The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

April 11, 2010

homeless and inward moving

dependent origination,
something literally unknown
driven by something literally unknown
new theory of the universe
avataric dark-matter (i can't say thing)
(nor have i seen anything like it)
(what is it)

decayed, innovative, exhausted, tawdry, repetition, exalted, exploited,
arousing, stupid, brilliant, unearthly

I need feedback on these - it would be helpful, thanks - Alan -

(two pieces in need of critique)

The following raises questions about musical/sound form and conceivably
tawdry repetition.

(one piece in need of analysis)

The following raises questions about the psychoanalytics of net sex in
Second Life and other virtual space; the cartoon-avatar dances and exposes
herself - what sort of triggers, if any, are set off? Would this be con-
sidered a form of exploitation by proxy? A source of delight and arousal?
Certainly any number of elements anywhere can act as catalysts for fantasy
- in SL, where sex is statistically one of the main activities among
participants, avatar sex is paramount. Years ago, when I engaged in/wrote
on net sex, it was clear that ascii diegesis (including real-time lapses,
lags, erasures, and so forth) could be overwhelming at times. But even
this crude (in both senses of the term) movie loop seems to construct an
uncanny body whose 'legibility' results in a psychoanalytical surplus or

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