[-empyre-] Tactical Media, Research, and the University

christopher sullivan csulli at saic.edu
Tue Apr 13 14:57:22 EST 2010

many of your associations are phonetic, not really actual, or relational.
This sounds a little like a take off on someone pretending to 
do a brain mash-up. Try on R.D. Laing for some poetic, but actually useful
phenomenology. Chris.

Quoting Talan Memmott <talan.memmott at bth.se>:

>  what is 'State' here, as differentiated from 'state'?  all states perform
> State, in one way or another, but what State is any state? even no borders is
> a state that performs as a 'State'-less 'state' performing as 'State'...
> Heidegger says much of this that I won't 'state' here because I differ from
> him on the concept of 'State'...
> this 'state'ment is 'state'less... however you view 'State'...
> Me.and.[h]er (I lead the way) --
> an other, other than I is impossible @body.
> All becomes me always, in all ways.
> Every which way -
> I am absorbed as I absorb --
> the compressor and capacitor of my own radiance.
> Over full, and flooding Dionysian --
> to reinVent -
> Glom-to-glom: twilight
> I RE:peat[sod], criss-cross previous crossing, previous pro[gress|cess]ions
> and sessions. Our attachment and remembrance is given dimension, as is the
> infra-ultrastructure through the conjoining of separate micro-reasoned
> 'gen'Networks. Meaning (what emerges from the montage) in the (t)here and now
> is constructed through receptive encodings of intent, mitigating the
> potential for unfamiliarity at the terminal. The faciality of the interface
> is reduced to facilitator ~ de.vice without being&#8230; I, we become this
> vacancy, the mark and membrane between the included and the excluded. 
> Talan 
> -----empyre-bounces at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au wrote: -----
> To: soft_skinned_space <empyre at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au>
> From: Geert Lovink 
> Sent by: empyre-bounces at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
> Date: 2010-04-12 16:09
> Subject: Re: [-empyre-] Tactical Media, Research, and the University
> Dear all,
> thanks to all for kicking this off.
> In this first posting I would like to frame the Trans Migration Tool  
> from an activist perspective. One of the many strategies to show  
> solidarity would be to put the Trans Migration Tool in comparison with  
> similar (tactical) media strategies, tools and fights. The strategy to  
> frame it within the university, academic freedom and so one is another  
> one. I will would like to write about that later.
> I plunged in this topic in the eighties when I got involved in a West- 
> Berlin group that married East-Berlin activists to get them out of  
> communist East-Germany. After 1989 the emphasis changed from  
> solidarity with (Central and Latin-American) refugees to support  
> campagnes of illegalized immigrants. It is important to notice the  
> shift from refugees to immigrants. I am not sure if I agree with it  
> but I can see that it is a longterm political reality. There are less  
> and less refugees that make it into Western countries, and they are  
> more and more isolated from society, hidden in camps and detention  
> centres. Only a tiny amount of them reach a legal status. These days  
> most of the refugees are 'contained' in their own region of conflict.  
> For activists this meant a slow move towards the issue of border  
> regimes and more work and income related issues of the 'sans papiers'.  
> This means that we have to face a shift in society from political  
> solidarity with those who suffered from war and dictatorship, towards  
> a much more complex economic globalization and social justice.
> As far as I can see this shift happened in the 1990s. I got involved  
> in the No Borders/No One is Illegal movement in 1997. Interesting to  
> mention here is the fact that even amongst radical activists the No  
> Borders demand was and remained controversial. We can also find this  
> in the work of Ricardo Dominguez and his friends. It is truely utopian  
> work. Realize the utopian, in action and the arts, and sooner or  
> later, society will follow. Or not. And then it will remain utopian.  
> Who knows. Europe has got a lot less borders in comparison to 20 years  
> ago. True, there are new ones. And they are worth fighting against.
> Some projects:
> http://www.noborder.org/. The European network of migrants and asylum  
> seekers support campaigns, founded in 2000. Next day of action: June  
> 6th.
> Please also pay attention to the anti-Frontex campaign, the EU agency  
> for 'external border security' that organizes the flight to deport  
> migrants. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frontex and
> http://www.allincluded.nl/index.php/actie/23/211
> Some migration maps: http://www.allincluded.nl/index.php/maps-migration.
> An art project similar to the Trans Migration Tool by German  
> sculpturer and radio maker Ralf Homann and friends called Schleuser.net.
> http://schleuser.net/en/main.html.
> Even if you cannot read Dutch, this is worth looking at. A book by the  
> Dutch journalist Kees Broere who wrote the following sequel for De  
> Volkskrant: http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/article1187549.ece. He  
> travelled with a group of Africans from Accra (Ghana) to Amsterdam  
> (NL), a dangerous journey that ends quite sadly in the outskirts of  
> Amsterdam where life of illegal Africans is tough.
> In solidarity,
> Geert Lovink
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Christopher Sullivan
Dept. of Film/Video/New Media
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 so michigan
Chicago Ill 60603
csulli at saic.edu

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