An image classifier, i.e., one of the most common applications of artificial neural networks, analyzes frames from a camera fixed over the monitor in an effort to name everything it sees. The names are articulated and displayed on the screen, using the Lovecraftian alphabet of Nug-Soth, which features, for ex-ample, in the “Necronomicon”.
Kenophobia relies on the capacious metaphor of a magic mirror which, in this particular case, reflects the liminal state between being and non-being, and between an object and the subject. It encapsulates the emergence of agency and existence as such, both of which are conceived of as trauma, rather than as glory; of naming as the primary intentional act constitutive of chains of relationships and fictions of experience. For its part, the alphabet of Nug-Soth evokes the mental antithesis to panpsychism which insists that an immanent and uncontainable otherness is inscribed in the universe.
Kenophobia is also a conceptual reset and – in the vein of two Thomases: Ligotti and Metinger – a dismantling of the multilayered intellectual superstructure that contaminates thinking on awareness, intentionality, and AI.