animated suspension

archive soap

the unfinished thought hung
lightly, hauntingly
momentary sophistry

triple coil ankle print
pressed, to pale aarchival skin
burned flesh memory fade
[crossfade
to scorched earth scorned]
slow dance turned
combined and (per)muted
silently uprooted
rhizome blowing gently between the trees
between the breeze

Why I Do Notebook Studies

Courtesy of Warner Bros.Courtesy of Warner Bros.

(the prescribed "plans" that chart the course of each person's life in the adjustment bureau)

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"In body. — More so than men who are coaxed toward social success, toward sublimation, women are body. More body, hence more writing. For a long time it has been in the body that women have responded to persecution, to the familial-conjugal enterprise of domestication, to the repeated attempts at castrating them. Those who have turned their tongues 10,000 times seven times before not speaking not speaking are either dead from it or more familiar with their tongues and their mouths than anyone else. Now, I-woman am going to blow up the Law: an explosion henceforth possible and ineluctable; let it be done, right now, in language."

(Cixous, "The Laugh of the Medusa")

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phantom limb

phantom limb
(2011)

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shoutouts: #rru #iics525

Phantom Limb

flesh∞notebook∞network, superiority of analog, study no.2

Phantom Limb (Notebook Study)

. the soft cardboard cover of the book is easy to groove or etch lines into
. constellations, synthetics

. when the vinyl of the sticky tattoo covers the soft cardboard, the pen-stylus tip gets caught up in the foldings or furrows that precede its path during the grooving process

. saw = slow scalpel

. material is too flimsy to saw through (didn't have any way to keep the book from moving)
. slipped rhythm
. the cut was rough, though it appears relatively clean (articulations)

. or as the Colonel would suggest in her own sawn-off fashion, truthing hurts …

Phantom Limb (Notebook Study)

. what does skin tectonics have to say about the chasm?

3 Fucking Metres

3 Fucking Metres

3 FUCKING METRES
Moving Bodies for Democracy in Canada

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Finally, vote! No remote controls! Walk, run, wheel, crawl, or skip to your local polling station on MAY 2, 2011.

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"To appropriate the historic transformations of human nature that capitalism wants to limit to the spectacle, to link together image and body in a space where they can no longer be separated, and thus to forge the whatever body, whose physis is resemblance — this is the good that humanity must learn how to wrest from commodities in their decline. Advertising and pornography, which escort the commodity to the grave like hired mourners, are the unknowing midwives of this new body of humanity" (Giorgio Agamben, The Coming Community, p.50).

 

All artwork by Department of Biological Flow.

-30-

Feminist University

(abstract submitted to the "precarious spaces: (dis-)locating gender" conference, hosted by the susan b. anthony institute at university of rochester)

Holey Space (Notebook Study)

Writing the Body: Technics, Gender and the Society of Control

Sean Smith
European Graduate School
Department of Biological Flow

Ingrid Tatyanova
Fine Arts College of Kowloon

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The notion of writing the body has a lengthy history in feminist scholarship, seen for example with such diverse writers as Cixous, Hayles and hooks. In their own unique ways we might suggest each describes practices of writing intensively — that is, of capturing affective thought in as urgent a fashion as possible so that thinking and feeling are no longer easily understood as discrete concepts. In contrast with the book "proper," which is most often understood as the culmination of a long process, the notebook, on the other hand, is usually the beginning of a process — the incipient moment of poiesis when thought emerges from the foldings of flesh relation to find expression in gesture and inscription. One captures thought through writing while it is still felt in the body, challenging any possible understanding of mind-body dualism in the act of recording or making memory prosthetic.

pages stick together at the holes

Increasingly, however, we might also understand the notebook as a site of politics and resistance in the contemporary society of control, with all the precarity that implies. It may offer dramatically different conditions of possibility precisely in how its embodiment enters into movements with other bodies — normative or otherwise — to create space, time and memory. We might describe these gendered technics through the lens of Fornssler's affective cyborgism — not a preconstituted body as such, but rather an always emergent part-subject that becomes individuated as it enters into contingent networks of relation and technique. This paper explores these gendered technics and their affective underpinnings in a performative autoethnography of writing practices, engaging a body of thought that also includes Ettinger, Deleuze, Guattari, Serres and Derrida.

