[-empyre-] rehearsal of a network - [week 4]

Shu Lea Cheang shulea at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 24 03:05:20 AEST 2018

hi, warkk

I think we should bring in Rachel Baker to help us digging into the 
Situationists!! and we can start listing some keywords: distributed, 
autonomous.... (with all empyrians' help!)

so, indeed about the threads...just as we witnessed here last 3 weeks, 
the multiple threads, the threads that got picked up or sunk into 

and about listserve culture...you should really work on the book. I am 
very interested in it.

i have this web work, composting the net (2013).

real time accessing listserve, retrieve the postings randomly, scramble 
the words, make compost out of it for the fresh sprouts to grow..


use menu pull down to take a listserve, when one start composting 
process, press mouse to stop the tumbling and read.

the composted ones - nettime, spectre, empyre, idc, aha, (skor is out, 
and it seems rohpost also not available any more)

Annet Decker once commissioned me to compost SKOR of NL, which gave me 
the archive access . unfortunately SKOR got shut down and the site is no 
longer available. this was casualty of NL's last media art budget cut...



On 23/06/18 17:01, warkk wrote:
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Thanks Shu Lea,
>     i was at a thesis defense just yesterday and i was thinking about 
> this. The defender's name is Pehr Englen, and i expect he'll write 
> about this soon. The topic was the Situationist International 
> considered as a network, and as an argument between different forms of 
> network. Which got me thinking about Jacqueline de Jonge's journal, 
> The Situationist Times, which one can read as a publication for 
> artists and (partly) by artists that was a resource-book for thinking 
> and acting in networks. It was multi-lingual, but had more of a visual 
> than a written language. There were issues devoted to specific 
> topologies, such as rings or spirals. I think this side of the 
> Situationist International that ended up in The Situationist Times was 
> very interested in what distributed networks of autonomous groupings 
> would be like as a form of artistic communication. One has to wrest it 
> out of the hands of art history, which is more interested in either 
> individual artists or movements that have names and leaders. This was 
> an avant-garde that had neither of those qualities.
> This connected for me to a project i have never quite managed to get 
> done, which would be a more personal account of the listserv culture 
> of the nineties. I was on nettime more than empyre but i see them as 
> part of a network of networks that includes undercurrents, spectre, 
> rhizome and several others. How do you write about something in the 
> form of linear prose that didn't have that form at all? It is hard 
> enough with just two correspondents. When i was editing my 
> correspondence with Kathy Acker this drove me crazy. In actuality 
> there were always several threads going and we answered each other on 
> those threads. But in book form all that has to collapse into one 
> sequence. I printed the whole thing out and moved the documents around 
> on the floor. The order ended up being a compromise. Imagine doing 
> that for dozens of threads among hundreds of parties.... Not that i 
> would want to actually transform those listserv debates literally into 
> print form, but even just notionally to transform the dynamics of 
> those networks into one prose narrative seems to defeat the form of 
> the thing itself.
> So that might be a place to start thinking about speculative *and* 
> tangible networks, or ones that are both at once.
> On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 4:25 AM, Shu Lea Cheang <shulea at earthlink.net 
> <mailto:shulea at earthlink.net>> wrote:
>     Dear all
>     thanks to Fran llich's latest posting (as promised) which coming
>     at the tail end of week3 serves well to lead us into week 4. I
>     believe there would  be some follow up for Fran's tremendous
>     endeavours, Fran, please stay with us for this week 4.
>     This week we focus on proposals for speculative, tangible networks
>     -  the unrealized, to be realized, the anticipated, to be
>     anticipated, the trashed and the in progress, deep sleep
>     conjuration, deep water dive in, deep root expounding.... we open
>     up this week to welcome all your proposal contributions.
>     I am honored to welcome the following three heavy-weight thinkers,
>     writers, hackers, weavers+++  whose work i admired much to join us
>     this week.
>     Francesca da Rimini (Adelaide, Australia) is an artist, writer,
>     filmmaker and researcher.She was awarded an Australia Council New
>     Media Fellowship in 1999, and her work has been widely published
>     and exhibited. She is a founding member of the cyberfeminist art
>     collective VNS Matrix, intercontinental group identity_runners
>     (with Diane Ludin and Agnese Trocchi, and In Her Interior (with
>     Virginia Barratt). Recent collaborations include
>     performance/installation /lips becoming beaks, hexing the alien/
>     and /The Darkening/. She periodically adds to her labyrinth at
>     LambdaMOO to continue hexing capitalism from within the beast.
>     Denis Roio aka Jaromil (Amsterdam, NL) is a purpose driven
>     software artisan and well known ethical hacker.CTO and co-founder
>     of the Dyne.org think &do tank, a non-profit foundation with more
>     than 15 years of expertise in social and technical innovation.
>     Leading digital culture institution popular among digital natives
>     and millenials. Jaromil shares understandable insights and visions
>     on Internet of Things, Blockchain Technologies, Cyber Security,
>     Data Ownership and Software Freedom. Expert speaker about Open
>     Source, Lean and Agile methodologies
>     McKenzie Wark from New Castle, Australia, currentl living and
>     working in New York City. known for his writings on media theory
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_studies>, critical theory
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_theory>, new media
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_media>, and the Situationist
>     International
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situationist_International>. His
>     best known works are /A Hacker Manifesto
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Hacker_Manifesto>/ and /Gamer
>     Theory
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gamer_Theory&action=edit&redlink=1>/.
>     He is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at The New School
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_School> in New York City.
>     To cite a few of his books -
>     ·/The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious
>     Times of the Situationist International/ (Verso, 2011)
>     ·/Telesthesia: Communication, Culture and Class/ (Polity, 2012)
>     ·/Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation/ (with
>     Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker) (University of Chicago
>     Press, 2013)
>     ·/The Spectacle of Disintegration/ (Verso, 2013)
>     ·/Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene/ (Verso, 2015)
>     ·/General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First
>     Century/ (Verso, 2017)
>     On a sunny day in June.. let the words begin....
>     over
>     sl
> -- 
> McKenzie Wark
> *Professor of Media and Culture*
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