[NetBehaviour] (Putting up a piece from a couple of day ago)

Helen Varley Jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Tue Jun 8 22:15:12 CEST 2021

hi everyone,

i am in an ongoing state of relentless overload so i've been unable to
do much more than periodically delete all the netbehaviour emails (and
multiple other lists). i just don't have the brain space for anything
much at the moment, outisde of the online magdalena festival and UpStage
(both going extremely well and very joyous, just all-consuming!!)

so, having barely read any of the emails about the list, perhaps people
have already said this - but for me netbehaviour has been for a very
very long time an important refuge for me, even if i'm not so often
active on it. i like that it has no imposed structure, it has no
discussion topics or facilitators, it's allowed to be whatever people
need it to be at the time. it has evolved and changed over the years,
and at some point it will cease to exist, but it doesn't feel like it's
reached that point yet. for me it's a valuable alternative to social
media, which i find just too much effort.

i really appreciate ruth & marc's gentle organic management of the list
- i know it's work, i look after other lists & i'm not volunteering to
take anything on. you've done it beautifully for a long time & you don't
have to do it forever. maybe there are others out there with the
motivation to take it on, maybe not. yes i would be sad if/when it
ended, but if there's no-one to take it on then it's time has come.

i've been reading about loss & grief recently as part of the work on the
UpStage project, https://mobilise-demobilise.eu/ - in particular "hope &
grief in the anthropocene" by lesley head, and "the living sea of waking
dreams" by richard flanagan (both australians, incidentally) - about how
crap we western humans are at dealing with grief and loss, and how
important it is that we get better at it, because the future is going to
involve a lot of loss (at least for those of us who lead privileged
western lifestyles). i found both books - the first is an academic text
& the second a novel - very powerful, honest, moving and ultimately
hopeful. loss doesn't have to be a bad thing.

h : )

On 08.06.21 10:57, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour wrote:
> Dear All!
> Firstly, Alan I also love your posts -the pattern which I think of as
> an art ping, and the content (when I watch, listen, read it) is a
> portal into your art practise which I really enjoy and value.
> I also think that Alan has a point in saying that Marc and I should
> provide a steer as list owners. I have a few ideas that I will share
> at the weekend (it's a hardcore project week this week for me). 
> But in the meantime keeping the conversation open is allowing us to
> see and feel the shape of the community. It has been so useful to hear
> from Gretta, Patrick, Paul, Ana, Annie, Johannes, Erik and all. More
> please! We also appreciate various offers from people to contribute
> financially to the lists upkeep. 
> We regard the value in this list as the strange undefined collective
> property of everyone who has ever contributed. But as it is currently
> set up, it is not a Commons. I personally, would like it if it were. 
> We can also consider Annie's suggestion of letting it go. But if
> that's the way it goes (and this is not what I want) it should
> certainly not be done casually, rather with the ceremony befitting the
> splendour of all that has ever occurred here ; )
> I do want to reassure you Alan, we will make no sudden moves! The
> whole point of discussing this now is that it is not an emergency. We
> just need to work out who "we" are and what "we" want. 
> Warmly
> Ruth
> On Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 11:48 PM Alan Sondheim via NetBehaviour
> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org
> <mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
>     Hi Everyone,
>     I think we need some guidance; both Ruth and Marc seem unhappy
>     with Netbehaviour as it is.
>     I'm not sure myself whether to post or not.
>     Certainly calls could be put out to all the subscribers to
>     indicate whether they want to continue as such or not.
>     It's all about "as such or not" I think. Technically, Marc and
>     Ruth are list-owners, I believe. Ultimately they're responsible
>     for the direction of the list in the sense that any of us could be
>     unsubscribed at the very least.
>     There are times I've had to unsub people and that's always
>     painful, as would be, at least for us, shutting the list down.
>     I have no idea what to do. I find the situation hugely depressing.
>     Netbehaviour may be derailing, certainly as a commons. And the
>     longer this discussion is drawn out, the worse
>     things will get, at least that's been my experience.
>     Meanwhile I keep writing/performing/worlding, whatever I do.
>     Best, whatever that is,
>     Alan
>     On Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 5:57 PM Johannes Birringer
>     <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
>     <mailto:Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk>> wrote:
>         Hello all. shapeshifters!
>         just watched Alan's video and also realized it may be the last
>         one, as he may not be posting his poetic writing and music
>         here, anymore....
>         so I watch it as the last one Alan! thank you....
>         The conversations about how we might shift this "net-
>         behavior" and become more attuned again to what Ruth and Marc
>         may have imagined -
>         "a place for free and open artistic experimentation with
>         networked media, and community building"  is very intriguing.
>         I just reread the many postings here, and am stimulated and
>         confused, loving all the responses, disagreeing with
>         some......as it should be. I try to be short;  Ruth's parables
>         of the forest (and our poor presence as merely "ethnographic
>         peculiarities") inspired me:  >a campfire in some unmanaged
>         ancient woodland...>>......>>The woods around the campfire are
>         full of watchers and listeners (who knows who??)<<
>         ...the analogies resonated with me, especially over the last
>         14 months in a pandemic that made me leave academia and spend
>         more time in the forest, recording, performing, linking up, in
>         the valley, with my village community, inventing new rituals,
>         listening to others and what they thought the "latende
>         Allmende" (latent commons, as Anna Tsing calls it in her book
>         on mushrooms and living in the ruins of capitalism) might be
>         like. No one knew exactly, but we talked, and took our masks
>         off.... and walked along the river [see pic]
>         Well.. what is our "latende Allmende" going to be, with other
>         (younger) participants? do we know the age and gender of the
>         members who post here? i don't, and it never mattered, nor the
>         the number of subscribers ("we don't really know much about
>         us") ? 643,  1625?  59?
>         is that true?
>         well, if the commons are evoked, and Furherfield's new
>         director, and new policies or strategic aims (inclusivity,
>         intersectionality, link to local neighborhood) are mentioned
>         in the organization's remit, now what exactly do you want us
>         to do, in our shapeshifting? Have we not actually been
>         engaged....learning/contributing "about what it means to aim
>         for a commons of diverse cultures in connected physical to
>         digital realms. It requires careful planning, partnership
>         building and a lot of production work"......
>         yes, it does. and we do.
>         with warm regards
>         Johannes Birringer
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