Peter Lamborn Wilson died in his apartment in Saugerties in upstate New York last night, reportedly from a heart attack.
A "Cyberguru" in the nineties he had no email address and wrote his pieces by hand, or an old typewriter. With 70+ books and titles like "Pirate Utopia" he inspired several generations. However, his visceral abhorrence of digital media was softened by his clever use of resources in a digital savvy environment. As the author of "Temporary Autonomous Zone" he was guest at the inauguration of Public Netbase and a regular visitor here in Vienna. Sadly, despite his personal integrity, his fame and colorful queer identity also triggered offending smears and innuendo hard to oppose. In his last months he spoke self-depreciatingly of himself as an old hippy, maybe he was, I just wish there were more of this kind. While many drift into senility in their early forties, he was bright as a button until his last day and had more clever things to say about the electronic media realm than most of the new media experts I ever met. Following up on his contribution to the book "Digital Unconscious - Nervous Systems and Uncanny Predictions!" and with the support of Autonomedia, Felix Stalder and me ventured into a series of deeper inquiries into the fabric of media un/consciousness. There is a general narrowing and flattening of the imagination due to the global spread of consumerism and the increasing abstraction and quantification through which the social world is constructed. PLW work can be understood as an exploration of alternative ways of being in the world that could offer escape routes. We, by way of Jim Flemming and Fred Barney Taylor, conducted the last interview just a few days ago. In his last interviews he liked to talk of the end of the world which he defined as an ongoing process. His lucid analysis what went wrong in the last few thousand years was not defeatist but a call to arms. As he liked to say: Even if you are going to die tomorrow, plant a tree today. The rebellious spirit of PLW and his alter Ego Hakim Bey will be immensely missed. # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: nett...@kein.org # @nettime_bot tweets mail w/ sender unless #ANON is in Subject: