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Empyre list discussion on ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance

Please consider joining the November discussion on Empyre. All
you have to do is join empyre; more information is below. The
discussion starts this Monday, November 3rd, and runs until
December. There are amazing presenters. From the precis:

The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively
different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre,
absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this
chaos is a kind of ground-work itself - nothing beyond a
scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a
cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with
this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even
traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror
that seems to be daily increasing.

We are moderating a month-long investigation on Empyre into the
dilemma this dis/order poses. We will ask a variety of people to
be discussants in what, hopefully, will be a very open
conversation. The debate will invite the empyre community to a
deep and uncomfortable analysis of abject violence, pain,
performance, and ideology [taking further the October 2012
debate on Pain, Suffering, and Death in the Virtual], looking at
the ambivalences of terror, incomprehensible emotions, and our
own complicity in the production of 'common sense' around

Co-moderators: Johannes Birringer and Alan Sondheim.

About the empyre email list:

-empyre- is a global community of new media artists, curators,
theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly
thematic discussions via an e-mail listserv.

-empyre- facilitates online discussion encouraging critical
perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues,
practices and events in networked media. The list is currently
co-managed by Renate Ferro (USA) and Tim Murray (USA).
Melinda Rackham (AU) initiated -empyre- as part of her doctoral
research in 2002.

-empyre- welcomes guest moderators who organize discussions for
one month. After more than ten years, -empyre- soft-skinned
space continues to be a platform dedicated to the plurality of
global perspectives reaching out beyond Australia and the
Northern Hemisphere to greater Asia and Latin America.

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