The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

May 1, 2008

death and time's death

one temporality juggles and jumbles another, but when is this occurrence;
to the extent that temporality, time, is a representation, it's bound by
ordinary linear sequencing in much the same way that deontic or fuzzy
logics are bound by binary logic; a fuzzy formula might hold some of the
time for example but then this might holding would be suspect to true or
false, would it not? just so everything devolves around the dyadic of
representations of discrete phenomena. one cannot escape death, even in a
digital realm where time clashes against time, time and again: first, the
sequence is technology-dependent for implementation; second, it cannot
retard the hastening of death for the subject - creator or viewer; third
it always flies to an end as the machine is cut off or the sequence is
relatively short and unlooped. what's constructed is a myth, the myth, as
in Michael Snow, of the continuously walking woman - a myth which is
remarkably fragile, unstable; even in sequence.mp4 she moves through a
limited number of presentations, the scan happening to catch her at
various moments across the field. she moves and continues to move, and,
Muybridge-like, the assumption is that the spaces between frames or states
is filled. in sequence.mp4, however, there is no filling, everything
re/presents itself within the single frame, already the harbinger of death
and movement's cessation.

small file of walking woman sequence agitated by magnetic field and
rotated 360 degrees

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