Ktismatics

26 June 2009

Projectus Interruptus

Filed under: Ktismata, Psychology — ktismatics @ 3:44 am

How often is a movie or a novel set in motion when a project, well underway and approaching its objective, is, without warning or evident motivation, interrupted? The interruption intrudes from outside, breaking the frame of the project, throwing the operation into disarray. But the interruption also erupts from inside, undermining the action or motivation of one or more of the participants in the project, rendering them immobile or ineffectual. The interruption opens up a hole in the project, throwing a short-circuit into the smooth operation of the project’s circuitry, cutting off its energy flow, bringing the project to a halt. Soon it becomes evident that the energy hasn’t stop flowing; it has been rerouted. The energy has begun flowing into the hole. Or is some foreign energy, generated from outside the project, flowing out of the hole, overloading the project’s circuitry with its excess? The hole in the project turns out to be a portal into a different project, hidden from view. The original project doesn’t just dry up and die: it is sucked into and through the portal, projected from inside out into something else altogether. The project organizing itself inside the portal turns out to be the generator of some alternate reality…

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  1. So Clysmatics let’s be honest, you were injured by the Egyptian temptress’s betrayal, and yet equally fascinated by her bizarre philosophies. I have no such ambivalence, I immediately saw that she was an ambitious tranny.

    However thoughts came to me during her journey in Belgrade, which I put under LIVE parody stalking, that most Westerners who visit Serbia later accentuate that the people are ”nice”. ANd indeed, places like Serbia and Russia are not very interesting for the riches they don’t possess, more for the fact that the Slavic temperament remains something unparalleled and inaccessible to the becoming-robot Westerner of today. They feel its warmth, its chaos, its HUMANITY, but they cannot locate, decipher, contain the experience. They also feel the absence of global capitalism, which arrived only in terms of economic ravage but remains incompatible with the Slavic mentality, reflected in stuff like smoking being allowed in the workplace.

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 27 June 2009 @ 9:17 pm

    • My admiration for Graham Harman’s book and ideas are tempered by envy of his success in getting noticed and of the energy he’s able to harness in getting his projects done. Envy becomes a motivator not just for theoretical and personal attacks but for counter-projects. Graham counter-attacks, interspersing his advice column with attacks on the personal motivations of his critics. Mutual resentment fields are activated: it’s just the sort of energy that the Parody Center likes to channel through its videodrome signal. I share Graham’s enthusiasms for pursuing projects, for creating alternate realities, and for synergy. As I said in my thumbs-up description of his book, I can’t readily distinguish metaphysics from fiction, but he’s created an engaging alternate reality and written it with style. Ambitious, sure, but “tranny”? I don’t understand the metaphor, but I presume it’s related to your assigning everyone to dominance categories of top and bottom.

      I suspect that this whole projects-versus-trolls battle has about run its course, at least explicitly. But the energy motivating the discussion will persist as a psychosociological phenomenon of some importance.

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      Comment by john doyle — 28 June 2009 @ 3:50 am

  2. As per PROJECTUS INTERRUPTS I think the metaphor is apt for reasons other than stated in your article; I think a certain SPARKLE is needed for creation which is created in constant conflict, causing a kind of an interruption that gets one to see things in another way. Blawging is therefore not a meditative medium and I can understand why one would want to become a recluse for a while in order to finish one’s book for example. I thrive on these interruptions, sometimes in the comic key, but sometimes also curious to find out how the phenomenon would look like when I have filtered it through my own artistic system. I think this is also a form of character writing, though different from a novel: to create Sinthome the narcissistic cat, I had to study his habits, his thinking patterns, his language (like his frequent use of the word ”productive”) and then put them of course in my own biography and blend him with my own personality. The result is a kind of a blawging mutant which exists in this strange virtual space, but also spills over into real life, as K-punk once brilliantly remarked.

