PHILIP POCOCK documentary datatectures PHILIP POCOCK 100 Days 100 Guests Documenta X 1997 ØTHERLANDS Installation Index


Catherine David, director documenta X (left) introducing Philip Pocock presenting "A Description of the Equator and Some Øtherlands"in
100 Days 100 Guests programme, with Florian Wenz and Udo Noll accessible to documenta halle guests via online chat, August 23, 1997.

day 63 - "a description of the equator and some øtherlands."

i sat down to write this presentation several times, even in several countries. i never finished it. so what i have for you tonight are a few beginnings, which may add up to describe "a description of the equator and some øtherlands," a long title, better known by its two aliases, "the equator" and "øtherlands."
i should say right off the top, that i am one of "øtherlands'" four ©ore authors. the øthers, felix stephan huber, udo noll and florian wenz may be virtually present, thanks to the documenta technical crew here, present as text on the screen, present for any exchange of words you, the audience, may wish to initiate.

thanks are also due to the few institutions that supported "the equator" project, among them schloss solitude and the canadian embassy in bonn. due to the interstitial nature of our use of this new medium, many granting bodies were unable to locate us within presently accepted categories. we left them willing, but unable to help, scratching their heads, and hopefully updating the grant guidelines for network art.

take 1 - room 45, lee garden guest house, kowloon city, hong kong, 16th. august.
the equator is a word.
and words are my agency here tonight.
the equator is not on the equator.
where could it be on motherboard earth?
the equator is fold after fold after fold. (courtesy deleuze)
storylines folding into storylines.
narrators folding into narration.
the audience folding into the script along with the authors.
folded cinema.
the equator is a social generator, the potential for virtual community, a connecting machine.
the equator connects, misconnects, reconnects, disconnects.
read me in. print me out.
turn off your computer. look out a window.
the equator is a group autobiography.
a beat diary about shifting relations and identities.
identity, like memory, offering the possibility of repetition, but only the possibility.
the equator is not a great line or circle.
i drew it as an open-ended cone.
the equator is subject to revision at any time.
the equator is slow.
the equator is a zone of shared ambiguity.
the equator is an opaque grid of information.
the equator has no doors, no windows. (courtesy leibnitz)
the equator is no reason to do anything.
the equator is occupying your screen.
the equator is a film i'd like to see made by someone else.
the equator is thinking about the end of art as we know it.
the equator is a pure exhibition of military hardware and software spin-offs.
the equator is terminal madness.
the equator is decentralized democracy.
the equator is resistance by other means.
the equator is difference as identity.
the equator is endless rebirth.
the equator is where we can be angels.
the equator is many persons in one body.
the equator is one person in many bodies.
the equator is listening.
the equator is when language is spoken and written at the same time.
the equator is a successful misunderstanding. (courtesy david)
the equator is all middle.
the equator is a journey from one instant to the next.
the equator is a city of bridges.
the equator is the geography of mind.
the equator is playing at a cinema not near you but in you.

take 2 - on the intercity between cologne and karlsruhe, 18th. february.

paradigms are shifting. from the mechanical to the medial. from thingness (dingheit) to isness (istigkeit.)
there is this desire, this perceived lack of the isly (istig,) which has motivated legions of students to pick up where the cold war left off and write free software to get people connected to the internet.

take 3 - lion hotel, kampala, uganda, 21st. june.
i'm embarassed to say i expected high fives and loud music at the airport when we landed in entebbe. anyway, what greeted us was unbroken silence, a silence that said: i know what ground is under these feet. we've met a bunch of students. since there is little to no middle class here, and they don't live like most øthers, by the side of the road, they have to come from the ruling class. still their english is better than mine, and their political engagement far beyond my own. two of them joined our team - andrew and jude. they got the "øtherlands" idea in two seconds. maybe they'll relieve me of my ©ore duty in due course. i hope so. i can't stand the techno-stress.
and i'm tired of the 'cage criticism' we're getting in the press, john cage that is. they used to complain that his music was arbitrary, random. that's what they're saying about our movie. he tried to free sound, like we're trying to free the shot. to free sound from - no pun intended - the cage of composition, free from the control of the author, like we're freeing the shot from the control of the director.
"the problem with computers is that there's not enough africa in them." (courtesy brian eno)

take 4 - in my room, karlsruhe, uhlandstrasse, 3rd. january.

networks - and "øtherlands" is just one more - are nothing new. just look at your body. or look at the roman road coupled with gutenberg's press.
when european man rediscovered the source of the nile in 1872, he telegraphed it to the world from uganda. it read: "the nile is settled."
now a network is a "negotiated environment," a two-way street. the burning question is: for how much longer?

take 5 - sun sun hotel, singsingapore, 6th. august.
i had to come here to understand how disappointing architecture can be. everything is concrete - architectural formaldehyde. even the green spaces, sprayed weekly with pesticide, are hard as cement to sit on. the buildings, all with names like: lucky plaza, suntec city, the prime center, fortune center, and my favorite, across from the hotel, the peace center. more guns inside than fort braggs. a video arcade, like wowie, row after row of virtual cops and kung fu fighters. terminal madness.
singsingpore, 100% urban, no change since 1984. and now the city fathers want to urbanize cyberspace. they call it singapore 2000, a network terminal in every home. no nomad wanderers allowed though. every access is over a centrally censured proxy server. an urban internet for spit and polish singapore.

take 6 - cafe gloria, cologne, 4th. may.

