The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

January 22, 2018

Debris Field: Notes on Scatter Semiotics

[sc(c)Vcc(t)er]: scatter, splatter smatter, spatter, shatter,
spatter and sputter, spitter, spotter, slobber, slather,
shudder, stammer ---

Splatter/spatter implies liquid, liquidity; scatter/shatter/
imply pulverized matter, small objects, etc. There are
exceptions: The villages were scattered on the hillside.

Scatter semiotics may imply physics of sand, trajectories of
small objects; however it presents itself as an image or
temporal cut. Time is inference, reconstruction. The image is
that of the _debris field_ - this is what happened here; these
are what we think are the events leading up to the evidence;
these may be the physics and intentions involved. The dynamics
is inferred; unlike splatter semiotics, which investigates an
ongoing emission without truth value, perhaps appearing
sourceless - without a clear and emerging image or evidence of a
state-of-affairs - the debris field resonates with a classical
order of the world; the field is encapsulated, possesses a
metric and taxonomy, and so forth.

Here in these images: An initial event (a car at high speed
rocketing up stairs to its destruction) and its debris field
(the car owns the debris field, the car is the agent of the
field, the behavior-action of the driver is the impulse of the
agent). The field is a fossil, an articulation, a material cut
into everyday life, part of everyday life, the graphic lineage
of the impulse.

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