Ecstatic Computation

Mike Allison

Ecstatic Computation is the union between human and machine (when thought becomes bit) explored through virtual reality ritual.


As I become a cyborg though corporeal and mental appropriations of computational tools, what then of my metaphysical relationship to these new “bodily” members?
Through my research I've encountered many religious, spiritual and scientific practices that seek to make sense of the relationships between our minds, bodies, spirits and the universe. Some practices contain the notion of ecstasy, which in existential terms means to achieve a state of being outside of one's self. Using virtual reality, my project explores the moment of Ecstatic Computation: the merging of consciousness and quantum energy in the physio-chemical registration of state within the computer's memory. The moment when thought becomes bit and electrons become ideas.