Wednesday, 10 September 2014

primordial unity in becoming


When a weaker force, performing a certain function in the body of a primordial unity, is destroyed in power struggles, inherent in the system, that function collapses, threatening the existence of the system. It has to be immediately replaced so that the unity can continue as one- this is the expression of the dynamics of conflict, suffering and strife that perpetuates becoming, in case when this dynamics is not affirmed by all parts.

Nietzsche describes life as a "multiplicity of forces, connected by a common mode of nutrition". A new existential interpretation of the great philosopher, presented by Vinod Acharya in "Nietzsche's meta-existentialism" (Monographien und Texte zur Nietzsche- Forschung), explains the idea as follows: " A multiplicity of forces forms a relative unity through organization and co-operation when a single dominant drive or force comes to subjugate other forces, which also have the lust to rule. The ruling force interprets the subjugated forces by forming a political structure, by setting up an "order of rank and division of labor as the conditions that make possible the whole and its parts"(KSA 11, 40/21/). Nietzsche calls this political structure, "body (Körper),"which has its own "perspective" as a "complex form of specificity"(KSA 13, 14/186/). Each perspective or view-point - whether described as subjective or objective- "strives to become master over all space and extend its force" (KSA 13, 14/186/). In cases where a dominating force is unable to subjugate a drive to obey the command of its regime, it could leave this drive out of its unit, in order to continue preserving the relative stability of the unit. In other scenarios, where it can transform the weaker force into its functionary without destroying the latter, it seeks to form a new alliance (KSA 12, 9 /98/). Or, when there is another equally strong force that is also seeking to control the regime, the currently dominating force seeks to "conspire together (with the other force) for power", therefore forming a new sort of union (KSA 13, 14 /186/).


Sunday, 23 March 2014

ANIMANS liVe at the Air Force Museum in Linkoping, Sweden


At Singh Thai, Norrköping, on 10th March, 19.20 CET

- Kosta is coming, Yvonne is coming, Antoine is also coming.

- Antoine? Who is Antoine?

- The guy from Animans who is playing with me. I think I'll recognize him when he enters the room. Googled.

- So you never met?

- No.

- Wow....and you are playing live tomorrow!

- Yes. That's pretty exciting. He is bringing his tape-recorder.

-  Bonsoir!

- Yeah, it's him! Bonsoir!

- Bonsoir!


11th March, Flygvapenmuseum, Linköping.
http://www.flygvapenmuseum.se/
Animans are in the program at around 14.00 CET, among the presentations by Vision Forum participants and guests http://vision-forum.blogspot.se/2014/02/vision-forum-spring-meeting-2014-march.html

Now that the jam is over, I am trying to look back. We had a lot of different ideas about the project: the concept, the message, the medium, the venue. Hard to evaluate the results. It could be better, it could be worse. Reading through our email conversations, I see a chain of key -words, all of them having something to do with "air" and "force". I know that they will never compensate for the failure with the radio stations- we didn't manage to build a chain of them, but to a certain degree they trace the trajectory of our work:

FREE AIR WAVES

AIR........................................FORCE
AIR WAVE...................................................POWER
BIRDS...........................................................DEMOCRACY
FLY........................................FREEDOM
FLIGHT.........................................................REBELLION
LINE.........................................................TARGET
AIRCRAFT....................................................DEVASTATION
WIFI.....................................................BARRIERS
INTERNET................................TRANSMISSIONS
ETHER............................................................NOISE
RADIO.............................................COMMUNICATIONS
TECHNOLOGY..............................................PIRACY
STREAM..................................................INSTITUTION
MEDIUM.........................................................MESSAGE
PERFORMANCE.....................................AUDIENCE
ART............................................................MORALITY
JAM.......................................COOPERATION
BROADCAST...............................................MONITOR
CHAOS......................................................CONTROL
RANDOMNESS...............................................ORDER
POETRY...........................................................WORDS
SOUNDS..........................................FREQUENCIES
TIME.................................................................SPACE
DIY.........................................MUSEUM
LINK.....................................................CHAIN
CONNECT.......................................................TRANSFORM
RECORD...................................................DEFORM
LIVE.....................REMOTE
ON AIR............................................................SECRET
FLOW......................................................................INTERSECT
SMOOTH............................................STRIATED
REAL TIME...............................................................LATENCY
PHONES................................................INARTICULATE
LISTEN.....................................................................DECODE
UNDERGROUND...........................MILITARY

