The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

January 24, 2009

Images from the Arena opening, Uqbar, Debris Field, Second Life

During the opening the environment constantly changed; objects were given
weight and dropped. It was oddly symbolic; many of them landed on build-
ings in the area. Later I reconstructed the chains that went up to the 4k
level. The number of invisible or phantom objects increased as well. Sandy
Baldwin performed and added text fragments. One of my avatars performed;
the other was up in the clouds.

The worse my vision gets (it's bad now), the more the visible becomes a
sign of hysteria or transference. This landscape appears almost self-gen-
erating; architecture has long since disappeared or become a remnant of
something else growing, flooding land and sea and air. It's the old story
- chaos or mess or messay, life out of control, but everything delibera-
ted, deliberate, calculating, everything waiting for their day in the
artificial sun. arenaopening jpgs

(The show comes down early tomorrow evening NY time. Check it out if you
have the time. )

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Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 08:43:07 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: NetBehaviour Digest, Vol 192, Issue 6 (fwd) - James Lovelock - see belw

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Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 01:15:55 +0000
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Subject: [NetBehaviour] James Lovelock and climate change.
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James Lovelock and climate change.

With his 90th birthday in July, a trip into space scheduled for later in
the year and a new book out next month, 2009 promises to be an exciting
time for James Lovelock. But the originator of the Gaia theory, which
describes Earth as a self-regulating planet, has a stark view of the
future of humanity. He tells Gaia Vince we have one last chance to save
ourselves - and it has nothing to do with nuclear power

Your work on atmospheric chlorofluorocarbons led eventually to a global
CFC ban that saved us from ozone-layer depletion. Do we have time to do
a similar thing with carbon emissions to save ourselves from climate change?

Not a hope in hell. Most of the "green" stuff is verging on a gigantic
scam. Carbon trading, with its huge government subsidies, is just what
finance and industry wanted. It's not going to do a damn thing about
climate change, but it'll make a lot of money for a lot of people and
postpone the moment of reckoning. I am not against renewable energy, but
to spoil all the decent countryside in the UK with wind farms is driving
me mad. It's absolutely unnecessary, and it takes 2500 square kilometres
to produce a gigawatt - that's an awful lot of countryside.


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