PARANOID TECHNOLOGIES

MYTHOLOGIES OF MEMORY AND FORGETTING

OBSCURE

Obscurantist researches paranoid technologies and contemporary mythologies of memory and forgetting, from hypertext and magick to UFOs and conspiracy theory, examined through the lens of alienation and anomie.

Our goal is to bring uncertainty and confusion to a field of study where false certainty and deceptive clarity have brought the world endless misery, working to soften the bright lines of ontological binaries with the gentle shade of epistemological play.

Some of this research is collected in the Obscurantist Mnemotechnical Archive , a ongoing compendium of references and notes regarding the history and mythology of paranoid technology.

Obscurantist also has a small collection of texts, focusing on historical artifacts with a particular mythopoetic or aesthetic merit.

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7
Apr

fallen

In early July of 1947, something fell out of the sky near Roswell, New Mexico. No one disputes this. From the most extravagant alien metaphysicians to the most skeptical quotidian debunkers, all agree. Something fell. Most of the disagreement has been over what the Thing was — weather balloon, atomic test detector, flimsy-ass spacecraft, Soviet […]

5
Apr

Nevada National Security Site

100 atmospheric nuclear tests were detonated at the Nevata Test Site through July 1962. The fallout from these explosions blew across the region, and, in one notable case, onto the set of the movie The Conqueror. The cast and crew were assured that the fallout was harmless, and all of them rolling around in clouds […]

5
Apr

Bat Country

The Mojave Desert region north of Barstow and south of Las Vegas which is culturally renowned as a site of anomie and abjection. Massive concentration of national security and secret aeronautics facilities. Some say it’s not “bats” but the ghost of ancient leviathans swimming across long-dried seas. Some say there’s a lot of drugs in […]

23
Jul

Book of Enoch

(from wikipedia) An ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, although modern scholars estimate the older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) to date from about 300 BC, and the latest part (Book of Parables) probably to the first century BC. It is wholly extant only in […]

23
Jul

JEDI Transition

Rainbow Canyon, between Death Valley and the southeastern shores of Owens Lake. Low-flight area for military and experimental aircraft. Very near the joshua tree (decesed) photographed on the cover of U2’s Joshua Tree.