Fascinating, rambling, deranged
This is the virtual website of Robert What – mostly fictional ‘Freelance Amateur Postmodern Internet Theorist’. A skint Lockdown Artist*, consider this Rob’s artistic escape attempt from the terminal boredom and existential depression of daily life on backwater lockdown Brexit gammon island ‘Endland’.
Along the way, Rob has witnessed the emergence of what he now terms “Big Science” – a ‘strange imaginary game you pretend to play’. Apparently it’s set in the dark, neon tinged ‘near future retro 80s’ hyperreality of late stage global Videogame Capitalism (aka Ludocapitalism): “You are a brilliant, troubled research scientist, recently hired by a mythical near future hyper-corporation to work on advanced R&D projects with cosmic scale implications.” Big Science is ideal for zero to infinity players, ages 18-80.
There are many ways to play Big Science. This site showcases Rob’s own particular take – an absurdist worldbuilding and satirical playthrough, involving bricolage remixes and mashups of digital artifacts found online. These images and post Cyberpunk ‘theory-fiction’ fragments are a record of his odd adventures and minor discoveries within The Game. So how do you play B.S?
If you dig this and would like to say hi, collaborate with or hire Rob: contact bob at robertwhat dot com today. Politeness & intelligence reciprocated. Please expect two to three working days for replies.
Bob’s plan is to pay off his student debts, buy an insulated house, fully develop “Big Science” and eventually help fellow Researchers – forming a cool Alternative Artist Collective where they can play in an atmosphere of intellectual and artistic freedom and interdisciplinary cultural exchange, without interruption in a supportive environment.
In the meantime however, Robert must unfortunately Earn A Living™. This fact is treated as inseparable from his daily Digital Labor Practice or ‘Art (as) Work’. Please note everything on this site is free, as in Beer & Freedom – “Zero Copyright, No License, Maximum R&D” – and exists for the purposes of philosophical critique and sociopolitical commentary and satire.
Site currently under extensive editing, and in lowercase to engage with notions of Authorship and Professionalism.
I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.
– Diogenes of Sinope
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*Lockdown Art: socially isolated art made during a time of global existential crisis
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