my story behind "the equator"- and there are øthers - is two-fold. one dates back almost 5 years, the øther more than 250. an eccentric traveller named pococke journeyed up the nile, across egypt and through palestine in the 1740s. some of his drawings of architectural sites are their only remaining records due to subsequent wars. he collected them into a book called: "a description of the east and some other countries." what i related to was not his vague kinship, that was only how i found out about him. what i related to was his take on travel-as-art-as-information, and even more, his specifically unspecific view of destinations, implicit in his fuzzy choice of words: "and some other countries." it became clear to me that geographical terrain was not his point as much as his own geography of mind. his travel was so not about locating himself in new spaces, but locating new spaces in himself, travelling to destinations within. that's just like cyberspace.

flashback - 1977, gregory battcock writing in his essay "art express":
"...the airplane industry seems to be exploiting the wrong principle, mainly that of getting people from one place to another quickly. they defy another principle - the important principle of not getting anybody anyplace at all. ... the future idea of travel and what it is all about is, mainly, the functionless, uneconomic sensual/cerebral idea of art itself. thus travel becomes important 'as travel' in much the same way that art was (is) important 'as art.'"

take 7 - on the outskirts of town - the industrial zone, sometime earlier this spring.

he jerks out of the car, one hands his big bag, and heads up. to the 'itness' studio. today it's power and po.
yes, he is connected to his body. in fact, it's like he's turned into the back of his neck. all of him. he's a body person. not a kopf mensch. so is she. and he. they all are. getting out of their vehicles, connecting to their legs again, for a revisit to the itness studio. and then there is the guy watching them. he hears his breath, smells the macdonalds next to the glass containers. he even smells their metal. they go to this particular salon because it doesn't smell at all. not a trace of organic matter in the air conditioning. skin tastes like live metal when it sweats vitadrink. enough voltage to connect. and when he is pumped and out of there, he avoids anyone who sits. that says kopf mensch. that is unless they are drinking brake fluid, or electrolytic beer. face it. face the machine. the mechanical machine. the mechanical republic. the eve hypothesis is another thing here and now. it's not about mitochondria, it's about mercedez benz.

take 8 - later that day, cologne, 4th. may.

the second fold in my story behind "øtherlands" begins on june 1st, 1993, in the morning, when felix huber an i tossed a laptop and a digital camera into the back of a '64 kadette and drove east to the black sea. our images and text travelled the øther way, back along the telephone wires we could see planted along the roadside, back to somewhere at the biannual in venice.
don't ask me where. i was never there. i think when the show opened, we had just toured the "iron door hydroelectric plant and museum" under a bridge linking serbia with romania. "black sea diary" was about time lines, tourist bubbles and transmission errors. all alive and well along "the equator."

take 9 - late at night in my room, karlsruhe, 19th. august.
the net-artist has to, right off the bat, confront the formal characteristics of a network. let me see, what are they: a negotiated environment, yes, a flattened social hierarchy, little or no claim to authorship or authority, no center, no linearity, no censure,, øtherselves, less attention paid to the art object and more attention paid to the object of the art, namely the recipient.
and a net is still more holes than anything else, so beware, it's easy to fall through. take it from me. misinterpretations, miscommunications, misconnections are all a part of it. no excuses. in homeopathic doses, they can cure a lot of on-line woes.
it helps to think of beuys' maxim: "denken gleich form." it says the same thing mcluhan preached without any pop attitude. i find that helpful in developing net strategies.
net-art, if art is the appropriate term at all - just ask udo or florian about that - is about putting up content, at least for me. for the net-artist, less interested in the mannerisms of a techno-design aesthetic, and more concerned with bare naked content, great resistance is ready to pounce. you see the art world is out of practise as far as content is concerned. after decades of artmaking, much of which was oblivious to content, outside of its own perpetual aesthetic codes, content appears to be a risk. perhaps it is this gambit that underpins the discourse surrounding documenta x. i hope so. anyway the gamble that the net-artist must take is to put content back into art. the danger for the art world is that putting content back into art puts art back into the world, and out of the closed loop of privileged aesthetic discourse.
i guess i just lost a few friends.

take 10 - still later, cologne, 4th. may.

the saga of the second fold behind "øtherlands" continues in 1995, when felix and i did another travel, this time to the "arctic circle."
"arctic circle" was a double travel: on the one hand, up along lost highways in canada to, along and over the arctic circle, through one of the planet's last deep wildernesses; on the other hand, we uploaded fictional performances and real information - or was it the other way around? - up onto the crowded infobahn, building homepages on a server called "the thing" in new york.
virtual co-travellers tagged along. so did a couple of hitchhikers, turning what began in the vein of 70s banality into the likes of a 90s lynchian melodrama.
"arctic circle" was an investigation into two types of loneliness: one, 'lost' in a vast natural space, a space where one feels no longer welcome, for good reason perhaps; and, two, sitting in front of a computer screen trying to connect to the equally vast cyberspaces behind it.
living, performing and videotaping, only to sit in the van at the end of the day to see it all go by again on the screen was quite something. somehow the virtual travel took over, and we began to live for the reruns on the screen. everything we did after two weeks on the road was for that little screen. there was no more out the window. everything we did anticipated its life on the screen. we were like fiction. everything was fiction, no matter how real it really was. we've dragged this observation on the nature of net-art content into "øtherlands."

take 11 - cathay pacific flight #289, hong kong - frankfurt, according to the digital map beamed on the big screen on-board, we're heading north of the plateau of Tibet, 16th. august.

