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

Shu Lea Cheang shulea at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 28 18:04:28 AEST 2018

dear All

threads entangled deeper into Mycorrhyizal networks that Simon 
meticulously argued.

As a moderator for the first time of such 'old fashioned' mailing list, 
(and let's leave it text based forever),  I am feeling an indescribable 
tension, anxiety as I check in on admin page to 'pass' the sporadically 
incoming postings...

the roots have no bound composting (thus renewed) underground... and how 
do we follow? cross-path?

Let me try -

We have checked ourselves into the 90s of its online communities which 
parallel to artistic intervention on the Net at the time, but existed as 
a society on its own, multiple mini-societies, mainly local (unlike the 
known international ones we refer to, spectre, nettime, to name a few), 
some archived, some legendary... bring it up to date,  the current 
'warred' zone of local social media,  sign in to wechat in China and 
whatsup in the States, has to echo these 'scenes' of the 90s.

I do not want to lose Alice Famer's references on patchwork/weaving as 
we got 'sidetracked' and 'righttracked' to mycelium..

thanks to dollyoko's taking us back to real (small) spaces of "deep 
social experimentation and collaborative creativity", somehow i connect 
these days with occupied squated space, move in and takeover... Jaromil 
can possibly echo these days with Amsterdam stakeout of a time? not to 
fall into any nostagia or romantic about it... collectives get 
dissolved, creativity fights over credits, and ultimately who's doing 
the dishes? taking out the garbage?

Much thanks to  Jaromil's summing of past 3 weeks... there are so many 
quotes of the contributors, each can lead us to 'rabbit holes' as 
dollyoko dares us to venture in???


I am standing still in this junction with walkers in all directions, 
that particular center of the universe in Shibuya's transit exit.........

the swarm of thoughts from outer universe hitting at you... spores 
falling like spring snow, invasive as they are.

help me through this last few days of June..........

many thanks


On 27/06/18 09:56, Simon wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Dear <<empyreans>>,
> On 26/06/18 06:37, Shu Lea Cheang wrote/quoted:
>> I believe that mycelium is the neurological network of nature. 
>> Interlacing mosaics of mycelium infuse habitats with 
>> information-sharing membranes
> Mycorrhyizal networks became entangled in the underground theatre work 
> of Minus Theatre. But for reasons that rather go against those adduced 
> in and around CMNs here, in their emphasis on the gains to be had, got 
> from, harvested off the literal and metaphorical fungolalia and 
> fungalia. The gain, for example, of communication: what if--we 
> speculated in the spectacles we made--communication were not the 
> point, but an exploitation-abstraction layer covering over--a 
> too-human groundcover--the /work/ of decomposition? What if 
> communication is /in /and an /excess/ of this work? And what then if 
> the scatter, crackle and static of languages were the condition of 
> their significations? The breaking-down, the waste itself, the soil, 
> ground? Such work--of decomposition--would not be valued according to 
> elements and minerals /liberated/ but would be valued in and through 
> itself, as forming the maternal matrices in indeterminacy, inaction, 
> asignifying, across inorganic and organic strata. Decomposition lays 
> waste: elements are understood to be liberated and the value is in 
> this breaking down, giving off phosphorescing halos in an excess of 
> incandescent energy illumining the dark, not a light dispelling it.
> best,
> Simon
> http://squarewhiteworld.com/
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