Cars, smokes, bubbly drinks and tv dreams. Life, in other words.
Phase 6 – Deep Motion
Benge – 1975 Moog Polymoog
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If I had half a goddamn brain in my stupid head, I’d probably break these posts up into individual posts and put them up a couple times a day. Do it in some sort of timely manner.
DRIVE TRAFFIC and ALL THAT SHIT.
I just can’t be bothered. Am I post-traffic? Post Traffic Stress Disorder? Is that a thing yet?
I don’t know.
At any rate, I kinda like doing the posts like this just because it introduces and element of
and maybe patterns emerge. Usually not.
(1) ARGO PRODUCTIONS INC. Unregistered. Private subsidiary of Sagittarius Security Police.
Hunting and shooting. Your own war to order. Raiding parties, revolutions, religious crusades. In anything from a small commando squad to a 3,000–ship armada. ARGO provide publicity, mock War Crimes Tribunal, etc. Samples:
As Colorado considers a ban on the use of drones to help hunters spot game, the real estate industry is taking advantage of the new technology.
Synergy Marketing Consultants created an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to fly around and inside homes so potential buyers can get a 3-D tour.
Taking a cue from America’s use of drones to fight terrorists, the war on feral hogs has gone high tech and high altitude.
Swino is dead: Boozy feral pig who found fame after getting drunk on stolen beer and starting a fight with an innocent cow dies in car accident: Swino was not killed by a drone. As far as we know anyway.
Confessions of a Drone Warrior: This made the rounds. It’s worth a read. I think the men in white coats may be confusing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with having something resembling a conscience.
A robotic cleaner delivered a damning indictment of life in Hinterstoder, Austria, on Saturday, by trundling onto a kitchen stove where it ended its days as a pile of ashes
Two drones crash in 50 hours in the U.S., causes unknown: Draw your own conclusions, I guess.
Design and Violence: MOMA is looking at design and violence.
Design and Violence is a curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society. Pairing the critical thinkers we most admire with examples of challenging design work, we intend to present case studies that will spark discussion and bring the ambiguous relationship between design and violence to center stage for designers and the people they serve—all of us.
Features articles from William Gibson and Camille Paglia and a whole bunch of others.
Is arranged like so:
We will group the projects into the following thematic categories:
Hack/Infect: disrupting the rules of the system
Constrain: binding, blocking, and distorting
Stun: causing blunt trauma
Penetrate: infiltrating the boundaries, breaching
Manipulate/Control: drawing into the realm of violence with suasion
Intimidate: promising damage and death
Explode: annihilating visibly and completely
Toronto Tailor Garrison Bespoke Unveils Custom Bulletproof Suit: It starts at about $20,000.
Narco Armor: Improvised Armored Fighting Vehicles in Mexico: For around the same price . . .
…The extreme rivalry among various Mexican drug cartels for regional control of the drug trade market has yielded an arms race. The following collection of articles and images addresses a segment of the military technology utilized by violent non-state actors during this period: “narco armor” or, more accurately, improvised armored fighting vehicles (IAFV)…
I think that link came from M1k3y. I don’t know. I can’t remember shit.
Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society, 1969: [PDF] This one came from Ruphos. I know because it’s in my star-marked digital file.
Violent with Purpose: The Case for Extreme Horror: While some of these movies are horror, some are what I’d call Ultraviolence and understanding them as a variety of horror does them a disservice. I complained about this elsewhere on the Internetz, so let me just cut and paste my thoughts, which, far as I know, came from me:
By calling Ultraviolence extreme horror, ones sees it as a branch of horror. One must exclude gangster movies, westerns, war movies and a host of other films and books that examine violence and the viewer’s relationship to it – art that ostensibly belongs to very non-horror categories but are better considered as Ultraviolence. One also must include work that has a more or less non-critical engagement with violence or uses violence as a sort of moral force. (The old horror monster dispensing death to promiscuous teens and so forth.)
A quick checklist of the qualities that, in my mind, make a work Ultraviolence:
1. The violence is amoral and often pointless. It is gratuitous and stylized. It is often for entertainment purposes.
2. The work deals with media violence. eg Ichi’s torture victim in a tv, Alex being forced to watch violent movies. It looks at the viewer’s relationship with the violence they consume are consuming by watching the piece itself.
