"nettropics" has been launched

Posted by Rhizome | Thu Mar 27th 1997 1 a.m.

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 in 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.

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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. [...]

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