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Confraternity of Neoflagellants | BABEL Un/Session 6: Mash Notes | Toronto


Centre for Medieval Studies, Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen’s Park, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


Un/Session 6. Mash Notes

Co-Organizers: Helen Burgess (North Carolina State University) + Craig J. Saper (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Flâneur: David Gersten

*This un/session will run all day Sunday, Oct. 11 in the Great Hall, Centre for Medieval Studies, The University of Toronto, Canada.

We have long participated in signed or anonymous declarations of love and desire. Adderall 30mg even in our neoliberal institutions, peculiarly bloodless forms remain: the corporate pitch meeting, the grant proposal warped by our understanding of what the other (funding agencies) “wants.” Screw that. As Roland Barthes declares, “What love lays bare in me is energy.” This will be an online/offline un-session conducted all day Sunday, Oct. 11 in the Great Hall, Centre for Medieval Studies, featuring participants entering into the lover’s discourse, with documents both electrical and tactile. Updates and online components of this session will be found HERE.

  • Helen J Burgess (North Carolina State University), “MashBOT” (A twitterbot. With printer.)

What would a bot do if it could write a mash note? Let’s ask it. This project will craft some handmade lovebots on Twitter, and pair them with a small thermal printer.

  • Craig Saper (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), “TENT–a–tive Vision(s) for an Electric [Kool-Aid Acid] Press” (A manifesto.)

There is already a consensus in academia of the main values founding our Electric Press project in collaboration with punctum books. The scholarly (or creative) value is not determined by mode: printed on paper no longer the privileged mode of delivery. Major scholarly organizations and associations have constructed guidelines for peer-review and legitimacy of electronic and multimodal publications. Multimodal projects can also make available new tools, perspectives, and types of knowledge. Multimodal book-equivalents are still part of the history of the book and printing. Once we agree on these foundational values, then the next question is what specifically do we intend to publish. This paper will spend the majority of its time establishing the aspects of Electric Press’ focus. In general, that tentative focus of Electric Press has two general criteria. The works published will: engage in experimental research methods; explore the shift from print-literacy to electronic/Electracy rather than remediating the advantages of the printed-on-paper book in a pdf or other form that mimics and expands the book. The ethos of the Electric Press can be summarized by the revised slogan from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (“Drop Out & Turn On”): “Drop In & Boot Up” . . . and to do so, you’ll need a TENT-a-tive vision.

  • Haylie Swenson (George Washington University), “Philia” (A radio podcast.)

I propose, as a labor of love, presenting my “paper” in podcast form. My dissertation considers the intimacies that arise at the intersection of human and animal death across pre-modern and contemporary literature. My podcast will tell the story behind the story, as it were; it will describe the emotional and tactile encounters I have had with animal vulnerability that underlie this project (an invasive insect I saved from being squished on the Metro; a fox that surprised me in a moment of contemplating my father’s illness; a baby mouse that died in my hand). Using the intimate medium of radio, I will tell these stories as a way of considering the fine line that divides the personal and the scholarly. A love letter to both radio storytelling and scholarship, my podcast will explore one possible, underutilized outlet for telling the stories — the sorrows and passions, the serendipitous encounters — that fuel our academic work.

  • Leslie King (Radford University), “Erased – Memories of a Forgotten Daughter” (A handmade book and digital counterpart.)

The memories come and go. Sometimes they manifest in a distorted form. To deal with her mother’s memory loss and how their relationship is changing because of this, Leslie King combines the creation of a handmade book and a digital publication that deconstructs it. The three-dimensional book represents tangible memory. The book is formatted as an origami blizzard book, which holds in its pockets King’s miniature drypoint etchings, words, and event proof in the form of photographs, receipts, and other odds and ends. In the book’s two-dimensional digital representation, the subject becomes distorted through its flattened nature and eventual pixilation loss, like memory, as time goes by.

  • Norman Hogg and Neil Mulholland, Confraternity of Neoflagellants (Concordia University + University of Edinburgh), “Thekarites (2014)” (A slideshow.)

Thekarites is a theory-fictional account of the life and death of the artist Paul Thek and his ‘Technological Reliquaries’. In this re-telling, Thek continues to confound the contemporary art scene after his death. Though his processual rituals Thek enacts a dismantling, relic-ing and radical redistribution of the self that floods the sensual hyper-economy with tiny Thekarites — clusters of affective agency or desire. Thek’s radical little ‘me-machines’ then lead a revolution from within the ‘internet of things’ pathing the way for the West’s ecstatic embrace of an animist future.

Future Norths Charette ////// Timespan 29/3/14


Ysanne Holt – University of Northumbria | northernperipheries.wordpress.com

Angela McClanahan – University of Edinburgh | northernperipheries.wordpress.com

Neil Mulholland – University of Edinburgh | www.neilmulholland.co.uk

Louise Thody – University of Edinburgh | www.eca.ed.ac.uk/eca-home/louise-thody

Stephen Hurrell – Artist, Glasgow | www.hurrelvisualarts.com 

“The term charrette, meaning cart in French, and its prominence in design education is rooted in the L’E ́ cole des Beau Arts where students’ projects were collected and placed in a cart en route to final review (Sanoff, 2000). In today’s studios, the term charrette is associated with developing a creative design solution, often in an intensive participatory or group format, within a shortened period ranging from one day to two weeks.” – Jason B. Walker and Michael W. Seymour Utilizing the Design Charrette for Teaching Sustainability.

Structure and Format

The charrette will be hosted at Timespan, Helmsdale. There is no limit to the number of participants and no need to prepare for the charrette. It will consist of a morning and afternoon session.


10:00-10:30 ////// Arrival

10:30 ////// Presentations: Angela & Ysanne will give presentations on the Northern Peripheries Network and their research on Northern cultures.

11:00 ////// Group Work 1

We will start the first of two break out sessions. Groups of participants will discuss the parameters of what we consider, today, to be “The North” or “Northern”. We ask the groups to list their ideas in relation to the following three criteria:

Positive how and why is the north presented as a positive attribute, what are its strengths?

Negative how and why is the north regarded pejoratively?

Conditions what conditions are required to enable ‘northern-ness’?

11:45 ////// Feedback 1

Through feedback and discussion, we will attempt to generate a consensus around the group regarding the positive, negative aspects of the north and the conditions that make northernness possible.

12:30 ////// BREAK 

1:00 ////// BREAK Presentations: Louise & Stephen will give presentations on their research.

1:30 ////// Group Work 2

After the second set of presentations we will reconvene the second of two break out sessions. Taking our conditions of northernness as a base for discussion – the groups will discuss their views on future norths. What is probable?

Groups of participants will discuss the parameters of what we consider, today, to be “The North” or “Northern”. We ask the groups to list their ideas in relation to the following three criteria:

Possible – What sort of north is possible in the future (good and bad)?

Preferable – What would be the preferable future for the north? How could this be implemented?

Probable – if Conditions remain as they are now, what is the most probable future for the north?

2:30 ////// Feedback 2

Each group will, in turn, tell the charrette the story of their future norths. Start by discussing your possibilities, then move on to what’s preferable before discussing what is probable.

Each group will get feedback from the charrette as a whole regarding their future narrative.

We will conclude by voting for the future north preferred by the charrette as a whole.

3:30 ////// FIN: We expect the charrette to end by 3:30pm

Future Norths is supported by Timespan, the AHRC Northern Peripheries Group and the Masters of Contemporary Art, School of Art, The University of Edinburgh.

northernperipheries.wordpress.com | timespan.org.uk