[-empyre-] Welcome to May: Flow, Impulse and Affect in Real Time.
rferro at cornell.edu
Tue May 11 07:25:57 AEST 2021
Welcome to the May, 2021 discussion on -empyre- soft-skinned space. This month we welcome Patrick Lichty, a long-time moderator with -empyre-. Patrick has been teaching in the UAE for the past four years and has recently moved back to the states accepting a position at Winona State University. A warm welcome to Patrick and we look forward to this month’s discussion.
Paul Virilio, in Speed Pollution, said that Real-Space is giving way to Real-Time. This expands from his work in Art of the Motor, in which transportation is collapsing space to where communications technologies, like Twitch and Zoom, are further collapsing time. This turns communication back to the synchronous; away from voice mail to the site of, “You have had to have been there.” Facebook live broadcasts, TikTok streams, and Twitch.tv communities privilege the real-time experience over the temporally mediated.
Yet, the existential space of real-time is in, the Massumian sense, deeply affective. The constant stream of ad extem existence calls to be constantly in the moment. The “moment”, is that moment when the body encounters the impulse of the event, to which is has to assimilate and then emote. But in real time, this moment does not allow for assimilation, it is the constant moment of the impulse, or impulsive. This can be likened to “flow”, or the quality of being “in the zone” of 2021’s media culture.
I will be introducing our guests this week and their biographies tomorrow. If anyone would like to be a guest this month please write to Renate back channel. Of course we welcome all of our participants to be active this month as well.
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