The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

January 6, 2002


New Media Violent Terror Course this Semester:

Please note attendance is mandatory and part of your grade. You will be
hung. You will survive scorpions. You will survive Survivor. You are also
required to have an anonymous email address - and to check your email at
least several times a week. Some of the class participation is online. You
are expected to spread at least one virus/week across the campus.


a. If you have not taken the course before - there are two projects - one
due at the end of the course, and one at the midway point. If you don't
live past the midway point you get an A.

Midway: A piece in any non-traditional medium (performance, sound, video,
cannon, computer, tank, html) dealing with either: Issues of self; or:
Light; or: Shark Valley in the Everglades; or: why WE are better than THEY

Final: A work or works in any non-traditional medium dealing with a sub-
ject of your choice involving firearms and torture (water not included);
you should have decided this by the mid-February, and you should be
prepared to report on your progress during the class periods, to the
remaining students.

b. If you have taken the course before - you may continue working on your
projects, as determined previously. If you are able to continue, your
grade is a B maximum.

This course will consist of several components:

1. Going through the Michael Rush book in the beginning; looking at other
work; looking at work on the Internet and Net.Art. Assignment: Why is
Net.Art dead? If you think it is alive, kill it off. If you cannot kill it
off, you may use firearms and torture as above. This is necessary for a
passing grade. Note that Net.Art is tricky: Turning off your machine does
NOT kill the webpage for everyone else!

2. An overview of the Internet and the work presented on and through it;
this involves the history, demographics, and culture of the Net, presented
in brief. Assignment: Begin a commercial Website which deadends at least
15 trillion email addresses. Create a form that replies with at least 15
megabytes of broken higher ascii to every "please unsubscribe" email

3. Learning the components of the digital video studio - these include:
Premier, Imovie, Movieshaker, Moviemaker, and FinalCut Pro. You do not
have to know these in depth, but if you are working in video, you should
try and learn at least one of these well. Assignment: Naked sex involving
at least one consenting animal to be presented live in class and on the
Net. No children, but if you lose a limb you automatically get an A. If
the tape makes money, you get 25% of the profits plus hospitalization.

4. Learning about the other components available: audio including Audio-
mulch and Soundforge; imaging including Gimp and Photoshop; 3d modeling
with Blender and Mathematica; and anything else that might be of use to
you in your projects. Doom and Quake are permitted providing a parallel
course setup is created with live ammunition and human targets. Any
killing or injuring of animals strictly prohibited. Mathematica may be
used in the design, development, and production of small-scale nuclear
weapons; we can use the populated parts of South Florida for trial runs.

You are not expected to be an expert in any of these programs; you are
expected to be self-motivated if you want to explore or use any of them in
depth. Please note that the course is not program-based, but is concerned
instead with the entire new media area. Assignment: Create a work based
entirely on Allah/Christ/Buddha/Confucius/God/Nothing/ or the (non) tran-
scendence of your choice. The work must prove beyond the shadow of a doubt
that this transcendence is really _it._ A second and shorter work should
define _it._ A third work should portray the resulting carnage. If the
third work cannot be carried out because of sudden death syndrome, you
receive an A. If you cannot get a grade, you receive an A.

5. Learning how to use microphones, anthrax, digital still cameras, plas-
tique, crowbars, small-scale nuclear weapons, Internet spam and video
cameras. We will cover camera/sound/planting/fertilizing (see sex above)/
harvesting/coverup techniques. Learning how to hide violations of civil
rights; learning how to hide suspected terrorists; learning how to hide
anyone; and learning how to eliminate civil rights/terrorists/anyone for
extra credit.

6. Learning how and where to distribute new media work and what to do if
your audience no longer exists. What to do if you hate your audience. What
to do if your audience hates you. Last gasp: What to do if your audience

Please do not expect this course to be highly-structured! It isn't - it
depends on you, and your ability to survive or court death (for our
purposes the two are equivalent). The length of the course is inversely
proportional to its success; it will be best if we no longer make it
through the year (or if hospitalization is a MUST).

