[NetBehaviour] War, Electronic Literature, Testimony, Textamony:Presentation for the 2023 Unconference 1/18/2023

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Wed Jan 18 18:00:24 CET 2023

War, Electronic Literature, Testimony, Textamony:
Presentation for the 2023 Unconference 1/18/2023

https://youtu.be/XgzpC4Um6Oo full video

Created for the Unconference, this video considers the
relationship between what we do and what occurs in war, in
terror, in flight, in ordinary life. I made it on almost no
sleep, a poor excuse, but so it was. There are errors in it,
probably absurdities; even so, I'm attempting to think through
what for me has been a constant haunting. In a sense, it's not
personal; it's the same old story. I want to differentiate
between testimony - what one witnesses, what one has been told,
what one has lived through - and textamony - the recreation of
events in fiction, in poesis (including my own), in trying to
come to grips with what _happened._ All of this can be effaced
in false testimony or written as truth in textamony, where AI
(artificial intelligence) may play a part. How do we think, in
other words, the unthinkable? What if the unthinkable is
transformed into a fiction where the dead are held accountable
for their own demise?

I want to thank everyone at the Unconference for the opportunity
to think through this work, which will be presented in part at
the event.

http://www.alansondheim.org/Uncon.rtf text materials
https://youtu.be/XgzpC4Um6Oo full video


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