As planned, we were showing a remote jam (two on stage, the third of Animans, Maggie, over the internet, the fourth remaining totally in the background)-crossbroadcasting and even receiving a broadcast or rather a re-broadcast by DJ Soulard from Spiritplants radio (www.spiritplantsradio.com), reading his poetry, all the sounds returning in a different rendition. One of the streams were hidden in a DIY "transmitter box" (a cardboard box with a plastic cup, connected to another one with a thread, passing through to the outside, a recorder, an iPhone and a mascot inside, the sound travelling through the thread, more often than not unsuccesfully). The audience could access it on their smart phones. Those who used them, brought the hidden sounds into the room, and they got picked up by the microphone, creating a continuous loop back into the flow. You can listen to some snippets from it here:http://soundcloud.com/kamikuma/animans-confessing-publicly



I was reciting a fable, written especially for the occasion- "Penguin and Chicken at Flygarns Haga"- the result of some brainstorming via emails. I even made a collage with it (can be heard on soundcloud-

http://soundcloud.com/jucumari/penguin-and-chicken-at

Here is the text:

Penguin and Chicken at Flygarns Haga.

- What kind of bird are you that cannot fly?

- A navy bird, I can swim.
And what kind of bird are YOU, little chicken?
You cannot fly either.

- Oh, mr Penguin, I could before- I mean my ancestors could.
I am what has become of me.

- That's not your fault. Beware, those who walk on two legs...

- Like you, mr Penguin?

- No, those non-birds, who walk on two legs and can fly, they'll see to it that you get in a soup.

- Ay! No no no, I don't want to be in a soup.

- We are in a soup already.

***

AIRMAN'S DEFOLIATING SOUP

Ingredients:

Monsanto Agent Orange (2,4- D and 2,4, 5-T) 1 tbs

PCB's 1 cup

Dioxin 5 tbs

Genetically engineered soybeans 1/2 cups ( from Dupont or Dow)

Genetically engineered corn 1/3 cups (from Syngenta)

Baking soda 10 tbs


Pre-cook soybeans and corn, mix well with the rest of the ingredients and pour into a plastic bag. Shake vigorously.

PFFFKT! PFFF! SHKTTT!.........AY! .....NGM GN GN......HRSSSS!......AY GNMN Ggn pkht pk


(silence)


Ikarus

He was a butterfly
The sunlight was a great attraction
It was a spectacular death
Not a postmodern performance

There was a lot of pathos in his wish
To shine with a stolen brilliance
What was forbidden for a creature of land
Only spurred Ikarus, but wasn't his goal

Alight on his wings- of wax was it
Competing in the air as wings usually do
The right congealed, the left close to a melting degree
He made a casimi and under the rays of sun

And the sun, that radiant solar bird
With a beak, sharp like a laser beam
Ripped apart those belligerent wings
And the toxic wax rain fell on the ground

You think Ikarus fell too
But that's a horrible mistake
He died, but
He learned to fly without wings

***

- Ah, mr Penguin, you scare me.
But I don't understand how he learned it.

- The same moment you forgot how to do it, he remembered it.

- How?

- He made a flying machine...

- Wait, wasn't he dead?

- Yes, he was. He was dead in his heart- it got scorched by the sun.
But please, don't interrupt me.
So, he made a flying machine with wings just like yours and a brain inside a pilot much smarter than yours.

- That's an insult, mr Penguin. You think that if you wear a smoking, you are as smart as them, the two-legged non-birds.

- No, I am smarter and I have to hurry before all ice melts away.



Penguin the Butcher Bird as Ikarus.

