The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

September 27, 2005

a field so vast the other is lost in details

apropos of writing online

sceptical persuasion then also called investigative from its activity
investigating and inquiring suspensive feeling that comes about inquirer
after investigation aporetic either as some say fact it puzzle over
investigates everything or else being at loss whether to assent deny
sextus empiricus outlines scepticism edited by julia annas jonathan barnes
cambridge 2000
  i cannot stress too strongly however for life we have seen develop both
place movement are indispensable
  order store information book mind computer memory one must be almost
certain will stationary yet retrievable later date
  this occur object containing retain configuration limited periods
  further more these periods enough all contained retrieved
  alan sondheim artist talk 1973 artists 1969 1977 peggy gale nova scotia
college art design 2004
  unlike dogmatists work continuous within diffused sites applications
networks inter intra nets pdas cellphones wireless bluetooth satellite
radios cable televisions

  an incandescent high speed apparently but not really unlimited names
movements critiques sources files coming going circulating decaying
disappearing reappearing transforming

  new media codework hypertext blog moo forms problematized liminal subject
fast forward taxonomies access modes appear
  mean such writings first mediated technological apparatus including power
grid second in between process stasis
  production distribution stasis virtual objecthood
  nomadic vicissitudes empire moves site updated disappears uses legacy
technology processing available only few
  requires corporate acquiescence tools network grids free software
hardware programmers who eat sleep sometimes
  distributes through pre existing channels channel production
  once distributed texts which collocation ordered collection ones zeros
pluses minuses any dyadic differentiation modification others vulnerable
characterized imminent access
  byte whatsoever individual smallest unit file text sound video program
zero independently accessible therefore alterable
  alteration file in the large filtering might consider form articulated
non articulated filtering
  actual course author may subjectively freely choosing parameters i e
  number nouns type x andor traditional authorial with intent
  mathematization part chosen domain modified entirety another algorithm
  examples well refer sonnet manner replacing vowels randomly consonants
  articulation used application most often file
  photoshop filter alter photograph color black white good example
  non articulation refers just writing
  why because here want emphasize substrate blank sheet paper empty example
peirce's assertion filled spilled creative work
  goes content it's way thinking act offline back again
  never complete completed
  protocols change codes revisions added hacked duplicated downloaded
without permission disappear their replaced corrupted technologies
bandwidths copyrights enforced ignored bypassed non existent intellectual
property propriety agreement utilize than readingperceiving he she
whatever is
  etiquette duplication transformation sometime distinctions between
hacking cracking payment non payment downloading forth
  problematizes formlessness simultaneously incorporating means itself
actively passively augmenting corroding depending on intent perception
reception active augmentation corrosion reference changes readerviewer
interaction relatively period time phenomenological time horizon text
  anything automatic image generation interactive same built in
instabilities reading language changing fly respond weather mouse clicks
viewer's breathing patterns coupled proper hardware
  passive static similar nonetheless incorporates what considered surplus
extraneous elements parts code formatting eliminates obfuscates corrodes
taken granted readings full alphabet less standardized syntax neither
style nor remains loose term kind messiness
  conceptual based structure deconstruction structure
  my own churnmonster o i heard you so monster death churn fix ha ha
further future constitution do you feel your gender close fury says earth
speaki ng children coke cocacola world gone game fathered g rid no you're
dealing miserable fictions
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  2 days already been catatonic mourning has 5 200 minutes make drug ha ha
falter futuredeath churn ha ha further futureof speaking fathered gridok
empyricon faltered grid i told you so monster38915children marx objects
styxof fathered gridmonster ha ha falter future furystered name included
show message originated andre broken dirty wrote asks questions mixes
combines reorganizes answers
  result combination am trying interference rises surface simply documents
amount took enter can't judge terms literature can produced always
surprise something partially externalized internalized wittgenstein speak
throw away ladder climbed up it
  tractatus logico philosophicus pears & mcguinness translation
  if rungs spaced irregularly there nothing top gaming fashionable eternal

referencing particular moment mediation rapidly drained originary meaning
ever exists eternal since very equivalent each copies survives fragile
tenuous critical discourse superseded
  sense issues arise present takes programs receptions delivery vehicles
economics labor
  vehicle superstructure substructure formal reference
  hand use wryting effacement interface somatic effect introjections
projections reader
  words body pornography
  abstract nature tries imagine net sex this
  bandwidth increases radio turns television now presented optical replete
devices ranging caves three dimensional virtual reality environments
  primitive teledildonics mediates sexual touch
  note environments even privileged well
  whole economies involved
  characterizing nothing
  little distinction among general
  manifestos defining moments canons canonic masterpieces restrictive
  fields they fuzzy porous indistinct temporary moment
  perhaps protocol state statelessness art
  styles hesitate i'm ignorant don't keep keeps up
  following beginning continue * links controlled reader author

internal closed
  external open
  fully random determined etc
  flash non interactive animation involve still images links
  difficult characterize scenario
  animations animated gifs refresh html tags java javascript scripting
  blurs into digital analog distribution

