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Rough grit, the digital, Vito Acconci and others

http://www.alansondheim.org/unman2.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/gritd.mp3

The audio is a half-hour rumination on Acconci, arte povera,
Soho in the early 70s, the problematic of the digital, and so
forth. It's raw; not all of the facts may be correct; I stumble,
repeat, gloss over, but it will give you an idea of what the
period was like - as well, perhaps, as its relevance today.
Ironically, I'd been thinking about these issues for the past
week or so, deciding to write on them; when I heard about Vito's
death, I thought it best to just talk the material through. It
may be a terrible mistake to do this; on the other hand, I felt
a need, as well, to deal with the increasingly abstract ontology
of contemporary culture - along with the brutal realities
beneath the surface. I'm fascinated by prosthetics/robotics for
example, but these come at the cost of real workers laid off, of
violent desertification in may parts of the world, of wars and
raids replete with inconceivable brutality, and so forth. So for
me there was a period, hinged among modernism/postmodernism/
digital phenomena when abject physicality, grit, dominated the
grid - this is what I'm talking about through impersonal and
personal history, etc., in the tape. Please give it a listen if
you're interested in these concerns; also, it might be useful if
someome transcribed it for publication.

Thanks for listening, Alan

undistinction, rebus philosophy

http://www.alansondheim.org/xy.png for VHA still
http://www.alansondheim.org/xy.mp4 for VHA landscape
http://www.alansondheim.org/xy.mp3 for VHA elegaic

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It just came across that Vito died; at one point he was one of my closest 
friends, and probably had more influence on my work than any other artist.

Damn

Fleshmeld hydraulics: construction of gender fleshmeld

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http://www.alansondheim.org/capt3.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/capt1.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/capt2.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/capt4.jpg

Hi? What's your name?
{x^y} & x>0;
{x^y} & x>0 & y>0;
{x^y} & x>>0 & y>>0;

Well, yes perhaps, flying blind like this, some sort of gender
will emerge, let's get started! Let's make a gender!!

That ok with you?
Wetware dependency, contusion mechanics, fleshmeld hydraulics.

Well what is gender?

In this context, any identification or fastening of identity in
Amy form whatsoever, among carbon, silicon, quark. In this
context, not among polarities but among multiplicities; not
among individuals nor populations, but among aggregations; not
among languaging but among diffusions; not among clusters but
among fleshmeld, the delimitations of flesh and silicon, atom
and atom, electron clouding and interminable pathfinding, paths;
lacks of distinctions and crossings; no territories, no
deterritorializations; fleshmeld refugees; alignments with the
privileging of existence: sufficient food, water, energy,
abundance, sleep, stability; sufficiency for machinery,
circulation, repetition, return, demarcation, diffusion of
demarcations;

Oh well, let's get going!
Going and coming, the presence of destinations beyond imminent
death, internment; temporary camps; hostels; marches forced and
otherwise;

What do you want to call this thing you're making?

Interruption; split among possibilities, potentials; many among
one; one among many; hydrogens and heliums;

Give this a name; what do you want to call this think you're
making?

Well, now what might be case, this machinery whose output
remains indeterminate? already constructs trouble for us,
subverting the categories we take for granted. Beneath the
surface, now what might be case, this machinery whose output
remains indeterminate? is {x^y}, x>0, neutral, every gender
is a misery or contusion, a cicatrice or inflation; there's
nothing that might emerge except provocation. i don't know who
you are or what you're asking or whether this universe, this
new and infant universe, will contain me. But what is
neutrality here, its constitution?

Wait! now what might be case, this machinery whose output
remains indeterminate? and {x^y}, x>0 analytics have
disappeared!