He was launched into atmosphere
On an airraft of ice
Illuminating the dark skies like a nova
And leaving meteorologists at a loss

He turned clouds upside down
Over the corn fields of the world
Like buckets of Chemtrail soup
To feed the hungry GMO sprouts

When all the foliage went grey
The temperatures stopped disobeying
Global warming ran out of steam
And ice was winning huge areas

On a kamikaze mission
Penguin the Butcher Bird
Self-butchered to join Laika
As the forces of gravity died
(Some ice splinters are still visible in the extinguished earth's telescopes)


I asked the audience right after the concert to try to imagine space as smooth and sounds from afar meeting no barriers on their way. Then we, who are playing together, while being located in different parts of the world, are not like separate dots, connected with lines, but  lines or separate flows of intensities, intersecting at some points during the performance. Even today I cannot see us as individual perfomers, only as Animans generating conjunction points in a seemingly chaotic flow of transmitted information.
For broadcasting we used a popular streaming platform- Mixlr- but rather unconventionally. We were both streaming and monitoring each other at the same time.

I put our streams together, not trying to correct the latency. It comes rather close to what I remember from my perspective:
http://www.iradeo.com/kamikuma/player/117190

Who are Animans?

http://soundcloud.com/xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

http://soundcloud.com/half-digested-taco

http://soundcloud.com/maggieledes

http://soundcloud.com/kamikuma


Monday, 3 February 2014


kamikuma is on Mixlr

Will be broadcasting here soon- Animans live in Sweden, at Flygvapenmuseet, on 11th March, around 14.00.

Created an internet radio station so far, where you can hear songs from our recent albums.


http://www.iradeo.com/kamikuma/player/114980



streamfinder streaming radio list




Animans is a remote collaboration between four people in different parts of the world, making nofi, noisy, primitivistic anti-music.

Imagine a choir of monads. They cannot hear each other, but still there is a kind of harmony or accord between them, leading the listener through half-pains to pleasures. Not total pain, I hope.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Four merge into one, one splits into itself and the the void




http://ratordog.blogspot.com/2013/09/no-fi-antimusic-16.html



Trying to get an aerial view of our project, I asked myself: What are the real properties of "Base"?
If we take it out of the box of identities, conditioning our perception- context, image of the author, name, gender, background, producer/consumer networks on Soundcloud, behaviour patterns, levels of activity and presence on Soundcloud as a social platform- what remains is pure sound, and then nothing is real except feeling. We can never disengage from narrativity, which is independent of tellability, but once again, with sound, as with non-objective art, the signifier/signified relationship works on the level of feeling rather than representation. We hear what everyone hears and we think what no-one has thought within the frame of the narrative. " It's amazing how sine tones, just before they turn into alarms, transform and dissolve into the whole. Drifting away, being washed away. A sweeping movement in sound-space. A feeling of pain followed by relief, spiced with melancholy." ( A listener's comment, my translation. Made after the title "Black Square" was added in the description.)

http://soundcloud.com/btt-rod/btt-base



http://soundcloud.com/kamikuma/kamikuma-base



http://soundcloud.com/half-digested-taco/base



http://soundcloud.com/maggieledes/mergfrommemphis-base



When authorship is ambiguous like in our case- it is four different people who claim it- each individual self gets obscured and each participant's ego demands become threatened by doubts of the listener and by frailty and transience of the work: literally so, the track was making its four days' transit over our Soundcloud accounts, remaining hidden for the following four days. Like that rogue planet Melancholia in Lars von Trier's film, hidden behind the Sun and then blocking Antares from view on a collision course with Earth, the track made the four corners of the black square fall upon its empty centre. I am referring to Animans and the four of us, not so much to the title with its associations with the iconic painting of Malevich.

"I arrived at where I started from: nothing. Nothingness is too much for you, Jack",- says the main female character of the film to her employer, harassing her on her wedding party about an unfinished tagline.
When nothingness becomes too much, we start longing back to our identity box, that threatens to swallow us under the pretext of branding- positioning on the market in a unique and different way with help of logo, name, slogan, character, mascot- anything that creates positive associations in potential customers' minds. Instead of crawling back, we can choose to re-design the box and turn it into a black box. Blackboxxx is in the cloud, connectivity of our networks is provided by a seamless flow, and opaqueness allows us to be ourselves. Who is the author of the track is going to remain a mystery.

