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I'm really interested in the connection between unusual mental states and digital realities, particularly the dissociation and freedom involved in out-of-body experiences and the possibility of creating the kind of worlds, which - at peaks of internal disorder - my particular perfectionism has often demanded. It goes without saying that the power of computer technology to gather, store and sort information is essential to my work.

Over the next few years I'd like to create something that expresses this: the most interesting components from various stages of my life; links to sources, and individuals with whom I have been involved, represented by personal items or web pages. The socialphobic element of my personality can be exaggerated by the alienating nature of computer technology, so I'd like to find ways to offset this, an issue I consider has important social relevance.

I'm not just interested in art, and want my work to reflect the range of activities that comprise my life and contacts; some of those contacts are friends who seem to be living lives that contribute through human and digital communication networks to a collective experience of the world. As an individual in that group, I have access to a range of experiences I am incapable of covering alone. Although technically I'm an individual, my small life is just one cell in a larger being consisting of these people. I'd like to stimulate and facilitate that process digitally, as well as in material life. This conscious, willing collectivist approach is the obverse of that Star Trek creation - the Borg.