Anthropogenic Hyperreason (concept)
Hannah Arendt begins her book The Human Condition by describing the first ever satellite’s flight
in orbit around the Earth. According to Arendt, the satellite in particular and space programs in
general illustrate one of the most fundamental traits of Western thinking: our experience of the
human body and the Earth as factors which constrain life and thinking.
”To consume: to destroy or expend by use, use up, as by decomposing or burning, to eat or drink
up, devour...”– Dictionary.com. The depletion of the environment and our resources isn’t potentially
the unintentional side effect of consumer culture, but rather its central goal. Consumerism manifests
rebellion towards the laws of our planet, and finally towards the mortality of the body.
Over 1300 scientists have signed a consensus report, the core of which can be summarised as
follows: ”Based on the best scientific information available, human quality of life will suffer
substantial degradation by year 2050 if we continue on our current path”. My collaborator who is
one of the writers, stated that the sentence means in practical terms that our civilisation will collapse
within the next forty years.
Kasimir Malevitch's Black Square manifested itself for the first time in set design of futurist opera’s
Victory Over the Sun The Black Square symbolised victory over the sun, which, according to the
futurists, embodies earthly and royalist logic. The sun was to be replaced with human-made shapes,
logic with illogic(hyper-reason), and language with transnational expressions which would be
In 1921 Malevich wrote to his comrade Osip Brink: “the earth’s surface is not organised. It is
covered with seas, mountains. Some nature exists. I want to create instead of that nature, a
Suprematist nature, build pursuant to laws of Suprematism.”
Today, a hundred years after the writing of the manifesto, 70% of the Earth’s ice-free area is altered
by the human hand. When observed from the satellite images, Earth reminds a suprematist artwork.
SECOND STRONGMAN (Victory Over The Sun)
Sun you bore the passions
And scorched them with flaming beam
We’ll yank a dusty coverlet over you
Lock you up in a concrete house!