FUTURE CRUELTY LAB
Principles: Decay, Terror, Poison
Lab Author: Reza Negarestani
In the Book of Poisons, we come across the entry on اقونیطون such as Aconitum ferox or 'Devil's Helmet', known in India and Persia by the name Bish/Bikh or 'the long dark sleep', and known to Greeks as 'the queen of all poisons'. The scarce information on Bish makes it even more sinister when you read that among certain tantric cults this is considered as the ultimate gateway to Euphoria by way of extreme dysphoria and horrors of both flesh and the psyche. Essentially, Bish is considered to be the last drug / key for the initiation to that feeling of being fully content in the universe which is called Ananda and Reza in Indian and Arabic. Its trick is simple: consume much horror and unease, if you survive every other calamity that might befall you has no longer any meaning. You have conquered displeasure by rendering it meaningless in the broadest sense.
Example: Ibn Washiyah's Book of Poisons of the 9th Century reveals one of the earliest texts on exotic toxicity.
Image: David Spriggs, "Blue" (2013)