[NetBehaviour] setting up / the problem of torture

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sun Oct 14 02:24:01 CEST 2018


setting up / the problem of torture

http://www.alansondheim.org/mocapsetup1.jpg
https://youtu.be/mr_j_RWSE1M    VIDEO
http://www.alansondheim.org/mocapsetup2.jpg

the problem of torture / the distance between one and another /
the skeletal / the normative (cohering performance) beyond or
after the machinery / the machinic / the problematic of the
machinic /

the images are constructed in the machine from the performer's
movements. simple: eliminate one or another node, one after
another. what results is as if they were removed from the body
which, however, continues to move in the proper positioning,
i.e. with the proper coordinates. everything visually falls
apart, empathy, mirroring, play a deep role.

" suggest the tapes included gruesome details about his death,
including Khashoggi being interrogated, beaten, tortured and
murdered. "

""

"You don't often think of your body unless you're thinking of
your body.  It's there and even when you think of it, you're
incarnated, presenced. You're presenced all the time. Sign off
Second Life and you're gone. That's the ground state,
disappearance. In SL your body's intended, there's nothing given
but the state. Whatever is added parallels cinema and the mise
en scene - nothing is left to chance unless chance is
determined, built-in. But it's the projections that
fundamentally characterize it - introjections from SL body to
organism, projections from organism to SL body. Think of this as
-jectivity, an uncanny relationship which escapes determination,
which flirts with abjection. The SL body is a body that is
witnessed, except for the somewhat clumsy 'mouselook' which
places you within it; the mouselook eerily bends the landscape
while the framework monitor remains static. There's always
background going on in or within/without SL; -jectivity operates
through a normalization that behaves as dream-screen - for
-jectivity to occur, the SL/organism interface must appear
coherent, cohering - an inhabitation or dwelling beyond
building. Gaz breaks through this in a way that would be illicit
in the world of organism, of course; pulled or distended limbs
in the latter would be a form of torture or death. One might
still speak of self-image and perhaps drugs which alter it, even
the appearance of the physical scaffolding of the organic body,
but Gaz does this with what one postulates, again as a kind of
background radiation, as a normal state which is a state of
absence." (from an article)

Julu Twine to torture is just
Julu Twine torture is just = to torture

One might still speak of self-image
One might still speak

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>From ISIS texts:



isis-is: the signal

              trying to come to grips with annihilation when for
example beheading occurs, not only to foment terror, but as an
act of piety, as part of the natural order of things -

              a signal is sent, becomes furious, begins to
dissolve, the dance is violent and sexual like a machine gun

              amounting to firing a gun but now up close, the
taste of the gristle, trophy of the severed head, chopped
hands, gouged eyes

              anything that can be removed

              what does this, what is a response, what is this?

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              trying to come to grips with annihilation when for
example beheading occurs, not only to foment terror, but as an
act of piety, as part of the natural order of things -

              in the above, a signal is sent, becomes furious,
begins to dissolve, the dance is violent and sexual like a
machine gun

              amounting to firing a gun but now up close, the
taste of the gristle, trophy of the severed head, or there were
hands chopped, eyes gouged

              at times anything that can be removed

              what does this, where is a response, what is this?



"The end approaches, now it's too late to tell the truth about
the apocalypse. But what are you doing, all of you will still
insist, to what ends do you want to come when you come to tell
us, here now, let's go, come, the apocalypse, it's finished, I
tell you this, that's what's happening."

Derrida, Of an Apocalyptic Tone Newly Adopted in Philosophy, in
Derrida and Negative Theology, ed. Coward and Fosbay, 1992

===

death of representation

i'm sick of pictures.
i can't make more pictures.
everything i touch dies. i touch myself.
i can't make more pictures of myself.
i was embedded in machinery and i'm not embedded in machinery.
i look in the machinery of a mirror and my bones fall off.
my bones fall off before i'm robbed of them.
before i'm robbed of neoliberalism.
before late capitalism's stolen from me.
before i plead guilty for being alive.
i plead guilty! i am still alive!





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