Mary Hull Webster
Since 2005
morecargo12@gmail.com
Works in Woodacre, California United States of America

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Destructural Video


Kate et al,

Some years ago I had a fleeting realization that eros as heat or energy, which may be the source of connective glue within quantum physics, the net, or sex, is a palpable principle that attracts me very much. This view probably falls back to Freud's pleasure principle. In a sense what attracts me to the net, the phrase "relational art," to the Tate Modern exhibition online, and to beauty in art, is pleasure.

Along with this attraction, I want to be as conscious as possible, and certainly lean politically to the left and progressive causes for the wellbeing of all persons on the earth. I am still entranced by Barack Obama because I perceive his philosophical position to be one of erotic integration of warring opposites. Most of my art is influenced by this position, which I find as well in Buddhism, Taoism, and the opposites in Jungian psychology. This looks like a re-emergence of a meta idea that I need, or a Neo-Platonic position, or maybe an "altermodern," or a sort of neo-romantic shift. The terms don't matter and nobody is being pressed to join up. These are my interests, maybe not yours.

So, if you, Kate, think protocol is the glue that allows you and me to talk to each other, that's fine with me, but it's the eros between us that calls me to the platform. I'd be interested in reading some of your work. You can contact me at mhwdotcom@comcast.net if you would like to share some links or references.

With best wishes, Mary


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Destructural Video


How about a quiet revolution that allows for all kinds of diversity? There are too many of us art people on the planet with radically different positions to draw us all into the same picture. My vote goes for multiple pictures that coexist with respect.

I have lots of respect for the Furtherfield people and their work. AND I love being in California, USA, and looking at Bourriaud's exhibition at the Tate in London. I love the beauty and color of it and the hopeful responses that appear on the faces of students in my seminar as they look for how to place themselves as artists. I also love the strong deep hearts of the folks at Furtherfield who have forged a unique way of being artists. Why fight?

Some people seem to need their fists. More to the point, some need a hierarchy in which to place themselves and scream if somebody in the hierarchy THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO RELATE TO is in an apparently more favored position--generally through unceasingly enormous effort. The revolutionary position NOW, not thirty-forty years ago or earlier, is to flatten the hierarchies into thousands of positions, all of which need to be respected. If you care who has a Mercedes AND you are also deeply aligned with Marx, then what's needed is a further differentiation of consciousness. If one realizes that he or she just likes to react against something with threatening fists, it's important to understand one's own violence. If she or he wishes consciously to pour more violence into the landscape to feel better, then this is a choice. But not mine to take on more toxicity.

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Destructural Video


John, all this is very interesting...I went to your blog, tried to look at the list of artists, but the ones I wanted to see restrict info for casual visitors, so I couldn't see what they were doing without committing myself to their sites. One of the great things about the Net is that a person can be solo, NOT connected by choice to lots of people, NOT moving in a crowd, but can post work and ideas, which I love seeing from all over.

It seems to be that one of the philosophical ideas embedded in destructuring has to do with getting past the group mentality, ANY group mentality, to see what an individual does. Of course your purpose in writing a dissertation is to consider a group of artists who seem to be working along similar lines--and to make some comments that may draw a circle around them, much as a curator does.

I've bookmarked your blog and will check back. By the way, the original footage in my piece, A Chorus of Cells, was of one moving sculpture with lights inside it. It was in the intentional degradation of the footage over a long process that the image was broken into multiple images.

It seems to me that you are cycling back into the formal pursuits of Modernism, as I am...eventually, all of the "positioning" of artists within collective causes gets dry and my interest becomes forced because there is no formal hook that engages my eyes. I guess you know about Nicolas Bourriaud's "altermodern" show at the Tate. My students near San Francisco are very interested in his ideas.

With best wishes, Mary

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Destructural Video


Hi John,

I like both the term destructural and the idea of destructuring video. I have a video that relied on low-res taping of a moving sculpture I made. I continued to break up the image, over and over, using Final Cut Pro, reshooting my computer screen with a video camera, etc. The final piece is called A Chorus of Cells, and you can see it online at http://lookingforlucia.com/contn1.html, which is a stand-alone video, but also part of a larger web fiction in progress.

I have another piece that was made in NTSC, then shown on a monitor set for secam, which broke things up nicely....

No time right now to read your ideas--about to leave town for two weeks--but it sounds interesting to me....destructuring is the heart of transforming something from one state to another--the breakdown is the pivot point.

Best wishes, Mary

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Brief Candle... a novel by Anz Epsilon


Anz,

The site discussed above has not been formally launched because it is mostly unready to be uploaded. But there is a lot of work just offstage and with luck most of the project will be online before the end of this year.

You can see it thus far by going to maryhullwebster.com and choosing Looking for Lucia. I vacillate between calling this project a Web novel or a Web fiction. If you want to know how I've been thinking about the project, you can read some about this by clicking the lucia blog button on the contents page.

I would be glad to talk about the notion of making long fiction on the Web with a group of interested folks, if there are some out there--would especially like to see some examples of same.

Best wishes, Mary