Underground to Undercover by Iona Miller
ARTIST STATEMENT 2010:
From Underground to Under Cover
I’ve always worked as an edge-artist, far outside the mainstream of production and institutions, niche publishing in the underground press and using free servers — ‘squatter sites’ — and failing to distinguish between visual and written works and personae (living out loud). My current project involves disbelieving all previous versions of my self and my understanding of the hyperflux nature of reality. I hope to contradict and supersede myself — to strip off any tactical corset that becomes too confining.
My mixed-media include not only physical and digital gestures and words, but living light and the entire geopolitical or psychosocial landscape. This year I’ve added filmmaking to my repertoire of modalities, dynamically animating my formerly static works, history, concepts and ideas. I like to think what I do works by contagion and perhaps chaos theory. In my works on Chaosophy, I’ve discuss those mechanisms at length. Chaos can be a more fertile state than order.
Whether in therapy, graphics or cultural engineering, art is a vocation, not a trade. It’s a cliche – that art is a process, not a product. Yet, one is ‘called’ to create — to manifest — by one’s inner being, and we ignore the call at our own peril. The vagaries of commercial markets, self-serving gallerists and museum trends cannot drive creativity in any direction. In human cultures small disturbances can bring about large, unpredictable reactions, similar to the butterfly effect. You can never anticipate where that influence, inspiration or ‘happy accident’ will originate.
My own path is a chaotic aboriginal ‘walkabout,’ a sort of ‘Forest Gumping’ collusion of synchronicity and ‘Being There’ good fortune. In therapy, we are taught to “trust the process,” but in PSYOP the social engineering “process” imposed on the global playing field is precisely the problem, not the cure.
Fields of Power
We’ve all been thoroughly “processed.” Culture is the field that makes it possible for us to cultivate the world, so that human beings may become fully human and achieve their fullness. Culture is the specific form of human nature. The nature of humankind is cultural and that culture is indeterminate. But PSYOP makes us a different kind of culture, a sort of bacteriological experiment gone awry in a global petrie dish.
There is chaotic self-organization in cultural fields, but also extreme turbulence. Dissipative structures are constantly fed energies from their surroundings and give off energies to them, and transfer the entropy produced in them to their surroundings. Such structures maintain both their energetic potential and their identity by being open to influences from the outside. But at the same time they avoid the destructive power of such energy concentration by exporting entropy to their surroundings.
Poised at the cutting edge — the creative edge of chaos — emergent art and artists have the capacity to carry the artistic dialogue into the future. Both pain and beauty can be a source of inspiration and creativity.
It’s one thing to have vision that resonates, and quite another to articulate it and get it out into the world and informational flow where it can go ‘viral’ without being buried in dataglut. The flip side of that is “doing better than we know” when others mirror our content in the field beyond our immediate knowledge. Often, it winds up in unlikely places, penetrating both the fringe and the core.
My Millennial collected works archive of the ’90s and earlier was ‘burned’ by Geocities last year when Yahoo stopped hosting free sites. But this original Geocities mega-site and others have been ‘salvaged’ by ‘reocities,’ dredged from the flotsam and jetsam of obsolete webcontent without bias for ownership or true ‘value.’
A single individual took on the self-appointed task of downloading as much as he could grab onto his server. Anything that could be technically captured was ‘resurrected’ and its shelf life renewed without notification to site owners. This is just one of an increasing numbers of gambits now possible in the datascape, where so many are streaming vital details of their existence, making us the first ‘downloadable humans.’ Our data has taken on a separate life of its own, in worship of the Android Meme.
Art has a certain restoring, healing, negentropic, even ‘spiritual’ capacity — the capacity to counter the entropic energies of social breakdown, decay, and meaninglessness. In this sense, great art — authentic art — feeds us, as it has fed mankind from the earliest times. In an an-aesthetic world, we yearn for the zen moment of aesthetic arrest that stops us dead in our tracks with multisensory wonder. It comes in the gaps between breaths, in suspended animation.
