[-empyre-] A New Year's Resolution

Hamilton, Kevin kham at illinois.edu
Sat Feb 4 02:23:55 AEDT 2017

Posting in haste but in thanks here to Renate and Tim for the example this space of discourse provides.

My resolution worth sharing here is simply this : 

I resolve to discipline my communication toward more clarity of form and purpose, and more vulnerability in attitude and intent, all in the name of love.

Grateful for all those here,

Kevin Hamilton
Urbana, IL

On 2/3/17, 9:16 AM, "Timothy Conway Murray" <tcm1 at cornell.edu> wrote:

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>As a partner with Renate in her tireless toil to schedule monthly
>discussions on -empyre- and to keep the moderating team robust, I find
>myself worried more and more about the future of online dialogical
>listservs.  When -empyre- was founded by Melinda Rackham in 2002, it
>created a spark and buzz just for providing an online site where
>international artistic, curatorial, coding, and theoretical partners might
>collaborate with each other through discourse.  If you peruse the
>incredible online archive of -empyre- discussions over the years, you will
>enjoy the community's robust interactions when subscribers actively
>dialogued with the posts of featured ghosts.
>You all have noticed, no doubt, that the response level to -empyre- posts
>has diminished readically over the past 2-3 years.  A lot of this, no
>doubt, is due to the vitality of other social media projects, from the
>corporate one of Facebook, Twitter, etc. to robust small groups of
>sharers.  But the sharing of links, aphorisms, images, and selfies seems
>to have swamped the international exchange of critical thought and
>discourse.  It is the exchange of discourse, the sharing of artistic and
>theoretical strategies, and the accident of revelation occurring in
>conceptual conversation that has motivated my work for -empyre- for over a
>As part of my resolution to fight for international net neutrality, which
>the Trump people are about to gut, I call for a regeneration of activist
>dialogue.  This is important not just through the dissemination of new
>sources via Facebook and Twitter, but also through concerted conversation
>among the new media community about current challenges and potential
>responses to the issues that most impact us.  What's needed is not simply
>combative responses to the fascist and capitalist policies that are even
>more rapidly enslaving us or depressed summaries of the sovereign hegemony
>of the corporate network, but creative, provocative and even contentious
>discussion among ourselves about the critial imperatives to which we might
>respond in word and art.  So,
>I resolve to enliven the discourse of aesthetics AND politics.
>I resolve to curate and preserve artworks, projects, and critical
>responses that reflect critically on the socio-cultural conditions and
>politics of production, display, and disseminatio
>I resolve to collaborate with critical media projects that respond to and
>combat the rising discourses of fascism, racism, sexism, and ethnocentrism.
>I resolve to motivate my students to break the bonds of academic decorum
>in their writing and artwork as a means of unleashing unspoken passion and
>fervor over the personal and political issues most crucial to them.
>I resolve to insist that hate speech is not free speech.
>I resolve to work to revive the enthusiasm for the -empyre- listserv as a
>safe zone for critical discourse and debate over the issues most important
>to digital culture.
>Please join me over the next week by posting your resolutions.  Let's
>strike back together.
>Timothy Murray
>Professor of Comparative Literature and English
>Taylor Family Director, Society for the Humanities
>Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
>A D White House
>Cornell University,
>Ithaca, New York 14853
>empyre forum
>empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au

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