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Towards the end of 1995, South London AAA began issuing statements
regarding a proposed space launch. They had also instigated a rigorous
training program aimed at selecting Autonomous Astronauts for this
Dreamtime Mission project. As the press release and the statement issued by
the returning Autonomous Astronauts indicates, South London AAA intend to
entirely re-invent the concept of what space travel is and can be.
PRESS RELEASE - issued November 1995
South London Association of Autonomous Astronauts have now announced the
dates of their DREAMTIME MISSION.
After a rigorous training programme, South London AAA have selected three
Autonomous Astronauts who will be in space for a total of 66 hours, from
6pm 21st December 1995 - 12am the 24th December 1995. This mission will
therefore coincide with the Winter Solstice.
Due to the secrecy of the mission and the necessity to avoid any
interference from the government in this experiment with space travel,
specific details of the mission will be kept secret until the press
conference is held for the returning Autonomous Astronauts. The location
of the conference will be kept a secret until 24th December, but will take
place later that day.
Centuries of psycho-social conditioning have maintained a false division
between inner and outer space. This conditioning has supported the belief
in an inner space of mind (spirit) that can conquer the outer space of the
South London AAA will destroy all divisions between inner and outer space.
An independent space exploration programme represents the struggle for
emancipatory forms of thinking and being.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE RETURNING AUTONOMOUS ASTRONAUTS
AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE AFTERNOON OF DECEMBER 24th1995
South London Association of Autonomous Astronauts proclaim the success of
their DREAMTIME MISSION.
At 12 am today three Autonomous Astronauts from South London AAA returned
from space. As part of the Dreamtime Mission we had been in space for a
total of 66 hours. The following report attempts to indicate the form that
our space travel has taken.
Space-age fictions have enabled us to enter the reality of a new concept of
space. This concept formed the working parts for a new form of spacecraft
(which we re-defined as our concept-craft) which we then constructed using
the combined powers of our three minds. Once we had then located the
particular orbit our concept-craft was taking around the earth, we simply
climbed aboard. We could now move through a new space with the infinite
speed of thought. Now we have returned with bloodshot eyes, like revellers
after a night of excess, to report our experiences.
For the Dreamtime Mission we had constructed a concept-craft based on a new
concept of space. Our new concept of space resists the opinions promoted by
government space agencies such as NASA, who want the notion of a divide
between inner and outer space. We now have the possibility of creating
new concepts of space, concepts that each have their own autonomous
existence and philosophical reality, but which still resonate with and
connect to other possible concepts.
Like flashes of lightning, our space travel could be defined as a coming
and going rather than a tedious advancing from point A to point B and so
on. It was certainly more about losing our way than knowing where we were
going. And like the lines of flight undertaken by objects floating in
zero-gravity, the return of one movement of thought would relaunch another,
ceaselessly weaving across and throughout this space that we could barely
orientate ourselves in. We could see how in this space the most subjective
thought is also the most objective.
We infered that the space we were travelling through was fractal. In
addition to this each movement we made was like the throws of a dice. We
were discovering how intuition is important for a space travel that moves
by creating connections.
Every movement of thought that passed through the whole of this space did
so by immediately turning back on and folding in on itself, like a liquid
escaping from gravity. These movements could also fold other movements of
thought or allow itself to be folded by them thereby giving rise to
retroactions, connections and proliferations in what we were beginning to
discern as an infinitely folded up infinity that is/was the variably curved
space we were travelling in.
To travel through space by means of concepts, at an infinite speed of
thought, it is vital to destroy the illusion of a universe that is ours to
control. Instead we move towards the possibilities of connecting with
others as we pass from one world to the next. South London AAA are
inventors of new immanent modes of space travel and these experimentations
of ours are philosophical. The reality of our space travel is not
concerned with what we are now but with what we are becoming, which is
always different to the present (a present which has already ceased to be).
We have reported our experiences to you and described as best we can
something of the form that our space travel takes. More information
regarding the specific movements and reactivations of the concept-craft we
had constructed for this particular mission must be released at a later
date, as we are still compiling the data on this. South London AAA
proposes that we construct new concepts of space in order to create
emancipatory forms of thinking. The days of this society are numbered.
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