if ballast is the subject of -empyre- ,
let's call it x
since we don't know what it is (yet).
Let us consider the set [ technology never-not human ] ,
invert it [technology always-already human]
and then make a recursive equation to solve for x
(technology never-not human)
(technology always-already human)
x = ( technology never-already human ) (technology always-not human).
Thus we ascend (in a mobius spiral) to the empyrean like a hot air
balloon with a leak.
just having fun...
---and speaking of retour des choses,
I want to quote from Tropicalia 2 : As Coisas Electra Nonesuch Records
( Gilberto Gil music, lyris Arnauldo Antunes)
As coisas tem peso,
mass, volume, tamahno,
tempo, forma, cor,
posicao, textura, duracao,
densidade, cheiro, valor,
funcao, aparencia, preco
destino, idade, sentido,
as coisas nao tem paz.
things have weight
mass, volume, size
time, form, color
position, texture, duration,
density, smell, value,
function, appearance, price,
destiny, age, meaning
things have no peace
to listen http://christinamcphee.net/merz_city/texts/ascoisas.html
Double inversion: the retour des choses is not just a feedback loop as in
modernist dynamics but a mobius strip, and probably, has no peace (or
piece! :-). Not even furniture.
The question of humanization of tech have been discussed in many
symposiums but it always seems strange to me. At least computers are
the most human machine I've ever heard about. It has a screen that can
only be "viewed" by frontal human eyes, over a keyboard, something
that can be typed only by fingers that have the abilities to do it.
BTW, "digital" comes from Latin "digitum" which means "digitum" (the
remark is from one of the main poets of my country Decio Pignatari).
Mediated performance could mean something that would offer a new
vision over the modern tradition... I leave it as a suggestion to
This was the original intuition by Blank & Jeron or by Valery Grancher
he made his first webpainting in 1998 (he refers to Picabia, Jasper
etc.), or Miltos Manetas with his internet paintings...
I?m very much influenced by this ironical idea of the ?retour des
we would say in french. What is the most stupid thing you can do when
are a net.artist: the answer is: painting a website on a canvas. What
the most stupid thing I could do, with my epiphanies: replacing the
with a human being.
I think this provides interesting conceptual loops at the age of
0) Human beings speak
1) Google hacks all the speeches of mankind
2) I hack Google in return
3) From this double hack, a human being speaks (the human browser) and
are back to 0), but we made a very big loop ;-)
a subject that is at once both fluid/ adaptable and
incapable of deluding itself into believing it is capable of acting
Are the networked and performative artistic practices in which many of
us are involved a valuable counter-balance and at the same time the
foundations of today's "empire"?
. Although the notion of a person functioning or being directed by web
information is amusing, I think that the emotion of surprise and
disjunction is more important....
If we follow what the philosophers say; all digital media is
alienating. Both Christina and Christophe use those tools to humanize.
and Simon, finally,
not counter-balance perhaps but ballast, then to Christiane's question,
yes. And a ballooning discussion like this might remind itself how
the lines of false-consciousness are (and in Nietzschean recursion
tying it down to the idea of empire it tries to lift, lift out, take,
off? (Something I believe Aliette has been very clear on.)
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