"øtherlands" is really hard to describe. there are no precedents. it's a game. it's a movie. it's a newsgroup. it's lofi video. it's network art.
when george lucas was asked about interactive moviemaking he said: impossible. it can't work. the psychologies are too different. he said it would be like his reading a book while playing ball with his son. then he said it's like swimming and flying at the same time. oh, i think they call that diving.
"øtherlands" is something you have to dive into to make it work for you. the two hours that the "spiegel" art critic spent at the entire documenta website, meaning that he probably spent no more than 10 minutes in "øtherlands." gives his bend on net-politics away, now doesn't it?
anyway, if you want to participate as an author on "the equator," first of all you must join the bloody infocracy, get at least enough on-line literacy - please direct your complaints to the computer, software and system designers - to pump up your netscape cache, login as a guest, hit the run button, and let it churn through the site for a few hours in the background. go to dinner, take a swim, do your laundry, i don't know, just let it work in the background while you do something else on your network computer, then come back to it. a lot of the bandwidth-hungry video animations will have been cached on your machine. this is how i handle it.
what you'll then discover is that there are two major modes, or interfaces: the script mode, which requires you to point and click for it to function; and the run mode, which is automatic, no clicking required. the script mode addresses network communication, audience participation, and the run mode is purely for consumption.
there are two other tools to learn at the site and that's about it as far as the interface goes. there is a news button, which opens a screen listing the 30 most recent entries and other pertinent
and then there is the map button, which is a kind of literal abstract overview of the site, listing the most popular, and the least popular, scenes to view. the map mode also displays some storyline starting points to help you find a few key points in this rhizome-like mesh of stories. and if you're completely lost, and wish to locate a scene you saw once and want to go back to, but can't remember where the heck it is, there is a global word search function, that should find it, if you can manage to dredge one word from that scene to mind.
if as a guest you want to upload a scene from your own life, or add to another author's scene, go to the script mode, click on the add button directly below the scene you wish to continue or contrast with your entry. a standard email window opens, type in your text, use the standard email attach option to send along any accompanying images or animations, 90% is added to the script at your chosen point. and before anyone asks, here's an example of one i left out, at least until now.
"Mail to ØtherLands, created by nobody at Wed, 25. Jun 1997
Reference: node 115
Location: elsewhere
(that text is all generated by our software. the message is as follows:)
hallo bernd
moni schauen mine schwester und ich rundt am DOKOMENTA."
one or two of these on-line makes the point. as i wrote somewhere else, miscommunication is healthy in homeopathic doses

take 12 - documenta halle café, late afternoon, 22nd. august.
i've changed my ending. actually, i just cut it off. gone. instead, i'd rather provoke a discussion about net-politcs. i won't rap on about what the equator is, but what it needs. the equator needs a public policy that guarantees a human right, the right to on-line literacy. we don't have to pay private tutors to teach our children how to read. net-democracy, a non-centralist self-regulating democracy, a global society, can only evolve should the hard-line between those with the power to navigate, the means to connect, and those without, is softened.
this is my wish.
the equator needs more critique from within. its loudest detractors from without, like 'spiegel' and 'faz' would be better served to raise issues and maintain a critical discourse on-line rather than in print. otherwise, their sometimes genuine concerns become self-fulfilling prophecies. [ad hoc example given from the local kassel paper that morning on the death of language and the killer role played by the internet, published right next to a pre-event review of this evening's presentation.]
the equator needs no more digital cities. wrong metaphor. try wilderness, ur-soupe. cities bring conformity, control and outright law. they bring stasis, stasis brings storage and warehousing, warehousing brings inventory, inventory brings shopping malls, and warehousing people in the same place brings pure consumption and alienation, no matter how 'metro' a 'polis' may be.
the equator needs transparent technology, looping back, bypassing technic, to the earleist technology, even before someone picked up a stone and shaped an extension, a tool 2.2 million years ago, back to the ur-technology - social technology. other people.
[ad hoc elaboration on this point follows: an example of social technology as observed in a bonobo primate community; the differentiation of technic and technology; the on-line debate over the role of information versus communication, leading to more ad hoc remarks concerning information theory's
premise that a receiver has only a 1 in 5 chance of ever being 'informed,' which led into audience questions to the podium and to the 'legibly' present "equator" authors, florian wenz and udo noll.]...


Session Start: Fri Aug 22 17:49:45 1997, irc (internet relay chat) session log: florian wenz (chiang mai, thailand), udo noll (cologne) and members of the audience from the terminals situated in the halle. all participants' took on pseudynyms ('nyms') for the chat session:

