Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues – (Part 3)


”He’d always wanted to become quantum dust, transcending his body mass, the soft tissue over the bones, the muscle and fat. The idea was to live outside the given limits on a disk, in a chip, as data in whirl, in radiant spin, a consciousness saved from the void. The technology was imminent, or not; it was semi-mythical; it was the natural next step; it would never happen, it is happening now. An evolutionary advance that needed only the practical mapping of the nervous system onto digital memory [...] But his pain interfered with his immortality. It was crucial to his distinctiveness. Too vital to be bypassed and not susceptible, he didn’t think, to computer emulation. The things that made him who he was could hardly be identified, much less converted to data. The things that lived and milled in his body, everywhere, random, riotous billions of trillions, in neurons and peptides, the throbbing temple-vein, in the veer of his libidinous intellect. So much come and gone. This is who he was. The lost taste of milk licked from his mother’s breast, the stuff he sneezes when he sneezes. This is him. And how a person becomes the reflection he sees in a dusty window when he walks by. He’d come to know himself, untranslatably, through his pain.” (Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis)


“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” (Albert Einstein, notice in his Princeton office)

Irrational Value

It is interesting that Continue reading

Sex, Involvement and the Spirit of Contraction (Part 1)

A Spirit of Contraction

In a 2012 interview with The Guardian, Alan Moore described the 1960s as ‘euphoric’ and ‘expansive’. If this was the case, then the two short films the interview set out to promote – Act of Faith and Jimmy’s End (films made with Mitch Jenkins and intended to make up a larger series) can be described as ‘disphoric’ and ‘contractive’. Continue reading

Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues (Part 2)

The Text and a Context for Prosumption

To give meaning to a text, it shouldn’t simply entertain you; it should be allowed to interweave itself inextricably into the fabric of your life. To this extent, the text still lives – Continue reading

Houellebecq – The Map and the Territory (Part 2)

The Shamanic Cryptograph

Houellebecq – The Map and the Territory (Part 1)

Beyond the Precession of Simulacra

  • Beyond the precession of simulacra, Houellebecq’s 2010 novel The Map and the Territory appears like a groaning hieroglyph, its anguish revealing the entirely alien reality on which our lives are based. The map is our model, the territory is the real and the narrator – the Jed-Houellebecq complex – Continue reading

Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues (Part 1)


“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

(John Milton, Paradise Lost)

Conceptual Tactility

Calligraphic Sensuality and the Digital Text

When a person writes, there is a certain way in which they ‘inhabit’ the medium. For instance, the posture of the body as it moves the hand across the page and the feel of the letters which are returned to the writer in order for them to respond and govern their shape. This physical experience which is fed back to the writer Continue reading

Essentials for a Manifesto on Transgressive Simulation

Definitions:

  1. We admit from the outset that the virtual is the estranged simulation of a reality lost. We further admit that Continue reading
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