About This Site

Philosophy, art, writing:

You could spend an entire week reading RW’s website. Perhaps, you should.
– Matteo Bittanti, Gamescenes

Fascinating, rambling, deranged
– Reddit

Greetings, fellow shut-ins. Welcome to the fictional website of Robert What – ‘Freelance Amateur Postmodern Internet Theorist’. As a skint, unemployable non philosopher, non writer and non conceptual performance artist, this is his artistic escape attempt from the super mundane, terminally boring madness and existential depression of everyday life on backwater Brexit island ‘Endland’.

Along the way, Rob has witnessed the emergence of what he terms “Big Science” – a ‘strange imaginary game you pretend to play’. 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 hired by a mythical near future hyper-corporation to work on ‘advanced R&D projects’ with cosmic scale implications.”

Ideal for zero to infinity players, ages 18-800 only.

There are many ways to play Big Science; this site showcases Rob’s take on absurdist, satirical playthrough / worldbuilding, expressed via bricolage; remixes and mashups of interesting digital artefacts found online. These images and post Cyberpunk ‘theory-fiction’ fragments are a record of his odd adventures and discoveries within The Game.

So how do you play B.S?

Theorist Robert What

If you like what he’s doing and want to say Hi, or would like to collaborate with / hire Rob for his unique style, approach and-or mind: contact bob at robertwhat dot com. Politeness & intelligence reciprocated. Expect 2 to 3 working days for business replies.

Rob’s long term plan is buy a well insulated house, fully retreat into “Big Science” and eventually help fellow Researchers, forming a cool Alternative Artist Collective where they can play in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom and interdisciplinary cultural exchange, working without interruption in a supportive environment.

In the meantime, Rob must unfortunately Earn A Living™. This fact is treated as inseparable from his daily Digital Labor Practice / ‘Art (as) Work’. Please note all content on this site is free, as in Beer + Freedom (“Zero Copyright, No Licence, Maximum R&D”) and exists for the purposes of sociopolitical commentary / satire / parody, and philosophical critique.

Site in lowercase to engage with notions of authorship and professionalism. Currently under extensive editing.

I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.
– Diogenes of Sinope

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