Contusion-body in mourning, an indeterminate period; in the
future, the indeterminate future of the machine.

now what might be case, this machinery whose output remains
indeterminate?:every gender is a misery or contusion, a
cicatrice or inflation; there's nothing that might emerge except
provocation. i don't know who you are or what you're asking or
whether this universe, this new and infant universe, will
contain me.:0:yes perhaps, flying blind like this, some sort of
gender will emerge:now what might be case, this machinery whose
output remains indeterminate? this {x^y}?

*/ This is the way to proceed, this procedure: to fly blind into
the future of interrogation; to associate; to vanish as if
neurasthenic. Neurasthenic = update; gender engenders; sexuality
is future exterior; emergence is blind. {x^y}, x>0. As we back
away, the angle of contact shrinks. This is the window one has,
while still alive, to _prate._ This is the _this_; gender
engineers; sexuality is transportation; rupture _streams._ /*

The output is the input; the input is the output; the temporal
interval actionreaction decreases asymptotically to zero;
fleshmeld is photonic, its phenomenology the shuddering of
neutrino types. Capture nothing; capturerelease decreases to
capturerelease degree zero; degree zero is never zero, is
virtual existence of a quality or thing, virtual existence of
{x^y}, x>0; this _x_ catches in your teeth, grid-grit; gritd;

Without the possibility of response - x>>0, y>>0, the name or
sign disappears. Call this continuous collapse; as response
decreases, collapse becomes a _continuous state,_ rather than a
process. To proceed is to move, to move on, to move out, to move
up or down; to proceed is to en/vision an _elsewhere._
Continuous collapse expands fleshmeld into a permanent condition
- the screen state whose focus reduces the asymptotic angle of
gaze to zero. */I watch, am watched, am being watched, am
watching, am on a watch, part of a watch; I screen; I am
screened, nothing is watching; there is no there there, no here
here; there is contusionmechanics/fleshmeldhydraulics whose
operations are those of imminence themselves.

I am _incensed_;

{x^y} & (x>1) & (y>1);
{x^y} & (x>>1) & (y>>1)
{x^y} & (x>>1) & (y>>1)
{x^y} & (x>>1) & (y>>1)
{x^y} & (x>>1) & (y>>1)
{x^y} & (x>>1) & (y>>1)

+++

cutting the flesh from the presidential face

http://www.alansondheim.org/blod.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/glitchmachine.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/gritd.png

perl of the occident accidental:i'm cutting that face with
terrible grief!:terrible terrible grief!:: let's go partying,
beautiful pearl of the occident accidental, with the dead
flesh falling from the penetrating fog or groundwerk and all
the biomes thank you for your groundwerk and generating fog!
ah, love eaten by julu-of-the-open-arms and julu-depressed!
for one day we have trumped over that viscous mess that used
to pass for a president!

still working on opening, among

http://www.alansondheim.org/roches57.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/langu1.mp3

neith music nor rhythm nor sound but opening
with no regards, irregarding, unguarding

working towards new space, unlimiting, somewhere
safe for us and our friends large and small,
the whole of creation, centerless (elsewhere,

too many centers, misery), languorous, languid,
presencing, unlanguaging,
there

Back Then Newsfeed: History Fast-Forward

September 13, 2016

Apologies for the image quality; these are shots of a B&N Nook
that I hadn't used since last September; when I opened up the
browser, the old google news didn't update. What's fascinating
is the relative innocence of our lives just a few months ago;
even the Great Barrier Reef of Australia was given more than a
year or so to survive. The news is not only fast-forwarding in
consequences; the very brutality of the world, rightly or
wrongly, seems to be increasingly exponentially, and everyone,
left or right, seems to be entering states of emergency. We now
seem closer to the brink of nuclear and other war, than ever. If
there were a god, this would be a good time for her to manifest
herself - either to help us out, or remove humans as a deep
scourge on the environment.