The Hidden Environment
Life, lived both underground and under cover is “hidden” or shadey with the clandestine aim of metaphorming the living symbolic structure, personal or collective. The mundane or banal takes on new symbolic meaning, from idiosyncratic to global. Global chaos theory is an intellectually elegant concept that may or may not prove itself, but it is a good model of instability and an apt metaphor for using minimum leverage to achieve optimal effect on the global culture machine.
Manipulating dark and light forces, shadow and light, artists reveal that which is fundamentally occult — the hidden environment in which we truly live — a world enlivened by both electricity and imagination. But we cannot understand social, economic and cultural systems from the “will” or “intentions” of individuals.
Too much harmony is not bearable either for the human organism or for society. As soon as the fractal chaotic structure of electric waves around the heart begins to become symmetrical, the heart begins to flicker uncontrollably. More harmony than this is the moment of cardiac arrest. Similar processes can be seen in society, where enforced conformity is a sign of social death.
Explanations and theories don’t tell us what is, but only offer degrees of belief to a world where thinking has become exceedingly dangerous. This is the double-bind of the shadow of the collective psyche. As in days of old, you can lose the game or lose your head. Chaos and order can suddently slip into their opposites.
Paramedia ecologist, Bob Dobbs describes the problem, including social fragmentation by digital media, whose effect is hidden in plain sight in the “Bread & Circuits” of the global theatre:
The hidden environment is what’s really motivating everybody, and creating a lot of obsession or neurosis, and the stress of life is always caused by the new invisible environment. Therefore, an antidote or an anaesthetic to that is the past environments, but to use them as props. So, all human creativity is now provided as the content, but the mixed corporate-media create the stress on people, and they’re trying to find out how that stress is affecting them. They’ll never be able to find out how that stress is affecting them. But all they have to do is understand what I’m talking about.
“Process” is what is affecting all of us, that’s the hidden ground, and they just reflected the need, subconsciously, for psychology to adapt to the new electric environment in the ’60s and ’70s, the electric environment being processual. So they came up with concepts of “process”. Now that concept is obsolete because they’ve exhausted it, people are no longer using it, but they are stuck in an environment that is process incarnate. So, they’ve got a problem.
Process has gone wrong in the secret machinations of institutions such as Tavistock and the Covert Action of espionage in such “black” operations as MK Ultra that led to mass deployment of indictrination, drugs and biowarfare on both domestic and foreign “adversaries.”
No laws protect the public from national security experimentation. Process itself has become the true “enemy” of the people. Self determination is the first casualty. The hidden environment demands that art must be subversive to fulfill its function beynd mere docoration. Abuse has replaced truth.
Truth is a necessary fiction. Truth is just a faction of reality, usually stranger than fiction. History is infused by a fictional spirit. Truth gains traction from ‘friction,’ the mythic element of events. The real news arises in our gaps of awareness when reality values collapse.
The deep popular need for historical truth is a re-creation myth, reconstructed by answering the question ‘whose truth’? Most people never experience truth, but view reality through a hypercluster of mindwarping archetypal lenses. Imagination isn’t limited by scholarship. In some instances, fiction makes history. Imagination reshapes reality.
Mystery Ground Zero
So, it’s a long and winding road to describe how ‘Iona Miller’ went from uncommodified, unwikified, underground artist, researcher, Qabalist, magician and practicing therapist to working with the even deeper and more arcane underground of transnational Esoterics, Espionage and Entertainment as the Spy Whisperer, Spy in the Triangle, and Blue Sky Spy for LOA. In the sphere of informational security, Special Access Programs (SAPs) use disinformation and ‘believable’ cover stories to disguise their activities.
I guess I went so far to the Left into the groundless now that I came out of the conspirituality rabbithole in the Esoteric Right. I stood at the paradox, seeing both sides equally radical and serving a similar watchdog agenda with a Law of Attraction intentional bias. Most of us are thoroughly unsatisfied with either ‘forced choice’ party and its puppet representatives, serving the voracious corpoglomerates, warlords, and monopolistic robber barons.
Despite the odds against us we’re still trying to create a world we would like to live in, to retrieve as much of our falsely so-called ‘freedoms’ and humanity as possible before ‘humanity’ disappears entirely into ‘insanity’ and the subtext of dictated trends and predictive programming or hypermodalities, such as genetic and cybernetic transhumanism. We are the first generations to penetrate the vastness of the cosmos, to discern the entire history of the solar system, the life cycles of the Earth and the rhythms of life upon it. Let’s hope we are not the last.
