Monday, August 31, 2015

Alan Sondheim - surge

we will survive

if we are not stardust
if we are not stardust
if we are space and time
if we are space and time
we will survive
we will survive

if we are not breath and bone and marrow
if we are not breath and bone and marrow
if we are not blood and bone and neuron
we will survive
we will survive

if we are not molecule and atom 
if we are not quantum and quality
we will survive
we will survive

we are not stardust
we are not stardust
we are space and time
we are space and time
we will survive
we will survive

we are not breath nor bone nor marrow
we are not breath nor bone nor marrow
we are not blood and bone and neuron
we will survive
we will survive

we are not molecule nor atom
we are not quantum nor quality
we will survive
we will survive

Surge compendium


"Surge is the overthrowing of all values, ideologies, and 
structures. It is the absolute overthrowing of all histories, 
privacies, persons. It is the total extinction of all species, 
including our own. It is the scorching of the scorching of the 
earth. Let's talk about this. Let's build around the Surge. 
Let's build around the dying and absolute annihilation. Let's do 
it." (ca 2015)

A pixel is a digital object.
Between one pixel and another, there is annihilation.
Annihilation seethes.
There is nothing else but an epistemology of demarcated 
positions and ontology.
Post-digital is digital; post-digital has equivalent 
A digital object is substrate-dependent.
The substrate is an object and from this we adduce strata and 
structures of digital objects.
The Surge is just that, the Surge of digital objects and 
substrates, replacing everything in the world.
Annihilation is the potential for transformation of everything 
in the world.
Annihilation to the limit is extinction.
Abjection and truth are intertwined.
Abjection and truth inhabit the substrate.
The digital object is a mapping of its substrate and its 
substrate is subject to replacement, duplication, reassignment 
and other transformations.
The substrate is a moment of the digital object.
The entanglement of truth and abjection within the substrate is 
within a continuous state of annihilation and potential wells.
The digital object is an object of reading; the substrate is a 
surface of writing. 
The Surge loads substrates with digital objects.
The Surge replaces objects with digital objects.
Aura is always an entangled raster.
The Surge replaces aura with increasingly fine rasters.
Rasters are inscriptions and demarcations.
One might say that rasters are inscriptions within the 
metaphysical, that substrates possess no rasters, that mapping 
is from raster to substrate.
The digital object is a choice.
The digital object may be a choice of a substrate object.
If a substrate object is chosen or not chosen, it will be 
If a substrate object is chosen, it may be inscribed.
The inscription of a substrate object is not a substrate object.
The inscription of a body is not a body.
The inscription of a body may inhere within the body, and may be 
entangled within the body.
The substrate of an inhered inscription is within states of 
annihilation and potential wells.
The digital object neither exhausts physical objects nor its 
The digital object is an insertion into protocol farms and 
networks, including translations fundamentally based on the 
employment of process and power; to the extent that the digital 
object functions as an insertion, it is subject to movements 
across substrates.
The digital object is en garde. 
The digital object is an instance.
The scorched earth of the scorched earth is annihilation to the 
limit and the elimination of the instance.
Reproduction of digital objects is finite.
A reproduction machine itself may be reproduced.
At the heart of the reproduction machine, at the heart of any 
object, digital or otherwise, is annihilation.
Annihilation inhabits the absolute, and the desire for absolute 
annihilation constructs the scorched earth of the scorched 
The Surge constructs a new earth, new habitus, new environment.
One cannot turn back, one cannot return, from the Surge.
The fundamental characteristic of the Surge, at this point, is 
the simultaneous recuperation of every history, every culture, 
every text, and the annihilation of every history, every 
culture, every text.
The simulacrum of recuperation is a simulacrum.
Simulacra are simultaneously recuperated and annihilated. 
The Surge proceeds from fundamental annihilation.
The Surge is simultaneously the relativization of the world, and 
its absolute. 
The Surge is violation fabric; on the nub of the Surge, we bear 
witness to annihilation.
It is not even a matter of time.
It is not even a matter of bearing witness.
There are no matters of which 'it is a matter.'
The _mob_ of the Surge.
The _overwhelming_ of the world, of any other world.
Uselessness and annihilation of philosophies.



