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

Shu Lea Cheang shulea at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 24 06:03:26 AEST 2018

great start for getting into week4... bringing up the listserve network 
and the 90s...

networking in the 90s, me finger fucking Francesca across the deep waters.

take over, dollyoko, reanimated....



On 23/06/18 20:50, warkk wrote:
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>> Shu Lea,
>>    thanks tor the link to http://compostingthenet.net 
>> <http://compostingthenet.net/> which i was just playing with for a 
>> bit. I had once tried to get a more prosaic set of tools developed 
>> for working with nettime.org <http://nettime.org> as a collaboration 
>> with Warren Sack. (We picked that one as its archive is public and 
>> has been for years). Nobody would fund it so that didn't happen. I 
>> don't know how much one would need tools for doing digital humanities 
>> style work on listserv culture, or if one just needs to think about 
>> it and do it the old human humanities way.
>> Its remarkable how the networks of the nineties get left out of 
>> various histories, from art history to media history. I was at a 
>> rather good event on cybernetics organized by millennial artists, 
>> librarians, coders. Of the three hundred people there, nobody knew 
>> what nettime was, or any of the other similar networks i polled the 
>> audience about. They had only heard of rhizome because its now a 
>> program at New Museum. I see a lot of people re-inventing the wheel. 
>> I had to sit through a panel discussion recently at which one 
>> panelist declared that "there is no critical writing about tech."
>> So the question then becomes one of the temporal aspect of networks, 
>> how they might pass themselves along through time without losing too 
>> much of their form. One can see what's going to happen if one reads 
>> the books on the Situationist International, which is all things to 
>> all people, but is never a network in the literature, let alone a 
>> series of conflicts and mediations about what a network is or could 
>> be. I tried to remedy that a bit in The Beach Beneath the Street, but 
>> there's a lot to be done to create a network approach to the history 
>> of networks.
> On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 1:05 PM, Shu Lea Cheang <shulea at earthlink.net 
> <mailto:shulea at earthlink.net>> wrote:
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>     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 oblivion......
>     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..
>     http://compostingthenet.net
>     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...
>     over
>     sl
>     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
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