Black square is not a denial of everything good and pure, it is not a dark prophecy of trouble to come, not a fear of the future, but a rejection of the secure past. We don't profit from yesterday's growth and we celebrate our victory over the Sun for a future world without objects, in which considerations of fame and prosperity are less relevant.





Melancholia 1

I'm dying at the bottom of a pit in the blazing sun

in Wild World with a female octopus named Marina

The small plane is normally not used for people

to float freely and experience weightlessness

Mystery horror woman who visited Cedar Sinai Hospital in 1972

Embrace Despair for free

A Living Stream in the Desert!

How the Christian faith will be a subversive

—and liberating—influence

away from her
....

(The universe went through an episode dominated by a different form of dark )


Melancholia 2

Somebody somewhere must be tolling a bell...

Octopuses have a relatively short life expectancy

and some species live for as little as six months

The wings of a fixed-wing aircraft are not necessarily rigid

A woman in white gown shows up

Objects not in contact with other objects "float" freely

The only problem is that she was soaked in blood.

...

We must embrace our awesome freedom

The decision, abandonment in making it alone, and despair when it backfires

Turn to it daily, tune out the clamor of living!

Gravitational attraction pulls galaxies towards each other to form groups

Stars burn out, stars cease to be created, and the universe goes dark...



Melancholia 3

The last thing I see is my heart. Still beating

The white lady grabbed the neck of one of the boys

There are no muscles in fingers and thumbs

Note that! Because the object is floating

Larger species, such as the giant pacific octopus

(if she finds that only its sides have been stained with blood

since all of us share the same situation)

do a good turn daily.

This is the slogan of the Boy Scouts

Communities usually avoid each other and are aggressive towards outsiders

Humans are an exception in that we form a variety of social group patterns

Is it true that all the stars we can see in the sky are so far away that they are all actually burned out

and that we are just seeing their glow?


Sunday, 30 June 2013

Irreducible Two



Irreducible two.

1. Kamikuma plays Animans, Initiation, while watching videos with Zizek and Dolar.

https://archive.org/details/Btt31-Animans-InitiationFakeDemocracy...neverMindTheBlocks12

http://www.ici-berlin.org/docu/one-divides-into-two/?tx_bddbflvvideogallery_pi1%5Bvideo%5D=14

"One divides into two, two doesn't merge into one" is an old maoist slogan not many people recognize today. Antagonism between the classes, inherent in the capitalist system , unavoidably leads to class struggle and cannot be reconciled within the existing system. The reconciliation is only possible in a new order, in a synthesis different from the initial One.
Why I am referring to that slogan, which is also the topic of the conference I am watching, when my intention is to discuss the album, is understandable: I think the album is a celebration of the split.

01- Bubotu Cotumbo-A March Song of The Furniture Army
02 & 03- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

2. Kamikuma discovers God, but he doesn't exist.

Hegelian triad of thesis-antithesis- synthesis, summing up what I said so far, can be replaced by " being- nothingness- becoming" , nothingness or the void as the source of movement. When things are pushed closer to the void or virtuality, a becoming is about to take place. Very incorrect to use Deleusian terminology here, as his concept of virtuality never leaves the material plane, while Hegel being an idealist reaches out to God in his statement that the universe is incomplete, but somehow I feel that it's legitimate, as I imagine that universal force called God as feminine, it is not a father-figure, a master, but a mother hiding somewhere among the ordinary things. Nature as mother or Mother-nature...The umbilical cord is severed, but we need a re-link (religio). Nature comes first as Hegel himself would certainly agree.