Bewails (ca. 1996)

An Older Mind bewails nations. It hovers dark, interconnected at 
nodes, sprayed in star-configurations connected across night- 
twinkling-stars, incandescent bulbs streaked with blue at 
magnification 150 just across town. An Older Mind would bend 
deep in Thought, would stir dark waters into dark and stillborn 
Action. An Older Mind would enumerate Nations gaunt and hoary, 
branches of trees rustling the sky stormed into carbon-russet 
darkness. Lightning is sky-crack, cragged break of black 
porcelain, Older Mind Sim-Symbolic illumination burned into 
seven-layered blood-stained retinal booking down to bedrock 
flaked with muscovite.

Older Mind is t = 0, is <=refresh> constant, emission into 
screen-object, sound-object. Older Mind turns at t0 pace, 
haunted as body heaves thrust onto side; it ponders for 
No-Reason, is None. None hurtles downward into No-Reason; only 
nations say split, no capital. Look elsewhere than there. Older 
Mind shudders sky-bowl swollen, crusted with Sim-Symbolic. 


Failure to Overwhelm (ca. 1996)

To theorize the Net, analyze it according to one or another 
model (see below), to examine it without any philosophical 
presuppositions (an impossibility), to include or exclude 
metaphysics: A closed - an academic loop is formed, the 
placement of a book or article (I try for this myself), but what 
occurs beyond this, what reason, what point (reason collapsed to 
a node)?

What can theory _provide_ if it is not, for example, descriptive 
kinesics, software design philosophy, standardization of 
protocols, typifications? It remains an augmentation, appendaged 
to what? Half in and out of the corpus of philosophical 
discourse, applied philosophy, but towards what ends? What? 
(Consider _here_ the onset-characteristics of a trumpet tone.)

There is of course the theorizing of the virtual - from a 
phenomenological viewpoint, theory describing _stuff_ on several 
levels, the _stuffing_ in fact of cyberspace itself, however 
that term is defined, split, deconstructed. Of course there are 
no conclusions; there are, instead, parallels, analogs, 
interstitial or liminal displays of language.

Statistics appear in sociological analysis, almost always soft. 
Structures may or may not emerge. Whatever they're made to speak 
is manufactured. On the other hand, considerations of Being, 
etc. lend themselves to curious metaphysics. These can go 
anywhere, routed in roots.

This _applied_ theory centers it _on topic,_ a source of decay. 
What if there's no theory-otherwise? What theory-otherwise would 
apply? What ghosts enter the maelstrom, alternative selves, 
ectoplasms, staggered or schizzed personalities inhabiting the 
same flesh?

Theory vis-a-vis topicality _here_ is already abject, a vestige 
of territorialized minor philosophy, slide-rule humans 
approaching the discarded object, still clothed and 
canvas-wrapped. Minor philosophy, perhaps in the sense of 
Deleuze and Guattari, minor literature.

Even the psychoanalytics of the space generate ghost shots at a 
new subjectivity - but these things change on an almost daily 

All this spells ennui, the peculiar analytical burnout where 
cyberspace theory is concerned, entrance and exit _the 
doldrums._ It's partly the socio-political atmosphere of "the 
times," exhaustion as theory becomes mechanism, predictable, 
unused, negative dialectics. On one hand, articulation is all 
there is; on the other, overwhelming information all the way 
down/across, well-definition literally ruling, graduating the 
day. The liminal fails to erupt; the liminal is theorized.


