Walker Art Center


February 09, 2003

opening the fish bowl for atomic reaction ?

Dear 23five and all medium activators ,

We are participating in a multi-artist blog called Big [b]Other created by media activist and internet provocateur Fran Ilich , currently based in Berlin . It is a most intriguing and highly contagious virtual fish bowl for viewing and activating global interactions between tactical media activists and artists from Latin America to Europe to the Bay Area. And it is created with some directive to deconstruct such artificial and mind-numbing "Reality-Genre" entertainment, i.e. Big Brother, Survivor, etc.

Not much promotion has yet gone out to invite Bay Area and/or US "eavesdroppers" and participants ... the main characters have already been chosen but public comment threads are available.

Apropos , yesterday an entry was posted with a focus on your festival. A character named Manilla has appeared in Pod(s)' entries , who is most likely a conglomerate of selected festival attendees , sound / theater artists and a feminine hyperbole , and perhaps even a neo-Org luddite activist . And she is very curious how 23five and various Activate The Medium artists might react to her !

deep respects and thanks for bringing provocative NEW LEVELS of sound art to SF ,

Posted by pod(s) at February 9, 2003 06:32 PM

jeeez , it seems awful hard to provoke people around here...

reading more of bruce sterling's new book ...
and came across this amazing synhronicity to where these thoughts have been reaching:

"Emerson knew the time was ripe for Americans to stop blundering about in sheer blithe ignorance and obtain an intellectual grip. ' Perhaps the time is already come ...when the sluggard intellect of this continent will look from under its iron lids, and fill the postponed expectation of the world with something better than the exertions of mechanical skill .' In 1837 Americans were already world-famous for their habit of inventing and exporting weird gizmos. Emerson dared to hope for better. And who is to do this task for America, to free America from the bonds of technocentric cleverness, and to carry its people to the heights of a richer understanding ? ' The American Scholar' ! "
( the title of a famous speech by Emerson in 1837 , Sterling refers to earlier. )

he goes on to call good ol' ralph waldo both a new age mess and an unparalled towering intellect...

i'll have to read further to get the full meaning , but somehow i already feel that this information in the arms of Manilla might fuel a fully erotic tirade.


Posted by: pod p. on February 10, 2003 07:30 PM
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