[-empyre-] a found poem since we are on the subject of spam

Julian Oliver julian at selectparks.net
Fri Jul 4 21:21:31 EST 2008

..on or around Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 07:38:21PM +0100 sdv at krokodile.co.uk wrote: 
> A predecessor, of this is surely Felix Feneon whose text "novels in  
> three lines" (originally from 1906) I found a copy of earlier today, he  
> is a writer who is described rather appropriately, (I think) as writing   
> "small slivers of occurrances that lie beheath history" in the  
> introduction. For example the following from p 40...:
> "Eugenie Perichot of Pailles, near Saint-Maixent, entertained at his  
> home Mme Lemartrier. Eugene Duois came to fetch her. They killed him. 
> Love."
> and
> "The Snail, the Violet and Picasse were arrested in the train station at  
> Saint-Jean, Bordeaux. Railroad Camp followers, apparantly."
> I had this sudden thought that these representations, repetitions of  
> everyday life are exemplary examples of the form, or at least in as much  
> as all forms invent there own predecessors. However I've been wondering   
> whether spam and unwanted messages would be better understood as being  
> exemplary examples of  "noise", disrupting the false purity of  
> communication and introducing a little exteriority and creativity into a  
> system, which left to itself would become dangerously entropic and  
> quiet. 

spam is often referred to as 'noise' - adverse to 'signal' - within the
topology of the Internet. trojans and phone-home malware are referred to
as 'background noise': their constant activity as network agents impacts
negatively on the signal health and performance of the network as a


on the topic of spam as noise..

i've had the same email account for almost 10 years and after years of
training my spam-filters i almost never see spam anymore. rather than
find relief in this fact it occured to me recently that there is some
spam i genuinely miss, 'wanted-unwanted messages' if you will. spam of
this kind is very much like Felix Feneon's text above, 'lucid' and often
funny stuff.

to these ends i'm considering finding an archive of the spam i like and
training my spam-filters to whitelist it so i can enjoy it again. 

i would post an excerpt here, but then perhaps your own spam-filters
would prevent you ever receiving this message. this poses a problem for
wanted-unwanted messages: they cannot be celebrated through the medium
in which they manifest.



> ampat varghese varghese wrote:
>> Nanette,
>> I wonder why you would not consider the poem as "literary"!
>> Ampat V Varghese
>> Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
>> Bangalore
>> On Fri, 27 Jun 2008 sdv at krokodile.co.uk wrote :
>>> n/marc/jeremy/all
>>> It's not the 'spam' (Jeremy's " algorithmically identified unwanted  
>>> messages")  that makes one insecure,  its the fact that within the  
>>> examples of art from 'found art' to the 'distributed fiction' simply  
>>> vanish into the category of unwanted junk generated by the market  
>>> economy.  The question of whether the ethics and tactics of digital  
>>> artists working around the creation of unwanted messages really  
>>> provide 'rich material for examining the creative possibilities that  
>>> already exist for resisting, redesigning and critiquing digital  
>>> culture' (david rodowick) remains unanswered, perhaps it is  
>>> unanswerable.
>>> I suspect that a law of equivalence applies,  if my two-task spam  
>>> engine reads it as spam then it is spam,  which is to say that if the 
>>> two-task spam engine reads the unwanted message as junk then it is  
>>> junk. Similarly if it reads the messages as not-junk then the human  
>>> reader has to decide how such messages should be treated in the  
>>> future. For the engine is designed to filter messages similarly to  
>>> way I would filter the scanning texts in the philosophy section of my 
>>> local bookshop or library. The equivalence of  messages junk and  
>>> non-junk should go without saying - where Jeremy suggests that  
>>> "wouldn't connect that potential controversy directly to market  
>>> economies..." marks the difference for how can anything here avoid  
>>> the social ? and how can the following work " I personally might head 
>>> towards the ethical discourses over hoaxes...."
>>> As time passes and our software agents filter things more and more  
>>> effectively...
>>> s
>>> Christina McPhee wrote:
>>>> seems like starting with an action verb is the beginning of the  
>>>> map--  could track  be! become! Put! Get! Last! into flickr, 
>>>> mapping to  tourist 'locations" !
>>>> "-)
>>>> On Jun 25, 2008, at 8:52 PM, Nanette Wylde wrote:
>>>>> empyrites,
>>>>> here is a little found poem, that is, each line is from the   
>>>>> 'subject' of spam in my inbox. it is a 'remix' of sorts.
>>>>> it's not too smart. i'm not sure if it qualifies as literary. but 
>>>>> i  hope it might amuse you.
>>>>> i've also been wondering if this 'spam' isn't making you guys 
>>>>> feel  just a little insecure (the counterpart to the 14 year old 
>>>>> waifs in  the fashion magazines). hmmmm. perhaps that is a topic 
>>>>> of another  month on empyre.
>>>>> cheers,
>>>>> n.
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