After posting some visual materials I think my initial "introduction to the 
work"  is done. I am happy to take it on from there and to form a dialogue....

Interesting question below from Alan about the nature of video as a catalyst 
for memory, pain and lament and later I would like to expand that part of our 
discussion towards the performative and the circular in terms of the 
relationships between cinematic mirroring and lament as well as pain. Just 
briefly for now -- about torture. I am more preoccupied with torture inflicted 
by governments, institutions and systems that often hide their violence -- as 
you know only recently in my city of origins, Warsaw, a CIA compound was found 
in which "suspected terrorists" were kept for a number of years and tortured by 
US forces, without any real knowledge amongst the civil part of the Polish 
government. There are thousands of examples of course. Massive, systematic pain 
and torture systems, the ones that are pre-designed by others, "enlightened", 
designed by those who are in power or who represent structures of power and 
hegemony not because of hate, anger or any other emotion but because of 
fulfilling some abstracted and pragmatic goal, akin to Zygmunt Baumann's idea 
of "gardening" . 

Finally, I look forward to the post about Pain and other related posts expected 
this week and will hold off with posting major things for now (such as the 
City's memory and pain) until maybe later in the week.

Looking forward to our discussion----


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On Oct 2, 2012, at 9:35 PM, Alan Sondheim wrote:

> Hi - some questions occasioned by what I've been reading here, and also 
> thinking about torture, living through torture. Lamentation seems to imply an 
> other, often disappeared or disappearing, that one mourns for, after, or 
> almost within; torture applies to the self to the depths that there is no 
> other. They are related by suffering, by anguish, and they both seem 
> elsewhere than new or other media - they seem unmediated, even though 
> lamentation may and often does, follow traditional cultural forms. They also 
> seem to involve a pouring out or into; the self is dissolved. Lamentation 
> seems to imply, as well, the second (still living or just alive) dissolving 
> into the third (the dead), in an uncanny way paralleling the second person, 
> 'you,' dissolving into the third, 'he' or 'she' or 'it' as the body might be. 
> So how is all this manifest - or is it - through media? Is, for example, a 
> video then a catalyst - of affect, memory, mourning? I ask myself these 
> questions in the work I do in Second Life or 3d printing as well -
> Thanks, Alan, and please everyone, join in -
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