[NetBehaviour] Anorectic Avatars

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Mon Apr 30 05:38:22 CEST 2012



Anorectic Avatars

My beginning foray into the Anorectic Avatars UnderAcademy discursion:

http://www.alansondheim.org/anav.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/anav1.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/anav2.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/anav3.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/anav4.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/anav5.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/anav6.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/anav7.png

[ The above are related to Christine Wilks' work with avatar bodies;
What you're seeing are skins of Julu Twine and environs revealed by
the camera's penetrating gaze. ]

I keep thinking about the THICKNESS of avatars and their LACK THEREOF
since there's nothing there but faces that give the appearance of
solidity. If you cut open a HUMAN BEING or other organism, you get
solid/liquid/gas, something or other, all the way down or in; if you go
inside an AVATAR as such, you see nothing since most likely the faces just
face one direction - outward.

So a big difference is that when you cut open a real physical organism,
you create NEW FACES, since FACES could be defined by WHAT'S VISIBLE. So
there are FACES ALL THE WAY DOWN.

Does this matter? Probably not, but I think of edibility, what one might
eat, and that seems to apply to the latter but not the former. YOU CAN'T
EAT A SINGLE FACE THAT FACES JUST ONE DIRECTION OR EVEN A SINGLE FACE THAT
FACES TWO DIRECTIONS since faces are sections of two-dimensional space
embedded in three-dimensional space, where they NECESSARILY HAVE ZERO
VOLUME.

Eating and gathering energy in THIS UNIVERSE always implies at least
THREE-DIMENSIONAL VOLUME, if not more. So what I'm wondering - is what
could we possibly mean by THE THICKNESS OF AVATARS or THE EDIBILITY OF
AVATARS, and these are not minor questions or irritations but really
FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE IN THIS UNIVERSE, where
we gather energy, devour things, expel other things, transform things -

Anyway back to the EDIBILITY OR THICKNESS OF AVATARS - so important
because without this, they're at best PROJECTIONS OR REPRESENTATIONS OF
SOMETHING ELSE, and we can't have that.

So AVATARS ARE ANORECTIC, they DISHUNGER towards anorexia, they remain at
zero-thinness or do they?

So the question is: WHAT COULD WE MEAN BY THE THICKNESS OF AVATARS, OR THE
EDIBILITY OF AVATARS, IF ANYTHING?

AND CAN WE GIVE EXAMPLES?

AND ARE THESE EXAMPLES - OUR VERY FUTURE, WHICH IS AT STAKE?





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