Good luck.

Alan Sondheim



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semester at Brown, collap : I remember reaching for A's breast; I was sick
and at I volunteered for secret army tests as well - checking I went to
Israel for a summer, living largely in Jerusa It was around this period
that I had my only "attested"  It's this summer I first go to Israel and
almost have a The depressions continue for the rest of my life These
dates, these beginnings are obscure to me, and al - Sleeping and waking:
insomnia goads me my entire l I almost flunked out of school. My life was
a disaster. - My second year at Brown was miserable. I hated my I watched
the side of the factory open up in the middle It was this year that I got
beat up on the campus by tw On a trip through the Negev, I saw, from a
distance, an Was it during this year, when I was in Israel, that my We
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once again. I asked my roommate wh - Went to Israel for a year, living
mainly in Jerusa Went to Europe for the summer; met J Z who becam It's
around now I'm in Europe. I met you (I forget your ' P G ran into the
studio screaming - Put out three records with a group, two with ESP, - Did
I speak of the Great Fear of country and anarc I bought a red IBM
Selectric, my first real electric ty I had An,ode published by the Ws'
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remember living off and on with R I lectured all over the place, UCSD, Cal
Arts, RISD (wi Logic of consciousness worked out, The Book as System o R
warned me about V, that he wasn't as good a Around this period, L
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and Hartford, marry Around this date I thought that if aliens came from
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was totally amazed. Everyone's start Secretly, I think I know everything;
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me, the first and only totally re The Whitney shows the tape K and I made;
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became an erotic image / i - I taught for a year at the University of
Californi I get involved with women who are as crazy as I am; no I saw V
for one of the last times, and stopped speak The year where my writing
began to coalesce; I was a - I taught at UCLA for two years, in the art
and art A and I left for Queenstown in the eastern center I left for three
and a half years - to teach in Tasmani I went to Tasmania where I met A
and return In Queenstown we end up at the home of a Belgian hairdr I take
over the curatorial position at Nexus Contempora - After teaching for a
semester at Ontario College of At Nexus, we began the Atlanta Biennale;
the first exhi - Later Paul Celan's poetry would take off from where T - I
left Nexus, A left me, I went to University I first met D at a
punk/industrial music night; he : And I had never been treated so badly as
I was with N I also met N while at Hallwalls; this was th I became
Artistic Director at Hallways Contemporary Art I took up the Artistic
Directorship of Hallwalls Contem At the end of the year, M and I left
Atlanta for M and I are driving through western North Caroli - During the
years with M I had the feeling we Or so, found out the ESP records had
been reissued as C M walked out after my severe depressions; she to
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attended the Cybermind confer I meet A in Sydney after the Perth
conference. Sh I think A and I worked through some of our differ Worked
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begin to create an , After the book launch party, N took pho Back in
Sydney again for a second round, dealing with a But when R apologized, it
was too late, and our fr I lived at -- Chiyo, Hakata-Ku, Fukuoka-Shi , Jap
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smart.  January - worked with C\CEN in Sydney for economic d Late, I
think, my brother M comes over and joins L L and I make a tour down the
coast of Oregon; she h ' November went to Fukuoka to join L ,
Stromatolites, cyanobacteria, tendrils.  Today I received a carton of my
older work from T B Wrote the first version of The Case of the Real in
Fuku z, I use you "z" for coda, denouement. This is the jarg za, They're
partial or transitional accounts. They come April left Fukuoka to return
jobless to New York August to beginning of September, L comes : Finally
around November, divorce comes through with A K and C die Late April trip
to Kyoto with L; Feb -March in % Met A in Huntington Beach - we b November
-, tour of Southern California then in Dec.  Potes and Poets brought out
The Case of the Real, which Appointed virtual writer-in-residence,
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