* Logging #documenta to: [#documenta.log]
*** antje is now known as Ralf
<Ralf> bullshit, ralf is known as ralf, was denn sonst.
also, wolle, wie nicke ich mich selbst ein?
<wolle> ???
<Ralf> ach, geht ja, ok, ich lerne das noch.Zumal ich
jetzt allein hier schwafele
<Ralf> sobald terminal 2 fertig ist, sag ich den hybriden
bescheid, damits mal richtig abgeht hier
<wolle> Ich geh mal eine rauchen...
*** agent01 ( has joined
<agent01> yo all
*** terminal1 (terminal1@ has joined
<agent01> terminal 1
<terminal1> auch da
<agent01> wie siehts aus
<agent01> hello from chiang mai
<agent01> un: sachmawas!
<Ralf> hallo florian, wie war der sundowner, welche pillen
helfen durch die Nacht?
<agent01> habe ich nicht noetig. halte hier gerade einen
zweitaegigen workshop und komme eh nicht zum schlafen
<un> hi flo, bin gerade dabei, meine sichtverbindung
<agent01> UN!
<agent01> wo ist der pocock?
<agent01> sichtverbindung?
<wolle> Kommt in zehn Minuten, unterh‰lt sich gerade noch mit CD
<Ralf> phil sitzt mit catherine in der lounge und wird gebrieft
<agent01> aha ... die machen das schon
<un> irgend eine live video geschichte...
<agent01> und ich war noch nicht mal auf der documenta seit eroeffnung,
man stelle sich das mal
<Ralf> live video auf
<un> so, das dauert eine weile...
<agent01> wie macht ihr das mit live video?
<un> genau, die leigen aber in USA...
<un> es gibt eine webpage mit links
<agent01> was guht zu sein scheint ist internet phone fuer windows
<un> du brauchst real audio oder live viseo oder sonsteine krudes plugin
<agent01> die us expatriots aus den usa benutzen das hier um
telefonkosten zu sparen
<Ralf> kann jemand felix aufwecken?
<agent01> ich schreibe ihm mal mail ... und schick ihm einen irc client,
hat er sicher noch nicht
<wolle> Ich habe hier gerade ein Problem, der Beamer ist an, und der
Saal abgedunkelt...
<un> wo ist den felix gerade, im koeln?
<Ralf> in st gallen
<un> hmm.
<agent01> un: kennst du internetphone?
<un> jo, habs aber noch nicht getestet...
<un> lade mir gerade der vdo player...
<Ralf> in der zwischenzeit die neusten pressestimmen:Wenn in diesem
Sinne anerkannt wird, dass es
Catherine David gelingt,
<Ralf> die Tragf‰higkeit des Bildes in eben jenen
<Ralf> Bereichen der Kunst unter Beweis zu
<Ralf> stellen, denen im Zuge der globalen Ablehnung durch Heerscharen
<Ralf> Sintfluten medialer
<Ralf> Abw‰sser unkender Kulturpessimisten
<Ralf> denn je die pauschale Diskreditierung droht, dann kann man diese
<Ralf> spezifische Pr‰senz
<Ralf> der "neuen" Medien als Qualit‰t -
und, da
<Ralf> diese Begriffe so gern gegeneinander ausgespielt w
<agent01> thailand ist heiss ... hier hat es eine beinharte underground
hacker scene
<agent01> in bangkok bekommst du CDs mit so ziemlich jeder
software dieserwelt ... 40 mark das stueck
<wolle> was gibts den dort zu hacken ?
<agent01> passwoerter ... seriennummern etc
<agent01> dann hat es diese supermaerkte fuer illegale
raubkopien ... soweit das auge reicht
<Ralf> was ist mit frauen?
<agent01> kein bedarf ... hat es aber auch ... naturally
<agent01> medialer abwaesser ... unkende kulturpessimisten
... und?
<un> *** You have new mail From: root <>
<un> *** Subject: *** BB Pager Alert Can't
connect to
<agent01> un, wie gehts? alles gut ueberstanden ... die
nodes aus dem wasserflugzeug sind GUT
<Ralf> Abw‰sser unkender Kulturpessimisten mehr
<Ralf> denn je die pauschale Diskreditierung droht, dann
kann man diese
<Ralf> spezifische Pr‰senz
<Ralf> der "neuen" Medien
als Qualit‰t - und, da
<Ralf> diese Begriffe so gern gegeneinander ausgespielt
werden - als eine
<Ralf> sinnliche wie auch
<Ralf> intellektuelle
Qualit‰t dieser documenta X
<Ralf> begreifen.
<Ralf> Verena Kuni
<agent01> bla bla ... kann man das nicht komlizierter
<Ralf> ich find "heerscharen von sintfluten" bereits sehr
<agent01> z.B. CD macht das richtige zum richtigen
<agent01> eben heerscahren bringt schon wieder ganze
massen verstaubter historienschinken in mir hoch
<agent01> und sintflut hat zuletzt auch nicht viel gebracht
<un> staub ist die manifestation von zeit auf den dingen,
bedenkt dies, erdenwuermer....
<Ralf> sintfluten bringt mir die gesamte kritikerverquasung
hoch, incl des fitnesstellers von heut mittag
<agent01> fitnesssteller?
<un> sss???
<agent01> laut neudeut
schem duden
<un> was macht der so?
<Ralf> fitnessteller
ist billigsalat
<un> oh.
<agent01> billigsalat
suesssuer ... das
geht ab in die
ascii datenbank
<agent01> zur spaetere
n verwendung bei
schlechtne zeiten
<un> suessstoffflasche
<agent01> suesssauer?
<Ralf> wobei wir wiede
r beim zeitpunkt
an sich waeren,
das richtige tun
in schlechten zeite
<agent01> MOM ...
muss male eben
eine anzuenden
<un> ist ralf eigentli
ch er selbst oder
<Ralf> erselbst, antje
ist gefesselt und
<un> kann ich ein
foto haben?
<agent01> sag sowas
nicht, ich habe
<Ralf> wart den live-s
tream ab
<un> alles entlehnunge
n aus dem erotische
n, wobei wir am
kern des netzes
<Ralf> uebrigens, das log-file waechst
<un> ;-))
<Ralf> und wir sind live
<agent01> auf jeden fall heisse ich hier in der
stadt "adjon ken" nach einen japanischen comic
<un> kannst du das bitte als nickname einstellen?