How two bodies can become one is a mystery that belongs to God. I heard about it at a wedding ceremony in the orthodox church. God doesn't exist, but he rules. By analogy, how two elements are united in perfect harmony in a work of art is a mystery that belongs to the artist. The author of the album I am discussing here withdraws into a role of consumer, granting the priviledge of judgement and acting upon it to the users and the listeners. It will become clear, if you take a closer look. I cannot find a better expression of it than that of Boris Groys: "The artist's insight has become 'disembodied' and all-consuming: it is an insight that can always be 'embodied' again, as often as anyone has the desire to reconstruct the processes that the artist has revealed". ( From the essay The Artist as Consumer)

The gap is in the substance, there is an unrest or disquiet in all being, expressing itself as potentiality of war or madness. Hegel is often criticised for negativity, but actually his negations ( and the album is full of them: anti-music, anti-rhythm) lead to a new positivity by pushing the limits of the thing negated. Anti-music is not the same as not music. And anti- is not only a marker of the alternative, standing ouside of the music market, of DIY aesthetics and cooperative spirit of punk, noise, no-fi, discordant sound. It is also an affirmation of music that misbehaves, acting like a clinamen, a singularity of space.

04&05- Bubotu Cotumbo- The Walkaboots & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

3. Kamikuma gets lobotomised.

The problems I experienced with some tracks of Initiation ( which made it a very traumatic passage) were not on the level of time-form, but on that of a musical gesture. It just didn't make sense to me what the combined tracks were doing there in relation to each other- I found none, and when the mind in its attempt of finding a relation fails, it runs into irreducibility of the two . It's Lacanian antinomy of One that splits into itself and the void or the Other ( One already posterior to a split). This is exactly how the songs of Initiation are made- each splits into itself and the x, then a new cut is made and again a split into itself and the x, occupied by the Other. They don't merge into one, but remain two separate lego pieces: so the gap is maintained and I had to find an abstract midpoint in my mind, creating an oscillation between the tracks and finally a new parallax mode of listening.

06 & 07- Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses & Kamikuma- Knas VH
08 & 09- Kamikuma- Knas VH & Half Digested Taco- HV Sank
10 & 11- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Kamikuma- Knas VH

4. Kamikuma's new theory of gender.

I find the support and explanation of my reaction in Lacan's classical "il n'y a pas de rapport sexuel- there is no sexual relationship,...the woman doesn't exist", provoking the anger of feminists, but none the less making me believe in love and in Lacan as well as Hegel as philosophers of love ( It was Zizek who pointed at that), because through the experience of love you have to meet the otherness in yourself - it is something that shatters you out of your own existence. Probably in a woman that otherness occupies the first place, I understand it as universality in relation to a masculine particularity, the conflict of the opposites as a conflict between the universal and the particular within the self, and identity emerging in the gap, depending on where the split takes place.

12 & 13- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.
14 & 15- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Shepherding Process & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.

5. Kamikuma gets tired of transcendence and asks Deleuze to come and rescue her. ***

Speaking about the mysterious unity we experience through art, it's difficult to avoid mentioning Kandinsky. There is an indirect reference to his black and white in one song- Deaf White Blind Black. The axiom of 'two doesn't merge into one' or impossibilty of returning to one after the cut is made- that irreducibility of the two- works extremely well in art as we saw it, because art is as obscure as the unconscious and in art an opening to a spiritual dimension allows for transcendence of the experience, it takes the viewer to a higher level , where a synthesis makes sense. Now Beuys has to be mentioned as well. I am more comfortable with immanence, so I would prefer calling it connecting to a flow of forces and intensities .( The same mistake again.)

Kandinsky elaborates a system of correspondences between colour and geometrical shape in his theoretical work 'On Spiritual in Art- it serves as a trampoline, allowing him to make a jump into unknown, and relying on his model, he starts eliminating all the hinders. His "Blue Rider", marking a gradual shift to abstract painting is already a patchwork of colour the viewer can enter and then synthesise. In his later works, he separates colour and shape , opening up even more, and in the black and white paintings he only relies on shape, bringing things to their closure or death or silence of a body, which is the meaning of his black. White is all colour, only unmanifested. Colours entering those black and whites in a viewer's perception seem to come from nowhere, it's ephemere like music.

