[NetBehaviour] Ontological Banding

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 19:07:19 CEST 2021

Alan, I skimmed through the video, but the landscapes are completely 
breathtaking - and at the same time, the dryness of the landscape looks 
very harsh and alarming.


On 28/10/2021 05:14, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> Ontological Banding
> http://www.alansondheim.org/banding2.jpg
> https://youtu.be/oWgD6V8t_zA video
> http://www.alansondheim.org/banding1.jpg
> So this is referencing and returning to the great Salt Lake in
> Utah and we have traveled there to look at the extent of the
> damage done find E drought that is in so many parts of the
> United states at the moment . This is dictated which means there
> is a limitation to what I am saying in an expansion to what I am
> not saying. I stop and take a sip of coffee. All of these images
> and videos that you might or might not see or the result of a
> trip to the Saltair area great Salt Lake today . We have been
> there before. We have been there quite a few times period this
> time it was to look at to drive flats that's around the
> contracting lake . When interest me in all of this is that
> traces of animal and plant life. But also the horizontal.
> Horizontal is critical it lies in bands . I use the boatswain's
> whistle to create very high pitch tones very loud tones they
> were then reflected off the building and came back to me and
> perhaps to you . They echo and reverberate after palace of the
> Saltair . There were birds in the distance. We've identified
> them as a form of green. As a form of grief. As a form of grebe.
> You see the dictation itself references other things dash and
> expansion of language and a contraction of reference . The great
> Salt Lake itself contracts and expands. Its usual depth is 33
> feet. It's current depth which was a record at the time back
> when is 23 feet. In less there is heavy rain and snow in the
> catchments we will again be going for a new record lower instead
> of just equaling the older one. When I say quote we quote will
> again be going for a new record and so forth I'm aligning myself
> with a false knowledge. I know every little about the geology,
> biology, and ecology of the Great Salt Lake. I am not from here.
> I have no history here. Given dad karma given that, I am really
> riding on echo- collocations of recognitions from other sides ,
> other places and in fact other worlds . I stopped to take a
> drink of coffee . I look out where the capitals are here and
> realize I will have to return to return them to their proper
> grammar grammatical positioning.  The light's boundaries expand
> and collapse of course in relation to the weather in the
> ecological conditions over a period of time .
> What I am most interested in, however, is the horizontal, bands
> and interruptions, contusions, ephemera. So many markers of
> history and traces of natural phenomena that may not be
> "natural" at all in the landscape, in the land. The land is now
> inconceivable without the construct of "civilizing" enterprise.
> You can tell at this point that auto-dictate has crashed, voice
> to text no longer exists, what you are hearing as you read this
> in fact is the result of physical labor, typing on the landscape
> of the keyboard, facing the horizon of the land.
> When I filmed and photographed today, I thought, this is the
> perfect landscape for me - this is where my thinking belongs. (I
> can't emphasize this enough.) I thought this and thought this
> absolutely, thought which is lateral, punctuated, interrupted by
> buildings and vectors of transportation, diacritical marks that
> form the basis for my thinking, perhaps for thinking itself,
> thinking without a body, thinking without a body (within a
> body). That is it, no ontology, or ontology on the run, a form
> of dromadology, the rush of thought. And so it is the rush of
> thought : ontology = movement, not the ontology of movement nor
> movement ontology, but movement as it would be said to itself.
> My thought (to which I lay no claim) is _ontology povera,_ not a
> poor ontology, but one compressed, the result of debris, global
> warming, striations, industrializations, remnants. The film -
> for I think of it as such - is just that - _a band of remnants._
> It is not to be watched, or rather to be watched, in any order,
> time forward fast flow backwards, or the still image of the
> first or perhaps the last frame. It is the band cartoon musical
> of the world. My role was just the recorder.
> (Forgive my arrogance, O Beings of Sloppiness. I rush to
> complete the thought before it is over; I am mistressmaster
> of denouement. Should it end here? did the journey? Am I
> still alive? You, my fixation, matters; you, may fixation,
> matters at all.)
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