[-empyre-] empyre: engagement is all

nicole heber nicole.heber at gmail.com
Fri Jul 12 09:50:44 EST 2013

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On 12 July 2013 05:54, Johannes Birringer
<Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk>wrote:

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> hi all
> [Gary schreibt] >   'we have a problem houston.'
> Actually, we don't have a problem here in Houston at the minute, nor in
> outer space.
> When the Apollo 13 crew member reported back to base, he actually said
> 'Houston: We've had a problem.'
> The transmission became misquoted over time, misused and then abused, for
> restaurant commercials
> and other things ["Wii have a problem"), and so on. Not sure about the Go
> Pro heroes....
> We do have a lovely Warhol hanging in the entrance to the Menil Collection
> (museum) in Houston, it is his
> 1963 "Lavender Disaster," and it hangs across from "Camouflage Last
> Supper".
> Your reflections on accidentalism are interesting of course, and I
> appreciate these questions even though they hover in the Spectacle world
> and the Twitter world, don't they? as such, i barely notice them as i find
> social media an intrusion into my privacy, and I rarely watch TV.
> Your reflections do resonate very much with a film Jon McKenzie showed at
> the recent Artaud Forum, a filmic extraction from his writing called
> "The Revelations of Dr. Kx4l3ndj3r" in which he reiterates Dr Challenger's
> ideas on (Heidegger's) "question concerning
> technology" and proposes that "disastronautics" is/has been a study of
> limits, of boundaries, of conceptual modelization,
> and that cosmic thinking –  if we shoot our space ships far out enough
> into the multiverses  –   therefore structures disastronautics.
> Your accidentalism and Dr Challenger view the universe primarily as
> disaster? or failure as symbiotic?
> Dr Challenger, in cosmic mode,  thinks of a primal originary disaster —
> either in the form of the Fall or the Big Bang — iterating recursively,
> producing fractal reality of reiterative, multiplicitous disastrology. The
> world begins by ending, and continues to end throughout its modelization!
> At the same time, Dr Challenger works in the university, and I think is
> trying to reconceptualize the place of technology in the academy  and for
> language/theory...
> this is part of his broader project based out of UW-Madison’s DesignLab,
> and I wonder whether the notion of a need/compulsion for conceptual
> modelization is not the problem here....
> Well, just briefly, for comic relief, i found an article in the New York
> Times on "coming clean" which you might enjoy
> (Matt Haber, A Trip to Camp to Break a Tech Addiction, NYT, July 5:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/fashion/a-trip-to-camp-to-break-a-tech-addiction.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
> ]
> I think this is happening in California, so one might smile about the idea
> of a rewilding camp & rehab  (where all network communications and personal
> computing etc are forbidden),
> and of course it's silly, but there are underlying diagnoses implied about
> the increasing social autism that I find worth reflecting on.
> PS. Gary, were you seeking a counterpoint yourself (on wilderness and
> listening to nature) when you mentioned Chris Watson's sound recording?
> regards
> Johannes Birringer
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