eldritech is part of my continuing exploration of that idea, variously by refutation and confirmation.

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), Words Made Flesh: Information in Formation