[-empyre-] this month, the first week
sondheim at panix.com
Wed Oct 3 02:04:52 EST 2012
Hi - Monika Weiss, Sandy Baldwin, and myself are on together for the first
week. I've been fascinated by Monika's work for years, and earlier this
year we performed together, in dual performances, at Eyebeam in New York,
while I was a resident there. Her work is concerned with anguish, memory,
violence, cultural debris, and related concerns. It is multi-media,
involving performance, installation, video, and sound. She writes
"The transdisciplinary work of Monika Weiss examines relationships between
body and history, and evokes ancient rituals of lamentation as
traditionally performed in response to war. Her current work considers
aspects of public memory and amnesia as reflected within the physical and
political space of a City."
We're asking her to begin the week; later, Sandy and I will also post, in
sections, a text we wrote together on pain, avatars, and virtuality.
I just want to say a few words here, in relation to my own interest in the
topic. The internet, inscreasingly dominated by social media, is a safe
place for many people; at the same time, it is a Kristevan "clean and
proper body" that hides or bypasses pain and suffering - not through
content, but through the nature of the online media themselves. I think
this has troubling psychological repercussions, Levinas, say, on one
said, and Baudrillard on the other. Alterity, the presence of the other,
disappears into pixels, and simulacra, all the way down, take over.
So how do we feel, convey, or act in relation to, pain, suffering, and
death, online? How can we deal with the political beyond petition? How can
we situate ourselves in a world of images and the imaginary?
Sandy and I both moderate email lists, but we're a bit unused to this
format - if it's a bit rough at the beginning, bear with us!
We'll begin with Monika, and later, intersperse the discussion with the
text we wrote back and forth. Because we're beginning October 2, we'll
continue for the next seven or eight days; our weeks aren't exact.
Thanks for reading,
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