<wolle> Und der Text auf dem Beamer fuer das ganze
Punlikum zu sehen, mit 15 Sek. Delay auch ¸ber VDO
<agent01> und adjon heisst "meister" auf thai
<wolle> Denkt also bitte daran, in 20 Minuten keine
Storys mehr ¸ber geknebelte Frauen etc...
<agent01> ich fahre naemlich so eine obszoene grosse
crossmaschine durch die stadt und habe einen von
diesen roboterhelmen auf
<Ralf> stell dich nicht so an
<un> so , jetzt kann ich in die halle sehen...
<agent01> ME.TOO ... was muss ich da runterladen?
<un> der live stream ist aber lahm...
<agent01> mail mir mal die specs und URL
<un> mom...
<agent01> eben live
<un> dort gibts links zu den plugins...
<agent01> un: lets get down to business ... wie
laeuft das moregen ab?
<agent01> mal wieder wahrscheinlich nicht fuer den
<un> was meinst du?
<agent01> die plugs
<wolle> So Ihr seit jetzt auf dem Beamer.
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<agent01> was ist der plan fuer morgen ... was
machen wir live?
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<wolle> .
<agent01> gut gemacht, wolle
<un> aehem, mein scheduler sagt: August 22: Philip
Pocock, artist
<agent01> und dann?
*** wolle is now known as pocock
<un> das war p02?
<terminal2> ja gleich gehts los hoffentlich wird der talk
noch etwas spannender als ¸ber obszˆne grofle
<un> p02? bist du da?
<pocock> Noch nicht.
<agent01> pocock!
<terminal2> ottos mops pocock pock pocock hopst pocock
<un> flo, das ist nicht morgen, das ist jetzt...
<un> ottos mops pocock pock pocock hopst pocock kotzt
<un> ottos mops pocock pock pocock hopst pocock kotzt
<un> ottos mops pocock pock pocock hopst pocock kotzt
<un> ottos mops pocock pock pocock hopst pocock kotzt
<un> ottos mops pocock pock pocock hopst pocock kotzt
<un> ottos mops pocock pock pocock hopst pocock kotzt
<un> flo?
<agent01> yep
<agent01> bin ich im falschen zeitraster ... heute ist der
<un> wenn mich meine sinne nicht taeuschen, habe wir heute
den 22.8., oder?
<agent01> genau
<un> nun ja, das bedeutet meiner ansicht nach, dass wir
jetzt gleich online sind....
<agent01> it's 19:00 repeat 19:00 on the 23rd in the dx
halle. hope to be there for a
<agent01> test on the 22nd at 21:00, and again at 17:00 on
the 23rd. that is if it
<agent01> works.
<terminal2> german time: 22.8. 18:50 ten minutes left
<agent01> pocock orginalton
<un> das stimmt aber offenbar nicht.
<un> O-ton
<un> August 22: Philip Pocock, artist
<agent01> was auch immer ... im ready if you are, dr.
<un> unplugged
<un> aehem...
<agent01> pocock ... clarify the issue ... ID check
<Ralf> this is the day, this is the time.lecture starts
within 9 min.
<un> ein robot...
<agent01> ... im ready if you are, dr. LECTER
<agent01> ... im ready if you are, dr. LECTER
<agent01> ... im ready if you are, dr. LECTER
<un> \/me2
<agent01> can i view this with REAL Video?
<un> seems that it doesn't connect....
*** un is now known as cornet
<cornet> net congestion, rebuffering....
<agent01> downloading ... installing ... fullfilling
system requirements
<agent01> ... im ready if you are, dr. LECTER
<agent01> ... im ready if you are, dr. LECTER
<cornet> new vision raids the landscape --
<cornet> was it a bad day for you?
<agent01> leaving traces in the blind eye of the B.holder
<agent01> sweat poring down the inside of my navyblue shirt
<cornet> have a minicimemascope-view of DXHalle now,
without sound...
<agent01> as my crossmonster creeps through the traffic of
downtown chiang mai
<terminal1> hallo
<cornet> what does chiang mai look like?
<agent01> yellow smog settled over the city all day
<cornet> -> terminal1: hallo.
<cornet> describe the view...
<agent01> seems one of those illegal garbage dumps was set
on fire again
<cornet> pices of sound come in...
<agent01> FF coppola was spotted in one of the cheap
corner bars
<cornet> what's left hand?
<agent01> checking another apocalypse.NOW though his
handheld viewfinder
<cornet> network congestion again, rebuffering...
<agent01> the aircons also heat up this urban catastrophy
<agent01> downloading ... installing ... fullfilling
system requirements
*** pocock is now known as p02
<terminal1> ok boys, hier ist ralf von terminal 1. philip
ist auf der b¸hne. der beam zeigt otherlands. im
zweiten teil , also in ca. 40 min wird der live chat
mit publikum starten. wir sind jetzt live
<cornet> the aircons were my key to singapore and
<agent01> to the point of bubbling orange flid dynamics
... my heatseeker (installed over the front aluminum
wheel) is blinking
<agent01> seems to be im right on target ...
<terminal1> Ralf hier.der chat zwischen agents ist
ebenfalls auf beamer, ab jetzt
<cornet> 35degrees upwards...
<agent01> somebody in the crowd is calling me names like
... farang speed freak ... in your face mister!
<cornet> fred will be online 2, surprise surprise
<agent01> thumb on missile release ... flipping up
<agent01> i adjust my jap.cahnger.robot.helmet one last
<cornet> network congestions all over @ this point...
<agent01> VROOM ... of it goes and on its way
<cornet> words only fragments, sound pieces,
<agent01> ... and hits the mirrored galss fassade (BLINDED
by the light) square in the middle
<agent01> another piece of MODERN architecture removed
