Hypersigils Reconsidered

The InvisiblesVia Technoccult:

I’ve been thinking recently about Grant Morrison’s “hypersigil” concept, but considering as not an occult/magical practice, but as as a cybernetic phenomena. […]

The way I see it, the online persona, fictional self, or avatar one creates can create feedback loops to reinforce behaviors and perceptions and have a create significant “real world” changes in a person’s life over time.

In the case of Grant Morrison, he was also shaping his persona in the letters column of The Invisibles, in interviews he gave, and his public persona at comic conventions.

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7 Comments on "Hypersigils Reconsidered"

  1. Awesome. I never felt like hypersigils were explained/explored well enough. It's a cool article and does what it can to elaborate on the subject.

  2. you morons and your megick | Feb 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm |

    your missing the fact that whether you refer to it as cybernetic or occult its the same program run through different metaphors. its still a hypersigil supersigil ect.

    • Did you read the article? I'm not talking about hypersigils as a metaphor here, but a name for a specific process that occurs when someone begins to represent themselves in media. I don't think it has anything to do with magic – I think it's a socialization process.

  3. Word Eater | Feb 19, 2010 at 2:09 am |

    So a hypersigil requires a feedback loop including other people?

    If you totally immerse yourself in an alternate reality, completely dedicate yourself to creating it, like Tolkein did when creating his fictional world, why do you need external stimuli?

    The act of creation becomes the hypersigil you weave privately. Even if it is never exposed to others, it has still had a profound impact on your own mind.

    In short, art is elevated to magic and the act itself is the hypersigil not the end result.

    • If you take a look at the diagram, there's also a feedback loop between the self and the invented persona. It will be amplified by other people, as people's perceptions of you change based on the invented persona. I'm not sure this process can work without the reinforcement from other people, but I don't know.

      I should also point out that I'm just speculating here. I could be completely wrong about everything.

  4. Anonymous | Feb 20, 2010 at 1:46 am |

    Sure you can splice your identity into parts, but what about reintegration?

  5. gotnostringsonme | Feb 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm |

    Sure you can splice your identity into parts, but what about reintegration?

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