[-empyre-] Starting the Fourth Week: Chris Funkhauser, Sally Silvers and Bruce Andrews

Funkhouser, Christopher T. christopher.t.funkhouser at njit.edu
Thu Nov 24 02:11:12 AEDT 2016


We were in the back room at St. Marks, where most of the readings/talks are
held, which I may have flubbed the name on. It has been a really long time
since I've been there!

Personally I see imperfect ion & failure as 2 different things: failure
implying having (set) a specific objective to achieve ( in advance ) & not
being able to reach it, imperfection means things didn't go as
planned/expected, perhaps as result of human error.

I was truly enthused about working with the NJIT/Rutgers-Newark Theatre
Dept. on a production of the code opera Sonny Rae Tempest composed once I
heard Director Louis Wells' motto, "we're not afraid to fail". to me this
meant they were willing to take risks, & if it didn't work out, so be it.
new, exciting things might get born this way. the code opera is Pretty
usual & ridiculous, VERY Dada, & the first musical scores we rendered were
awful (white noise). I was imagining we might empty the house in 3-5
minutes, so it was good & liberating to work w/someone who took this

I was thinking about glitch after my post yesterday, but even in something
that is glitch (in any form), the code functions properly. usually these
works are aberrations imposed by composer, hardware, or software. but it is
the surface that contains something unexpected/distorted. the code is *able
*to do what it is instructed/informed to do. glitch is a great cyborgian
form, whether intentionally created, or not...

It may be that my architect friend was saying that things minor adjustment
could be required or made in the construction phase. He's not the lazy
sort, I'll have to ask for an elaboration some time.

On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM, Murat Nemet-Nejat <muratnn at gmail.com>

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Chris, I apologize for the typo. I was writing the introduction six
> o'clock in the morning since I had to be at Kennedy Airport very early. And
> I did use "tent" metaphorically, but are you sure it was inside Parish
> Hall? I remember it being somewhere in the boondocks. Like quite a few
> others, I seem to have disappeared from the PoPro list a few years ago
> also. Finally, I attributed my case to bad breath.
> Yes, perhaps the final struggle is "between algorithm/perfection) &
> human/imperfection." We should pursue it further on. But in *Blade Runner*,
> even the super human androids are imperfect. They must die. That is the
> pathos of that film, and also perhaps our ultimate salvation. If you have
> followed the discussions the previous weeks this month, I was talking about
> the possibility of a poetics of "failure" or "inefficiency" which may be
> close to what you mean by ?imperfection." We were also discussing about
> "glitches" in the algorithmic structures. You say that can not be. Do you
> mean they are impossible or not permitted?
> What that architect was telling you sounded more like "laziness," an over
> trust of machines. That's why so many buildings are, as Jean Renoir says,
> boring.
> Good beginning. Welcome to Empyre, Chris.
> Ciao,
> Murat
> --
Dr. Christopher T. Funkhouser
Program Director, Communication and Media
Department of Humanities
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102
funkhous at njit.edu
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