from hell
<cornet> while MODERN architecture in Singapore IS hell,
as it appeared to us
<agent01> i pull hard on the throttle and wheely off into
the dusk as the dust settles
<cornet> during the sing-penuba-hongkong-travel
<cornet> which left me back sick & totally bored...
*** cornet is now known as Udo
<Udo> virtually present now...
<agent01> there is a strange mix of expats in this place.
ex-vietnam war hereos, down and out english teachers,
fat american slobs holding hands with tiny thai girls
<Udo> Lee garden Guesthouse, Sun Sun Hotel, Singapore,
Tony, the manager
<Udo> SunTec City entertainment
<Udo> philip leaves.
<Udo> asynchronous displays
<Udo> network congestion. no sounds, no images,
<agent01> tarin hotel (all airconditioned rooms), cheapo
budget rated GUESThouses with pink interiors
<Udo> the network daemons strike
*** Udo is now known as agent04
<agent01> stuffit expander: expading vdol.hqx
*** agent01 has quit IRC (EOF From client )
<agent04> we passed through singapore on our way
<agent04> south to the equatorial
islands of the java
<agent04> sea.
<agent04> 100% urban
<agent04> we took the superjet 8 ferry boat - fully
<agent04> airconditioned, plastic
windows and two
<agent04> tv monitors splattering a
jackie chan flick
<agent04> at us, while we sucked up
the hand-out
<agent04> of sterilized water with a
straw, and
<agent04> chewed on a white bun.
<agent04> polaroid#1:
<agent04> given away
<agent04> the chief of a building company burns paper
money, food and a mobile telephone
<agent04> in front of his house
<agent04> location : singapore
<agent04> August- month of the ghosts - we've just arrived
*** agent01 ( has joined
<agent04> later, we build a paper laptop, a paper mobile,
to make a sacrifice
<agent01> im back ... had to zippo around the corner to
get a drink
<agent04> *** You have new mail From: Bjvrn <"113134,3451"@>
<agent04> *** Subject: Form posted from Mozilla
<agent01> and got disconnected
<agent01> no dialtone
<agent04> and reconnected again.
<agent04> 0 degrees, drawing an equator line on paper
<agent04> back to the ghosts:
<agent04> he had to remove 6 floors from a building
because of a bad spirit that became angry.
<agent01> video systems installed ... so where is the live
<agent04> WE tried to ask a feng shui master about this.
<agent01> i had to scrifice a liter of gasoline to the
spirits of the road last night
<agent01> so next time i crash the bike, my helmet will
actually stay on my scull
<terminal1> wolle: an agent01: try http://www.mediaweb-tv.d
e/ follow 100T-100G LiveVideo VDO-Live
<agent04> I still keep the 'Opfer' for later burning, we
should ask a master for good luck and STREAMS through
the equator
<agent01> makes me think of the overripe tomatoes they
sell in the streetmarket around the corner
<agent01> TOMAtoes
<agent04> streetmarkets, hongkong, @ night:
<agent04> 30 degrees, 95% humid, millions on the street
<agent01> what always gets me is the bright white neon
lighting at night
<agent04> no air, man, no air
*** agent04 is now known as un
<agent01> KUBRICK: @2001 !!!
<un> felt like on mars
<agent01> last time i was in asia was in 1986, during ma 3
year on-the-road phase
<un> while sitting in the hongkong goethe institute -
<un> the aircon crashed -
<un> within 30 minutes -
<agent01> i spent 3 weeks in bangkok, doing urban safaris
every night
<un> no air.
<agent01> - your mind goes numb
<agent01> as the heat is creeping up your earchannels
<un> disconnecting for 3 minutes ---
*** un is now known as root
<agent01> in those days bangkok was actually an EXOTIC
feast for the mind
<agent01> but they already had the white neon lights all
over the streets
<agent01> jonathan: another down-and-out english teacher
has been living here for eight years
*** root is now known as core04
<agent01> his teeth have gone bad in those years, but he
still has this peculiar english humor about it
<core04> requested server is not valid, disconnected from
live video stream ---
<agent01> "a pint for the road and one for my wife"
<agent01> videostream: URL???
<core04> Contacting host... Buffering 20 clips at 50k/s
<agent01> hes married to a thai woman in her 40s
<core04> sound again, images again,
<terminal1> ralf:to agent01 try to access via, (!) (live video) buttons
*** core04 is now known as udo
<agent01> connecting ... you have downloaded an
unspecified filetype
<agent01> what do you want to do?
<agent01> view plugin information? Cancel?
<udo> Sin
<udo> gapor, August 97:
<udo> Die Stadt, von innen betrachtet, ist geographisch
nicht lok
<udo> alisierbar
<udo> Nahrung kommt aus Dosen, Wasser aus blau gekachelten
<udo> Mensc
<udo> hen kommen von woanders.
<udo> Die Ost/West-Achse wird dominiert von Betontransporte
<udo> die in kleinen Kolonnen in regelm‰fligen Abst‰nden
Material zum Bau neuer
<p02> im over, a01 and udo...
<udo> network congestion again....
<udo> switching to sysop identity
<agent01> switch to vlivestream?
*** udo is now known as root
<agent01> p01 ... over and out?
<root> rebuffering...
*** root is now known as udo
<terminal1> hi agent zero are you there
<udo> Auf vorgelagerten Industrieinseln und
