The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

June 20, 2010


the message from the dead

the avatar reduced to the emission point or the black hole
the message from the dead
the person transformed into the function and the person-emission
   transformed into the spew geometry, the monopole cellular automaton
already the source has disappeared
in the virtual world there is no source, only the phantasm of such
the totalization of the mathesis constructs the fantasm
the totalization of the mathesis constructs the avatar-simulacrum.
nowhere is there the density
nowhere is there the oil only the appearance
the appearance of the oil on the screen indicated nothing
nothing outside the appearance of the visible
might one say that the screen is always the dream-screen
the screen is always the site of the simulacrum
the simulacrum functions only through the perception
it does not  function through the chemical or quantum interaction
the virtual world is not the virtual world
the world is not the world
this is not to say that the world is other than the visible
this is not to say that we are not inhabited by death
that we are given the briefest of the glances into the uncanny
that we are given the briefest of moments of the fantasm
just that the world is not the world
this is the message from the dead

http://www.alansondheim.org/thephant.mov

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