3. Usually a form of mind control is at work in the plot.
4. It’s typically subversive.
5. It is not pro-violence.
6. There is no supernatural component. The moment one inserts an objectively existing evil, a fucking dark side of the force or eye of sauron or Satan or demons or some shit, it’s absolved the characters and the viewer from responsibility and is trite fantasy.
None of that is a guarantee that a movie or book is Ultraviolence but, chances are, if you can check all those boxes, it probably is.
But extreme horror? That shit is just sloppy.
Pretty good article aside from that tho
Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever: Speaking of misunderstood violent cinema, the Atlantic took a look at Starship Troopers.I prefer this older piece Why Everyone Gets Robocop But Nobody Gets Starship Troopers as it takes a look at why people don’t (or didn’t) understand Starship Troopers. Also, I wish Verhoven had of directed Ender’s Game. Might be worth watching if he had. As it is, I’ll stick to RAMBO.
LOST BOYS is an on-going project for which I document the lives of a group of 3 to 8 boys that live on the streets of Bucharest.
These kids are the leftovers from a recovering country that was ruled by Nicolae Ceaucescu until 1989, when he and his wife were sentenced to death, and communism fell for good. These boys are referred to as the 3rd generation that remains living on the streets and in the tunnels. They form their own communities and bond new families. Although life is tough, for most of these kids, it seems to be all they want:
“I want to stay here, up down up down, thats the system”
For more information on the Lost Boys please visit
Why Shopping Malls Are Confusing: While it doesn’t really explain why they’re also totally disheartening, this is a nifty little link:
The Jerde transfer refers to shopping center design that is intentionally confusing and overstimulating. According to the sociologist Giandomenico Amendola, “Amplification, bombardment of the senses, entertainment, are the means by which City Walk or Fremont Street change the modern flaneur into an addicted consumer… Design principles [of the Jerde transfer] are chaos and incoherence…” Commercial structures that might seem designed for utility or convenience are actually created in order to manipulate us into opening our wallets. Welcome to the natural habitat of capitalism
And you should check out the book that link links to. It’s full of fascinating stuff.
I Almost Stayed at Motel 6: While we’re talking strange places, motels.
The motel is one of two Motel 6s in Carpinteria, the other on Carpinteria Avenue. Two weeks before my visit, Sheriff’s deputies were called after a long-term resident was stabbed in front of his room at around 10:15 p.m. The suspect, who knew the victim, got away and is still at large. The incident brought to mind — at least anecdotally — a cluster of recent activity at the motel, so The Santa Barbara Independent decided to check it out for ourselves. Accompanied by our photographer, my roommate, and a black light, I headed a few miles south.
I’ve been really into motels lately. The book I’m currently working on takes place in one.
David Attenborough Narrates Miley Cyrus’s VMA Twerk-formance: I was aware of Miley’s performance but never sat down and watched it. I’m not particularly proud of my ignorance but I also don’t give much of a shit about what pop stars get up to. Teenagers like to shake their ass. Old people get upset. It’s just how it goes. This is sorta funny though. I like birds.
Selfies at Funerals: You’ve probably already seen this. It’s been making the rounds. The moral outrage that has accompanied it has been a little overwrought and sickening. (It remains possible to react to things with feelings other than approval or disapproval.) It’s not like vanity at a funeral is anything new. Omnia Vanitas as they used to say.
Robots take on Rome: Robots are taking pictures of the roman aqueducts. I just hope these get incorporated into a video game of some kind. That’s probably vain or something. But whatever. The Romans would have understood. Once you explained computing and all that to them. Maybe our world will one day be cobbled together from the digital ruins of selfies and used as some form of entertainment. Kids will shake their asses to it and so forth.
You usually don’t need a digital crystal ball to see the future.
Sadly, you only need to look at the past.
You can see the present in it.
“NB protest turns violent,” a CBC headline solemnly proclaims. 1,280 news stories about anti-fracking protests in Rexton, New Brunswick, indexed by Google use the word “clashes.” Most stories are decorated with photos of burning police cars.