One percent of the population has lockdown control of the vast majority of real wealth and many, if not most of the minds of the global population. Manipulated economic bubbles have retrieved the original meaning of piracy which gutted the American middle-class. “Robber ‘Boomer’ Baron” has been used to describe the undisciplined greed of financial ‘robbers’ during calculated financial meltdowns in 2008-2009. Will gold be the next bubble?
We’re still not sure what to do about it beyond raising the hue and cry, but intend, at least, to not go down without a fight. So, we make outrageous political art and satire, and write manifestos and ultimatums to the cosmos, hoping for a reply from the Great Beyond as our final freedoms erode into dim memory. The real X-files are much weirder than Chris Carter ever imagined when the 90s were upon us. For starters, they were subcontracted.
The cast of my artful collaborators includes a wide variety of PSI-KICKS and adventures in the Draconian Utopia: Intel, Spooks, Kooks, Spymasters, Spyentists, Spy-Co-Somatics, Psientists, Spycologists, Esoterics, Bliss-Bunnies, Om-ers, Edge-Celebs, Meta-physicians, Homo Lumen, Hip-gnotists, Pre-Cogs, Cure-ismatics, Shamaniacs, Mage-icians, Therapeutes, Para-Noids, Cyber-Allies, Private Eyes, Psychotties, Beamers, Watchers of the Watchers, and Squints. Here’s to staring backatcha.
The Secret: To Dare, To Will, To Know, To Keep Silent
Intelligence is the key to understanding the world today. What spies have in common with magicians is an uncanny ability to connect the seemingly unconnected, to notice what goes on behind the scenes and to see through misdirection ~ it takes one to know one. Both have learned to synthesize and interprete data, how to pace and lead people (hypno-patsies) with rapport. The opening gambit of psychological warfare and mind control is flattery.
As trained observers, magicians and spies are adept at people-reading and keeping secrets; both are actors — performers. Both are in secret societies that rely on craft and often use collaborators or confederates, and mentors. How much different is stealth and surveillance than a spell of invisibility? Each have their rules of engagement in the Great Work and the Great Game.
Even some of the elements of tradecraft are the same. Both are cryptic, using encryptions and codes. Each has its own arcane language, symbols and rituals veiled from the profane. Remote Viewing or psychic spying is virtually identical with clairvoyance. Ceremonial psychodrama is played out in public, in personality cults and “ritual” murders.
Both use passwords and slogans for security. Cryptography is now ubiquitous. All domestic and foreign electronic communication is monitored by programs like Echelon. Spies and magicians both are cracking the Brain Code, the wetware of humanity.
Cryptocracy refers to a type of government where the real leaders are hidden. There may possibly be a fake government that appears to be in charge and this fake government might not know themselves that they are not in charge. It can also be used when referring to similar arrangements in organisations, orders, sects and cults. We know them best by their effects, not what they say about themselves.
Everywhere is Ground Zero
In military terms, psychic operations are called psychotronics, PSYOP. Adversaries are rogue psi operatives, psiwarriors who battle like sorcerers. Psychic self defense employs thought disruption, shielding techniques, mind drain and energy manipulation. Psionics is scientific magic ~ magecraft, the product of extraordinary human potential. Precogs, like analysts, are attuned to the future.
They understand viscerally that things are often not what they seem, being manipulated by unseen forces. Both are masters of disguise, the hidden environment, intelligence, espionage, and covert action. Both aim to ‘tweak the timeline’ with small perturbations that pump up to macroscopic results, setting up currents of intentional influence. They also tweak minds by controlling the environment. No one can resist what they cannot detect.
Both are Inside Outsiders, working at the fringes of the System. The “outsider” aesthetic is charged by a desire to break free from the contrivances of tradition. They look boldly outside the system and deep within themselves for inspiration that arises directly from Creative Source.
Both work sub rosa. This phrase comes from the Latin meaning ‘under the rose’ for confidentiality, black ops. It comes from the Masonic fraternal tradition. The rose is the emblem of Horus, God of Silence and Secrecy.