Any real activity has to create a history for itself, which is also to make a connection to already-existing histories, but in a way that alters them.  We have to conceive of The Ark Work as something that has been under way for a long time.   There are figures we can point to:  Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Blake, Joseph Beuys, Simone Weil, Genesis P-Orridge, Nietzsche.  Each of these figures contributed in some way to a future-oriented vision of the world that crosses the line between art and religion.  We also have to consider the project of enlightenment and disenchantment that has gone along with the rise of science