All this points to one thing: the way that Canada’s corporate media discusses Indigenous protests is fundamentally broken.
Let’s put it this way. If a hockey player gets in a fight or takes a boarding penalty, we can count on the intrepid investigative team at Hockey Night in Canada to find the footage, if it exists, of the “victimized” player instigating the conflict by making a nasty play when the ref wasn’t looking.
When it comes to Mi’kmaq traditional territory, the stakes are infinitely higher, but the effort reporters put in falls short of a typical Don Cherry segment. Most of the reporters currently flocking to rural New Brunswick can’t be bothered to crack one of hundreds of history books that might give them the background they need to understand the situation.
In fact, they’re not even interested in the months of peaceful protests which “turned violent” when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) brought in snipers dressed in camouflage and armoured riot police who attacked protesters with pepper spray, physical assaulting those who stood in the way of violations of treaty rights and the destruction of their land.
Some people don’t even like looking at the present. It makes them think about the past.
And some people look to an imaginary future so that they can pat themselves on the back about their imaginary present. To them, the past is nothing an apology can’t fix. To even bring up the past is rude. Especially, if it also happens to be the present. Doing so imperils the future they’ve concocted for themselves.
The future that takes care of itself and arrives like this:
NIGHTMARE OF HISTORY > NOBODY DOES ANYTHING OR IS EVER RUDE OR ACCEPTS ANY RESPONSIBILITY > IT’S ALL GOOD, YAY!
One such twit:
Rex Murphy: A rude dismissal of Canada’s generosity: Oh look, a Canadian is offended by something. What a fucking shock. Rex Murphy (a well-known sanctimonious dingbat) thinks the natives are being rude.
At what can be called the harder edges of native activism, there is a disturbing turn toward ugly language, a kind of razor rhetoric that seeks to cut a straight line between the attitudes of a century or a century and a half ago and the extraordinarily different attitudes that prevail today.
From native protesters and spokespeople there is a vigorous resort to current radical jargon — referring to Canadians as colonialist, as settlers, as having a settler’s mentality. Though it is awkward to note, there is a play to race in this, a conscious effort to ground all issues in the allegedly unrepentant racism of the “settler community.” This is an effort to force-frame every dispute in the tendentious framework of the dubious “oppression studies” and “colonial theory” of latter-day universities.
Then there is also an even more deplorable effort to frame the interactions between Canadians and Canada’s aboriginal peoples as a genocide — an accusation both illiterate and insulting.
His piece can be fairly summarized as:
If Rex could dry those tears long enough to read something, he might want to look at the UN’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (PDF) which defines genocide as:
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to
destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
• (a) Killing members of the group;
• (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
• (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its
physical destruction in whole or in part;
• (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
• (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
But that all sounds a little dry and bloodless to an illiterate like myself. Reading it, I’m not even sure if I’ve been insulted. Maybe this will help . . .
That is not my definition — that is the definition by international law standards for which ALL nations are bound and Canada and the United States are no exceptions. Canada signed this Convention on November 28, 1949. The United States signed on December 11, 1948.
