Thinking about energy is often equivalent to entering engineering constructs or, at most, traveling to the borders of known physics. It is precisely in these diffuse areas where the exhibition “Ultraenergy, the electric toy as an anticipated reality”, organized by the Lluís Coromina Foundation, invites us to go further, transiting between science, philosophy, the arts and the social sciences.
The exhibition presented in the Space Eat Art of Banyoles is actually a dystopian provocation that, from a perspective of Retrofuture, wants to show that another type of energy, the human, has a profound transforming role capable of reversing the damage caused to the planet.
It is at this point that the intervention with which Pere Monràs, president of the Biomimetic Sciences Institute began, begins the cycle of conferences that have been contributing context to this exhibition.
A transforming energy … and unstable
Since its beginnings as Homo Sapiens, humanity has focused its efforts on channeling natural energies and converting them into means for their purposes. But as Pere Monràs points out to us, there is a set of energies with a great transforming potential such as mental energy, vital energy (expressed from the will to be) and conscious energy. In this sense, the expression of wider reach is that of the connected network, the basis for collective consciousness, which stimulates the enormous neuronal plasticity of our species – a great evolutionary advantage that has allowed us to reach our days – and activates all our potentialities.
This process developed over time has led us to a point of inflection in which three vectors of increasing acceleration converge: the uncertainty of the future caused by climate change, the bewilderment generated by disruptive technologies and a globalization materialized in dominant financial models and dehumanized. A situation that creates an acute cultural anxiety for not being up to the times and being able to adapt to the rhythm that corresponds.
The language of complexity
The complexity, in the opinion of the president of BSI, is the point on which our current society pivots, the interconnected world in which we live. This is the reason why, to its role, it is essential to mainstream knowledge and deploy a well-known development strategy in nature: hybridization.
Following this principle, two entities merge to give rise to a new one that surpasses them in capacities and potentialities. The challenge now is to replicate it in absolutely diverse areas such as, for example, the hybridization of science and the creative arts.
A new situation that requires new languages. In this sense, Pere Monràs proposes that creative language be given more prominence, less manipulable than the word.
Willing to take the leap?
From an evolutionary perspective, the increasing complexity in which the human being is being subjected is giving rise to new needs that must be answered developing new functionalities. In the same way that, at a certain moment in the history of the hominids, a mutation made possible the articulated language in the Sapiens, it is not unlikely that our species will end up developing other cognitive capacities that allow us to adapt to these new environments.
Precisely what makes us more human and that differentiates us from artificial intelligence such as creativity, values, empathy and many other attributes, can open the way to a state of perception and awareness far superior to current.
This is the hypothesis that Pere Monràs pulls when asked about the direction in which we are evolving: art as a necessity to integrate a great diversity of languages and endow them with a materialization of what we might call conscious energy.
We would no longer be speaking, therefore, of language to convey information about what is known, but rather the great cognitive revolution would occur when finding a way to express what does not yet exist.
Whether this evolution will end up being produced by a progressive development of new capacities or by the disruptive intervention of a biological mutation or technological hybridization that will lead us towards the posthuman era is still the object of speculation.
What we can verify is the exhaustion of a mental model that has brought us many material benefits up to now but that is extremely rigid and inadequate for a reality as volatile, uncertain and relational as we live.
Therefore, we will have to make a leap to a higher energy level, which, from a quantum perspective, will always mean that a new light will accompany us.
Biomimetic Sciences Institute