[-empyre-] Recent work on 'semiotic splatter' / introduction

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 03:37:49 AEDT 2016

Dear ones an Peruvian poet one of the best Latinamerican writers, Cesar
Vallejo,  who lived in Paris in the 30, write once "a man pasa by my side
carrying a loaf a bread how I am supposed to write about psychoanalysis?"
Today as Alan wrote it's difficult to engage in aesthetic discussions when
we see the lashes of the old dinosaurs fighting for their survival.
Bertolt Brecht wrote about the rise of Hitler and now Murat compares Trump
to Mussolini.
Right I have been tweeting about that for months. Trumps discourse is very
similar to Hitlers and Mussolinis national socialistic discourses.
He appeals to protectionism insularity and fear as motors of his campaign.
He will cut down the support to planned parenthood to right to abortion and
to so much things Obama acomplished.
I feel _empyre as a feminist think tank as well and I feel as a woman we
should be very aware about the losses we are going to suffer under Trumps

Den 9 nov 2016 13:23 skrev "Murat Nemet-Nejat" <muratnn at gmail.com>:

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> Alan, It is closer to me to a phenomelogy of abjection, of humiliation and
> being overlooked. (Not that what you are referring to is not true or
> relevant.) This election tilted in the rust belt states where for at least
> twenty years the blue collar population was in a rut, economically stuck
> with little expectation of improvement. Nobody did anything for them (with
> the possible exception of the saving of the auto industry). He spoke to
> them, and they elected him. The unfortunate thing is that nothing in the
> *concrete* policies he is offering, as far as I can see, has anything
> that will improve the blue collar lot. In fact, it will do the opposite.
> The gigantic tax cuts (the  easiest and fastest laws the congress will put
> through) will aggravate the vast divide. They seem to have been taken by a
> snake oil salesman. I hope I am wrong. Of I am, it will make the result
> maybe a bit more bearable.
> As for the rest of the awful consequences of this result, you are right
> --desire (or hatred) will probably be the emotions stoked to get the engine
> running. Personally, I have been very reluctant to use the word "fascist"
> when I didn't like someone or some decision. But what happened here is so
> similar to what happened in the thirties in Europe, particularly in the
> case of Mussolini. A leader who jutted his chin out and projected sexual
> prowess, who inflamed the grievances (some of it justified) of the
> populaca, while at the same time making alliances with the privileged, the
> captains of industry, the Pope. A divided polity and spineless politician
> who supported him believing they could control the guy. Then a militia
> group that will "protect" the movement. Does it all sound similar?
> A year ago, I would have said all this is not possible in this country.
> There are laws, the constitution, etc. etc. But the open, unabashed
> contempt for the law that Trump showed without any punishment and
> rejection. Politicians for their venal purposes (a tax break here, a safe
> congressional seat there, etc.) supported him.
> Ciao,
> Murat
> On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 3:14 AM, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
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>> Not that it matters, but I've talked about a Trump win for the past
>> fourteen months; I thought it inevitable - not because of policy, but
>> because of a violent phenomenology of desire he played through. This is
>> covered somewhat in the splatter text below. I'm too distraught to have an
>> empyre discussion on aesthetic issues, at least at this point; I'd like to
>> discuss what a phenomenology of desire might be - not only in terms of
>> economic/sexist/racist fury, but also in relation to bodies and virtual
>> attacks upon them. The public misogyny was nothing I've seen before; I want
>> to understand this. We must learn how to resist, now, or at least open a
>> discussion about this.
>> Apologies if I'm wrong on this; it's difficult to think of anything else.
>> - Alan
>> On Tue, 8 Nov 2016, Alan Sondheim wrote:
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>>> My name is Alan Sondheim and I approve this message. I'm an
>>> artist, writer, and musician, working in entangled media.
>>> Recently, I've been think of "semiotic splatter" - fragmented
>>> and chaotic semiosis (the process of signification in language
>>> or literature, the production of meaning), and splatter both as
>>> control and dissolution. I use this term to indicate that
>>> semiosis is never totalized, that it falls apart, fails,
>>> coagulates and clumps; it's related to an incessant presencing
>>> of material which appears more and more stale and derogated.
>>> Semiotic splatter is related as well to strange attractors in
>>> chaos theory and leads to the problematic of semiosis and
>>> "coagulative hardening" - for example the rise of
>>> totalitarianism out of (political, economic) chaos.
>>> The semiotic splatter work is at
>>> http://www.alansondheim.org/splatter.txt - a good introduction
>>> to my work in general.
>>> A word about my practice - to write and produce as continuous
>>> praxis; ; I've been doing daily pieces (text/music/image/video)
>>> since 1994, as an ongoing meditation - first, on 'cyberspace,'
>>> but now extended elsewhere. The pieces are organized through a
>>> series of texts; the most recent are at
>>> http://www.alansondheim.org/uf.txt and
>>> http://www.alansondheim.org/ug.txt .
>>> Thanks to Murat, Renate, and Timothy, for the invitation to
>>> participate for the week!
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