One outstanding web site, epitomising what can be done in
cyberspace with a will to good is the Futurist Intelligentsia.
Calling themselves "a global futurist starforce
for the 21st century! ...the Home of FUTURE
music, art, fashion, literature & film for persons of
purpose, progress & POSITIVE NRG!", the site hosts various
networking links and also features a download site for their other
major project, UMMO RECORDS and DISKS.
One of the sites founders, Mirai,
kindly agreed to an e-mail interview.
1. Please give a brief background to the foundation and agenda of
"It was started in 89, when two guys, from opposite ends of the
U.K. met up, briefly, and realised they weren't alone in their
eccentricities or experiences. I was a musician and he was a
writer, both with computer programming backgrounds. So jointly we
decided to form the beginnings of a network to promote our ideals.
I brought in more people and it began to expand. We were basically
looking for creative people who had a closer foresight in the
future, and then to promote their art or way of thinking, as a
2. Please supply a brief background to your activities at present
and a summary of Futurist activity in Japan. Is in some ways
distinct from that elsewhere...? How?
"The past six months have seen the setting up of the music label,
to promote the musicians in group. Including various live
concerts; a classical concert on a mountain in Tateshina (for the
older crowd), a LIVE link up on the Internet at CYBERIA where I
ran a multi-art/futurist club night, and soon to come; a Star Trek
event with the GENERATIONS artists from Los Angeles. It is through
such performances I hope to promote the art and ideas of everyone
"In Japan I can get more things happening because, to some extent,
we are a rare breed here. I think Tokyo is THE future city on our
world, that is why I moved here, but I would not say that it is my
It is hard to meet the real progressive types- this is a city of
capitalists- but I still have the inspiration to keep me going."
3. What is/are the beliefs/knowledge/convictions/mission agenda
that have/do now dictate the nature of your activities?
"We all share something in common. We all have a burning desire
for CHANGE, to do good for our planet and the conviction to keep
going for that. Most of us have had experiences in our past that
took us to this point. The perfect role model already exists in
the fictional Star Trek- a group of intelligent, progressive,
multi--cultural, global group with discipline, virtue and
self-control. Why not make it FACT? There are hundreds of these
types of people around the world but most are unconnected.
Hardline religious and political organizations only divide us
further; when we should be embracing each other. I think the
mockery of idealism should not stop one from realising those ideals."
4. What is your forecast for the near-future? How does/can/will
our input improve our prospects? What role does cyberspace play in
our spiritual role/transformation?
"It is a time of great change, as they say. This planet and its
whole organizational structure just will not last another century
if we stay on this same path. If it were so, then dark realities
as portrayed in WILLIAM GIBSON's futures or BLADERUNNER even,
would come into form in less than twenty years. I don't see that
happening, that is just one of the future-pathways. I forecast,
like many others, a total planet upheaval, environmentally,
economically and politically; in one word: CHAOS.I think the
planet will clean itself, leaving small networks across the world,
to bring it into a new reality. Cyberspace will link the networks,
and spread the information and inspiration to all those who
require it. It is important for those who think the same, to get
on-line and make yourself known."
5. You have mentioned hostility from "system"
individuals/org's...please give details.
"Those who create the sad realities that have domination over us
all are- as to be expected- afraid of the new power, that such
things as the INTERNET, can give to the individual. They have
great fear of losing control. The bid for censorship is very
strong from many groups. Obviously, I totally oppose that idea and
thankfully there are many others who think the same. At the
moment, the strongest opposition I get is from white middle-class
American males; including some Christians and French. They are
very proud and very fearful of the changes occurring; they curse
us to hell, or call us idealistic freaks. You have to be very wise
to be able to help them. I haven't been able to. "
6. You (wisely) advise us to eschew "chemical" self-abuse. How can
cyber-life/ cyber-union facilitate a better way of life for us,
especially the youth?
"This is a tough one. I have always been against drugs of all
kinds but that doesn't mean that I am right. The Net has helped me
to ask more knowledgeable people on this matter. From the feedback
that I have received, I will stick to my inner convictions until I
am proved otherwise. The whole point of this type of futurist art
is to energise and inspire your NATURAL HIGH. The club music I
write, is especially for the youth and it is written purposely and
musically in a way, that you would have no need for drugs-engaging
their emotions first, is the key. I hope cyberspace will lend a
big hand in educating the youth on this matter."
7. What is your appraisal at the moment of the state of the WWW?
What can be done to accelerate its spiritual aspects? What part
can/will technology play in our ongoing evolution?
"Since I linked to the net, my group has quadrupled, and I have
friends and supporters in nearly every country I could mention; I
cannot emphasise more strongly the importance of this new era. As
for Cyberspace, to me, it is now a wonderful medium for connecting
us all. It is the last battleground for truth and freedom. At
last, people from all lands can truly get to know one another and
breakdown cultural barriers. This technology will bring us
together; and those most important, most necessary links, have