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Thanks Simon from New Zealand, 
Your verbose nonsensical yet poetic and powerfully political rants threaded 
together, to the point, never dull but always provocative, sometimes 
incomprehensible, yet direct, welcomed today from Ithaca, cold, blustery, 
freezing, icy, gray upon gray mist.  

(it's cold and snowy but beautifully sunny in Ithaca, New York, today)
cicadas & humid grey skies Waiheke Island, New Zealand, today. 2 boys killed in 
flashflooding in the Waitakere ranges, Auckland cityside: the persistent 
promise of disruptive events that is now our weather, now our environment. 

<<empyre>> ... I think of Altavista, the cathode ray tube monitor and 
clicketty-clack keyboard, of the public computer at Brazil cafe before I opened 
the doors most mornings dialing in to engage with the textvoices coming down 
the wire early in the 2000s when I discovered the listserv, starting a blog as 
clearinghouse, again public, winging it, butterflies waiting for the next 
installment, about the same time: squarewhiteworld.com ... halcyon days / 
mornings of digital connectivity, when it seemed to involve and devolve on 
actual and sometimes anxious connections, rather than recognitions, 
reassurances and reaffirmations of the lugubriously sincere (like-able if not 
amiable) variety. When the wire ran hot with debate rains of actual and 
sometimes burning butterflies. More popping bubbles than cognitive ones. And I 
hazard that that's why I like the listserv format still ... the possibility of 
an unforeseen intervention upstarting, derailing more sanguine settled and yes 
 vative (recuperative) discussion ... The risk of going too far, the highwire, 
not preempted by the provision of safetynetting. As for expertise and 
theoretical enterprise, was more like a fleamarket, with barrackers, 
professional and simulacral, in the softskinned space of egalitarian exchange, 
each equally un-niched and in a context the construct of all--permitting that 
is words of other unknown because unknowable provenance (owing to textonly 
format): who does ____ think she is? who will ____ be? before personological 
recidivism and identitarian backlash of social online presence. There it is: a 
virtual I have misspelt as "possibility"! 

...there would also be something to say about professional overinvestment more 
recently actively soliciting recognition, remediation, affirmations; rather 
than an increasing reign of expert opinion, the soft sentimental professionally 
bleeding heart's thin skin: so, rather than its lateral level and smooth 
openness to both professional and expert, invited or lurking, <<empyre>> might 
be lauded for the potential to engage in ... risk. It could be a more dangerous 
place, this smooth one. Reputations might, at least locally, be on line ... the 
long hidden but fragile threads of glass that link us serving in listserv the 
needling of consistency and consensus ... crawling back into the cave of the 
screen after the fall ... grace

taking a certain time to reflect in private vacuole of that's not what I meant 
at all ...


Renate Ferro
Visiting Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Art
Tjaden Hall 306

On 2/4/18, 11:19 PM, "empyre-boun...@lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on behalf of 
Simon" <empyre-boun...@lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on behalf of 
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