“A MEmorial consists of two parts:
a peripheral (proposal for an electronic device to be placed at the site of an existing monument associated with an abject sacrifice)
and a testimonial (a Web site representing a mediation on the abject sacrifice).”
(Elec. Monuments p.57)
→ updating (digital rhetoric): MemeMorial for participatory culture in network media ecology
Testimonial Compose an assemblage—“experienced expression”—for mediated consultation & to circulate within the network.
- “The MEmorial shows us not our fate, but our situation. The Internet is a living monument.
The EmerAgency offers a practice for a virtual civic sphere that does for the imagination what statistics does for the intellect.” (p.176)
- Goal: “to do for the community as a whole what literacy did for the individuals within the community. Could a community go to school collectively? The Internet is the place of this scene of instruction, and the EmerAgency provides the pedagogy” (xxvi)
“Abject Genre” (p.48)
“The genre of a MEmorial includes the following elements”:
- “Select an existing monument, memorial, celebration to which to attach the peripheral”
— present “a simulation of the peripheral”
- “Select an organization, agency, or other administrative unit that has some responsibility for policy formation in relation to the disaster, to be the nominal recipient of the consultation”
- “Place an (electronic) device at the site, designed to link symbolically the established sacrifice with the unacknowledged sacrifice” → Proposed (incl. sketch / visual plan)
- include “links to Web representatives of the relevant sites and organizations”
» “Electrate Commemoration”
- Event (singular, historic, specific)
- include information from research — source (at least one)
- use particular details as “iconic” → “emblematic” (of situation complexity: sacrifice, blindness/blindspot, value)
- on-going problem (consultation for future/decision)
- public policy (at least one example, from research — source)
- references to current representations, organizations, resources, etc.
- Event (singular, historic, specific)
- Concetto (Emblem) composite image
- (simple formula for emblem/impresa): Motto + Image* (composite) + Epigram
- Sources for any/all these aspects are your popcycle, drawing upon details from any dimension, plus the problem/disaster.
*Emblem as concetto: “event (disaster) folded into individual” — in other words, problem + me.
- “We use the emblem to write a disaster that we cannot think (or feel).” (138)
— also see concetto/impresa discussion (pages 106–08)
Create by “beginning with the mapping of the event, locating a repeating pattern across the discourses, and isolating the signifiers found in this pattern. A MEmorial emblem may then be composed of these signifiers in order to discover the metaphysics and morality they evoke.” (124)
- Peripheral Proposal (illustrated)
- proposal (hypothetical; see Ulmer’s examples) — including specific meaningful geographic location
- with network interface/device — illustrate/simulate (visual, virtual) on project page
- “a proposal for a peripheral to be attached as an asterisk (disasterisk) to an existing monument.” (151)
Ulmer’s examples: “The rule of a MEmorial is that my peripheral for abused children must be attached to an extant memorial for acknowledged sacrifice, so that the juxtaposition establishes the public and collective nature of the abject sacrifice.” (175)
“The Upsilon Alarm peripheral is linked to the Florida Rushmore holographic projections.” (176)
» Assemblage Testimonial
(fragments: heterogeneous, multimodal; sampled from various databases)
“The MEmorial does not define (analyze) the disaster but discovers its mood. […] Through attunement the disaster matters to me.” (154)
- “Mediated Witness”
- Fragments (material selected from entire Popycle)
» Method: The “assemblage testimony” digital composition will include heterogeneous elements, using cultural & experiential materials from entire paradigm: narratives (2 min.), “scholarly discourse” (2 sources), autobiography, and multimedia (e.g. found & original content, such as videos & digitally-manipulated images).
- “In the testimonial, the maker gives evidence, testifies to the ethical experience, the feeling of duty that abuses me (if it does). My identification with the disaster outside me as a fractal measure of the disaster within makes writable the category of justice, and is the point of departure for an electrate postnational identity.” (140)
- Oracle function (for network consulting)
“The oracle functions as a consultation in both the empirical and esoteric senses (learn consulting by consulting). The challenge of the interface design is to compose an oracle that relates individual quotidian problems with collective policy dilemmas.” (258)
*** “The MEmorial becomes a testimonial when the egent designs it as an image, figure, parable, emblem, using some feature of the news event as an objective correlative for the witness’s state of mind, mood, attunement to the world.
Using aesthetic means, basic devices of literary language and art design, the egent generalizes the event into an image of what the world is like, how things stand with the witness” (65)
“The appropriate site for mourning these ‘unremakrable’ disasters is the Internet as living monument.” (xv)
“the Internet makes it possible for monumentality to become a primary site of self-knowledge both individual and collective, and hence a site supporting a new politics and ethics, as well as a new dimension of education.” (xxi)
“How does a MEmorial affect public policy? The egents are motivated to focus attention on the details of the conditions […]: the problem explains the consultant (the inquiry is conducted in middle voice). The slogan is: Problems B Us.
As in divination, I bring a burning personal question to the inquiry and pose it to the public issue.” (175)
“The MEmorial shows us not our fate, but our situation. The Internet is a living monument. The EmerAgency offers a practice for a virtual civic sphere that does for the imagination what statistics did for the intellect.” (176)