Contact:

Sean Smith
@sportsbabel

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Burn Notebook

[do we have holey space yet, smith asks?]

eighth, eighth, eighth

flesh∞notebook∞network, part two

"Noology, which is distinct from ideology, is precisely the study of images of thought, and their historicity. In a sense, it could be said that all this has no importance, that thought has never had anything but laughable gravity. But that is all it requires: for us not to take it seriously. Because that makes it all the easier for it to think for us, and to be forever engendering new functionaries. Because the less people take thought seriously, the more they think in conformity with what the State wants. Truly, what man of the State has not dreamed of that paltry impossible thing — to be a thinker?" (Deleuze and Guattari, ATP, p.376).

real estate shortage

they look like bullet holes . . . 3/8" ≅ 9mm

the holes are not stable "structures". there is already a form of "erosion" taking place.

my pen rapidly slips into the holes if i am going too fast and not paying close enough visual attention to my gesture. quite often i am nervous to write near them, and my available "surface area" for writing becomes significantly diminished . . . am i afraid of the signifier disappearing down their gravity wells?

fragments of paper keep falling out and sticking to my skin or my clothing. my fingers always feel these raised edges as they pass over the surface. turning pages catch on the raised edges of the hole (ruptures of skin tectonics) and must be gently pulled apart.

at other times i plunge happily into their depths . . . the reader may reconstitute the message from context at some later moment.

the deeper the holes penetrate and the more that matter-flow is pushed sideways, the more the topography of the surface is changed or altered. writing, or that simple passage around the holes, becomes far more difficult. striation is disrupted in the process for the gestural act proper, but can we also suggest that it is disrupted for the tracking of metric space itself?

pages stick together at the holes

Notebook as machine

There is a qualitative difference between remixing or breaking the machine that is the book proper, and doing the same for one's personal notebook. The former is often understood as the culmination of a long process involving writing, editing, typesetting and printing phases, often under the rubric of a separate "publisher" entity. The notebook, on the other hand, is usually the beginning of a process — the moment of poiesis when thought emerges from the foldings of the flesh to find expression in gesture and inscription.

This notion of writing the body has a lengthy history in feminist scholarship, as seen in such diverse writers as Hélène Cixous, Katherine Hayles and bell hooks. In their own unique ways we might suggest each decribes practices of writing intensively — that is, of capturing affective thought in as urgent a fashion as possible such that thinking and feeling are no longer easily understood as discrete concepts. One captures thought through writing while it is still felt in the body, nullifying any possible understanding of mind-body dualism in the act of recording or making memory prosthetic.

In this sense the notebook becomes a most intimate expression of what Fornssler refers to as affective cyborgism: that is, an understanding of technologies as inseparable from our bodies — indeed they are generated by them — yet more or less proximate to the fleshiness of our lived corporeality. Our notebook is qualitatively different than other books precisely because of this proximity to the body. In this differential proximity, as well as in the interface proper, lie the political and ethical moments of our always-already cyborgian beings.

But these beings should more adequately be referred to as becomings, for they are also emergent from the relations of matrixial intersubjectivity between bodies. This may be understood both in terms of material and immaterial networks and prosthetics, as well as in terms of resonant waves between organic entities. Hence, the political and ethical moments are made explicit precisely in how our technologized selves negotiate a fragile and contingent commons, tottering between repressive, militarized and integrative systems of profit and control on the one hand, and opportunities for agency, poiesis and resistance on the other.

In other words, the "same" technology may offer dramatically different conditions of possibility precisely in how its embodiment enters into movements with other bodies to create space and time. The affective cyborg, then, is not a preconstituted body as such, but rather an always emergent part-subject that becomes individuated as it enters into contingent networks of relation.

It is relation that breaks the machine of the flesh∞notebook. Our ontology is ontogenetic. Our technology is not deterministic.

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"But noology is confronted by counterthoughts, which are violent in their acts and discontinuous in their appearances, and whose existence is mobile in history. These are the acts of a 'private thinker,' as opposed to the public professor: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, or even Shestov. Wherever they dwell, it is the steppe or the desert. They destroy images."