Archive for April 19, 2003
From: Andrew Jones
Date: Sat Apr 19, 2003 1:14:07 AM US/Eastern
Subject: RE: the matrix returns – Re: nettime-l-digest V1 #1134
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 07:53:02 -0800
Subject: RE: the matrix returns
– Original Message –
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 00:18:29 -0400
From: Francis Hwang
Subject: the matrix returns
Reply-To: Francis Hwang
It would be best not to look deeply under the hood, ideologically
speaking, and simply enjoy The Matrix films for what they are: Mildly
entertaining catalogues of CGI innovation. (Or at least that much can be
said for the first one; we’ll see how well the 2nd & 3rd do.) Certainly,
if you’re teaching an Intro to Philosophy course you’d do well to draw
Matrix into your class discussion — above all, keep your students’
attention — but does the film truly reward such analysis?
The Matrix is definitely one of the most innovative films to hit the big
screen (how is that for a Hollywood cliché). In all seriousness, The Matrix
is one of the few films combining several stories and philosophies with
impressive special effects.
Some of the stories that are immediately obvious are Bondage — Moses freeing
his people from slavery “You have been born into bondage,” says Morpheous;
the coming of Christ to save the world; and “Tumbling down the rabbit whole”
- — Alice in Wonderland. Other not so obvious stories can also be found,
like Plato’s quest for knowledge is actually part of an analysis that can
be read on the matrix website.
These stories are also complemented by small hints to poststructural writings.
Baudrillard’s book on simulcra is Neo’s favorite place for hiding his ‘fixes.’
And an actual line from Baudrillard is used by Morpheous “Welcome to the
desert of the real.” (personally, I think he should’ve said ‘dessert’, but
that would have been a Bill And Ted’s phrase and too close to home for Mr.
As smart as The film is, it is not culturally enriching. It is a vehicle
for the commercialization of important ideas — ideas like Nietzche’s philosophy
on Language being a compromising structure for people not to kill each other,
or simply a structure of lies that helps us live in self-deception (sounds
like the wonderful program the machines used to plug-in humans, eh?). The
biggest problem I have with the film is that its aim is not to promote,
reconsider or reinvest in the very philosophies it supports itself with,
but rather it exhausts these out — sucking the life out of them to develop
a slick commercial product. It turns important ideas into fast-food for
mass consumerism. It is doing what commercialism does best, produce for
the sake of consumption. Although there is plenty of interesting material
to work with when critiquing such realm (Warhol knew this very well), the
Wachowsky brothers preferred to take ‘the blue pill.’
People should expect no less from Hollywood — their aim is to produce
entertainment, not diversify culture.
Was I the only person who thought The Matrix was going
to be William Gibson like, and discovered it to be a mostly
boring action film? Hadn’t really thought about how the world
of the matrix takes in all these different philosophies, but
is knowing Baudrillard really that much of an achievement
in this day and age? And for that matter sucking the life out
of Baudrillard isn’t a bad thing to do, and to some extent
neither is it with Neitzsche. While both thinkers of great
weight, perhaps their reception into popular culture will
help spur some new thoughts.
From: Andrew Jones
Date: Fri Apr 18, 2003 3:13:17 PM US/Eastern
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, funbalaya , email@example.com, Chris Mendez , Lisa Cericola
Subject: the duck
it’s all therehttp://kollaboration.org/kolla2001.wmv
514 Wavecrest Dr.
Orlando, FL, 32807
“Anyone seeking a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted.”
- Mark Twain
From: Andrew Jones
Date: Fri Apr 18, 2003 3:01:06 PM US/Eastern
To: Inda Luciano , firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa Cericola
Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
it’s all about Japan
aww man,fuck the stuff you’ve heard of mine on schematic!!!!all that shit is actually 3 years old,and i was just learning how to use my PC becuz my 4-trakk bRoKe,and i had no other choice but to finance a gateway PC(thats all they make i guess)////before hand i released stuff on public eyesore,american tapes,and white tapes(jon olsen from wolf eyes’ label,and russ from NY:no-wave labels…….)alot of “noise” and improv mic shit,destroyed gear,and toys)….
do ya’ dig wolf eyes??????if you”ve never heard of them i have to bring a copy for you…they rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but my new stuff i am actually at peace with(i always hate my stuff cuz i’m my worst fuckin’ critic)………………………………………………i will definately give you a CD of my free-ass shit that will eventually be put out on schematic on the condition(dont think i’m a retardo)that you dont MP3 it for on-line sharing)……ONLY BECUZ: about 6 songs from my upcoming album are already being shared becuz i always used to give out some CDs after my show to anyone who appreciated itFrom: Andrew Jones
>To: “Dino Felipe”
>Subject: Re: provosizo
>Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 17:49:02 -0400
>Actually what I’ve been doing is writing my own little synths in
>supercollider for improvisation for about 2 years. I’m not that good
>it, but that’s where my noise comes from. I’m thinking of using
>GDAM and loops to play some gigs in the future. For about a year and
>I had a weekly improv. night up here in Orlando. If ya wanna trade
>sounds of anything that would be cool. I like your stuff. Burn ya a
>cd in the
>On Friday, April 18, 2003, at 05:30 PM, Dino Felipe wrote:
>>cool!/you like to improvise!great!/ / /
>>i like improvising especially also,but with instruments…right now
>>i dont really have any software i feel comfortable improvising
>>i dont know,i heard about that conference,but dont know anything
>>i will check out the tracks/and we will do a swap-off in orlando
>> >From: Andrew Jones
>> >To: “Dino Felipe”
>> >Subject: Re: Neuvo track, A. Jones Pier at 50
>> >Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 01:39:11 -0400
>> >I’m doing an album with Tom Smith of Ohne (the mego noise group).
>> >Aside from that I’m working on some other stuff. Have you heard
>> >glitchy little
>> >number I did with Casey Childs?
>> >Some of my other earlier improv work is at:
>> >By the time you get here I should have 2-3 songs ready.
>> >yeah, let’s trade. What’s with this idm conference in Juno
>> >Otto is due at the next day? Who all is playing?
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>514 Wavecrest Dr.
>Orlando, FL, 32807
>”Anyone seeking a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted.”
>- Mark Twain