[NetBehaviour] The Burrow online exhibition

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Thu Oct 31 23:41:37 CET 2019

Go to the 2nd link https://h.aard.work and click on the upper left or 
right - on the right for example there's

- Alan

On Thu, 31 Oct 2019, Max Herman via NetBehaviour wrote:

> Looks very interesting!
> The link opened to the etchings of Mechanical Jungle, Yu Cai 2017-2019.
> These include images of the labyrinth, brain, architecture, astronomy, maps,
> and rivers; they also have an apocalyptic or hell/heaven/purgatory aspect
> similar to Bosch and Dante.
> I find these to be interesting themes relating to Calvino's ideas of the
> novel as a network, and each person as a network, as he wrote in the
> "Multiplicity" chapter of Six Memos for the Next Millennium. In my recent
> annual art work Solstizio Calvino from June I tried to capture some ideas
> about these themes by way of 104 gray bricks, set up in a millstone pattern
> about 30 feet wide, on the banks of the Mississippi, as a rejected
> submission to a local festival focused in part on the Mill District
> neighborhood of the city. Inside the millstone/labyrinth were six wooden
> boxes, each containing paper slips printed on one side with two images (of
> either brains, maps, astronomy, or architecture, all archaic from 17th-19th
> c. except for some contemporary brain scans). On the other side was printed
> an excerpt from one of the six memos. Each box was labeled with the name of
> a memo. The slips in the Consistency box had only images and no text, since
> Calvino died and was buried underground before writing that memo.
> The work was in place for six days, rain or shine, with at least a few
> humans walking into it and collecting a paper slip. One brick was removed
> and probably thrown into the river by a very participatory participant. The
> remaining bricks and boxes have been retained for future use or non-use. I
> also placed a small buddha on a nearby picnic table while I had lunch and
> lit a candle to say goodbye to my wonderful dog and friend Victor who loved
> the river and had passed away on June 7th.
> The transformational tenor of the etchings also reminds me of Lee Smolin's
> call in Time Reborn to re-envision particle physics and the nature of time
> via a new "relational program of research" to replace the failed program of
> the last 20 years based on quantum mechanics. This new program would
> transform all spheres of knowledge, and Smolin singles out physics, biology,
> and computers for emphasis (though all disciplines are affected since brains
> and the products or net-behavior of brains, all brains, are affected). The
> poem "The Waste Land" is also about death and rebirth for all spheres of
> humanity and knowledge from the full array of deaths, so it can be read in
> part as a network poem, perhaps even as the first example of Calvino's
> invention "hypertext" since Eliot provides a lot of footnotes and references
> as part of the poem itself, networking in Chaucer, Buddhism, Shakespeare,
> the Fisher King, riverine pollution, Sanskrit, indeed "all of it" as one
> might say despite Eliot's sometimes horrid deficiencies.
> I also like the first stanza of Shelley's Ode to the West Wind here:
> O WILD West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being
> Thou from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
> Are driven like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
> Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
> Pestilence-stricken multitudes! O thou 5
> Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
> The wing?d seeds, where they lie cold and low,
> Each like a corpse within its grave, until
> Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow
> Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill 10
> (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
> With living hues and odours plain and hill;
> Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere;
> Destroyer and preserver; hear, O hear!
> ____________________________________________________________________________
> From: NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on behalf
> of Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>
> Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2019 12:00 PM
> To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
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> Subject: [NetBehaviour] The Burrow online exhibition
> The Burrow is a pavilion of https://thewrong.org biennial curated by Aad
> Bjrkro. Now open at https://h.aard.work, the exhibition includes 25 works
> by 27 participating artists, and will run until Mar 1 2020.
> Envisioning the internet as myriads of intertwining underground tunnels;
> where places of refuge coincide with the secret bases of those must be
> hidden from. Emerged in the tunnels we tried to listen to those who must
> never speak, look for things we had lost and spy on the spies spying on
> us. For display we gathered relics from our past, expansions of the
> hidden, connections to the elsewhere and lessons for the future. Now we
> gladly invite you to see what we have found.
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