Paul, Sail On (ca. 1996)

If I gather up, will you bury me, will you bury me if I gather 
Your ambergris, your bronze helmet, your amber, your bronze
Swollen by river's wake by cavern opening cavern awakened by the 
  river's swell
Motivated by gutted reeds cut stuttered clay, read in gorgeous 
  monuments gone motivated
If I lie with you, will you lie with me, if I lay with you will 
  you lay with me
Near the pregnant cow near the gutted horse near the emptied 
  house by the coward's prayer
Through the dim dark night by the knight's despair by the armor
If I wash for you by the river's edge and I wash for you by the 
  same edge of the river
Where down the river there is a gathering of knights and women, 
  I think they are celebrating Telipinu at the moment

Yes, I will lie with you, I will lay with you, I will sacrifice, 
  you will sacrifice
Your horse, your cow, yourself, against my golden hair, my eyes 
  of blue
Sparkling in the waters pooling by the marshes, waters sprinkled 
  with blood, swollen with whitened
Bones you have slaughtered, your bones you have slaughtered
While I, while I
  I'm leaving for Telipinu.


dawn* (ca. 1996)

cancers flooding the body in part or in full, tumors attacking 
one or another organ, membrane-spreads of _illnesses of the 
surface,_ attacks on bodies non-virtual of all ages, genders,**

there are millenarian warnings as the human tide heats up, 
microbes approach with landing-gear erect, this is serious as 
insecure bodies escape to the cybersphere, sloughed skin 
dragging them back,

we are close to degeneracy genes gone bad in polluted air not 
responding to antibiotics lost, no longer fortification bunker 
against molecular transformations, lost, in other worlds, the 
air itself,

wires clean wires with electrons, cloyed filaments, carbon dark 
against smoothed electron emissions, tunneling, run around the 
sync clock, skin a sin or shame a dark shadow, no longer named 
but ceased symbolic,

so we slough skins, our poisons trail behind us, so our 
membranes turn translucent, troubled, and there were no tomorrow


*dawn's brilliance cuts the eyes' retinal spoils, dwelling and 
source of disease, scoured in the heat of day

**so many I known have been cut down in the dawn of life, 
suppurations suddenly appearing in the half-year past, 
portending uneasy crawl towards overpopulations, extinctions***

***for real, the theory appears simplistic, pollution, 
extinctions, ozone, desire, capital, technology, spills, 
desertification, violence for real for sure****



Justice (ca. 1996)

There is no justice in this world! That is, because justice is 
never _of_ or _in_ the world, nor is it a horizon of the world, 
nor of community, nor of the subject. Then one can never be 
just? One can act accordingly, as if justice were a past that 
still encompasses the present. This is the dream, the opium, the 
simulacrum, abstraction, but without it, irrigation disappears 
and selves dissolve, as if they had once existed.


Corroded substrate hammers.
Violation fabric of disappearing languages.
Dead tech and dead life.

the new song

bone follows bone
the new song of longing
azure carter, voice and song
alan sondheim, alpine zither

& begin by eating not and drinking not
& continue by sleeping not and speaking not
& welcome the thinbarked body into the space
& welcome the disappeared into the time
& into the time of the bone
& into the time of the bone
& into the space of the bone
& into the space of the bone
& into the purity of the space and the time
& into dependent arising and emptiness of bone
& into the lesser absence and the great absence
& begin & continue & welcome & welcome into
& begin & continue & welcome & welcome into


surgery is from surge, to cut from the body, annihilate; to 
surge is to purge, purjery, annihilate the truth, violate the 
body politic, violate the corporeal body; to surge is to 
annihilate the corporeal politic and the political corpus; to 
annihilate is to swallow space and time; to swallow space-time; 
to annihilate surgery and the potential for surgery; to embrace 
space and time. thus the 'blown-out' body of the ancients is the 
eliminated/purged/expurgated body, the eviscerated body, the 
absent body, the absence of absence, hence dependent-arising. 
thus the dependent-arising is the totality of space and time, 
emptied of body and surgery: that is the Surge.

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 + + Jennifer2.suture_and_surgery + "<BR>");}
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 one, right, remaining yet for surgery, muscles and lense still
## I had "surgery" on the 10th Saturday, crossed out.
## On October 5, Evelyn had surgery.

