curt cloninger
Since the beginning
Works in Canton, North Carolina United States of America

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BIO
Curt Cloninger is an artist, writer, and Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville (US). His art undermines language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. By layering, restructuring, hashing, eroding, exhausting, and (dis)splaying language, he causes language to perform itself until its "meaning" has less to do with what it denotes and more to do with how it behaves. His work has been featured in the New York Times and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil. Exhibition venues include Digital Art Museum [DAM] Berlin, L'Instituto de México à Paris, Living Arts of Tulsa, and The Art Gallery of Knoxville.

Cloninger has written on a wide range of topics, including new media and internet art, installation and performance art, experimental graphic design, popular music, network culture, and continental philosophy. His articles have appeared in Intelligent Agent, Mute, Paste, Tekka, Rhizome Digest, A List Apart, and on ABC World News. He is also the author of seven books, most recently "Fresher Styles for Web Designers" (New Riders). He maintains lab404.com, playdamage.org , and deepyoung.org in hopes of facilitating a more lively remote dialogue with the Sundry Contagions of Wonder.
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DISCUSSION

our Jesus [cloninger ++ donne ++ pound ++ welch]


Coming on strong with a terrible charm
Shining your light in my eyes
Stealing my heart, bleeding my mind
Reading the book of my life

And your glory is making me tremble
And your radiance blows me away
And the weight of your presence is driving me down
turning me over, spinning me round

Jesus you terrify me
You terrify me
Jesus you terrify me
And the violent shall bear it away

Yes you are good, but you are not safe
You are beyond my control
Yes you are kind, but you are not tame
You are too reckless to hold

Like a hurricane blowing me sideways
Like a lion released in my heart
Like a wave on the shoreline, driving me down
turning me over, spinning me round

Jesus you terrify me
You terrify me
Jesus you terrify me
And the violent shall bear it away

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Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp'd town to'another due,
Labor to'admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly'I love you, and would be lov'd fain,
But am betroth'd unto your enemy;
Divorce me,'untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you'enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

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Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
For the priests and the gallows tree?
Aye lover he was of brawny men,
O' ships and the open sea.

When they came wi' a host to take Our Man
His smile was good to see,
"First let these go!" quo' our Goodly Fere,
"Or I'll see ye damned," says he.

Aye he sent us out through the crossed high spears
And the scorn of his laugh rang free,
"Why took ye not me when I walked about
Alone in the town?" says he.

Oh we drank his "Hale" in the good red wine
When we last made company,
No capon priest was the Goodly Fere
But a man o' men was he.

I ha' seen him drive a hundred men
Wi' a bundle o' cords swung free,
That they took the high and holy house
For their pawn and treasury.

They'll no' get him a' in a book I think
Though they write it cunningly;
No mouse of the scrolls was the Goodly Fere
But aye loved the open sea.

If they think they ha' snared our Goodly Fere
They are fools to the last degree.
"I'll go to the feast," quo' our Goodly Fere,
"Though I go to the gallows tree."

"Ye ha' seen me heal the lame and blind,
And wake the dead," says he,
"Ye shall see one thing to master all:
'Tis how a brave man dies on the tree."

A son of God was the Goodly Fere
That bade us his brothers be.
I ha' seen him cow a thousand men.
I have seen him upon the tree.

He cried no cry when they drave the nails
And the blood gushed hot and free,
The hounds of the crimson sky gave tongue
But never a cry cried he.

I ha' seen him cow a thousand men
On the hills o' Galilee,
They whined as he walked out calm between,
Wi' his eyes like the grey o' the sea,

Like the sea that brooks no voyaging
With the winds unleashed and free,
Like the sea that he cowed at Genseret
Wi' twey words spoke' suddently.

A master of men was the Goodly Fere,
A mate of the wind and sea,
If they think they ha' slain our Goodly Fere
They are fools eternally.

I ha' seen him eat o' the honey-comb
Sin' they nailed him to the tree.

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When I cross over
I will shout and sing
I will know my savior
By the mark where the nails have been

By the mark where the nails have been
By the sign upon his precious skin
I will know my savior when I come to him
By the mark where the nails have been

A man of riches
May claim a crown of jewels
But the king of heaven
Can be told from the prince of fools

By the mark where the nails have been
By the sign upon his precious skin
I will know my savior when I come to him
By the mark where the nails have been

On Calvary Mountain
Where they made him suffer so
All my sin was paid for
A long, long time ago

By the mark where the nails have been
By the sign upon his precious skin
I will know my savior when I come to him
By the mark where the nails have been

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DISCUSSION

Re: debunking the myth of ubermensch/dehumanized intellectuals


>http://www.theory.org.uk/action.htm
>and
>http://www.theorycards.org.uk/

i earlier noted that this pretentious page was tailor made for trading card adaptation:

http://www.edge.org/digerati/

complete with their own superhero titles and everything.

DISCUSSION

Re: Re: You are the Agent of Alternative Reality


Judson says:

>but no matter what the case, it's just a laugh. starbucks is not
>going to reconsider their immoral property grabbing techniques. at
>best, we have your scenario where they consider wether or not to
>pull the specific campaign. this has no effect though on what makes
>the subverter target them in the first place though.

It's all speculation at this point. Who knows in which ads it will
be appear? Who knows how the corporations will respond? It is at
least a laugh. It may be more.

>it's sort of just like feeling smug saying "I can make you think
>about 'potato chips'." which is why i'm surprised that you (curt)
>would be in favor of it. it seems entirely CONceptual.

It's conceptual, but not entirely conceptual. Literal advertisements
are being produced. And the goal is to CON corporations, not to CON
the project into some gallery. That's what makes it more itteresting
to me than mere peer/scene-referenced conceptual masturbation. It
touches the actual corporations. Probably not in a big way, I agree.
But its effects are yet to be seen.

>but then even if you turned around now and said "ha ha, that was a
>joke and you all fell for it." ok. but nothing has changed. You
>could also just read this as some guy posted a bunch of pictures of
>himself and wants to get in big brochures and ads.

he has been accused within the design community of doing just that.
It's not the most massive anti-commercial campaign ever waged. It
is, as the article observes, a sly wink rather than a thrown brick.