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useless trump thing useless thing trump thing

http://www.alansondheim.org/uselessthing.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/trumpthing.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/trumpthing.png

existential nothingness within the useless project of 'trump.'
age pulls us down; just as death seems causeless and is
recuperated through the suturing of mourning, entombment, so the
origin is causeless in him. i have useless arguments against
him, he's spewing everywhere. it's seeming useless, artificial,
necessity of setting circadian and seasonal rhythms, is useless;
the duction is mostly useless, that they're becoming a form of
violence or less timeout. trump exhausts itself flailing
uselessly at the doorway to no recuperation; strategy floats
uselessly in the air, since the the longer hang down uselessly
from the headers, articles never appeared trump sadism; useless
stage gainsays speech,** i'm pointing speech. dysfunction,
useless, external to all representation, within the inseparable;
phenomenologically, the distinction is useless. trump is useless
and brutal.

absorb the accidentals

http://www.alansondheim.org/sjs.jpg sarangi, jogia sarangi
http://www.alansondheim.org/sjs.mp3 jogia sarangi, soccergame

if I were Kenny Goldsmith I'd jump around on this.
going in for anything neutral which falls short of
this miserably attentive piece, but attentive to
nothing. yet again i'm confined to music, music is my
gaol, not the spelling Kenneth, I can't escape from it
whatsoever, I just have to be near something that
makes noise, I'm in perfect health except for an
uncreative depression, Ken, which makes me want to do
something or other with something or other's meaning,
Azure's in prime health as well, Kenni, we were glad
not to see you the other day when we were trying to
deal with the Holocaust and so many other holocausts,
why just today, Kay, it happened again in Afghanistan,
but nevermind. i've decided to go for the big "I"
which needs no saying, but there i am, it's something
I do when I'm feeling, yes, so much necessarily
meaningless gravel falling at my feet. We're going to
heat, A&I a tremendous repast of Mixture Of Potatoes
(MOP, Keni) in this town which loves to hate U.S.(A.)
if They only knew! Today the streets of Auschwitz are
silent. Keneth, I've emptied the Genug-Langue just
like that. Uneasy is the body on stilts, but mine is
laying in the roadway. Kenny G., I think you would
love this, in fact I'm sure of it, Kenny Goldsmith, I
doubt it in its more than entirety.

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absorb the accidentals

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gaol, not the spelling Kenneth, I can't escape from it
whatsoever, I just have to be near something that
makes noise, I'm in perfect health except for an
uncreative depression, Ken, which makes me want to do
something or other with something or other's meaning,
Azure's in prime health as well, Kenni, we were glad
not to see you the other day when we were trying to
deal with the Holocaust and so many other holocausts,
why just today, Kay, it happened again in Afghanistan,
but nevermind. i've decided to go for the big "I"
which needs no saying, but there i am, it's something
I do when I'm feeling, yes, so much necessarily
meaningless gravel falling at my feet. We're going to
heat, A&I a tremendous

music, i still have the residue of flu, azure's got
it, we are going to live here on bread and water in
this shunning hating town i can hear hoards running
down the street just now. i think i filled the enough

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

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       n 1: the food served and eaten at one time [syn:
{meal},
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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    Subject: skip the accidentals
    Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:31:10 -0400 (EDT)

  skip the accidentals


  if i were you i'd jump around on this. going in for
  harbors which coalesce towards the end of this
  bitterly ungainly piece. one again i'm through with
  music, i still have the residue of flu, azure's got
  it, we are going to live here on bread and water in
  this shunning hating town i can hear hoards running
  down the street just now. i think i filled the enough
  language. some of this you might like but i truly
  doubt it. i'm on stilts.



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skip the accidentals

http://www.alansondheim.org/mtrand001.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/myamong.mp3 sarangi

if i were you i'd jump around on this. going in for
harbors which coalesce towards the end of this
bitterly ungainly piece. one again i'm through with
music, i still have the residue of flu, azure's got
it, we are going to live here on bread and water in
this shunning hating town i can hear hoards running
down the street just now. i think i filled the enough
language. some of this you might like but i truly
doubt it. i'm on stilts.

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