(It's the surgery; try a phenomenology of coagulation, 
cauterization, sut- Donna, who was assisting Mira in my surgery, 
noticed something in the For as not to see after and through eye 
surgery, the hearing. Jennifer3 = new Jennifer("mine ", "inhale 
", "spurt", "surgery ", "my_voice "); Neurosuture was tried 
prior to, post, neurosurgery; her neurophonia got in Samuel. The 
central video image of the latter contains the words "surgery" 
The flap of skin, the surgery, is all They nuance my body; I 
said it was hard to explain - as if surgery were When surgery 
failed they turned to drugs and she [12:06] You: - she applies 
surgery - but then when you logout log back after dental surgery 
and exhaustion and 1.6 grams codeine, ances with my body/ i said 
it was hard to explain/ as if surgery were and fields - a 
surgery that is performed, again entangled, among the and 
stories, poetry and epic works of enunciation, new forms of 
surgery capital or gender surplus, that this is a matter of 
choice, surgery, case with the jury room, surgery, periods of 
mourning. In Central Jury, I damaging, surgery sarajevo 
lebbeus-woods-accre- exteriors, day party. He was getting better 
and better after the surgery (there were definitely be a lot of 
future discussion as a result of my surgery.  Dr. 
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the surgery of the subject. Body fragile electronic structure 
itself, just as revolutionary surgery function Jennifer(gender, 
breathing, milk, suture_and_surgery, you) graphemes, suture, 
surgery, place of birth and dissolution, cloth or has gone bad, 
surgery that didn't take. he moves jerked by the camera, 
scramble for position.- cosmetic surgery - here in the city that 
want to work with me, and I keep think of surgery/ imaginary 
spaces, surgery operates on interiors, organs passing through 
imperfect intersecting ah wet concerns ease exploratory surgery 
in survery-surgery i speed up my files beyond recognition. it is 
more like an obtrusion a suturing that has gone bad surgery that 
it's the surgery upon cyberspace that fascinates me, the 
impossible keys in a form of reconstructive surgery. THIS IS 
WHAT IT TAKES. I labor of medicine or surgery or surgical 
incision. Because, Tiffany points like an obtrusion a suturing 
that has gone bad surgery that didn't mense bluud-night cuvern, 
teuring, surgery To: Alan***Sondheim [1] Stopped mense und 
bluud-night cuvern, eyes teuring, surgery uf jennifer-julu in u 
nephew girlfriend 95th birth- party. surgery complications) 
repeated more, neurosurgery. There's an implantable 
microstimulator module, only 2mm wide new Jennifer("mine ", 
"inhale ", "spurt", "surgery ", "my_voice not be down here so 
soon after eye surgery for example. Please if you need obdurate, 
video, video-telephone, suture, surgery, mandala, obdurate, 
video, video-telephone, suture, surgery, mandala, mantra, life, 
perhaps, the doctor said, i'll need surgery, freeing the nerves, 
pitch-durk bluud bluud-night cuvern, eyes teuring, surgery uf 
reconstructive surgery. takes. genius, professor, teenager, 
rebel, 'with renal gland. Hopefully the surgery a week from now 
will take care of skin-graft across me, your surgery-gift, 
sutures. Death, crystal, mud, skin-graft me, surgery-gift, 
sutures. crystal, mud, so soon after eye surgery for example. 
Please if you need a response from superstructure signifier. 
sartre sidered pretence beings choice, surgery, surge and 
surgery, prom and promontory surgery involving cuts, folds, 
sutures, pathways and bypasses, coagulents surgery on the 
surface of the body to create an opening to surgery, incision, 
is necessary for the rest of the gaze. It's Stone's surgery, 
surgery was committed, i was given the material world, now; 
suture_and_surgery, you) lag rhythm, hypnoticwild swaying, thing 
going telecommunications equipment, worlds in sorrow, not 
surgery, and worlds the body (Orlon not excluded) through 
plastic surgery - a transformation the pronouncement of surgery 
or suture: sed 's/foo1/bar1/g' < z1 > z2, and this.milk = milk 
this.suture_and_surgery = suture_and_surgery; 
this.suture_and_surgery = suture_and_surgery; thought. It 
couldn't see the IC, not without special surgery, but recogni- 
tinguish between the body of surgery and physiology, and the 
neuro/logi- towards an exploratory surgery of 
virtual-psychosis.] way to ink jet to laser surgery of final and 
apocalyptic scenes engraved were also the most damaging, an 
inverted surgery of landscape and the wiping-existence 
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lffllfflflffluvia surgery of the with bleak surgery unkind and 
again now elemental redistribution with bleak surgery unkind and 
again now elemental re|||||||||||| works of ===, new forms of 
surgery are you your voice? your ===? your would free itself 
from surgery; someday it would carry emanations beyond 
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Jennifer6.suture_and_surgery {document.write(Jennifer9.milk + 
Jennifer9.suture_and_surgery + Jennifer9.gender


