[-empyre-] more on "who can become imperceptible?"

micha cardenas / azdel slade azdelslade at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 07:58:29 EST 2009

on the topic of minor simulation, i only slipped this mention in a
previous email, but here is a link to a minor simulation ricardo and
elle and i did in relation to the budget cuts:


versus the "real"


along with a series of emails from President Mark Yudof to students,
staff, faculty, major media, all the regents and all the chancellors
of the UC system.

more details here in its ensuing pick up bloggers:


along with a fair amount of twitter messages as well...

2009/11/18 Ricardo Dominguez <rrdominguez at ucsd.edu>:
> Hola Zach and all,
> Hola all,
> I really enjoyed your face/off (ala John Woo) towards interfacing(s) with
> the amor of existence-as-visibilities. For EDT one important gesture
> towards "re-facializes for the ethical responsibilities" to route around
> imposed invisibility by to the sovereign (as world framed-out) was the use
> of the balaclava by the Zapatistas - where it becomes a sign of a new
> re-facialization of those who are not seen to become a serial sign of the
> all too seen as the faceless become the face of the
> multitude-in-resistance.
> Another layer that is at play with the face/off between
> visibility-as-viral-invisibilities
> become more than the visible is the question of "minor simulation." From
> Deathwatch to Pri soner of Love, Jean Genet wanted to bring forth what the
> vision machine does not want to see within its need to see everything: the
> blind spot that produces systemic reverse hal lucinations. If a hall
> ucination is seeing what is not there, then a reverse hall ucination i s
> not seeing what is there; the primary disturbance of Dolores is connecting
> the li fe of those who build the computers un-seen/overseen to those users
> who ever yday stare at their screens and turn away from the dirty state of
> this supposedly clean technol ogy. Genet wanted to create spaces for
> traumatic myths that could manifest spontaneous simul ations that would
> haunt post-spectacle power. To haunt the simulacrum of the visual economy
> with
> simulations of the smal l unseen gestures bei ng made by those who are
> unimpor-
> tant, by those who are unseen: that can suddenl y buil d-up an empathetic
> moment
> beyond the screen.
> These minor simulations woul d then become real myths that would al low oth-
> ers to imagi ne and invent another worl d that does not suffer from this
> bl indness to
> the real. What the Internet adds to thi s is the possibility for a speed
> of production and distri bution that was not as available before. An
> actor/audience network can quickly develop a dialogue, a design, a meme,
> and an outcome that can build small waves of visibility that
> grow. Simulations of the unseen should focus on those tricky passages
> where the spectacle/si mulacra networks come to transg ress their own
> limits. The perfor mance is
> thus a simul ation of what has not been seen in the real —and it becomes
> the truth of the event. It becomes an enabling action. A simulation that
> hits the ground mobilizing networks for those who have been excluded.
> Genet was attempting to develop an ethics for the politics of simulation
> by affirming the possibilities of the false for fragile voices and the
> potential of the subaltern communities.
> P.S. Here is some viral responses from the Transborder Immigrant Tool this
> morn:
> Phone apps for illegal immigrants - From Foreign Policy:
> Tue, 11/17/2009 - 7:45am
>  I can only guess what Bill O'Reilly has to say about this. Probably,
> something along the lines of "Ban all phones!"
> http://neteffect.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/11/17/phone_apps_for_illegal_immigrants
> Illegal Immigration: There's an App for That
> Written by Jolie O'Dell / November 16, 2009 6:00 PM
> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/illegal_immigration_theres_an_app_for_that.php
> You're the best in terms of what kind of content will broaden the RWW
> reader base. Usually tech-geek websites are so insular. They mostly are
> about tech-geeks drinking each others Kool-Aid. So, as always, thanks for
> not drinking as much Kool-Aid as the rest of 'em.
> You make this site more real, more diverse and more sophisticated! But in
> this case, I'd rather understand what you're talking about rather than
> praise how good you are at what you do!
> Peace!
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> A new comment on the post #2 "About This Project" is waiting for your
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> Author : The Eagle (IP: , host141-100.iraq.centcom.mil)
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> Comment:
> It's disgusting that a group such as this exists to circumvent U.S.
> law. Perhaps an investigation should be initiated to determine if they
> can be charged with Conspiracy/Aiding and Abetting the Illegal Entry
> of Aliens (18 USC 2/8 USC 1325).

micha cárdenas / azdel slade

Artist/Researcher, Experimental Game Lab, http://experimentalgamelab.net
Calit2 Researcher, http://bang.calit2.net

blog: http://transreal.org

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