Thus, in order for an act to be considered genocide, it does not require that all components be present, nor does it require that the entire group be eliminated. However, in both Canada’s case and that of the United States, ALL components of genocide are present. Specifically here in Canada:
(1) killing members of the group
- the deliberate infecting of blankets with small pox and sending them to reserves;
- the enacting of scalping laws which encouraged settlers to kill and scalp Indians for a monetary reward;
- the deliberate infecting of Indigenous children with infectious diseases in residential schools which led to their deaths;
- the deliberate abuse, torture, starvation, and denial of medical care to Indigenous children forced to live at residential schools which resulted in as many as 40% dying in those schools;
- the killing of our people by police and military through starlight tours, tazering, severe beatings, and by unjustified shootings;
- the killing of our people resulted in severely reduced populations, and some Nations completely wiped out;
- in the U.S., some groups were exterminated by up to 98%;
(2) causing serious bodily harm or mental harm to the members of the group;
- think of the torture and abuse inflicted on Indigenous children in residential schools like sexual abuse, rape, sodomy, solitary confinement, denial of food and medical care, and severe beatings for speaking one’s language, etc;
- imagine the mental harm to Indigenous families and communities when their children were forcibly removed from them and left to die in residential schools;
- even when residential schools were starting to close, social workers in the 1960′s onward stole children and placed them out for adoption in non-Indigenous families;
- the torture and abuse of Indigenous peoples in order to force them to sign treaties and agreements;
- the loss of language, culture, traditions, practices, way of life, beliefs, world views, customs;
- the imposed divisions in families, communities and Nations through the Indian Act
(3) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
- think of the deliberate and chronic underfunding of essential social services on reserve like housing, water, food, sewer and other programs fundamental to the well-being of a people like education and health;
- the theft of all the lands and resources of Indigenous peoples and their subsequent confinement to small reserves where the law prevented them from leaving and providing for their families and so were left to starve on the rations provided by Canada;
- or the relocations of Indigenous communities from resource rich areas to swamp lands where they could not provide for themselves;
- Indian Affairs who divided large nations into small communities, located them physically away from one another,
- the Indian Act led to the physical separation of Indigenous women and children from their communities through the Act’s assimilatory registration provisions;
(4) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
- the forced sterilizations of Indigenous women and men, most notably in Alberta and British Columbia;
- the Indian Act’s discriminatory registration provisions which prevent the descendants of Indigenous women who married non-Indian men to be recognized as members of their community thus keeping their births from being recognized as part of the group;
- the discriminatory INAC policy which prevents the children of unwed mothers from registering their children as Indians and part of their communities (unstated and unknown paternity);
(5) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
- the long history of residential schools which had an express stated purpose – “to KILL the Indian in the child” and to ensure that there were no more Indians in Canada;
- the 60′s scoop which saw the mass removal of Indigenous children from their homes and adopted permanently into non-Indigenous homes;
- the prevention of children from being members in their communities due to the discriminatory Indian Act registration provisions;
- the current high rate of children removed from their families which out numbers residential schools and 60′s scoop combined.
Still, like the saying goes, one death is a tragedy but a million is statistic.
So let me give you one death.
The testimony supporting these claims was at times shocking. Elder Irene Favel told a 1998 town hall forum: “I went to residential school in Muscowequan from 1944 to 1949, and I had a rough life. I was mistreated in every way. There was a young girl, and she was pregnant from a priest there. And what they did, she had her baby, and they took the baby, and wrapped it up in a nice pink outfit, and they took it downstairs where I was cooking dinner with the nun. And they took the baby into the furnace room, and they threw that little baby in there and burned it alive. All you could hear was this little cry, like ‘Uuh!’ and that was it. You could smell that flesh cooking.”
I suppose I should be insulted by the fiery language used to describe these acts. After all, I’m no lawyer. I haven’t studied international law. I didn’t even go to university and take the colonial studies programs that Rex has such trouble with. But I’m not insulted when such things are called genocide. I don’t know what else to call them.
Torture? Murder? Atrocity?
This shit happened. It all happened. Things very much like it are still happening.
So why the fuck should any decent person care that Rex Murphy feels insulted by the language used to describe such barbarism? I’m more insulted by the acts themselves. Those insult my basic humanity.
And whoever gave Rex Murphy the idea that he’s qualified to speak about how Canadians feel. He doesn’t know me. I didn’t even vote for him. No one voted for him. He can talk about how he feels all he wants. I feel like he should get a job.
I feel like Canada’s ongoing genocide has to stop. Whatever it takes.
And when Rex talks about the “immense openness and goodwill of the Canadian citizenry” I have to laugh. I’ve never been that sentimental about myself. Like most people, Canadian or otherwise, I’m okay. At least, I occasionally try to be. I’m probably best taken in small doses. And I’m not to be trusted with a uniform and gun.
Shit, I’m not even sure that I’m Canadian anymore. I am sure that Rex and his ilk don’t speak for me. They never have. The only people I see acting on behalf of my interests here are the First Nations. Insofar as I’m proud to be Canadian, it’s only because of what they have done in spite of Canada.
Thankfully, I’m not the only who feels that way.