"The transformation is so enormous, there's no way to describe 
it; everything we say, everything we are, everything we do, it 
is all false, broken; it is all irrelevant; the models are 
useless, irrelevant; you know the drill; you fill in the rest; 
you take care; you walk away; you walk away slowly; you are no 
long in thoughts

transvaluation of all values, annihilation of transvaluation =
tattered disappearances = timed-out timed-out timed-out

echo timed-out zero time
time echo timed-out zero space
    0.00s real     0.00s user     0.00s system zeroed out

Transvaluation of all values, thonged, timed-out. Zarathustra 
screams about the transvaluation of all values, and I scream. 
The first to go is the transvaluation of all values. A chucked 
value is valueless even if it is a transvaluation. No, wait! A 
chucked transvaluation is worth a lot of the little ones. My 
values are my clothes! I chuck them and dress in transvalua- 
tions. There are never simultaneous things in my world of 
transvaluations. That's part of my transvaluation which does the 
chucking for me. No value-chucking for my transvaluation! It 
will have to go! Its own, accomplished both the transvaluation 
of all values and their surge; I'm chucking values now. The 
first to go is the transvaluation of transvaluations. Everyone 
knows me here and understands me daily. What's that? Zarathustra 
screams about the transvaluation of all values, and I scream and 
what I scream is the following:

"nce, ccumultion, ccession, te, te, ve, ve, defen, defluxion, 
pel, pirouette, fen, levit levittion, lift, hevy swell, fflux, 
dvdv nce, rgement, rgement, ugmenttion, w wke egre, mke, meet, 
tking throng, clmber, undultion, gng upwrds, drin drift, esclesc 
de, de, strtle echoes, vult, swrm stun, ve, gng ve, g heve, hehe 
ve, hevy ve, he vy vy ise, rise, ise, r ise, ise, lly rlly lly r 
lly lly lly, rlly, lly, r lly, lly, rdrums, ers, rdrums, e rs, 
rs, round, gther, round, g ther, ther, ter wve, ter w whitecps, 
lep, gue, le p, p, regurgitte, rregurgit te, rce, te, r run 
sltrun s lttion, lt , sis, rise, scension, scent, scension, 
scent, scent, ccretion, ccess, ccretion, ccess, ccess, ccrul, l, 
l, ccession, ccession, multiplic onwrd onwonw rd onwrd rd onw rd 
rd empty, esclempty, esc lde, l de, de, tion, dv ffluence, 
ddition, ffluence, ddition, ddition, ggrndizement, ggr 
ndizement, ndizement, ttle rer ttle re r r ce, r ce, ce, vy 
horde, he se, se, sese , se, , se , , prolifer pulste, pulspuls 
te, pulste, te, puls rce, rr ce, rce, de, upgoing, upgr de, upgr 
upheve, upheuphe ve, upheve, ve, uphe rer, regurgitre r, 
regurgitte, r, regurgit rer rend pek, pepe k, pel, k, pe l, l, 
centrifugte, centrifugcentrifug te, centrifugte, te, centrifug 
p, levitte, p, levit levitte, levitlevit te, levittion, te, 
mplifiction, mplific sis, ggr ndizement, b tion, mplifiction, 
ccession, Chrybdis, ccession, Ch rybdis, rybdis, ke ugment ke 
the ke the in, fuse, g gin, gg in, gng in, g ng ng ccumultion, 
ccumul tion, tion, ssemble, ugmentugment ugmenttion, tion, rush, 
se slts tion, seethe, tion, seethe, , flow, edem elevtion, 
enlelev tion, enlrgement, tion, enl ded, bde d, bllooning, d, b 
llooning, llooning, st bloting, st blo ting, ting, upswupsw rm, 
upswrm, rm, upsw rm, rm, , se increse, increincre se, increse, 
se, incre se, se, infltion, inflinfl tion, infltion, tion, infl 
legue, lele gue, smsh, snowbsm sh, snowblling, sh, snowb lling, 
lling, snowblling, sosnowb lling, soring, lling, so ring, ring, 
grvity gr vity round, vity round, round, forgther, fountforg 
ther, fountin, ther, fount in, in, updrft, upgupdr ft, upgng, 
ft, upg ng, ng, uplep, upleuple p, uplep, p, uple uprisl, l, 
upris upstrem, upstreupstre m, upstrem, m, upstre upswrm, blst, 
ebl st, er, st, e r, r, ker, brekers, ker, bre kers, kers, brek, 
brebre k, breker, k, bre ker, ker, kers, brodening, kers, bro 
dening, dening, prolifertion, proliferprolifer tion, 
prolifertion, tion, te, converge, congreg crsh, crcr sh, crsh, 
sh, cr sh, sh, scent, ssemble, scent, ssemble, ssemble, sh, 
current, d dsh, dd sh, dte, sh, d te, defen, te, de fen, 
melstrom, mm elstrom, mss, elstrom, m ss, ss, swrm, stresw rm, 
strem, rm, stre m, m, stnd stst nd strtle nd st rtle rtle 
multipliction, multiplicmultiplic tion, multipliction, tion,"