heavily animations
  writers languages fonts blogs wikis communal textual usually relation
poetry brilliant contain great deal necessarily requiring framework
  again forever weak
  sms text messaging cell phone camera phones video phones ringer tone
  ringer tones out sell music cds world
  kinds signals novels haiku natural there
  moos muds text based somewhat programmable realities interacting
  closely related fictions adventure
  stem old rpg role playing games like dungeons dragons

mud multi user dungeon object oriented
  older users live entirely lambda greatest had hundred thousand users
  relate loosely bbs bulletin board systems alternative internets fidonet
message boards email discussion groups along things internet relay chat
irc directly highly mobile highly configurable highly porous realm
  direct ancestor far know chat rooms hackable much interesting
  tens thousands newsgroups lists doesn't subscribe check google examples
  them felt home group belonged

remember alt dirty whores alt angst alt soc neutopia were pet cat
pornographic philosophy groups

  overrun spam active
  single player multiple player violent non violent non sexual narrative
non narrative

reviews x play least us latest classics
  highest think development conceivably complex open ended narratives
desire seduction appear endless

long shot temporally dispersed subscribers nettime webartery poetics
codeworkers whomever ongoing basis
  subscriber list range few thousands

management governance major issue unless disseminates person corporation
  immediate fastest presentation faster real time fact
  provides sorts collaborative possibilities write dialogs online
  renga popular regard poets short work websites embodying above
  point typology websites

web numerous ports communication port accesses traditionally 23 80 pieces
gopher pre web menu driven organizing could accessed searching retrieving
  veronica file transfer archie search was jughead
  find fascinating rfc requests comments defined core discussions whole
  creativity everywhere literary mostly written perl programming poems
workable spewed out riding above indescribable sceptical
  how thing readers portable efface styles
  highly abbreviated typing versus conversational speed serves define
  portend temporal portability multi tasking communicating serial parallel
attention economies
  aphoristic increasingly dominates master humanities anthropology theology
fail totalizations given multiculturalisms queer theory rigid outmoded
  flux situational plays world made doubtful
  political advertising slogan sound bite sound byte imminence fashion
  talking uncharted wilderness deeply unaccountable previous encasing come
before multicultural subset humanities
  engine give suggest electronic organization elo ubuweb west virginia

continued uselessly expand
  couldn't choose them
  absolutely absurd mentioning randomly
  english dominated thing
  literally millions musicians gamers bloggers best spend half day follow
processes paths sememe

surprised quality quantity 'out therehere ' guide i'd recommend

i've out
  go archives mentioned below
  look net art wryting l usenet onlineoffline g4 books nick montfort's
twisty passages approach fiction prescient imagining anthology jed rasula
steve mccafferty mit works sherry turkle mckenzie wark geert lovink
elspeth aarseth advice quotes eliminate specific phrase
  advanced searches course
  further help recommend missing manual sarah milstein rael dornfest
  lack bibliography symptomatic characteristic likely disappeared
sufficient longer decades none tenacity corner library

  worried playable performable completely outmoded working lpmud vrml
reality markup amiga hypercard tinyfugue dos

times emulations carry framework paregon ostensible they're masquerades
simulacra culture enveloped gone
  where does end begin stelarc's his literal insertion wearable computation
augmented moving space monitorgoggles provide informationtexts locative
general utilizing gps global positioning satellites scanner ham cb low
frequency vlf extremely elf lower power locating viewer spectator
psychogeographic dynamic irreducible steady state fixed product process
  interrelated announced advertised attract audience
  easier advertise duplicate emend distance
  capital existence download upload viewing expenditure energy capital
  economy wildly different forests transformed warehouses unread publish on
  thus placed multi dimensional continuum installation various sensory
kinesic modalities forth reason typography use

pictographs ideograms chinese characters katakana hiragana calligraphies
generally suppose inherent meaning
  frame font stoke stroke creation

stone rubbings antique slightly wear and tear stone
  fulfills equivalence small window opened tendency towards catastrophic
transformations our time
  species extinctions occurring rate three four per hour
  storms elimination wetlands warming illegal wars legal against background
annihilation entire cultural habitus support optimistic diachronic history
tragic synchronic doomed artifact
  that's we're fragility obsolescence inhering untethered tenuously
tethered bits bytes

the PINUP is a disturbance of duplication, shape-shifting
she comes in all sizes and one shape
the PINUP is an exercise in shape-morphing

In these modified images from a Santa Ana storefront, nothing is revealed
- a restrained come-hither look (for production) combined with an absence
of nipples, labia, the liquidity of the body's repose. Duplicated most
likely from original photographs, they're already copyright, readied for
distribution; I've stolen their souls from the store-front, for which, in
Mea Shearim, in orthodox Jerusalem, I would be stoned. The figures look
beneath the robes of the orthodox; orthodoxy always requires robes, hiding
the pillar of the erection, the vaginal cave. What opens is only the wound
of desire - the breasts cut, castration, flagellation, death to the
pleasure of god. I see the saints in these women, the last vestiges of a
human race before complete devastation sets in. Already photographs 'like
these' litter the streets of Brooklyn and Hollywood, begging for commerce.
Every human equation has, if not AIDS, any other disease of the body,
tearing itself to pieces. We are all deliverers of our own deaths; our
casket, the flesh, our rites long-since shattered. I am a fixture.

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