# The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

October 13, 2009

```slabtantra

http://www.alansondheim.org/slabtantra.mp4

its not slab and its not tantra ram ma dam. its not whirr and its not hir
mard mard rard mard. its not here and its not there. its slab tantra yes
it is.

heres the thing its that damn slab that doesnt move that makes a platform
sutra. it jsut sits there what do you know. everything else moves carrying
just what are those bodies doing. well for one thing theyre not moving.
are they moving. they are not. are they doing something. just what are
they doing.

every slab rights every other. every slab writes every other. every slab
descripts every other. if a slab rights an other it generates an origin.
if there is an origin there is a completion. there is a completion of a
right slab. numbers vanquish numbers.

every rite slabs an other. every slab is a generation. generations of
numbers are not numbers of generations. generations of numbers are rites.
tantra completes every number. tantra completes the other. tantra is
always other tantra is always slab. slab is always flat.

flat slab never moves.

speak:

itsnotandits
anditshirand

speak:

hirand nothir platformthatis.is. itcarryingthatthat

speak:

amove moving.thingcarryingeverything arewhatwhatmoving. ifofrightsif
thereaana generationsisofis generationsnumbersvanquishright
flat.thenumber. slabotheralways itsnot nothir slab

speak:

andits hirand yesits itit is.is. thatthat amove platformthat itcarrying
movesknow. carryingeverything whatmoving. thingwell moving.thing arewhat
moving.

speak:

justthey everyevery other.slab aevery rightsif ana origin.it ifof therea
isan vanquishright numbers.slab. generationsis generationsnumbers rites.
of completesevery thenumber. otheralways slab.tantra flat. slab
nevermoves.

speak:

moves.
flat

speak:

nothir itsnot andits hirand

speak:

its slabnot yesits itit is.is. thatthat amove platformthat itcarrying
movesknow. carryingeverything whatmoving. thingwell moving.thing arewhat
moving.

speak:

justthey everyevery other.slab aevery rightsif ana origin.it ifof therea
isan ofis vanquishright numbers.slab. generationsis generationsnumbers
rites. of completesevery thenumber. otheralways slab.tantra flat. slab
nevermoves.

speak:

moves.
flat

.```

```few notes on Second Life and literature, for the &Now conference (as
usual will be presenting online)

1 In Second Life there may be speaking. Speaking is too close for many
people who won't speak but will just use the text chat window. When you
hear a voice, you are in the presence of the voice, of the person
speaking.

2 Chat is safer and cooler, and you can paste text in the chat window, you
can save the chat dialog. Pasting text allows you to work things out in
advance. You can think in advance, just as you do in literature. You can
think in advance and someone will read it later, just as if you were
speaking it then. Reading text brings the writer up to date for you.

3 You can write interesting scripts that make objects and avatars do
things. Interesting scripts are invisible literature; they're under the
hood of the virtual world, and you sense them only by what they make
things do.

4 Scripts are performative language, they carry out things, transform bits
and bites into the visible. You never see the skeleton of the virtual
world, you never read its literature, only its affect, its effect.

5 Objects may have signs above or below them, objects may be inscribed
with writing, and with writing, you can create narratives and literature
out of objects.

6 Almost everything in the virtual and real world is always inscribed, and
even in physical reality, there are no "natural" organisms that are not
tended, are unintended, are not tended to.

7 In a virtual world, everything is inscribed and of the ontology of
inscription. In a physical world, the real is inert, obdurate. In a
physical world, organisms are inscribed, cultured, acculturated, all the
way down.

8 Every organism is a literature.```

```From the Eyebeam performance last Friday night -

thanks to Helfe Ihnen and Scott Kildall

http://www.alansondheim.org/eyebeam.mp4

the as-if
40c40
< little distinction between environment and object; there was
---
> little distinction between enviroment and object; there was
46c46
< the all - it takes a large hadron collider to operate on the cosmos
---
> the all - it takes a large hadron collidor to operate on the cosmos
89c89
< everything in the show, a classification system attempting to corral
---
> everything in the show, a classification system attemptig to corral
129c129
< the cold room for example, and you're parameterized in a way: what you
---
> the cold room for example, and you're paramterized in a way: what you
159c159
< there's the double scaffolding of experiment and mathesis. It's as if
---
> there's the double scaffoding of experiment and mathesis. It's as if
the as-if```

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