MarkCrosby, or anyone, does know this: The word 'Matrix' which seems to
exercitaes some fascination on young e-writer's in 2001, is derived from the
film Matrixyal, or the scenarists of this film, have they beans inspired by
a Feminist Philosopher, which one? one two three, answer, too late./
>From: Mark Crosby <Crosby_M@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: 'machinic' readings?
>Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 07:40:47 -0800 (PST)
>Hey Greg! There's LOTS of "Reflections Upon The
>Matrix" and (TOO MANY ;) other great relevant articles
>at Daniel Frampton's fantastic Film Philosophy library
>(for instance Andrew Murphie on _BladeRunner_, and one
>could wander here for weeks...........)
>but, from another angle, I REALLY want to recommend
>Mitchell Whitelaw's "Towards the Matrix: Connectionist
>Cultures in Theory" at
>SHIT! It appears to be no longer online, SOOO I'll
>just have to provide a quick summary from my old hard
>Whitelaw takes on Sadie Plant's "The Virtual
>Complexity of Culture" (from the 1996 Routledge volume
>_FutureNatural_ w/too many editors to list ;) and Roy
>Ascott's "Homo Telematicus in the Garden of A-Life"
>(maybe online..) to charge that "Ascott's rhetoric
>never touches the earth" and "For Plant, neutralizing
>difference becomes the primary agenda". Whitelaw
>follows Katherine Hayles who "argues that a-life is
>founded on a Platonistic privileging of form
>(organization) over matter" and adds that "Hayles
>argues that (in simulation-based-a-life at least)
>emergence is a kind of reductionism-in-reverse".
>Whitelaw criticizes how "Plant calls the abstract
>plane (or 'virtuality') the 'immanent future of every
>system', and elsewhere refers to the 'matrix' as 'the
>virtuality and the future of every separated thing'
>... this set towards the future leaves out some
>important aspects of connectionist thought. The future
>of a complex system is ... a moment-by-moment
>unfolding of states into each other. Each state is the
>ground for the next, and each state is a partial
>accretion of all past states".
>This, of course, is precisely Bergson's 'virtuality'
>of duration, which Plant most likely realizes but
>Whitelaw doesn't mention.. STILL, Whitelaw has an
>important point here: "In conflating connectionism
>with utopian-futurist rhetoric and constructing a
>sense of a connectionist 'revolution', Plant and
>Ascott neglect the embeddedness of dynamic systems in
>their own histories. In some ways they seem to be
>talking about culture as if it were a computational
>a-life simulation which can be cleanly and absolutely
>'restarted' by a transcendent god-operator".
>Whitelaw ends up preferring "Brian Massumi's _User's
>Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia_ ... which makes
>extensive use of connectionist ideas but retains the
>ability to talk about specificities of power and
>embodiment, and doesn't side wholly with the virtual";
>rather, "Massumi calls the virtual and the actual
>--- "Greg J. Seigworth"
> > Hi Gordon,
> > I just had some very bright undergrads here, in an
> > independent reading group, read John
> > Johnstone's "Machinic Vision" from Critical Inquiry
> > (26), Autumn 1999. A great essay that, among other
> > things, is quite clear on the differences between
> > Deleuze and Virilio on questions of the machinic.
> > But it is not on-line of course.
> > In this same regard, Massumi's on-line essay on
> > Stelarc could be useful:
> > http://www.telefonica.es/fat/massumi.html#paper
> > And Marcus Boal's three part essay on spycams and
> > surveillance from Village Voice might be useful too
> > (though no d+g) -- one of the links is:
> > http://www.villagevoice.com/features/9850/boal.shtml
> > And, though I have some problems with it, there's
> > Bill Bogard's essay 'Line of Flight, Line of Death'
> > at:
> > http://www.culturalturn.com/epanel.com
> > And, finally, maybe take a look at Kenneth Surin's
> > 'The Future State of Politics' at Culture Machine:
> > Oh, and there's always Mark Crosby's essay on-line
> > on essay on Matrix but he can probably tell you
> > where it's at. And 42 other links too.
> > cleaning the basement, florida sniffles
> > Greg
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