Re: Gibson (was: Re: Computer chicken)


Subject: Re: Gibson (was: Re: Computer chicken)
From: bill thompson (innerd00r@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Oct 01 2005 - 13:28:21 EDT


hi eliot,

do you have any books that might relate some of the
more subtle aspects of p.m. to time-based media (sonic
art, but not limited to) that you could recommend? or
does anyone else?

b.

--- Eliot Handelman <eliot@generation.net> wrote:

> Here's the Gibson quote I was alluding to.
>
> " Continuity was writing a book. Robin Lanier had
> told her about
> it. She'd asked what it was about. It wasn't like
> that, he'd said. It
> looped back into itself and constantly mutated;
> Continuity was always
> writing it. She asked why. But Robin had already
> lost interest:
> because Continuity was an AI, and AIs did things
> like that."
>
>
> I liked the sense of brilliant futility as a kind of
> side-effect about
> as interesting as
> something like sweating or having headaches. It's
> not like someone in
> the lab
> thought it would be fun to get the program to divert
> itself, it just
> came out that
> way. This really played into my feeling, back then
> anyway, of what
> postmodernism was
> all about, within the subject of avant-garde art.
>
>
>
> -- eliot
>
>
>
> Eliot Handelman wrote:
>
> >
> > There's a sentence in Mona Lisa Overdrive that I
> absolutely love,
> > though I
> > can't quote it exactly. The domestic AI is writing
> a novel and someone
> > asks, "what's it about?"
> > And the answer is, "oh it's not like that at all
> -- it loops into
> > itself, it's the kind of thing
> > that AI's do." An in one short image you have the
> whole history and
> > destiny of avant-garde art.
>
>
>

www.billthompson.org

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