<terminal1> oh kjsorry ich meinte agent 1, florian?
<terminal1> kop koon kah...
<udo> findet eine Transformation statt:
<udo> die Dinge werden eine chemischen Reaktion
<udo> Snterzogen,"my Singapore, our future" wird
Bestandteil des Gemischs.
<agent01> yep ... still trying to connect to varous live
feeds, that wont come up
<terminal1> pai nai agent 1
*** udo is now known as u04_in_co
<agent01> exactly: ends up to be a undefinable
amalgam-mass of various incompatible ingredients
<terminal1> ralf: to agent 01:dont worry about live
stream, we are just starting live chat with the
audience here
<agent01> like the white-neon-spaces
<agent01> too clean 2B.real
<u04_in_co> system censors meaning... switching to root...
*** u04_in_co is now known as sysop
<agent01> im ready if you are DR. LECTOR!
<sysop> \/ME 2
<agent01> lighting up another cig
<agent01> shoot me!
<sysop> no cig anymore...
<terminal1> manu + armin greet agent 01 in chang mai
<agent01> yep ... sawado krab!
*** sysop is now known as udo
<udo> tarimakassie
<agent01> manu.armin sez ...
<udo> if manu||armin; then
* agent01 lights up another cig and settles back in his
makeshift hacker paradise
<udo> leisure chair.
<agent01> <if manu.armin != 0> go back to root
<terminal1> ...manu/armin: a 01, eating noodlesoup +dog
* agent01 is only wearing a wet towel wrapped around his
<udo> if ($manu) || ($armin)
* agent01 is otherwise naked
<udo> unknown operation;
<udo> endif;
<udo> das internet ist der taeter
<agent01> courtesy of arnold.schwarzenegger and mr.adams
<terminal1> ar/manu: agent01: here are hundreds of
<terminal1> worrying about spiegel
<agent01> her is only me ...
<udo> t h i S i s a n I m a G e
<agent01> me == you == all4you!
<udo> !suck$bigbucks ;-)(
<terminal1> manu/armin: how would thai type thai with
western keybords?
* agent01 blushes as his MASTER.PASSWORD is publically
<agent01> that is a tech question ... woud you like to
consider the helpfiel?
<udo> launching firewall
<udo> pardon me?
<agent01> surrounding himself with impenetrable black ICE
<udo> main()
<udo> {
<udo> u_char buf[1024];
<udo> u_long addr;
<udo> int i, f;
<udo> strcpy(buf, "chatkey ");
<agent01> ecuseme ... are we still online?
<udo> addr = esp() - 192;
<p02> agent01 there is a question here concerning the
death of language! the killer: the networks??
<agent01> shoot me
<terminal1> manu/armin: veeery online...
<udo> in snowcrash the networks starts killing
<agent01> and the angels control what is below them ...
because they are pure and spiritual beings
<udo> the avatar becomes a body
<agent01> otherwise ... lets speak in TONGUES ... and
forget language
<udo> or drive around with an atomic bomb in your package
<agent01> CODE, as the saying goes ... is my personal pwer
of expression
<udo> agent01 H (0 not4u)
<agent01> the AINUK had one packed in the sidecar of his
<terminal1> manu/armin: dacode the laberzeugs, don¥t crash
on snow...
<udo> harley davidson
<udo> is manu/armin == manu or == armin or IDENTITY
<udo> ?
<agent01> Xcuse mae ... what was the question?
<udo> video stram stopped
<terminal1> m +a = m +a = m + a
<terminal1> manu= manu,
<agent01> deep down, jonathan knows he lost most of what
he believed to be SELF
<terminal1> armin = armin
<terminal1> armin/manu=2
<terminal1> agent01=bottleofricewhisky?
<agent01> so the only thing left for him to do was KNEEL
<udo> searchin Altavista for Armin + Manu ...
<terminal1> dont write stupid stuff now they talk about
<agent01> he went to the EQuator ... on barefeet
<udo> No documents match the query.
<agent01> and confessed ....
<agent01> we can HELP!
<agent01> and make this world a better PLACE ...
<agent01> really!
<terminal1> error
<p02> udo, there is a feeling here that sexuality and
finance (or money) are the root issues of net-politica.
<agent01> ok ... im dead serious now.
<agent01> terminal one ... tell me your deepest secret!
<agent01> good, now we are getting somewhere
<terminal1> how much will you pay, agent01?
<udo> back again...
<agent01> seems to me sexuality and finance (or money) are
the root issues of reall anything HUMAN
<terminal1> dear audiance, here was josie talking
<udo> I have a feeling that the interest for sexuality and
finance on the net has a reason
<agent01> money = fake.power
<agent01> im only interested in
<terminal1> m/a: typical thaitourist...
* agent01 adjusts the towel around his head ... this is
going to be a long night
<terminal1> towel-fashion...
<udo> Unter den Tisch faellt, dass die Oekonomie im
<udo> Moment nicht nur von Dezentralisierung und einem
neuen Schub der
<udo> Internationalisierung der Produktion gepraegt ist,
<udo> gleichzeitig von systemischer Integration und
Konzentration. Ja
<udo> gerade aufgrund der Vervielfachung der multinationale
n Operationen
<udo> der Konzerne gibt es auch einen gesteigerten Bedarf
an zentraler
<udo> Steuerung.
<agent01> so what is the conclusion on this issue ... or
should i go off speaking in tongues again?
<udo> courtesy Saskia Sassen
<terminal1> a/m:sprechen deutsch?
<udo> aber ja doch.
<terminal1> a/m: cheers to agent01:-)
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<udo> The Internet is out of control
