Plasma Studii
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BIO
judsoN = computer artist for shows internationally on stages, galleries and the web, and the Artistic Director of Plasma Studii, a non-profit arts organization in New York. His goal is to use technology as a tool to fuse arbitrary distinctions in art, such as dance and sculpture, color and sound frequencies, stages and web sites. His live interactive pieces appear in such venues as plays in circus tents across Europe, installations for places like the Arts Council of Mildura, Australia, on web sites at ISCAM (in Istanbul) and cTheory for Cornell University (twice). His artwork published in books (US, Europe, South America) and on CD-Roms worldwide. Studied choreography under Doug Elkins, music composition with a student of Stockhausen.
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DISCUSSION

re: Hermey letter


>when you see the typos, that's mainly due to medical reasons -
>partial blindness, possible neurological disorders that are showing
>themselves).

Typos are ok but had to copy this post and blow it up so I could
actually read it. :)

actually did and then got to this part and had to laugh.

but here I'll have to say, cause this is a BIG DEAL to me personally,
WHAT IS THIS EXCUSE SHIT?! Are wicked typos from some evil planet
actually keeping anybody's happiness from them? We make our typos
but moreover our typos ARE reflections of us. They change like
everything else we create. It's a totally round-about, uphill detour
to try to eliminate them when we can improve the source material so
we make BETTER typos in the first place.

We can either feel short changed, use our excuses (physical, mental,
psychological, societal, whatever) for doing less than what we label
"correct"

or

we can make the most of them.

If you want to make less typos, figure out how YOU can do that. But
if we approach what we think of as our "shortcomings" as just that,
we miss out. We can also just as well re-read stuff and find the
clever puns, Freudian slips, etc that say so much more than we ever
possibly could consciously/intentionally. Maybe the "mess-ups" are
actually better sometimes. You may even start looking forward to the
slips. See if you got any good ones.

So be blind with a malfunctioning head but do it like nobody's
business. You can consider yourself lucky to actually receive, as
your gift, these obstacles. Obstacles give us the traction to get
anywhere. Actually, I don't doubt you already do this in other
things. But, gee whiz, make those typos with a VENGINCE.

judson

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

DISCUSSION

Re: them witch cunt


>What I want to know is who she screwed to get her hands on them
>fairies!

>mashica for Cassandra

just a quick clarification:
did you mean "screwed" as in screwed over. Makes sense. (Witch
hunts are generally just an excuse for folks to gang up on somebody
they don't like)

Or did you mean "screwed" like "who'd she have to sleep with to get
those fairies?" And did you actually want to know for yourself,
because I'd be glad to mail you some numbers.

judson for tinkerbell

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

DISCUSSION

joan was quizical


Joan of Arc was charged with frequenting the tree and fountain near
Dompre, which was the reputed haunt of fairies, and with joining in
their dances and accepting their aid in the cause of her country."
-cjs thompson "Mysteries and Secrets of Magic"

I imagine a few hundred years ago they were pretty dead earnest about
it, and sure they were right. We're certainly sure now we are right
and laugh that a few hundred years ago they had such silly notions.
I imagine in a few hundred years from now though, they will still be
just as sure as always and look back at our "scientific hypotheses"
now as ludicrous.

Our "technology" is tomorrow's witch hunt.

judson

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

DISCUSSION

Re: A greedy con..


>hate to tell you this marc, but these are pretty common in my little
>domain. we laugh at them collectively. one time someone wanted to
>report it to spamcops....but????? why bother.
>
>>>Who else has received nonsense like this - what a con. I hope that
>>>there is no-one out there who has fallen for this...
>>>
>>>marc
>>>
>>>>Dear Sir,
>>>>
>>>>I am making this contact with you on behalf of my
>>>>colleagues and I after the satisfactory information we
>>>>gathered from the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and
>>>>Industry.
>>[ ... ]

Questioning these kind of hoaxes is about like wondering if you
REALLY can buy the Brooklyn Bridge (such a traditional US scam, it's
probably written into the constitution and tattooed on the Statue of
Liberty's butt). It's just not a major accomplishment to debunk. Or
in NY, it was popular to ask people for $20 because their wallet was
stolen and they needed to get back to New Jersey. Ok it gets absurd
when you hear it 5 times a day. But that's beside the point. Folks
who hand over the twenty dollar bills are always so dead sure they
will he paid back. Even weeks later.

