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

dollyoko at thing.net dollyoko at thing.net
Mon Jun 25 16:16:15 AEST 2018

dear shu lea and empyreans

yes, finger fucking across platforms and waters,
deep code luscious moon brown stem
the shadow of a venetian blind on summer body in borrowed loft
wiping sweat, not swiping left
(write left alt write)

i'm immersing eyes into this generous mycelial conversation today
feeling the tendrils of one hundred minds

'powerful poetic gestures'
'alternate sentiences'
'the incomputable'
'nature is not a system'
'break all separations'
'imps fuelling the real'
'vernacular approach to infrastructure'
't-shroom as family heritage and long-living family member'
'i have a vast genetic network in me'
'we begin to think like a forest'

how to extend the intentional families we (of a certain age) created in
the 90s
[while perhaps reading Bruce Stirling's Dead Media list, or skiving off to
PMCMoo or RiverMOO when LambdaMOO was down]
before other 'we(s)' were born

Jonathan Marshall's book 'Living on Cybermind' might be one answer to
Ken's Q about how to capture the non-linear threaded lives

i've been returning to build at LambdaMoo since around 2013, prompted by
projects such as Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits -
instigated by the wonderful Nancy Mauro-Flude, and (equally wonderful)
Furtherfield's Beyond the Interface... I'm not sure what the mycelial
potential of such old platforms might be, I suspect there's something
though...... for example, a nascent project I'm doing with Virginia
Barratt and Alice Farmer takes as it starting point:


"A multi-platform artwork comprising a LambdaMOO environment (multi-user
domain object-oriented), performing avatars, improvised performance,
experimental hypertext fiction, cryptokitties on the (ethereum)
blockchain, and a hand-bound XenZine. The subject is the construction of
intentional family beyond blood and kind.

We revisit LambdaMOO as a site for gender non-conforming subjectivities to
explore the production of xenofam and xenobodies, outside of social
re-production, and bring those practices to bear upon the “real”. Only a
few years after the emergence of the WWW, social networking habits were
harnessed and stratified into machines for the production of social
capital and new affective forms of extractivism within the paradigm of
info-capitalism. Yet the outlier LambdaMOO is still maintained by a small
phreak family as a working experiment, an enclave among other secessionist
servers (caves, sinkholes, hackpads, labyrinthine clouds) carving out
space to platform lives of creative resistance, blasphemy and joy.

The performing avatars, the unholy trinity of Witchmum, Mum 2.0 and
Precocious Meme Savant, have cooked, co-habited and coded as becoming-kin
to instantiate xenofam, building affective bonds through which datablood
flows. This queered approach to extensible and open family platforms
generates intentional spaces for the reconfiguration of blood ties beyond
blood types, and another mode of hexing Capital."


I want to write more, but I need to buy bread as I can't wait the 12 hours
for the wild yeasts to do their thing.
I will try to attract some xenofeminist and other spores this way
while thinking about how Ken's 'we no longer have roots, we have aerials'
might take a mycelial turn

Warmly, to all
doll fingers + witch thoughts, perhaps a spell cast from and to this
conversation, tomorrow

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