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 27 June 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  3. I sent you De Palma because I think he’s not about dialectics, Oedipus, psychoanalysis; his CUTS are too severe for that, and his movies are not only spatially split, but also in the third (and fourth) dimension. I am quite sure the book contains good information in this regard, because my gut tells me so. Also the very mention of BECOMING VISIONARY got my attention because there is a strong prophetic power to De Palma’s movies.

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 27 June 2009 @ 9:33 pm

  4. This post was stimulated by Peretz’s DePalma book and its early reference to the beginning of Carrie. The volleyball game is interrupted when Carrie doesn’t hit the ball and the game comes to a halt. She’s the hole in the project. Then comes the shower-porn scene, and Carrie brings that project to a halt too with her menstrual hysteria. But the hole in the project doesn’t just suck the porn energy dry; it floods the project with emotion and blood, overwhelming it, transforming it from within/without into an entirely different project.

    So if someone were to suck the energy out of, say, Harman’s object-oriented system and transform that system from inside-out into something else, what would be its contours, its frame, its focus, its energy flow? And if, more broadly, someone were to suck the energy out of the idealization of Project and transform it into something else, what would it look like? I’m not talking about a return to the philosophical Correlation or to the Continuum of routine and repetitive work. It’s the negation of the negation, isn’t it? Some thesis-antithesis that doesn’t resolve through synergy but through the unresolvable oscillation between two poles that sets up a different energy field and a hole through which something else altogether might erupt.

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    Comment by john doyle — 28 June 2009 @ 4:16 am

  5. The DePalma book is long-winded on theory front for my tastes. The chapter on Blow-Out gets more interesting. In particular, Peretz describes in Deleuzian terms the idea of a part or slice that’s captured inside a cinematic frame. Ordinarily that part achieves its meaning from the whole it’s been cut away from, that exists outside the frame in the rest of the world. But what if the part or slice didn’t come from an original whole? Then the part has to be assembled into a whole that’s created rather than discovered. So, e.g., when the Travolta character assembles the sound track of the car tire’s blowout with the movement of the car, is he recreating the scene of a crime or inventing a fiction? That sort of thing.

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    Comment by john doyle — 28 June 2009 @ 4:16 am

  6. So, e.g., when the Travolta character assembles the sound track of the car tire’s blowout with the movement of the car, is he recreating the scene of a crime or inventing a fiction?

    Precisely the question I wanted to explore! You can summarize the chapter for me, otherwise wait for my own copy to come next week.

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 28 June 2009 @ 10:07 am

  7. I think I’ll do readus interruptus on the DePalma book for now, shifting my attention to the Metaphysics of Fiction book which I also picked up from the library the other day. Let me know when your copy of the book arrives.

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    Comment by john doyle — 28 June 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  8. Meanwhile for entertainment you could read this great article
    from the Russian underground mag EXILE which I hold in high esteem

    http://exiledonline.com/theyre-dead-thank-god/

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 28 June 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  9. PC: “I think a certain SPARKLE is needed for creation which is created in constant conflict, causing a kind of an interruption that gets one to see things in another way. Blawging is therefore not a meditative medium and I can understand why one would want to become a recluse for a while in order to finish one’s book for example”

    Kvond: I don’t entirely disagree with you because I’m not sure what you mean by meditative, but the interuptions of the blogobildung ARE its mediations, they are the shape of its energy flows if you wish. I can’t tell you how many co-incidences have sent me thinking along lines parallel to (or perpendicular to) my own lines of thought, all from comments section discussion or linked blog posts. Perhaps others require a more cocooned sense of their own stillness and rightness, but there is a rhythm to blogged interlocution and reaction.

    Honestly, it is a question of insecurity. Those that feel that their position in the world (and often the work-place) is supposedly that of He-who-knows, simply cannot risk the experience of not-knowing, especially when others are watching (or imagined to be watching). The blogobildung is one HUGE question mark. That is the shape of its name. How much more mediative can you get?

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    Comment by kvond — 30 June 2009 @ 7:57 am


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