I absolutely LOVE these things. I find them fascinating. UFO
sightings, and self-help nutrition books too. Just plain dismissing
stuff is easy. But what makes folks really go for these? It seems
to make absolutely no difference how absurd the story is. The
stories themselves are rarely very inventive or uniquely creative.

It's a lot more intriguing to listen to the fanatics who completely
buy into it. Their obsession becomes louder than the voice of logic.
Textbooks about neural disorders and "never before revealed" secrets
about mass murderers are really more chapters of the same book.

They go to frantic extremes to keep believing whatever they believed.
We ALL do it. We'd ALL end up listening to the "voice of God" in our
heads if we didn't consciously tell ourselves to dismiss it as
unreasonable. It's when those that don't dismiss it, let their
imaginations take priority, that they become fervently passionate
about the most ridiculous things.

There are a few great non-fiction writers (Gould-pop science,
Pinker-linguistics. Both are Stephens too, hmmm) who get that
fanatic over things like fossils and sentence diagrams. I could care
less if they are wrong or right, trying to determine that is
completely missing it (and pretty impossible if you think about how
trendy science is, truth will flip flop 200 times in the next
millennium. I predict we'll think the world is flat again at least
once before humans are extinct). To debunk (or buy) the (writers' or
Nigerians') myths is to miss the PASSION of the believers.

To scrutinize the stories themselves has nothing to do with the
phenomena of people who buy into them. Similarly, the same can be
said for art. Look at what is popular today. No one in their right
mind would actually ENJOY looking at most Abstract Expressionism
(black on black?) and net.art is often the computer equivalent
(what's beautiful about code? I want to have my attention drawn away
from HOW it was made not TO it). It's a case of the emperor with no
clothes, but weirder because everybody is standing around saying
"Well, of course. Yes, we know. But come take a look at this
delightful stick figure rendered in catsup, exploring the
relationship of individualism to consumerism in regards to ..."
Nevermind what folks SAY, it's what they DO.

But why does someone (or some institution) pay thousands to own a
Koons or fund a 6 digit grant for a stretched ball of string? It's a
_CON_ and the folks conned are dead sure they are going to "get their
money back". Believing makes them happy. The suggestion that their
beliefs are unsound makes them upset. Why is that?! Why do people
take some of their beliefs SO personally? There's rarely anything to
cull from the hustle itself itself, rather the peculiar sway it has.
If there are folks who WANT to be conned, they'll buy any story from
the first person who presents it with confidence.

judson

ps. Thanks. I was trying to think if there's anything left of New
York worth the price of being here and now I remember. It's the
hustles. This town is fantastic for hustles.

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

DISCUSSION

Re: A greedy con..


from marc

>Who else has received nonsense like this - what a con. I hope that
>there is no-one out there who has fallen for this...
>
>marc
>
>
>>Dear Sir,
>>
>>I am making this contact with you on behalf of my
>>colleagues and I after the satisfactory information we
>>gathered from the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and
>>Industry.
[ ... ]

you know marc, i think most of them really ARE cons after all! it
was the fact that we got stuff from abdula kamiri and a week later
from aDBul kaRiMi that got me suspicious. Also saw a while ago a
bunch of ebay stores were saying no more credit cards from Nigeria.

What's with Nigeria? Why is this hustler picking on that country?
At least the con could rotate a little. Be good for everyone: the
hustler AND honest Nigerians who really DO want to buy stuff on ebay.

But looks to me like this isn't from an ordinary hustler. It's from
a con ARTIST (like a "trapeze artist" only shorter). This is no mass
form letter. They are writing you specifically to YOU! They want to
break into the art world. You're their man. They scraped off a
bunch of Furtherfield plastering jobs and framed them. 100s. Floor
to ceiling, covers the wall.

For God's sake, help them out. Send credit cards, sign them onto
your bank accounts, Fed Ex them your wallet. Doesn't anyone
recognize radiating talent, the hands of a master in search of their
mentor? The finesse. The verisimilitudes. The vulnerable dips into
melodramatic fervor. Swelling beauty. (Or does that stuff not come
across on the web?)

judson

from t byfield

>btw, did you see that six of your 'nigerian' pals were arrested in
>south africa?

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003