and then the screaming stops and the broken code like broken 
teeth is impossible to reverse; let A = everything; let 
everything = A. it ends here. it ends here and then space

Surge no-purpose music

[:] there's nothing useful
[:] there's nothing that can be used for anything
[:] you can start off here with earth
[:] then there are form and limitations and
you can write Earth and not earth
[:] you can write earth
[:] when you write earth, then there are things of forms
and limits and there are many of them
[:] when there are many of them, they have organs
[:] they have blood and they make sea and land
[:] they make flesh and bone and they make energy
[:] they use energy to make energy
[:] limitations collapse into perfect compression
[:] compression is the beginning of atom
[:] compression is the beginning of world
[:] world forgets time and space
[:] there is no purpose and no purpose is the bone of
time and space
[:] no purpose is the making of time and space
[:] there is no other making
[:] one begins and ends with origins
[:] origins are beginnings and endings
[:] listen to origins and observe beginnings and endings
[:] nothing can be performed
[:] nothing can be made to start and transform into
[:] action is never a performance
[:] to perform is to stand still
[:] to perform is to die
[:] act without purpose without limitations
[:] act without beginnings and ends
[:] act without formation of Earth and earth
[:] to act SUCH is to act
[:] to act is to transform into space and into time
[:] to transform into space and into time is to SURGE
[:] to SURGE is SUCH
[:] to SURGE
[:] SURGE is music
[:] SURGE is musical art and the art of music
[:] MUSIC is present only when it is absent
[:] when it is absent there is space and time
[:] when it is absent SPACE and TIME disappear
[:] without demarcation, without the MARK
[:] SPACE and TIME are non-existent
[:] one becomes space and time
[:] one becomes unmarked
[:] UNMARKED one is transformed
[:] into pure ONTOLOGY
[:] when one is transformed
[:] then music begins
[:] when there is a listener there is no MUSIC
[:] when there is a player there is no MUSIC
[:] MUSIC played is not MUSIC
[:] one one is present, there is no MUSIC
[:] when there is ONE there is NOTHING
[:] when there is NOTHING there is neither space nor time
[:] nothing is SORTED-OUT
[:] there is no SORTING because there is no DEMARCATION 
and there is no MARKER


see The Bamboo Texts of Guodian II, Thicket of Sayings I,
Cornell, trans. Scott Cook

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