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Omega-Level mutant


The video performance Omega-level mutant (1), by radical phenomenologist (2) Edwin Stolk, refers to a next stage in human evolution, a new time-specific non-fixed era, rooted in subjective complexity and counting on rhizomatic-mobility.

Our globalised perception calls for new types of representation and depends now on contemporary mutants (3), trans-national entities who make short or long-distance journeys in a chaotic and teeming universe.

The historical period defined by postmodernism is to an end: multiculturalism and the discourse of identity is being overtaken by a planetary movement of creolisation (4); the Omega- level mutant should have the ability to show by its act of subjective terror, the time specific cultural weapons against the twofold threat of uniformity, mass culture and traditionalist, far-right, withdrawal.

The artist becomes an Omega-level mutant; a prototype of the contemporary traveller whos passage through signs and formats refers to a contemporary experience of what I call rhizomatic-mobility (5) . The contemporary traveller could also been seen as a subjective- terrorist. When you critically study the work, a new type of form is appearing, the journey-form, made of lines drawn both in space and time, materialising trajectories rather than destinations. The form of the video performance expresses a course, a wandering, rather than a fixed space-time.

Especially video art became the medium of choice for the contemporary warriors, no need for introvert film-institutes to distribute their cause, but internet as an independent weapon of resistance. A non-fixed travelling between intrinsic layers, floors of consciousness, with the elevator speed, rhizomatic-mobility, there is this weird thing of having nothing below you, no subway and no basements. Living in a world with dirt floors, you are more grounded.


(1) An omega-level mutant is one with the most powerful genetic potential of their mutant abilities. Some abilities depicted by mutants described as Omega-level include immortality, extreme manipulation of matter and energy, high psionic ability, strong telekinesis, and the potential to exist beyond the boundaries of the known physical universe.

(2) "Phenomenology" comes from the Greek words phainómenon, meaning "that which appears", and lógos, meaning "study".

(3) A mutant appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics and refers to an individual who possesses a genetic trait called an X-gene that allows them to naturally develop superhuman powers and abilities. Mutants are members of the subspecies Homo sapiens superior, an evolutionary progeny of Homo sapiens, and are considered the next stage in human evolution.

(4) Undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.

(5) Rhizome is a philosophical concept developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in their Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972-1980) project. It is what Deleuze calls an "image of thought," based on the botanical rhizome, that apprehends multiplicities. With rhizomatic-mobility Edwin Stolk refers to borderless liberal mind traveling.


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