[NetBehaviour] Home, Home on the Screen

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 06:54:36 CEST 2021


Hi, love this (I couldn't watch all of it, skipped around, working on
archive stuff now) and wondered how the text was generated - it's beautiful
- thanks - Alan

On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 4:22 AM Paul Hertz via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Prose poem composed for the Fubar2k21 Glitch Festival in Zagreb, performed
> online Thursday, October 7, 2021. The numbers refer to a
> combinatorial scheme used in generating the text.
>
>
> 00.
> Home, home on the screen,
> where nullmachines harvest dataflesh.
>
> Home on the web, where disinfocowboys
> brand undead propaganda bots.
>
> In the breaks and badlands, bodyminds
> glitch remix databend hybrid mutant identities.
>
>
> 01.
> Can bodyminds unsuture fear?
> Crack undead identities, break open fissures?
>
> In the fissures, some of us land
> and others are born.
>
> Lodge in the rifts to learn othering from others.
>
>
> 02.
> My eye is a heart of stone.
>
> A seed lodged in a crack can split a rock.
>
> A tree grew from a boulder.
>
>
> 03.
> Says: Freedom is service to God.
>
> Says: Take refuge in the dharma.
>
> Says: Along the dry creek bed, walk in Beauty.
>
>
> 10.
> Grief take root in ashes, in broken lands.
>
> Grief split open scars, grow
> down to bedrock bone.
>
> Grief chain the past, grief choke the future.
>
>
> 11.
> Bearing invisible gifts, I thank the earth.
>
> In the sacred grove, we seek the oldest tree.
>
> You might be standing right beside it,
> but you wouldn’t see it.
>
>
> 12.
> What joy rages through me to be alive!
>
> Hungry and curious, life seeks life.
>
> Life makes matter matter.
>
>
> 13.
> Disarm unbind crack scrap
> retool the machine of language.
>
> The dataflesh harvest
> drives disparities of wealth.
>
> Bodyminds we are and we
> will not be branded dataflesh.
>
>
> 20.
> The young see visions
> and the old dream dreams.
>
> Dream with me: we travel for hours
> through inhabited wilderness.
>
> Clouds of subtle lightning bridged by
> filaments of grace attend our passage.
>
>
> 21.
> When we were happy, we were so happy.
>
> Now we are dust to the bone.
>
> Through obstacles and errors,
> the kindred body learns.
>
>
> 22.
> Who goes among you and asks,
> will you be my people?
>
> To emerge into the realm of choice,
> we must endure the agony of vision.
>
> What we choose then, will mark
> the world for all time.
>
>
> 23.
> Resolute and vulnerable, I speak the truth.
>
> Two fingers laid side by side,
> sign of equanimity or love.
>
> What dream or vision
> could sway the world to rebirth?
>
>
> 30.
> A blind woman threads the valley,
> walking as if without thought.
>
> Says to us: To bring you light
> I have returned from nightmare.
>
> Says: Call upon my vision and renew the world.
>
>
> 31.
> Hear the flute that sighs in old bones.
>
> Hear the drum that booms in young bellies.
>
> Do you not hear the still, small voice
> encoded in the whirlwind?
>
>
> 32.
> Our meat and bread consume us,
> hunger devouring hunger.
>
> Are you the angry hand, the monster
> that swallows the sea and everything in it?
>
> Or the patient seed that splits
> the rock and renews the land?
>
>
> 33.
> I have forgotten my sorrow,
> my future, my name.
>
> The glacier cut a notch in the mountain;
> the rain carved a canyon.
>
> Learn to be quiet watching the river for trout.
>
>
>
> The raw livestream can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/1vm9yeSTaoM. It
> was beset with technical problems, explained in the description. Consider
> it a work in progress. I hope to do it again, either as a video or again as
> a performance.
>
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