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Empyre list discussion on ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance


Please consider joining the November discussion on Empyre. All
you have to do is join empyre; more information is below. The
discussion starts this Monday, November 3rd, and runs until
December. There are amazing presenters. From the precis:

The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively
different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre,
absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this
chaos is a kind of ground-work itself - nothing beyond a
scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a
cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with
this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even
traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror
that seems to be daily increasing.

We are moderating a month-long investigation on Empyre into the
dilemma this dis/order poses. We will ask a variety of people to
be discussants in what, hopefully, will be a very open
conversation. The debate will invite the empyre community to a
deep and uncomfortable analysis of abject violence, pain,
performance, and ideology [taking further the October 2012
debate on Pain, Suffering, and Death in the Virtual], looking at
the ambivalences of terror, incomprehensible emotions, and our
own complicity in the production of 'common sense' around
terror.

Co-moderators: Johannes Birringer and Alan Sondheim.

About the empyre email list:

http://empyre.library.cornell.edu/

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theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly
thematic discussions via an e-mail listserv.

-empyre- facilitates online discussion encouraging critical
perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues,
practices and events in networked media. The list is currently
co-managed by Renate Ferro (USA) and Tim Murray (USA).
Melinda Rackham (AU) initiated -empyre- as part of her doctoral
research in 2002.

-empyre- welcomes guest moderators who organize discussions for
one month. After more than ten years, -empyre- soft-skinned
space continues to be a platform dedicated to the plurality of
global perspectives reaching out beyond Australia and the
Northern Hemisphere to greater Asia and Latin America.

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space, shift, Cave, slide, breath
sound, Cave, cavern, resonance

space, shift, Cave, slide, breath

http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext02.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/oscill2.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext10.jpg

Hiroshige rain or blood or image luminous space,
space-reading from elsewhere, then graphics
breathe breath, breathe air, letters drawn blood above in
throat

sound, Cave, cavern, resonance

http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext18.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/textscave1.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/textscave2.mp3

Cave with 19th-century 6-key piccolo resonance

text/s, Alan Sondheim, modified by Kathleen Ottinger,
modified by Alan Sondheim
graphics, Kathleen Ottinger
voice-text, Azure Carter
flute, shakuhachi, Alan Sondheim

space, shift, Cave, slide, breath
sound, Cave, cavern, resonance

space, shift, Cave, slide, breath

http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext02.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/oscill2.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext10.jpg

Hiroshige rain or blood or image luminous space,
space-reading from elsewhere, then graphics
breathe breath, breathe air, letters drawn blood above in
throat

sound, Cave, cavern, resonance

http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext18.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/textscave1.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/textscave2.mp3

Cave with 19th-century 6-key piccolo resonance

text/s, Alan Sondheim, modified by Kathleen Ottinger,
modified by Alan Sondheim
graphics, Kathleen Ottinger
voice-text, Azure Carter
flute, shakuhachi, Alan Sondheim

fungi and scrabbled text

http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi137.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/whens.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi096.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi113.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi121.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi164.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi028.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi038.jpg

last of the good-time Cave text session
first-last of the fungi cavern, slime mold,
  jelly, other
other of dinosaur

Image/Imaginary: mountains, canyons, escarpments, tree-lines,
dinosaur glass when a dinosaur purrs or trilobite scurries
nicely to safety.dreams of dinosaur jut, the culture of
dinosaurs, intelligence of dinosaurs, demise of dinosaurs,
dinosaurs, their proper names whose brood takes over home and
field alike. i am the dinosaur, who once ruled heaven and earth,
dinosaurs exhaust exhaust exhaust exhaust exhaust because Sauna
Sauna dinosaurs 10 11 100 101 110 1001 1010 1111 10000 skinny
skinning skinnn, wait a minute, signal's stuttering, come in
myxomycetes, come in myxomycetes

swollen, to come, lumbering something approaching, withdrawal,
come in, restless, stuttering, scurrying, which when is this,
wait a minute, interval, interval

come in myxomycetes, come in myxomycetes

fungi and scrabbled text

http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi137.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/whens.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi096.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi113.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi121.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi164.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi028.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/amherstfungi038.jpg

last of the good-time Cave text session
first-last of the fungi cavern, slime mold,
  jelly, other
other of dinosaur

Image/Imaginary: mountains, canyons, escarpments, tree-lines,
dinosaur glass when a dinosaur purrs or trilobite scurries
nicely to safety.dreams of dinosaur jut, the culture of
dinosaurs, intelligence of dinosaurs, demise of dinosaurs,
dinosaurs, their proper names whose brood takes over home and
field alike. i am the dinosaur, who once ruled heaven and earth,
dinosaurs exhaust exhaust exhaust exhaust exhaust because Sauna
Sauna dinosaurs 10 11 100 101 110 1001 1010 1111 10000 skinny
skinning skinnn, wait a minute, signal's stuttering, come in
myxomycetes, come in myxomycetes

swollen, to come, lumbering something approaching, withdrawal,
come in, restless, stuttering, scurrying, which when is this,
wait a minute, interval, interval

come in myxomycetes, come in myxomycetes

Emily and Paul

http://www.alansondheim.org/emily1.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/emilyandpaul.mp3 qin
http://www.alansondheim.org/emily5.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/emily6.jpg

leaves from Emily Dickinson's home and her
brother Austin's home and qin resonant with
Emily Dickinson and Paul Celan and their
resonance

Emily and Paul

http://www.alansondheim.org/emily1.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/emilyandpaul.mp3 qin
http://www.alansondheim.org/emily5.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/emily6.jpg

leaves from Emily Dickinson's home and her
brother Austin's home and qin resonant with
Emily Dickinson and Paul Celan and their
resonance

text, body, Cave incantation


http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext13.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/oscill1.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/cavetext20.jpg

text/s, Alan Sondheim, modified by
Kathleen Ottinger, modified by
Alan Sondheim

graphics, Kathleen Ottinger

voice-text, Azure Carter
flute, shakuhachi, Alan Sondheim

working through Cave-dimensionality and reading
the body of the text, the textual body,
spread of space, resonance

Cave = body = the flesh of the letter
incantation = architecture of the ladder

thanks to John Cayley, Kathleen Ottinger,
Azure Carter

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