Daniel Glendening VS MFA Thesis 2011

We may see a great and unrecognizable future

States of social destabilization, defined by fluctuation and mutability, have historically yielded a proliferation of utopian and apocalyptic visions. The psychedelic counterculture of 1960s and 1970s California grew out of a state of destabilization, and made numerous advances towards a utopian future. Currently, much of the world has been destabilized in our shift from an analog to a digital society. Today’s destabilization, perhaps a continuation of the change set in motion in the 1960s, has led to the emergence of both techno-utopian visions, and prophecies of a technological apocalypse.

In three inter-connected sub-sections, “Destabilization,” “Utopia,” and “Apocalypse,” this paper examines the role of destabilization in relation to Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome; the history of California utopian movement; the internet as a psychedelic site; and the techno-apocalypse of the theoretical singularity. Through this examination, we may begin to understand how – as a direct evolution of the networks and non-linear models of thinking proposed by the psychedelic counterculture and Deleuze and Guattari – the internet and virtual spaces have increasingly altered our awareness of time, space and the body, creating a state of destabilization and the emergence of new utopian and apocalyptic visions.

Awarded the 2011 MFA Visual Studies Thesis Exhibition Award

92 albums

Spring 2011

217 albums

MFA in Visual Studies Thesis Works