16 & 17- Maggie Ledes- Societal Resistance & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
18 & 19- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
20 & 21- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Bubotu Cotumbo- Deaf White Blind Black

6. Chalk and butter.

What I am describing is a process of initiation with its stages of separation, transition and incorporation in a new order. In other terms it can be called a becoming, like in 'becoming animal' . I already mentioned Beuys and his famous performance. The very first link is in the title: Animans -the word animan (animal-human). In his 'I Like America and America Likes me' he symbolically re-enacts his life experience during the war, when his plane was shot down over the Crimea and he was saved by nomads who smeared his body with wax and fat and wrapped in felt. Beuys gets transported to the place of the performance in the ambulance, covered in grey felt (grey felt is also a depression), and spends several days sharing the room with a wild coyote, using the felt as the only protection. Through this encounter with the other he comes to terms with his past trauma and undergoes a shamanic transformation.
A wound cannot be healed through reconciliation of the opposites by simply patching up the gap, only through acknowledging it and letting the ever changing force of nature nurture you. The symbolic value of organic materials like butter and fat as life-saving substances is that of a healing power of nature Beuys strongly believed in. In another work, Wirtschaftswerte ('Economic Values'), he used a block of plaster that had been in his studio for a long time and was full of 'scars'. To correct them he put butter on it and then it got slowly absorbed by the chalk.

22 & 23- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
24 & 25- Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
26 & 27-Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat

7. The Unconscious is structured like the language.

Animan ( animal/ human) looks like a slip of the tongue. ( There was another one, more Freudian, forniture, corrected in the final version). Usually it's the unconscious breaking in through the cracks in the language manifesting as slips and other distortions. It was one of the reasons of bringing Lacan here.
Sound and language intersect in the split, I am both listening and reading the album and the art work as a text. The concept of the project or a model on which it is build is programmed for deviation. As a cooperative effort it is not vaccinated against mishaps and glitches: it could go wrong -Hegelian totality that includes failure.

28 & 29- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for The Animansarmy & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat
30- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for the Animansarmy

The maker of the project is a (sound) painter, calling himself Bubotu Cotumbo, located not far from the town of Trieste, but not very close either( ya or nay on the same continent) playing (junk, broken instruments,...) with amazing presence and sensitivity located on a totally different from us continent or not located there due to summer re-location, called Maggie Ledes (MergFromMemphis), with amazing presence somewhere in France, Half Digested Taco and sensitivity, a (sound)painter- maybe not always of France, playing kamikuma of the North (of north-eastern ghettos of Gothenburg playing sound or not playing).

More about the participants:

http://soundcloud.com/s-na-mi-na

http://soundcloud.com/half-digested-taco

http://soundcloud.com/maggieledes

http://soundcloud.com/kamikuma

***
Deleusian (Foucauldian) fold of ANIMANS's album- new kind of subjectivity (exterior made interior) produced as the result of a collective practice:
figure 1, figure 2

1 HDT.............K; 2 LISTENER X..........LISTENER Y





ML..............BC; LISTENER Z..........BC (HDT, K, ML)

figure 1- a double fold of a square (horizontal - HDT to ML, K to BC+ vertical - HDT to K, ML to BC; diagonal left - HDT to BC+ diagonal right - K to ML); figure 2- a new double fold.
Can be continued ad infinitum, new listeners/users in the corners, contributing or not contributing with own material.
No doubts are left to whose art work this is.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Spiritual Telegraph presentation








The project Spiritual Telegraph was presented at RESONANS 2013,
a mini festival for sound art and electro-acoustic music, arranged by Kluster in collaboration with musikhögskolan i Piteå, Ljudkonst/Ljuddesignkursen, och Kraftcentrum för ny musik.


More about the festival and the sound art/ sound design course here:

http://www.kluster.nu/

http://www.ltu.se/edu/course/S00/S0029F











The final version of the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54wJf9Xga0w&feature=youtu.be
was playing along with a tape recorded during the skype session at the Amateur Theatre in Sollefteå on 24th February.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bger520EElY









Saturday, 9 March 2013

spiritual telegraph part 4

The presentation of the current project, Spiritual Telegraph, is coming up soon at Kluster, Pitea, in a mini festival for experimental, contemporary music and sound art, Resonans :

http://klusterpress.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/resonans-2013/