|vladimir muzhesky on Thu, 27 Mar 1997 17:02:43 +0100|
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|Syndicate: "nettropics" has been launched|
I am pleased to announce that "Nettropics" has finally been launched. It is a complex of mailing lists and digital worlds which supports alternative discourses on the internet, transpasses personal cognitive limits and provides a test field for bioelectronic mentalities by means of sharing spurious processing memories on the internet. For more information about the concept please refer to my article on Nettime entitled: "Nettropics: immunities versus politics". Here I would like to share with you some considerations, reasons and what to a certain extent can be called regulations. Since the time when I posted my first article on psychotronics on the net in the age of -tropic digital innocence: I checked all available search engines -nothing on psychotronics or related topics, digital space of the internet has become more and more neurospatially active: one can find dozens of thousands of entries now, many of them is not just texts but videos, sonic sequences, announcements for psychotronic apps and so on. The revival of psychotronics in the digital space displays an interesting shift in user mentality: on one hand there is a great demand for filling a content gap, but on the other hand, there is a growing mental allergy for traditional electronic conferences - if I would live in the beginning of this century I would call it a revolutionary situation, however, it is just a fractalization of net mentality, which requires now more complex and spurious forms of electronically mediated interaction. I don't want to be misinterpreted here: I think forums are very useful, I just want to put a question: if so many electronic conferences look into the problem of what can actually be a content in mutated multimediated semiotics, what are we meanwhile discussing? I would like to reflect here more precisely on the situation when the actual content is at least partially merged with semiotic tools and engines as it happens in hyperspace. When the language itself becomes embodied into routine codes of protocols, do we actually discuss something or do we participate i informational recombination? When a slightest shift of the polarity in interpretation closer to electronic environment turns any discussion on the internet into an absurd act, there is a need for an alternative plane of immanence for digital content, which would a priori posses a multipolar nature. From the neuroinformational research we know that spurious memories of neural nets act as constituents of new languages. We also know that this process is analogous to that of chimerical patterns inherent in human dreams (when people can firmly recognize fantastic cities as London, or Amsterdam, etc.). This phenomenon can be explained that during sleep the objects are not classified and hence recognized, but on the contrary, the objects are generated and the interpretation precedes the formation of a corresponding chimerical image. Henceforth, the structure of Nettropics, as much as it is intended to support spurious representations and formation of new bioelectronic mentalities, is derived specifically from the aforementioned neurocognitive mechanism: Nettropics is a mailing list (an established class) where people post their spurious memories: dreams, altered, nootropic and border experiences. It can be of course interpreted as a certain transgression of psychotherapy, and I find nothing bad in this interpretation, as much as psychotherapy instrumentalizes subliminal. However, I started this announcement with a psychotronic topic for a reason, and forgive me if I repeat myself, but I would like to stress that digital space becomes neuroactive, and this is were the content is being formed. Think about Greek "cosmos", a notion where space and essence are fused, which gave birth to centuries of European philosophy. In fact, a marxian analyst concerned with the transformation of mental and economic resources would mention here that Greece was on the crossway of trade routes, which energized the space with resource relationship, well isn't this statement true for the internet? The main purpose of Nettropics is very situational, in fact it is not more of a mailing list then a situation of mailing: under the conditions of concentration of mental and economic resources there can be formed a plane of immanence where new digital concepts can emerge and develop without any direct genetic link to historical philosophy. In the same way as Greek philosophy started with spurious cosmogonic representations, digital philosophy should go through Nettropics obscure discourses, which transpass mental and cultural localities using internet as tool for global mental recombination. In fact sharing the spurious representation of processing displayed in dream imagery etc. can cause a formation of certain calculus hierarchies, which we would like to anchor from the beginning on into the dormant ground of synthetic spaces. Nettropics offers a server space for members to upload synthetic sequences and objects, which can be used for further investigation of spurious representations. Hereby, I would like to encourage specifically people who provide an objective content for the internet in form of spatial and/or discursive concepts to join Nettropics and post their extremely valuable spurious memories. The spurious memories of people involved in the following research areas and/or their combinations seem to me of great importance as well: Nootropics, psychotronics, synthetic imagery, cognitive, informational, and neuropharmacological interference. In sum, we planned Nettropics as a neuroactive area on the internet with the extensions into real world by means of multimedia technology. The information which follows concerns membership and proceedings. Best regards, Vladimir Muzhesky, Nettropics Moderator Nettropics Subscription: to subscribe send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief cover letter in the body. Membership: By sending a letter with a membership request, candidates agree to post ONLY spurious memories and avoid other ways of interaction. However, we provide several zones of meeting in synthetic spaces, where members can talk with each other in real time while visiting the virtual realm of the Basic Digital Survival Platform. These url's will be given to the members only. For visitors and general public Nettropics will issue monthly digest in HTML and VRML formats: both of them will be composed of spurious discursive and spatial elements uploaded by members (more on this in new member letter). As much as Nettropics transpasses the idea of personality by means of sharing spurious processing memories, we would like to be careful in setting up the environment, in the beginning at least. That is why, although there are no limitations on membership, moderator committee will preserve the right to terminate membership status or turn down membership applications.