When you write that Canadians are offended at the term ‘settler’ and ‘genocide,’ you don’t speak for all of us. I’m a Canadian citizen, my ancestors came to Canada from Europe a few centuries ago, and I understand myself as a settler. It’s not disrespectful for indigenous peoples to remind us of Canada’s legacy of genocide. It’s not rude for indigenous peoples to label as ‘colonial’ the connections between the industries of resource extraction, the RCMP, and the corporate media you write for. What’s insulting is your attempt to paint Canada as benevolent, open, and respectful of indigenous peoples, and your contempt for any understanding of present-day colonialism and oppression in Canada.
And super-thankfully, we don’t live in a era when you have to listen to what we white folks have to say about this movement.
Please consider this a fairly exhaustive explanation of the Movement, what it is not and what it is. If for some reason you cannot read the next 1000 or so brilliant words, I can be summed up thusly: Idle No More is not new. Instead, it is the latest incarnation of the sustained Indigenous Resistance to the rape, pillage, and exploitation of this continent and its women that has existed since 1492. It is not the Occupy Movement, although there are some similarities. It is not only about Canada and it is not only about Native people. Finally, and probably most importantly, it (and we) are not going away anytime soon. So get used to it (and us).
The past is the present. We can’t allow it to be the future.
Pixelated, damaged desert images from the disputed Israeli-Palestinian region and electronic soundscape are integrated with a poem, transmitting an urgent message to stop the continuing violence by all sides in the Middle East, highlighting both the absurdity and pain of repeating human patterns of error, turmoil and destruction, and the difficulty of communication in apathetic, chaotic world.
[Soon to be screened at the 35th Cinemed-International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier, 17th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and the 11th edition of TIFF-The Tirana International Film Festival]
Nanotechnology skin sensor tracks eye ball motion: They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. They might be Peeping Toms.
The super-flexible nanogenerator demonstrated its great potential to work as an active deformation sensor capable of detecting the eye ball movement when it was attached on the surface of the eyelid for monitoring sleep pattern, tiredness and possible brain activity.
This strategy can provide a highly promising platform as a self-powered sensor for smart skin applications.
But it’ll probably be used to record what ads you look at. All the better to personalize your experience of capitalism with.
Your Body Does Not Want to Be an Interface: My body has wanted some pretty terrible things. I can’t help it. I still have the stupid skin. My experience of capitalism has not yet been personalized enough. We can be more intimate. My senses can haz cosmetic surgery.
The assumption driving these kinds of design speculations is that if you embed the interface–the control surface for a technology–into our own bodily envelope, that interface will “disappear”: the technology will cease to be a separate “thing” and simply become part of that envelope. The trouble is that unlike technology, your body isn’t something you “interface” with in the first place. You’re not a little homunculus “in” your body, “driving” it around, looking out Terminator-style “through” your eyes. Your body isn’t a tool for delivering your experience: it is your experience. Merging the body with a technological control surface doesn’t magically transform the act of manipulating that surface into bodily experience. I’m not a cyborg (yet) so I can’t be sure, but I suspect the effect is more the opposite: alienating you from the direct bodily experiences you already have by turning them into technological interfaces to be manipulated.
Or maybe it’ll just be like a K-Hole.
Kafka. The Metamorphosis: Maybe a Joseph K-Hole. Our whole body an ongoing beta trial period for apps we don’t know the use of. Maybe just a Kafka hole. One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous car.
How Google’s self-driving cars see the world, think Terminator: As even as our minds are driven out of us, minds are installed in self-driving cars. Maybe it’s all more of a Philip K-Hole Dick. A car that wakes up to find it’s been changed into a monstrous verminous human.
“O God,” he thought, “what a demanding job I’ve chosen! Day in, day out, on the road. The stresses of selling are much greater than the actual work going on at head office, and, in addition to that, I still have to cope with the problems of travelling, the worries about train connections, irregular bad food, temporary and constantly changing human relationships, which never come from the heart. To hell with it all!”
Dissociating is one of the most common responses to abuse and trauma. It involves feeling numb, detached or unreal and (while it happens to everyone once in a while) is experienced more frequently and severely in survivors. Dissociating people vary widely in symptoms and may experience any or all of the things from the following list.