<udo> No one is responsible for it.
<udo> his is its most charming aspect
<udo> It's that sense of wizardry,
<udo> that dionysian quality,
<agent01> dp Art: Sex, Lust, Money, Greed, Power (Icon)
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<agent01> Wolf. Graveyard Sneaker. Woman Sitting.
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<terminal1> a/m: sex control money power control internet
agents state concentration internet technology word
count per lecture=?
<udo> the spontaneous way it accretes,
<udo> the way it spreads on the wind all over the place,
<udo> much like bread mold.
<agent01> No Sex, No Money, Just Football - Story Archive
<agent01> Ever hear the one about the goalie who
trapped his wedding tackle in the changing
<agent01> room door? Or the trans-sexual referee
who took to the field in high...
<udo> People really enjoying watching phenomena that are
out of control,
<udo> especially when they're at a safe distance,
<udo> like
<udo> behind the glass of a
computer screen.
<terminal1> a/m: flo+udo: bye...
<udo> Technical power is power.
<udo> When you deal with power
<udo> you have to fear the consequence
<udo> of a bad decision before you can
<udo> find any satisfaction in a good one.
<udo> Real power means real decisions
<udo> real action with real consequence.
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<udo> Global Algorithm 1.9: Unstable
<udo> cairo's pharao <> :
<udo> we need dreamers, who dream dreams that never come
<agent01> Money, Sex & Power (KHOU-TV)
<agent01> A special report by John Getter. The City
of Houston has a new ordinance making
<agent01> the regulations on sexually oriented
businesses tougher. Proponents say it.
<udo> written to my guestbook
<udo> cairo, egypt - Wednesday,
May 14, 1997
*** udo is now known as agent04
me with any
<agent01> comments/suggestions. (c) 1997 T-REX inc.
*** agent04 is now known as cornet
*** cornet is now known as udo
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<agent01> Tue, 31 Dec 1996 08:03:56 -0500. Messages
sorted by: [ date ][ thread ][ subject ][..
*** udo is now known as root
* agent01 thinks that pretty well covered the issue! ..
keep going
<root> *** You have new mail From: root <>
<root> *** Subject: *** BB Pager Alert
Can't connect to
<terminal1> berit: an udo: Hallo, ich bin hier und hˆre
Philipp reden
<root> can't connect to can't connect to can't connect to
can't connect to
<agent01> yo berit
*** root is now known as udo
<agent01> root == udo == un == AGENT04
<udo> nein! ma chere!
<udo> und sonst? ;-)
<agent01> sometimes wonders do happen ... communication
technology amkes this world a better place!
*** udo is now known as berit
<berit> ;-)
<terminal1> berit: Muss ich dich von Kassel aus fragen,
wann wir uns mal in Kˆln wiedersehen ????
*** agent01 is now known as udo
<berit> nun ja, Du wohnst doch um die Ecke, schau doch
einfach mal rein...
*** terminal1 is now known as agent01
<udo> solutions for a small planet ... the BIG BLUE
<berit> wir koennten auch in der Lotte Reibekuchen essen
gehen ;)
*** berit is now known as udo_again
<agent01> berit: Ja, gut, dann sehe ich mich ja bald.
Toll. Bis dann!!
<udo> 1. Dr. Udo Oels
<udo> Dr. Udo Oels. Dr. Udo Oels. Dr. Udo Oels ist
seit dem 1. Februar 1996 Mitglied des
<udo> Vorstands der Bayer AG.
*** agent01 is now known as berit
<udo> Welcome to UDO's page
<udo> 2’*ˆÓ*I. ‚±‚̃TƒCƒg‚̓tƒŒ*[ƒ*‚›*g—p‚µ‚Ä‚¢‚Ü‚·*
<udo> ‚Å‚«‚ê‚΃tƒŒ*[ƒ*‹@”\‚›ƒTƒ|*[ƒg‚µ‚Ä‚¢‚éƒuƒ‰ƒEƒU
‚Å‚2——‚–‚*‚3‚¢*B NetScape...
<p02> udo, agent01, we are ending it, or rather breaking
things off. lurk around and see if thereris any terminal
madness for the next 2 minutes, then chill...
<udo> 5. Dr. Udo Gerlach
<udo> Dr. Udo Gerlach. Telefon: +49 351 2553
564/740. email:
<udo> Lebenslauf. 1962 - 67 Chemiestudium an der TU
Dresden. 1971 Promotion...
*** berit is now known as wolle
<udo_again> oky, seems that I become hungry, AND I'm
invited for dinner ...
* udo thinks, thats wher e he must have met berit for the
first time ... he cant quite remember
<udo_again> udo == == ==
<wolle> It seems that the show has ended, but let's see
what the discussion brings us :-)
<udo> Udo Jürgens. Diese Nachricht stammt von Markus
Schimpelsberger , verfaßt am
<udo> 13.11.1996. Suche dringent Titelmusik der
<udo_again> did you trace the session? let \me know and
send me the log!
<udo> Udo Schwarz. Born: 25.12.65 Profession: Mechanical
engineering foreman Hobbies:
<udo> Music, Sports Club: SGR Bad Wildbad Class: A
Weapon: Epee, Foil WRL before.
*** udo_again is now known as berit
*** udo is now known as philip
<wolle> Yes we logged the *whole* session includiong the
storys about the young thai girls, bondaged antje
<terminal2> Who invvites me for dinner ?
<berit> lecker...
<philip> too bad ... now that we have something going, its
<philip> p01 ... whats up next?
<berit> \me is signing off soon due to heavy stormach
problems. He has to eat...
<wolle> was f¸r ein einf‰liger chat
<wolle> changing of identity
*** berit is now known as udo
<wolle> this is not wolle
*** wolle is now known as juliane
<juliane> bisex
<udo> luegt



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