[Atompunk] and now for something completely different the CORE of what ATOMPUNK is about
jaromil at dyne.org
Mon Apr 20 10:22:19 CEST 2009
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much inspired by the topic, i write you again from the country where i
was born, where a couple of weeks ago a ~6 Richter earthquake hit
hard, deleting entire towns built in the past 60 years (while cement
was mixed to salty water, it seems, way less resistant than older
structures) and leaving homeless thousands of families.
On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 03:57:48AM +0200, Viola wrote:
> I'm reading, thinking, researching, feeling, spying, bribing,
> robbing, on the theme of Atompunk, all inspired by your wonderful
thanks Viola. i can finally feel some passion flowing in the discourse
of this group. i'm also very passionate about all this: atom-punk is a
big theme, just look at how much (post)atomic imaginary is relevant on
mass media, in games like Fallout and in Obama's call to dismantle all
> Online identity, autonomy, are really terms made possible now (only
> the last decades) also thanks to the internet we can unfold our
> personality and uniqueness like a flower, with groups for every
> characteristic we have. So Atompunk for me = Autonomy.
i agree about your identification with Autonomy, but i'm confused by
"Online Identity" since actually (post)atomic societies are mostly
represented by "group identity": sheltered colonies (Vaults?) and
conformed mutations identify people as autonomous communities rather
than single identities. Rogues (Raiders?) are everyone's enemies and
won't survive long mostly killed by their lack of sense, objectives
and reproductivity. Communal and mutual help carry the feble light of
hope, in a kind of Noha's ark syndrome that deletes any personal
aspiration and individuality. Every new healthy birth is not acclaimed
as an individual but as another chance of persistance for human race.
and dragged by morning inspiration, let me add more:
i've got quite upset by the last announcement of an evening projection
at Planet Art which was putting forward some blatant hologram of
Futurist Propaganda as if it can add anything more to our discussion.
We are living in 2009 and Futurism stinks like a radio-active corpse.
Those who were celebrating Futurism's birthday a short while ago are
all tainted by their own incapacity to comprehend the post-future and
leave behind the privileges of a pseudo-art serving industrial
interests, a fascist mindset that is still found in the decadent
initiatives called Creative Industries.
So I and I find it depressing, if not offensive, to find that an
apology of Futurism is set as the opening of Atom-Punk pre-exhibition.
As a response i offer to contribute to this year's GOGBOT festival
with another small lecture, this time on the theme of POST-FUTURISM,
let this manifesto be a reference for what i have to offer. Ciao.
MANIFESTO OF POST-FUTURISM
1. We want to sing of the danger of love, the daily creation of a
sweet energy that is never dispersed.
2. The essential elements of our poetry will be irony, tenderness and
3. Ideology and advertising have exalted the permanent mobilisation of
the productive and nervous energies of humankind towards profit and
war. We want to exalt tenderness, sleep and ecstasy, the frugality of
needs and the pleasure of the senses.
4. We declare that the splendor of the world has been enriched by a
new beauty: the beauty of autonomy. Each to her own rhythm; nobody
must be constrained to march on a uniform pace. Cars have lost their
allure of rarity and above all they can no longer perform the task
they were conceived for: speed has slowed down. Cars are immobile like
stupid slumbering tortoises in the city traffic. Only slowness is
5. We want to sing of the men and the women who caress one another to
know one another and the world better.
6. The poet must expend herself with warmth and prodigality to
increase the power of collective intelligence and reduce the time of
7. Beauty exists only in autonomy. No work that fails to express the
intelligence of the possible can be a masterpiece. Poetry is a bridge
cast over the abyss of nothingness to allow the sharing of different
imaginations and to free singularities.
8. We are on the extreme promontory of the centuries... We must look
behind to remember the abyss of violence and horror that military
aggressiveness and nationalist ignorance is capable of conjuring up at
any moment in time. We have lived in the stagnant time of religion for
too long. Omnipresent and eternal speed is already behind us, in the
Internet, so we can forget its syncopated rhymes and find our singular
9. We want to ridicule the idiots who spread the discourse of war: the
fanatics of competition, the fanatics of the bearded gods who incite
massacres, the fanatics terrorised by the disarming femininity
blossoming in all of us.
10. We demand that art turns into a life-changing force. We seek to
abolish the separation between poetry and mass communication, to
reclaim the power of media from the merchants and return it to the
poets and the sages.
11. We will sing of the great crowds who can finally free themselves
from the slavery of wage labour and through solidarity revolt against
exploitation. We will sing of the infinite web of knowledge and
invention, the immaterial technology that frees us from physical
hardship. We will sing of the rebellious cognitariat who is in touch
with her own body. We will sing to the infinity of the present and
abandon the illusion of a future.
jaromil, dyne.org developer, http://jaromil.dyne.org
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